Charlotte County Democrats March in Chamber Christmas Parade

Dozens of Charlotte County Democrats, including members of the CCDEC, CC Democratic Club, CC Democratic Womens’ Club, CC Young Democrats, CC Democratic Veterans Caucus, CC Democratic Environmental Caucus, and CC Democratic Hispanic Caucus marched in the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce 40th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday.  

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Women’s March: Change Starts at Home!

January 2019 marks the 3rd annual Women’s March! The march in Ft. Myers  will be on January 20th, the day after the national event. Location:  Centennial Park, 2000 W. 1st Street, Ft. Myers Time:  10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. More Information: Womensmarchftmyers@gmail.com The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to …

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Stop Oil Exploration Seismic Tests off Florida’s Coast

Just days after Florida voters approved a ban on drilling in state-owned waters, the Trump Administration gave the green light to five oil and gas companies to use seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas deposits that could be buried in the sea floor from New Jersey to Florida. Such approvals will harm …

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Action Alert-Solving Climate Change

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 7173  was introduced on the Hill on November 27, 2018 by Democratic Representative Theodore Deutch, FL-22, with Republican and Democratic cosponsors. The bill places a fee on fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil. The money collected from the carbon fee will be distributed in equal shares …

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Nikki Fried asserts herself as de facto leader of Florida Democrats

Though she doesn’t officially take office for more than a month, Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried is already making a splash in the Capital, and laying out clear markers for both her nascent administration and her stewardship of the state Democratic Party — of which she is now, somewhat improbably, the de facto leader. (Read more in FloridaPolitics.com)

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Santa’s Elves Prepare for Christmas Parade

They’ve wrapped the presents and made the preparations – Now join us for the parade! Charlotte Dems will march in style alongside our float in the Holiday Parade. The parade departs Charlotte Center for Performing Arts (CCPA) at noon, Sat. Dec. 8, and marches on Carmelita and Taylor streets to the Charlotte Harbor Events Center. We …

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EDITORIAL: The NRA should not dictate who licenses concealed weapons

Marion Hammer, the public face and political enforcer of the National Rifle Association in Florida, is in a snit about Democrat Nikki Fried having been elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that issues concealed weapon permits. Hammer is lobbying to move weapons permitting to the office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, …

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Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons’ voting rights

Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it becomes Florida law in five weeks, an estimated 1.2 million felons will be eligible to rejoin the voter rolls. But at a statewide elections conference Tuesday, it was obvious that confusion and …

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Editorial: Florida hurt by inaction on climate change

Florida is on the front lines of climate change and its elected officials should be leading the charge to prevent its most severe consequences. A recently released scientific report from 13 federal agencies found that if significant measures aren’t taken to reduce global warming, the United States could take a 10 percent hit to its …

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CCDEC Chair Patrick Hurley Re-Elected

Charlotte County Chair Patrick Hurley was re-elected at Monday night’s CCDEC meeting. New Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was elected. Treasurer Jim Ellsworth and Secretary Jane Merriam were re-elected. Their elections were affirmed by acclamation by the membership. Former Vice-Chair Betty Gissendanner was recognized for her long-time service in many roles at the CCDEC. Gissendanner encouraged …

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