Category: Issues

Racial and ethnic impact of bills may be considered

Disparate treatment between black and white people apparently does not end in the streets or the jailhouse. Blacks are more likely to be found guilty than whites in Florida; they are more likely to spend time behind bars; their sentences are usually longer; and they are not given as many opportunities to avoid incarceration through …

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Commissioner Fried, Congressman Soto Blast Trump’s Trade War: Kicks Floridians When They Are Down

Today, the Florida Democratic Party held a press call with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Congressman Darren Soto, and Joseph Pennisi, president of Agora Policy Innovation, that blasted Trump’s trade policies for hurting Florida farmers and businesses. Commissioner Fried described how timber, citrus, and seafood exports to China have dropped, saying, “Maybe the president thinks …

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The president wants 2020 to be about racial identity

The following is a statement from Teresa Jenkins, vice-chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee, in response to recent tweets from President Donald Trump urging four members of Congress (Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley) to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which …

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“How Fascism Works” presentation hosted by Charlotte Dems

Does the election of Donald Trump to the U. S. presidency in 2016 signify a shift in American politics? Many people seem to believe so, but they weren’t sure how to define this shift. They turned to the dictionary for help. And the word they searched was “fascism”. So many people looked up the definition …

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No Means No: The Battle of Mosiac vs DeSoto County Update

In a classic David vs Goliath battle, mining giant Mosaic has made it clear that it won’t take “no” for an answer regarding its quest to establish large-scale phosphate mining operations in DeSoto County. It is currently pursuing a quasi-judicial dispute resolution mediation process with the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), and BOCC legal …

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Monday, April 8, 4pm, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear SB 7086, that would undermine the implementation of Amendment 4. Call or email the Committee Chair and/or Vice Chair and say:” My name is _______ and I am a voter in Charlotte County. I am opposed to any bill that would undermine what the nearly 65% of …

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Speaker Oliva Silenced the Voices of Parkland Survivors

Speaker Jose Oliva on Wednesday abruptly delayed a hearing on House Bill 7093 — which would arm teachers — after over a hundred Parkland survivors, students, and gun control advocates stormed the State Capitol to protest the bill. In response to the Speaker’s cowardly decision to hear the bill on another date, Florida Democratic Party Chair …

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Legislative Activity – Week of March 18

Bills we are watching in the Florida House: HB 1335 would amend Florida’s statute to require that teenagers who don’t get permission from their parents/guardian to get an abortion would have to plead their case before a judge. The bill was approved in the Health Quality Subcommittee; it is now in the Judiciary Committee. HB 7089 …

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Take Action Today – Amendment 4 Is Under Attack

The issue: Last November, years of tireless work paid off when Amendment 4 restored voting rights to 1.4 million Returning Citizens in Florida. Now, those voting rights may be in danger. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in the Florida state legislature has voted to approve PCB CJR 19-03, today. It’s an unconstitutional overreach and would …

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Legislative Highlights Week of March 11, 2019

From Your Charlotte County Democratic Party’s Legislative Liaison Committee   Education • SB 7030/HB 7075 School Choice (General Bill by Senate Education Committee/Rep. Jennifer Sullivan) Passage of this bill will greatly expand school vouchers and directs general revenue dollars to private and religious schools reducing general revenue for public schools. It is unconstitutional. We oppose …

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