Letter from the Chair – August 1, 2022

Just when you thought it was safe to not pay attention to the Fascist in the Governor’s mansion, he took a moment out of his Presidential campaign to continue to tighten his grip on the throats of unsuspecting Floridians.

Check this out. A few weeks back K-Ron ordered the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to develop a rule that denies Medicaid coverage for lifesaving, gender-affirming care to transgender Floridians. Now he has instructed his lapdog Surgeon General and the Fl. Dept of Health to propose the rule “standard of banned care” that will be heard by the Fl. Board of medicine this Friday, August 5. He is pressuring them to ignore their best judgement (because he is a doctor?).

This rule not only denies care to adults but interferes with parents right to care for their children. (isn’t he the parental rights guy?) It is another direct attack on the LGBTQ community. Please tell the Fl. Board of Medicine to reject this bigoted/homophobic BS by clicking here.

Thanks to the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida for this Action Alert.

Speaking of our Fascist Governor, this morning’s Miami Herald described him pretty accurately:

“Florida is the free state where no one is going to tell you what to do, the state of low unemployment, of a sunny economy. We are the state that welcomes Business” That is the image that Gov. DeSantis meticulously, albeit deceptively, has promoted.

“But the governor’s definition of freedom comes with handcuffs, a blindfold, a gag, and if necessary, a billy club for those who would disagree with his world view” Miami Herald Editorial Board.

We have an opportunity to get rid of this White Christian Nationalist Fascist. VOTE!

For those of you unfamiliar with the America First movement, google them. The Nazi’s are out of the closet.


We have elections this month that are an opportunity to make decisions about what kind of country we want to be. I am hopeful because many folks are curious about the candidates on the ballot and want to know more. You can google them all. You can find them on FB. Learn about the candidates in down ballot races. Make informed choices.

Attend local government meetings and see what is going on.

Government Meetings This Week

Tuesday, August 2 – The Key West City Commission will meet at 5pm in City Hall, 1300 White St, Key West. For details and agenda, click here.

Activist Events This Week

Monday, August 1 – Today is the last day to get school supplies to the Coral City Elks, 1107 Whitehead St., Key West as they end their drive for underprivileged children. Please deliver to the club or Call Ken Sullivan for pick-up at 305-896-5514.

Thursday, August 4 – The Key West Chapter of Drinking Liberally will meet at 5pm (new time) in the back room of Sally O Brien’s, on the corner of Flager Ave & Bertha St. Key West.

Thursday, August 4 – City Commissioner Sam Kaufman is hosting a meet and greet for Monroe County School Board Candidate Sue Woltanski from 5-7pm at the Southernmost VFW, Post 3911, 2200 N Roosevelt BLVD. Key West. She is a local, dedicated Public Education Advocate. Stop in and meet her!

Saturday, August 6 – There is a gathering at Nelson English Park in Key West from 12-4 to support the children of the neighborhood and gather school supplies. More than a dozen local churches and groups are supporting this event. Drop by and see old friends and bring school supplies!!!

We are fortunate to live in such a caring, giving community!

Keys Dems August Events!!!

We are hosting one of our favorite FUNdraising events on August 14 at Mangrove Mama’s on Upper Sugarloaf Key, MM 19.9 from 5-7pm. A $35 ticket will get you a picnic style buffet, live music, and candidates to meet in-person. We are collecting school supplies for the United Teachers of Monroe to hand out to those children who need them. When you bring school supplies – you will get three free door prize tickets! We will be in the large, shady outdoor area with lots of fans and tasty food. (Enter from the back door) Cash Bar with service at the table!

Reserve your spot now by clicking on this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2022schoolsupplies

Our meetings this month are as follows:

Lower Keys – August 8 in Key West

Upper Keys – August 17 in Key Largo

Middle Keys – August 25 in Marathon

Election info:

If you have your Vote by Mail ballot – fill it out and mail it or you can drop off at any Supervisor of Elections Office.

Early Voting will start on Monday, August 8 and those locations can be found at https://www.keyselections.org/Voter-Information/Early-Voting

Election day is August 23.

If you would like to volunteer as a poll watcher – email me. If you got a call from Tricia King regarding being a poll watcher, please call her back.

Special thanks to the texting team and our Vice chair –  Phil for his efforts!

Thanks to the team of volunteers who have been addressing post cards and getting them in the mail – 2300 plus cards in the last week. We have more to do, so let me know if you can help!

The Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee met over the weekend and made endorsements for the August Ballot:

  1. Sue Woltanski for School Board
  2. Kim Highsmith for Dist. 4 KW City Commission
  3. YES on all ballot measures

Remember that not only do we need to replace DeSantis with a normal person, but we also need to get rid of Marco Rubio, a lazy, lying, sorry excuse of a Senator who has consistently voted against any policy that would help the state of Florida and its citizens. He must go. Vote!

Many local races will be decided this month. VOTE!

I hope to see you at one of these events!

Bert Sise/Chair