Here is the good news! Macron won! Despite a rise in inflation and nationalism (same as us), France decided to go with Democracy and the EU. That bodes well for us. Biden knows he is not responsible for the inflation or the price of gas, but he is sincerely trying to do something about it. Sincerity does not get much press, but folks are paying attention. Do not always believe the polls!

Meanwhile, DeSantis has been off campaigning for president this week, hoping that folks will forget the mess he made in attacking Disney. Apparently, his attempt to punish the mouse has come up and bit him in the butt! The original deal has a clause that says the deal cannot be undone if there is debt. Unless the state wants to pay the debt. HA! I do not think that is happening. I see this going away very quietly, maybe.

Last week our Democratic Ag. Commissioner, Nikki Fried, has revoked the concealed carry permits for six men arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Bravo Nikki!

Not to be messed with, the Guv announced he wanted to make Floriduh an open carry state with no restrictions, meaning no permit, no background checks, all wild, wild west! Undertakers & law enforcement, stock up on body bags!

Wake up Florida!

Here is our Hero of the week – Michigan State Senator, Mallory McMorrow. See her speech this week in the Michigan Senate as she fired back at GOP Lies! Watch it on YouTube here.

I ask you to consider attending local government meetings and letting your elected officials know you are watching and paying attention. Call them on their BS! Praise them when they do their jobs! Use your VOTE to get the government you deserve.

Government Meetings this Week

Tuesday, May 3 – The Key West City Commission will meet at 5pm in City Hall, 1300 White St., Key West. I did not see anything too offensive but make your own decision. Details and Agenda are here.

I have a wish list. Can you help? Here it is.

I would love to have a volunteer for each government meeting held in Monroe County. Watch via ZOOM or attend in person. (I think in-person is better for monitoring the crazy in the room). That person would then email me what is happening that we need to track. Our job could be to build community activism and increase citizen involvement/attendance.

Coming Events

Thursday, May 5 – Drinking Liberally will be meeting at 5:30pm in the back room of Sally O’Brien’s (the former Shanna Key). It is also Cinco de Mayo, so, Irish/Mexican food?

Friday, May 6 – Join the Black Lives Matter protest from 4-5pm in front of the Murray Nelson Govt. Ctr on US#1 in Key Largo!

Petition Drives

Currently the Keys Dems are working on the Single Member District issue, which would change the way the voters in Monroe County elect their County Commissioners from at-large voting to SMD. This means you will only vote for Your Commissioner, who must also live in your district. Check out this op-ed from Linda Grist Cunningham, the publisher/editor of Key West Island News. Read the article here for a great explanation. You can print a copy of the Single Member District petition at www.keysrep.com.

We are considering another statewide petition to protect our water with a Constitutional amendment, since the state really does not care about how Big Development impacts water quality throughout the state. More on that one soon.

Ballot initiatives are a true symptom of an out of touch government. Vote them out if they only respond to their donors. Again, Tallahassee is the best legislature money can buy!

Remember – DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!

Democrats have delivered many good things for the American People over the years. However, for us to continue to guide our country to a future of equal opportunity and equal justice, we need to elect enough Democrats up and down the ballot to break the GOP hold on our state. They (the GOP) have shown us who they really are, and it is not a pretty picture. I, for one, do not want to go back to 1960 in terms of women’s rights and civil rights! We are experiencing the emergence of a tyrant! He talks more like a Russian dictator than the governor of a state in the USA!

WAKE UP AMERICA!

More good news! Brandon Jones, one of our newest volunteers, has taken on a few more chores. He has been running our Facebook page for a few months now and doing a fantastic job. Now, he has also agreed to help with the website and will be editing the BLOG! So, if you have an article you would like to share or comments in “letter to the editor” style, please email them to blog@keysdems.com

Special thanks to Helen Dodderidge, the designer/creator of our website who will be working with Brandon to get the site up to date and ready for the 2022 election cycle.

If you are having trouble getting my newsletter on a regular basis, please add Bert Sise chair@keysdems.com as a contact in your email.

Stay safe and well friends!

See you soon!

Bert Sise/Chair

KeysDems

“In a time of destruction, create something.” – Maxine Hong Kingston

(I think we can create the new and Improved Democratic Party!)

Good morning everyone!

I sincerely hope you are all practicing your social distancing skills and feeling fine!

Since I know many of you are spending a bit more time on the computer than normal, check this out. The Keys Dems have just launched our new website. Give it a look www.keysdems.com

We have great plans for it as a way to share information and let our members share their thoughts in a blog that will be launched soon on the site.

Kudos to Helen Dodderidge for her work (Phil’s Daughter). We are delivering it into the capable hands of our local webmaster, Bob Gold. Please email Bob (data@keysdems.com) or myself (chair@keysdems.com) with your thoughts. If you wish to submit a local story to the blog, there will be an email address for that as well (coming soon).

The Steering Committee has a Conference Call meeting today and your regional managers will be getting in touch with you to let you know what comes next for us in the age of COVID-19.

By the way, here’s a link for you to check what’s going on in the county regarding that subject
https://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/1169/COVID-19-Coronavirus.

On the upside, I was able to get into a few grocery stores in Key West yesterday and actually found food. People were polite and did not bump into you! LOL!

We are going to get through this, folks, I promise. In the meantime, take care of yourselves, your families and the rest will work out!

The orange menace is revealing his true self in ways that make him even more repulsive. The Oligarchs have taken over before in our history, and they have been overturned by an angry electorate. This is why they work so hard to curtail and denigrate a free press, dumb down the education system and have become masters of voter suppression. Do not be fooled! There will be a day of reckoning. It’s our job to make sure that happens!

Please support our local restaurants by ordering take-out. I always wanted to be able to get cocktails to-go and now it’s legal!!!

Don’t forget our Be Blue-Vote Blue Campaign. Get some blue solar landscape lights and let’s show the world where we stand. Just a little effort to counter-act those hideous orange menace banners that are starting to fade from the sun, (LOL) while we will be using the sun to show our true colors. Post your pix on FB. Text me the pix (305-747-4569) and I will post on our FB site.

Love you all-stay well!

Bert Sise/Chair
KeysDems

PS – Informative binge-watching opportunities…
The Family – Netflix
The Great Hack – Netflix