Author: Sarasota County Dems

Senator Joe Gruters Takes Input From Far-Right Hate Group On Anti-Immigration Bill

The Chair of the Sarasota County Democratic Party blasted State Senator Joe Gruters for relying on input from a far-right racist hate group to draft anti-immigrant legislation now making its way through the Florida Senate. “Joe Gruters relied on the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group exposed by the Southern Poverty Law Center…

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Sign & Get Signatures

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”   These petitions are the first step on our path to progress. This page will be updated with new information regularly, so check back often.  Each link will provide a summary of the petition and the correct process  for submission. Print, sign, return, repeat! 3/6/19 – Medicaid Coverage…

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Medicaid Coverage to Eligible Low-Income Adults

Summary: Requires State to provide Medicaid coverage to individuals over age 18 and under age 65 whose incomes are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level and meet other non-financial eligibility requirements, with no greater burdens placed on eligibility, enrollment, or benefits for these newly eligible individuals compared to other Medicaid beneficiaries….

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Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

Summary: Raises minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30th,…

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Ban Assault Weapons Now

Summary: The measure would ban possession of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns. Semiautomatic is defined as semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device. The amendment creates criminal penalties for violation of this amendment. Violating the…

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Make Contact

If it’s on this list, we still need your help!   This page will be updated with new information regularly, so check back often.  Each section will detail the topic and the correct contact info for who to reach out to for each issue. ALL Elected Officials Contact Info from SOE can be found HERE…

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Be There

“Decisions are made by those who show up.” There is strength in numbers and we need all hands on deck! Whether it’s attending a commission meeting, a march, or showing up for office hours or events with elected officials, please join us at these upcoming events so that Sarasota County knows where we stand on…

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Post & Share

Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even YouTube, you can help us get our message out by sharing any of the links below. We have even provided some example text you can use if you’re not sure what to say. Just copy/paste the link and text into your social media post, and share away! This…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SCDP Chair JoAnne DeVries Files Election Law Complaint Against Rick Scott

  “Rick Scott is not above the law,” DeVries said in a statement. “He coordinated illegally with his Super PAC, has refused to disclose his secret financial account that would show the extent of his conflicts of interest and now, he is skirting more laws to keep Floridians in the dark on what he’s done…

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2018 Annual Kennedy King Dinner Fundraiser – Congressman Joaquin Castro, Special Guest Speaker

Join us for our Annual Fundraiser KENNEDY- KING Dinner   Special Guest Speaker – Congressman Joaquin Castro! 3rd Term Democratic Congressman Member, House Select Committee on Intelligence Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee Co-Chair, bipartisan U.S – Japan Caucus Chief Deputy Whip for House Democrats Rising star, U.S. Congressman Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) will be the…

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Breaking News – Margaret Good Wins HD72 Primary

Congratulations to Margaret Good, winner of the Special Democratic Primary Election for FL HD72! Sarasota County Democratic Party is excited to announce that Margaret Good will move on to face Republican James Buchanan (son of Vern Buchanan) and Libertarian Alison Foxall in February’s Special Election for HD72. Read the Herald Tribune’s article HERE MARK YOUR…

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Ruta Jouniari and Margaret Good Running in Special Election for House District 72

Sarasota County Democratic Party is pleased to announce that we have two great Democratic candidates! To learn more about Margaret’s campaign, visit her website HERE. To learn more about Ruta’s campaign, visit her website HERE. See what the Herald Tribune has to say about Ruta and Margaret.  

For Immediate Release – Critical Hearing on Celery Fields August 23rd

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) is encouraging local residents to attend a critical hearing being held by the Sarasota County Commission on August 23rd on the future of the endangered Celery Fields. The county commission has scheduled the hearing to determine whether to permit an industrial waste processing facility to be…

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For Immediate Release – SCDP Applauds Community Activists

SARASOTA, FL – The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) applauds the community activists who successfully lobbied the County Planning Commission to deny an application on Thursday for a recycling facility near Celery Fields. “The Party stands along the side of its community citizens and all voters on this issue.” The planning commission voted unanimously to…

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Single Member District Petition

SIGN THIS PETITION for SINGLE MEMBER DISTRICTS Today!   8,000 more are needed by March 16 to put this on the ballot June 12, 2018.   IT HAS BEEN OVER 50 YEARS SINCE A DEMOCRAT HAS SERVED ON THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION!  Or for that matter anyone other than a Republican and one blessed by the Party…

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Voting Rights Restoration Petition

Resolution in Support of Voting Rights Restoration Amendment #14-01 Petition   Please click here to be directed to the petition: https://www.floridiansforafairdemocracy.com/sign-the-petition  Whereas, Florida has one of the most punitive disenfranchisement policies in the country, permanently barring all citizens with felony convictions from voting unless they individually apply to the state Office of Executive Clemency for…

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