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April 20th Annual Democratic Dinner


In Case You Missed It

Democratic Candidate Debate

Four Democratic candidates for the Florida governor's office, Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, and Andrew Gillum debated the issues on Wednesday, April 18.

Only registered Democrats will be able to vote in the August primaries to choose our party's candidate.  Watch the video and start making this very tough decision.

Sheryl Wilson on "ABC 7 at 7 News"

On April 13th, Sheryl Wilson, Chair of the Manatee County Democratic Party  joined the panel discussion with Alan Cohn on WWSB  “ABC 7 at 7" news.  If you missed the discussion Friday evening, catch it now, and share the link.  As always Sheryl totally nails the issues.

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Coming Up

April 19: Manatee Democratic Club

11:30 a.m. at Peridia Country Club

April 19: Democratic Hispanic Caucus Meeting

7:00 p.m. at Democratic HQ

April 23: Precincts 213 & 219 Neighbors Meeting

5:30 p.m. at Manatee Central Library

Annual Democratic Dinner - Sold Out

Keynote speaker, Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley knows that real change begins at the grassroots level. That’s why he created "Win Back Your State," a new PAC to support state and local Democratic candidates.  Having served as city councilman, mayor and governor, his insight on local politics is particularly important in 2018.   

In addition, our Florida Democratic Party Chair, Terrie Rizzo will speak on the state issues.  And Miami Beach Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Philip Levine will be a participating sponsor. 

Need to Know

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 - Legislature -  Require 2/3 vote of legislature to increase taxes.

Update: 3/27 - 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.  

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

On March 21, the Revision Commission completed its work and sent 25 proposals to the Style & Drafting Committee, where the proposals will be written into appropriate language for the November ballot. That final list will be published in May.

The current list of proposals and legal definition of each can be found at:   http://flcrc.gov/Media/PressReleases/Show/1096