Manatee County Democratic Party

The Summer Newsletter is here!

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2018 Primary Sample Ballots

Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

Video of the July 18 Candidates Debate from Fort Myers

Coming Up

Candidate Events

July 26 - Fundraiser for Gwen Graham

5:30 pm at The Francis in Sarasota

July 21 - Meet the Candidates for Districts 70, 71, 73

3:00 pm at Palmetto Library

July 23 - Manatee Democrats Monthly meeting

6:00 pm at Democratic HQ

Need to Know

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Gun control

In the US Congress, Democrats have put forward at least 3 bills on gun control. All are gathering dust in the Republican-led Congress.

H.R.5087 - Assault Weapons Ban - introduced on 02/26/2018 

H.R.4240  - Background checks - introduced on 11/03/2017 

S.1945 - Restrict high-capacity ammunition - introduced 10/05/2017 

Monitor progress  at:   https://www.congress.gov


In the Florida legislature, preemption laws ban local governments from passing rational gun regulations for their own communities. For more information on the NRA strategy of state preemption, read the article at the Everytown for Gun Control website:  https://everytownresearch.org/fact-sheet-preemption-laws/

Florida Constitution Amendments

Florida voters are looking for information on the 13 proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution that will be on the November ballot.  We can expect to see campaigning on the issues and recommendations in coming months.


In the meantime, a good place to learn more is Ballotpedia:

www.ballotpedia.org/Florida_2018_ballot_measures


Or consider the discussion on each Amendment offered by the League of Women Voters at    www.lwvsrq.org/