How to Participate
Attend Democratic Events. All Democrats are welcome to sit in on the meetings of the Democratic Executive Committee, although only members of the DEC may make or second motions, or vote. Each precinct is allotted one male and one female representative. We are seeking Democrats with a willingness to serve. If you are interested in finding out what this entails, come to and observe the next meeting of the DEC, held 6 to 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
Next DEC meeting: Tuesday, May 9, at 6 PM, in the Community Room of the Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library, 375 S. Water St., Monticello
You can also check upcoming events by clicking the "Events Calendar" tab near the top of the page.
Letters to the Editor: Here's a submittal from Bea Dixon, sent in Jan. 19, 2023:
Repeal of IRS funding: GOP extolls American virtues but does not practice them
House Republicans made good on a campaign promise on January 11, 2023, by repealing the additional funding for the IRS that was passed in President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The latter includes $79 billion for the IRS over a 10-year period.
Newly elected House speaker Kevin McCarthy stated: “Our first bill will repeal funding for 87,000 new IRS agents, because the government should be here to help you, not go after you.”
The message is that the IRS intends to go after regular Americans and small businesses—the IRS is coming for us! Social media has been quick at amplifying this message.
By looking at the facts of the situation it becomes quickly apparent that the Republicans intend to distract us from the fact that their move will help giant corporations and the super-wealthy among us to continue to not pay their fair share of taxes.
The goal of the legislation is actually aimed at “high-income and corporate tax evaders”, according to the Treasury Department.
Duke University has a list of reputable organizations that are checking facts on our behalf, such as Fact Checker, PolitiFacts, FactChecks, Lead Stories, Snopes, RealCleanPolitics, to name a few.
Turning to their expertise we learn that:
- New IRS workers will NOT target income earners or businesses making less than $400,000. Those of us who make less than this amount will not see an increase in taxes or number of IRS audits.
- An investment of $79 billion will generate $204 billion in revenue over the next decade.
This amount reflects taxes that are owed by the wealthiest among us and remain unpaid.
- The IRS has lost 40% of agents who know how to review complicated tax returns of the wealthy, large businesses and corporations.
It’s simply unacceptable that some among us do not pay the taxes owed under the law and in doing so undermine our ability to create a nation in which all of us can thrive.
Unfortunately, Republicans extol American virtues in principle and reject them in practice. Submitted by Bea Dixon
DID YOU VOTE BY MAIL?
To determine whether or not your mail ballot was counted, you can go to the Jefferson County Supervisor of Elections website. To get there, click the "Access to Government" tab above. Then click "Supervisor's Office."
When the SOE website comes up, "hover" your cursor over "Voter Information." In the drop-down menu that appears, click "My Voter Information." Scroll down to fill in the blanks with your name and birth date ( format dd/mm/yyyy), select the "I am not a robot" box, and click "Submit." You'll then see information on your voter status and whether or not your mail ballot has been received and counted.
Attend public meetings and participate in electoral activities of the Democratic Party in Jefferson County.
Participate in Community Service. The Democratic Executive Committee has adopted the following community service effort:
A College Scholarship for a Jefferson County student. Click the link to the program description and application form below "Community Service" under the logo at the top of the page.
Donate to support the activities of the Jefferson County Democratic Party.
Vote for our Democratic candidates at the next opportunity.
In addition to email at firstname.lastname@example.org, you may contact us by U.S. mail at:
Jefferson County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 1074
Monticello, FL 32345
See the Events Calendar for the next activity in support of the Democratic Party's Community Service efforts.