Category: Elections

150-Year Old Jim Crow Era Law Ends!

  On November 6, 2018 we witnessed true democracy when Floridians voted overwhelmingly that individuals with felony convictions should have their voting rights restored upon completion of their sentence. A 150-year old Jim Crow Era law will end in 2019, a law that disenfranchised more people in the state of Florida than the total population …

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Midterm Election Results: Sweet Justice

A president who has acted and spoken with such vulgar disregard for women and minorities will now deal with more women and minority lawmakers than any of his predecessors did. Pew Research Center found that a majority of registered voters (60 percent) said they viewed their vote as either a vote for or against the …

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Recounts loom larger, legal action begins as margins tighten in key Florida races

As the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson appears headed to a statewide recount, both candidates are mobilizing teams of lawyers and legal skirmishes are well underway. Thursday dawned with Scott leading Nelson by just more than one-fourth of a percentage point. The candidates for agriculture commissioner are separated by 0.6 …

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Would ex-felon voting rights have flipped Florida for Democrats? It’s possible.

Florida voted on Tuesday to approve a constitutional amendment that will restore voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. The state also appears narrowly set to send Republicans to the governor’s mansion and the US Senate — both major upsets for Democrats. The results have led to a question: What if …

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Nelson calls for recount in Florida Senate race

Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson called Wednesday for a recount in his race for re-election against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. In a statement from Nelson’s office, the longtime incumbent said Scott had prematurely declared victory in the race, which CNN has not yet called. In Florida, an automatic recount is triggered when the final margin …

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A recount for the agriculture commissioner race? Here’s what you need to know

The super-tight race for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services could have a recount in its future. Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican challenger, leads Fort Lauderdale attorney and lobbyist Nicole “Nikki” Fried by about 0.16 percentage points as of Wednesday morning. The threshold for a manual recount is 0.25 points. (Read more in TampaBay.com)

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‘Our Voice Will Count.’ Former Felon Praises Florida Passing Amendment 4

Florida voters approved Amendment 4 on Tuesday night in the 2018 midterm elections, restoring voting rights to more than 1 million people in the state who were previously convicted of felonies. “This is transformative in Florida,” Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida tells TIME. “We will no longer have second-class citizens.” (Read …

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Local Democrats Out-Perform Statewide Dems

Almost lost in the election night turmoil was the fact that four local Democrats actually out-performed in Charlotte County over the Dems at the top of the ticket. Olivia Babis gathered nearly 39% in Charlotte County’s portion of the District 23 State Senate Race. Catherine Price won better than 37% in the District 26 State …

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Turnout is huge

Vielka Wambold, president of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, was working for the Charlotte County Democrats at the Mid-County Regional Library and said there seemed to be more energy this election than in the past. For voters on both sides, she said, “Nothing’s going to stop them.” (Read more in Sun)

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