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.
Check the calendar for upcoming
events in the precincts. Help with
voter outreach and even meet the candidates.
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.
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."
Contact a candidate to offer your experience and skills -- to write, phone, research, web design -- ask how to help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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