Welcome to the Manatee County Democratic Party

April 20:  Annual Democratic Dinner

(941) 251-3674

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Thank You!

To everyone who attended the Blue Wave Workshop on Saturday.   It was enthusiastic and fun

and the energy around the room was incredible.  We have our goals.  Now to work!

The February Newsletter is here.

In Case You Missed It

"Flip the House"

"Republicans will never do anything about gun control. . . [they]  are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we saw today." 

David Jolly, former Republican Congressman for Pinellas county, had a message for Democrats on Thursday. 


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."

Check the Events Calendar

For upcoming meetings and events.

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.

Need to Know

Florida Forever funding

For fiscal 2018, Governor Rick Scott has budgeted just $50 million in funding for Florida Forever.  And while a bill for $100 million was passed unanimously in the state Senate in January, there are no hearings scheduled in the House.

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 slated for the 2018 ballot

Amendment #4 on the November ballot will be for Restoration of Voting Rights for felons who have completed their sentences. 

In addition, there will be 3 other issues to decide:

#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, not through Legislative action.

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