Again, Ziegler Permits Homophobic Slurs to be Thrown at a Fellow School Board Member

Only two weeks after Melissa Bakondy was permitted to imply that Sarasota School Board member Tom Edwards was a threat to the safety of children, citing his sexual orientation. The Chairwoman of the School Board, Bridget Ziegler, again permitted an individual to sling homophobic slurs…

Ziegler is Silent as Sarasota Public Schools Could Be Defunded to the Tune of Around $60 Million

HB-1 is the most radical school privatization measure in Florida's history. Although the bill is a boondoggle, which, according to the Florida Policy Institute, will cost $4 billion in the first year, it is sailing swiftly through the Florida legislature, with the House set to…

Sarasota Democrats Call on County’s Republican Legislators to Vote Against ‘Chilling’ Legislation

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) today urged the county’s Republican representatives in Tallahassee to vote against legislation designed to bankrupt public school education and destroy academic freedom in public higher education throughout Florida. “We are proud to join the Florida Education Association (FEA) and…

Sarasota Democrats Point To Personal Connections As Ziegler Employs New Role in Latest Attacks

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) “call foul” as Christian Ziegler uses his new role to orchestrate personal vendettas. On Tuesday, February 21st, Gov. Ron DeSantis, with newly elected Florida Republican Chairman, Christian Ziegler, laid out a list including 14 Florida school board members DeSantis…

Sarasota Democrats Attack Gruters for Supporting Bill Doubling Interest Rates For The Low Income

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) attacked today as “appalling” state Sen. Joe Gruters’ (R-District 22) bill to double interest rates on consumer finance loans for low and middle-income borrowers. “With thousands of Floridians, particularly the low and middle income, still reeling from the effects…

Sarasota Democrats: Elected Officials Continue to Disrespect Voters on Single-Member Districts

State Sen. Joe Gruters -- who also chairs the Florida Republican Party -- last week floated the idea to present a bill to the state legislature urging Sarasota County residents to vote on adding two at-large county commissioners to the five-member county commission. According to…

Sarasota Democrats Stand for Academic Freedom and in Support of Young Adults Under Attack

With his move to target higher education with prohibitions, threats and hostile takeovers, Gov. Ron DeSantis has crossed a red line against free speech. The day a Congressional committee wrapped up its investigation into the Jan. 6, 2020 insurrection, the governor announced a conservative takeover…

Sarasota Democrats Label Steube Vote Against Honoring Capitol Police ‘Craven Cowardice’

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) said today that Rep. Greg Steube’s (R-FL) vote against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Capitol Police for their heroism on January 6, 2021, was an act of “craven cowardice.” Republican Senate and House Minority Leaders Mitch…

Sarasota Democrats Criticize County Commission Transit Fare Hike As A Misplaced Priority

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) condemned the Sarasota County Commission today for its recently approved counterproductive 20 per cent transit fare hike for Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT). “Instead of dealing with the urgent and worsening red tide crisis fouling our coastlines and beaches,…

Support School Superintendent Dr. Asplen, Oppose Extremist Board’s Attempt To Fire Him

The Sarasota County Democratic Party called today on all local residents to oppose the current attempt to remove Sarasota Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brennan Asplen without cause. The party believes that this is a non-partisan issue and that the well-being of the district’s students is…

Sarasota Democrats Call On Concerned Citizens To Stop Extremist Hospital Board Members

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) expressed deep concern today over an apparent effort by newly elected members of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board to investigate what they regard as “bizarre medical care” by the highly respected public hospital during the COVID pandemic. Calling themselves…

Steube Opponent In U.S. House Race Loses Her Home To Ian

Democrat Andrea Doria Kale Now Fighting Two Races SARASOTA – Andrea Doria Kale, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat from Florida’s 17th District, was among thousands of Floridians who lost their homes to Hurricane Ian. Now she’s fighting two challenges: one to unseat…

Vote Against Extremism, Vote for Democrats

VOTE NOV. 8 FOR SARASOTA AND FLORIDA’S FUTURE VOTE AGAINST EXTREMISM VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS   THEY WILL FIGHT FOR: WOMEN’S FREEDOM TO MAKE THEIR OWN HEALTH DECISIONS; AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HEALTH CARE AND INSURANCE; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH FOCUSED ON RESIDENTS; SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND VETERANS’…

A very personal message from Andrea Doria Kale, our Democratic candidate for Florida’s 17th Congressional District

Dear Charlotte County Friends, I am pleased to announce that my website launched on Friday as well as my Facebook campaign and Twitter accounts. Most of you are aware that redistricting took place in Florida this year. Florida was one of three states that didn’t…

Will Sarasota County Commissioners Let Lakewood Ranch Developers Kill Rural Life and Agriculture in the County?

SARASOTA — On August 31st, the all-Republican Sarasota County Commission will weigh whether to let the owners and developers of the 33,000-acre Lakewood Ranch development in Sarasota and Manatee counties pave over 4,000 more acres in Sarasota’s rural east. Longtime developer Pat Neal and SMR…

Races on the November 8, 2022 Ballot

State & Federal Democratic Candidates US SENATE Congresswoman Val Demings valdemings.com Courage, Convictions, Toughness, Compassion From social work to 27 years in policing, including Chief, and reducing crime in Orlando by 40%, Demings calls “defunding” the police “crazy;” but she holds law enforcement to high…

Ugly Politicization of School Board Races Has No Place in Sarasota

In Sarasota County, in the upcoming School Board election, our kids and schools are being used as political pawns. As soon as Ron DeSantis and other GOP operatives injected themselves into this local race, political campaigning here reached a new low: Inflammatory hate messages disguised…

Races on the August 23rd Ballot

State & Federal Democratic Candidates US SENATE Congresswoman Val Demings valdemings.com Courage, Convictions, Toughness, Compassion From social work to 27 years in policing, including Chief, and reducing crime in Orlando by 40%, Demings calls “defunding” the police “crazy;” but she holds law enforcement to high…

Gruters/Johnson, Florida Senate District 22 Candidate Information

Democrats and Independents are perplexed. Why is a Republican Primary on my ballot? A face-off between incumbent State Senator Joe Gruters and out-of-town challenger Michael Johnson is on every voter’s August 23rd ballot. When all candidates for an elected office are in the same party,…

Sarasota County Democratic Party Statement on the SHT Proud Boy Guest Editorial

The Sarasota County Democratic Party strongly condemns any efforts to normalize the Proud Boys, their affiliates, and their supporters. The Proud Boys are a neo-fascist, white supremacist organization that promotes and engages in political violence. Five of their leaders have been charged with “seditious conspiracy”…

Sarasota County Democratic Party’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Roe vs Wade

The ability of women across our country to control their fate was assaulted today by the very Court dedicated to protecting the rights of every citizen. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade has made women in America second-class citizens. Sarasota County…

Sarasota Receives National Recognition For Wrong Reasons

As community veers right, political division tears apart Sarasota, Fla. Washington Post, Tim Craig (May 6, 2022) (1) Sarasota ranks No. 1 for beaches - and for wild School Board meetings Sarasota Herald Tribune, Carrie Seidman (May 8, 2022) (2) Sarasota County is becoming an…

Using “Individual Freedom” to Restrict Freedom

The irony could not be greater: a well-known banner promoting tolerance among people of different faiths was pulled from a Sarasota classroom for fear it could be deemed “political” and a violation of Governor DeSantis’s “Individual Freedom” law. Imagine how students will feel when told…