We've all been there before. Walking down the aisle at the local grocery store and you overhear a conversation about politics and you cringe. You try your best to ignore what is being said, but the words just keep coming in through your ears no matter how much you try to block them out.
It's at that moment that you feel that you are alone in a sea of Republicanism. Alone in a maddening, MAGA-hat wearing throng where everyone drinks the Fox News kool-aid.
You are not alone! There are over 52,000 Democrats in Collier County and this is your podcast.
The Collier Democratic Roundup is the official podcast of the Collier County Democratic Party. On each episode we will discuss some of the news, what is going on in the local and state party, and how you can get involved and take action to affect change in your community.
We will bring on expert guests to talk about politics, the economy, elections, voting and more. You will hear from local officials and candidates to keep informed of what is going on in Collier County.
It's nearly impossible to hear about progressive news in our local community so we decided to bypass the local media and give it straight to you. We have a robust website and social media presence that gives you news and opinion pieces about local news stories.
For more information about the local Democratic Party please visit our website at www.collierdems.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Episode 35 - Biden's First 100 Days in Office
Today we discuss Biden's first 100 days in office and give him a grade (spoiler alert, he did pretty well), we talk about the census and what redistricting means for Democrats, and we look at the efforts of local Anti-abortion advocates and their push to make Naples a sanctuary city for the unborn. Plus we have our moments of positivity.
But before we get into all of that here is some Democratic Party news.
First, it is with great sadness that we announce the resignation of our State Committee woman Sara McFadden. Sara has been a huge asset to the local party over the last 5 years. She has run twice for office and made huge strides in a very difficult district, growing the party with all of her efforts both as a candidate and as our State Committeewoman. She will remain on as a Precinct committee person, but she is taking a much deserved break. A huge thank you to Sara for all of her efforts.
With Sara's resignation, we have to replace her position and we are excited to announce that Jane Schletweig has agreed to become our new State Committeewoman. Jane is a precinct committeewoman out of Marco, she is Vice-President of the Democratic Women's Club of Marco, and she is the Region 7 Chair for the Democratic Women's Club of Florida. Jane has worked closely with the leadership of the Collier Democratic Party over the last 4 years and we are excited for her to join our leadership team.
The Democratic County Chairs Association met for the first time this past month and we had State Party Chair Manny Diaz and Executive Director Marcus Dixon on to update us on all the Florida Democratic Party efforts. They are doing a great job of getting the party back moving in the right direction. They have proposed a annual budget of 12 million dollars, focusing heavily on voter registration and communication. They have budget money to combat what will prove to be contentious redistricting process. They have had to deal with a lot of unforseen issues that have arisen after their election, but they have righted the ship and are pushing forward.
Here are the upcoming meetings to put on your schedule.
Thursday May 6th @ 6:30 is the Monthly DEC meeting. This is the business meeting of the party, it is open to the public.
Tuesday May 11th @7:00 is the monthly meeting of the Democratic Womens Club of Marco. I will speaking at this meeting along with our outgoing State Committeewoman Sara McFadden. We will be discussing the legislative session and the voting trends as seen around Collier County.
Monday May 17th @ 6:30 is the monthly meeting of the Collier Democratic Club.
Please remember to volunteer and donate. We are an all volunteer organization and we rely on your generosity to maintain the website, produce this podcast, and promote the agenda of the Democratic party through out Collier and Southwest Florida, so please donate a little time or money to our efforts. It is greatly appreciated.
Episode 34 - Checking in on the State Legislature and Collier County's Love of Developers
This week's show we look at the unpopular legislation being pushed by the Florida State Republicans including the protest bill, the THC bill, the Voting Restrictions bill, preemption bill, and more.
We talk about how bad press is evidently good press for Florida Republicans as Matt Gaetz sticks it out and Governor DeSantis is now the front runner for the 2024 nomination.
And finally we talk about Collier Counties push to open up the environmentally sensitive eastern side of the county to developers against the public and environmental groups. What could go wrong?
Plus the local news from the party.
Episode 33 - FL Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried
In this episode we are joined with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried. She talks about her experience in the cabinet as the only state wide elected Democrat in Florida and answers questions from our DEC members.
Also, Amber, Linda and I discuss Governor DeSantis's corruption regarding the vaccine roll out and talk about the American Rescue Plan. How it will help and why Republicans are against it. Plus we have our moments of positivity.
Episode 32 - What are the Florida Republicans doing to help with Covid? SPOILER ALERT: Nothing
We update on the latest hires and appointments at the Florida Democratic Party and we dive into some of the bills the Republicans are proposing in the 2021 Legislative Session. Bills to make voting more difficult, BIlls to make protesting illegal, and bills to undermine the will of the people. Just another day in Republican governance.
Episode 31 - Hope for the Best, Plan for Republicans
In episode 31, Amber, Linda and I talk about the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, Biden's Covid Relief bill and Ron DeSantis's covid incompetence.
Episode 30 - 2021 has Begun
In our first episode of the Biden Administration we talk about how Collier County did in the 2020 elections, what the hell happened in the transition and we focus our attention on Ron DeSantis and his handling of the Covid Pandemic.
We also give some updates on party elections, who's back and who's new.
This Californian loves to hear these Floridian perspectives! I want to help turn your state Blue!!
Glad to hear!
It’s nice to hear intelligent discussions addressed around Florida politics. This gives us a voice, I don’t fee so alone!
Interesting so far
I have listened to the first episode and so far I am enjoying this show. I am an independent and lean slightly left on social issues, slightly right fiscally. I started to lose some respect with the GOP after the election of President Trump, and am finding the democratic platform more appealing as time has gone on. I’ll continue to give this show a chance.