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January 5, 2021 - On Tuesday, January 5th at noon, Erin Vilardi, the founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead discussed: What Will It Take? Strategies For Building The Democracy We Deserve. Erin is the CEO and Founder of Vote Run Lead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win. She emphasized the importance of local elections, the impact of women on the political process as well as some election reforms that we should be thinking about for the future. TO VIEW THE VIDEO FOR OUR JANUARY 5TH WEB MEETING FEATURING ERIN VILARDI CLICK HERE.
December 15, 2020 - On Tuesday, December 15th, Ambassador Christopher Hill was our speaker. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents whose last post was as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Ambassador Hill discussed: President-Elect Biden's cabinet picks and their Impact on U.S. National Security. To view the video of our web meeting with Ambassador Hill click HERE.
November 13, 2020 - On Friday, November 13 at noon, the Longboat Key Democratic Club was honored to have U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, one of the Senate's most distinguished members, discuss the implications and political ramifications of the 2020 presidential race and the Senate races which will determine the control of the United Sates Senate. Senator Cardin was first elected to the Senate in 2006. He currently serves as ranking member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees. Senator Cardin also serves on the Senate Finance Committee. To view a video of our web meeting with Senator Cardin click HERE.
October 20, 2020 - On October 20 at 12:15 Katherine Norman, candidate for Fla. State Senate Dist. 23 and Andy Mele, candidate for Fla. House Dist. 71 joined us for a virtual Zoom meeting to bring us up-to-date on their campaigns.
Following the candidates at 1:00 pm, Brendan Goff, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of History at New College of Florida, presented Election 2020: The Good the Bad and the Ugly. That this past year has been challenging for us all would be an understatement. So why should the upcoming elections be any different? Though historians are generally trained to eschew predictions, Professor Goff believes history can shed some light on what to expect, what not to expect, and what we all can do as the final stage of this electoral season unfolds. If nothing else, we are already experiencing every day and every hour—some good, some bad, and some ugly. And it is very likely that the challenges will not stop on November 4th. Buckle up and strap in, this roller coaster ride is just getting started.
A Q/A session followed the candidate's and Professor Goff's presentations. For more details and to watch the video of this Zoom meeting, click HERE.
October 6, 2020 - On October 6 at noon we held a web meeting with Margaret Good who give us the status of her campaign to defeat Vern Buchanan and become, Florida’s 16th District Representative to Congress. In addition, Alison Murano and Cramer Verde from the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris campaign brought us up-to-date on their Florida campaign. There was plenty of time for questions and answers. To read more details and view the video of the session, click HERE.
September 22, 2020 - On Tuesday, September 22 former State Department Ambassador Jimmy Kolker joined us on a Zoom web meeting to discuss Covid-19 and the Challenge for Global Health Cooperation. Ambassador Kolker was on the front lines of the U.S. Government responses to AIDS, Ebola and Zika. He provided us with a ‘health diplomat’s’ insider view of why we did not learn the lessons necessary to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. And he will describe how the Trump administration’s transactional and neglectful view of international cooperation has left the U.S. losing leverage around the world as the virus spreads and vaccines and treatment arrangements are developed. His many messages about the way the Trump administration mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic were shocking. To view the video click HERE.
September 8, 2020 - On Tuesday, September 8 Ron Turner, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) and two of our local political leaders, JoAnne DeVries, Chair of the Sarasota County Democratic Party and Tracy Pratt, Chair of the Manatee County Democratic Party discussed: Voting As Though Your Way of Life Depended Upon it In the Era of Covid-19. There was a lively discussion with lots of questions from our meeting participants covering a wide range of issues related to voting in the upcoming election. To view a video of the web meeting click HERE.
August 11, 2020 - Two distinguished American military and diplomatic officers, retired Ambassadors Charles Ray and James McGee discussed The Use of Military for Civilian Law and Order. This was an extremely important webinar and we encourage all of our members and friends to watch the video, especially if you were unable to attend. HERE is the link to the video.
July 28, 2020 - MARGARET GOOD, WHO IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS AGAINST VERN BUCHANAN IN THE 16TH DISTRICT, JOINED OUR WEBINAR TO DISCUSS HER PLATFORM AND WHAT SHE HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH IN CONGRESS. MARGARET WAS JOINED BY ANDY MELE, WHO IS RUNNING FOR REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE DISTRICT 71 AND JOANNE DEVRIES, CHAIR, SARASOTA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Click HERE
July 21, 2020 - GERALD ZALTMAN, GRETCHEN BARTON, JAMES FORR, KIRK CHEFITZ AND SIMON EL HAGE TOLD US WHY THE DEMOCRATS NEED A COMPELLING STORY TO WIN IN 2020 - Click HERE
July 14, 2020 - VICKIE OLDHAM, CEO OF VICKIE O HERITAGE PRODUCTIONS, INC. AND WALTER GILBERT FORMER HEAD OF THE SARASOTA NAACP, PRESENTED THE HISTORY OF SARASOTA'S AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. At Vickie's and Walter's request we did not do a video of this session. Click HERE to go to Newton Alive Website to learn more.
June 26, 2020 - OUR CANDIDATES WEBINAR FEATURING DAVID GRAHAM AND THOMAS EDWARDS, SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES AND BETSY YOUNG CANDIDATE FOR STATE ATTORNEY - Click HERE.
May 26, 2020 - DALE ANDERSON ADDRESSED THE CRITICAL TOPIC: V0TER SUPPRESSION AND THE DEGRADATION OF DEMOCRACY - To watch the video, Click HERE. Go HERE to read a brief summary of Dale's presentation and download a copy of the slide presentation in .pdf format.