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.

Coming Up

Manatee Democrats Monthly Meeting

Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Meet at the HQ office, 345 Cortez Rd W.

(Map is on the Contact page)

All Democrats are welcome.

Meet Andrew Gillum

Come to the Fund Raiser

March 13, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

River Strand Golf & Country Club

7155 Grand Estuary Trail,  Bradenton,  34212

For more information:

DWC Fashion Show

Manatee Democratic Women's Club

March 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. .

 IMG Golf & Country Club, 

4350 El Conquistador, Bradenton, FL 34210,   

For more information:

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.  


"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. 


Need to Know

Florida Forever Funding

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