Welcome to the Manatee County Democratic Party

April 20:  Annual Democratic Dinner

The March Newsletter is here!

Coming Up

3/24 March for Our Lives

Stand with our nation's young people in the march for gun control next Saturday 

at either of two locations:

Bradenton Riverwalk at 12:00 noon, or

Sarasota Kissing Statue at 10:00 a.m.

Precinct Events

Check the calendar for upcoming

events in the precincts.  Help with 

voter outreach and even meet the candidates.

3/26 DEC Meeting

6:00 p.m. at HQ

This is the monthly general meeting 

of the Manatee Democratic Party. 

All Democrats are welcome. 

435 Cortez Rd W.  in Bradenton.

Get Involved

Join a Club or Caucus

 Manatee Democratic Party needs your time, talent and enthusiasm.  Attend a club meeting, find out how to help, and "be the change you want to see."

Volunteer for a Campaign

Contact a candidate to offer your  experience and skills -- to write, phone, research,  web design -- ask how to help.

Join a Precinct Team

 As a Precinct Captain, you have an opportunity to be personally involved in making a positive political difference.  Learn more about your local community, meet new and interesting people,  and get out the vote.

In Case You Missed It

School Board Property Tax Referendum

The Manatee County School Board has  proposed a one mill property tax increase which will be decided by voters on March 20

Supporters of the referendum point to the critical need to increase teacher salaries.  Opponents believe that long time financial mismanagement has caused the problem and will not be helped by new tax.

Watch both sides debate the issue at the Tiger Bay Club meeting Feb. 15. 



Need to Know

Update: $100M for Florida Forever

It's official, the Florida Forever conservation program will receive $100.8 million, which includes $77 million specifically for acquisition of unique lands. 

It is worth remembering that from 1999 - 2008 the program received $300 million  a year on average. Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 in 2014 in an effort to restore that level of funding. But nothing at all was allocated in fiscal 2017, as FF took a back seat to the need for the new reservoir at Lake Okeechobee. 

Amendments on the 2018 Ballot

Voters will have a long list of Amendments to decide on the November ballot.  So far, there are 5 that have been approved.

#1 - Taxes:  Set a 10% cap on assessment increases for certain property

#2 - Taxes - Allow a new homestead exemption for property over $100K

#3 - Gambling - Restrict authorization of casino gambling to voter initiatives

#4 - Restoration of Voting Rights for felons who have served their time

#5 (HB 7001) Taxes -  Require 2/3 vote of legislature to increase taxes.

CRC - Constitution Revision Commission

Every 20 years the Florida constitution is reviewed and revised with the purpose of keeping it relevant.  And 2018 is a Revision Year.  The Commission -- chosen almost entirely by our Republican Governor and Legislature, and chaired by developer Carlos Beruff -- has been meeting since early 2017. Their final decisions will be submitted for voter approval through a slate of Amendments on the November ballot.  

Good resource:   www.floridabar.org/public/crc