Member states of the National Federation Democratic Women with Republican Senators have been asked to take a petition with at least 2000 signatures in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to deliver to Senators Rubio and Scott during DC Lobby Days. Pat Farley, President of the state DWC invites you to sign and share the link with others
News Snippets from Everywhere
Impeachment will not get rid of Donald Trump, it has to be done at the ballot box and in coming months the party will need their help in getting out every vote. Freedom is NOT FREE
Reverse One Sumter continues, moving closer to the number of needed signatures to get on the ballot. Reverse One Sumter would restore electing county commissioners by District, rather than the current system in which all county voters vote for every candidate. Signature forms are available at the Party headquarters –300 S. Main in Wildwood.
NEWS FOR JANUARY 20, 2020
(What news outlets are reporting)
Amendment 4 Throttled
The Florida Supreme Court has sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative Republicans in an advisory opinion in which the court said 2018’s Amendment 4 requires ex-felons to pay any fines, fees or restitution before they recover their right to vote.
The case turned on what Amendment 4’s sponsors meant when drafting language restoring rights”upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation. “DeSantis and the legislature argued that “all terms” include “legal financial obligations” — meaning fines, fees and restitution.
From Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson’s comments on Gov. DeSantis’ “State of the State” speech
With pretty much the same budget priorities and leftover promises from last year, I hope this is not only the year of the teacher but the year the Governor does what he said he would do by ensuring the affordability of a healthy Florida, protecting our seniors from cutting their medication in half, allowing individuals to vote who have the constitutional right to do so, and protecting our economy’s growth by allowing those who have come to Florida to live and work, to do so without fear.
Bill requires parental consent for teen abortions
A bill requiring teenagers to have parental consent before obtaining an abortion is moving forward in the Florida Senate.
In a 3-2 vote, with Democrats in opposition, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill (SB 404) that would require women under the age of 18 to have the consent of a parent or legal guardian before ending a pregnancy. The bill now moves to the Senate Rules Committee, its last stop before the Senate Floor.
Anti LGBTQ Bills Filed
Seven Republican Florida lawmakers have filed anti-LGBTQ bills, just hours before the deadline to file new bills for the current legislative session.
If passed, the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers and legalize so-called gay therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.
The State Lawmakers – Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Senator Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds — together introduced the four pieces of legislation, each with a companion bill in the House and Senate.
Republican Party Chair in tough spot on Gun Bill
State Senator Joe Gruters, who is chair of the State Republican Party, is in a tough spot as a bill opposed by the National Rifle Association makes its way through the Florida Senate.
Gruters has to thread the needle between the Senate Republican leaders who support the bill and the single issue gun voters who would revolt if he supported any bill limiting gun ownership.
Mandatory Bible Classes?
A bill in the state legislature would make Bible classes mandatory electives in public schools. The original bill filed in the House in the last session died in committee.
But now, with a companion bill in the Senate, supporters say it might have a better chance of passing. Rep. Kim Daniels’ bill requires schools to offer electives in the Old and New Testaments for grades 9 through 12.
Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat, has the support of Republican Senator Dennis Baxely of Ocala. He has a companion bill in the Senate.
Florida Lawmakers are proposing changes to a Medicaid program for people with disabilities this year that would contract out some of its functions and support services, the latest in a years-long effort to restrain state spending on some its’ most vulnerable Floridians. Advocates for people in the program say they fear the move could hurt the care they receive and add bureaucratic red tape to an already convoluted process.
National Democratic Party spending on state races
Unprepared Democrats got bulldozed in 2010 by a $30 million Republican campaign to win state legislatures – and the right to draw political maps that would help them hold power for the next decade
Now, Democrats are readying a massive $50 million effort to shape the next 10 years of elections by flipping state legislative chambers next November in places as red as Texas and West Virginia.
NEWS FOR JANUARY 7, 2020
Well this assassination is working out great
Trump and the Republicans were very pleased with their assassination of the Iranian general. They told us it will make the world and the Middle East safer. Here are the results so far.
1. Iraq passing legislation to evict US troops
2. protests in Iran and Iraq
3. Iran completely backs out of nuclear arms deal
4. worldwide condemnation. I have to note, when even Russia and China are on the right side of things, it really makes one wonder.
5. Iran threatens retaliation
6. US sending thousands more troops to Iraq Kuwait. (correction)
… and thats just after a couple days
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Snippets from around the state!
Miami News Times
Florida’s GOP is being accused of suppressing Minority voters by under funding the Census. The census will decide how many new congressional seats will be awarded to the state, and also determine our share of federal funding for schools, hospitals, roads, school lunches and more.
Florida has spent no money on raising awareness about the count, even though an under count could have a huge negative impact. States such as California are pouring huge amounts of money into awareness campaigns, anticipating it will pay off later.
Florida appears to be prepared for an economic slowdown in the coming years, projecting the lasting effects from the recent hurricane season and the possibility a global shakedown would hamper growth. In the short term the economy has performed about as projected.
WLRN – Miami
Despite much publicized efforts by the Florida Democratic Party, state data shows Republicans outpacing Democrats. Between January and September of 2019, Republicans registered 23,084 new voters, compared to 10,731 by Democrats.
The Florida Democratic Party expects the numbers to improve when the Department of Elections publishes numbers for October through December.
“Christianity Today” Editor Mark Galli, in a two page editorial, says Trump should be removed from office, because the facts are unambiguous that he used his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents.
He adds, “the reason many are not shocked about this is that this President has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration.
Trump concluded his Holiday stay in Florida by responding to the editorial with a speech at an Evangelical Mega Church in the Miami area. Technically that is illegal, but don’t expect much to happen.
Ahead of the so called “Evangelicals for Trump” event, over a dozen Christian Faith Leaders in Florida signed an open letter to Trump, hitting him on his countless broken promises to Floridians and failure to earn their support in his bid for re-election.
The “Never Trump” Movement.
A small group of Trump’s fiercest conservative critics, known as the “Lincoln Project,” is launching a super PAC designed to fight Trump”s re-election.
They include former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, adviser John Weaver, former New Hampshire GOP chair, Jennifer Horn, veteran Republican operative Rick Wilson and George Conway, conservative and husband of Trump’s chief counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Florida Democratic Party
A December 18th visit to Tallahassee by Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar was dismissed by Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo as a smoke and mirrors attempt to cover up the President’s broken promises on health care. She said Floridians will remember Trump’s attacks on their health care at the ballot box in November.
The FDP and Democratic National Committee have announced the hiring of Frances Swanson as director of rapid response. She will hold Trump accountable for broken promises and the impact of his cruel policies on Floridians. The FDP has a staff of 90, far exceeding the staff of 20 in 2015.
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