Model homes imminent in West Port

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Nov 29, 2020  This aerial view of the planned community called West Port under development shows State Road 776/El Jobean Road at the bottom and U.S. 41 at the top. The Charlotte County Centennial Park is the green in the middle. The first model homes may go in…

Trump’s legacy, by the numbers

Opinion by  Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, Nov 25, 2020 As COVID-19 hospitalizations hit another new high on Tuesday, President Trump called a news conference to boast about a different record: the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, he crowed, had just pierced 30,000. “That’s a sacred number, 30,000,” he said. It was a bizarre statement even for…

Rubio calls Biden’s national security team ‘polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline’

Editor’s note: Also read “Marco Rubio gets ripped for criticizing Biden’s ‘Ivy League’ foreign policy team,” by HuffPost’s Jeremy Blum By Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico, Nov 24, 2020 Sen. Marco Rubio suggested on Tuesday that he would oppose confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team, presaging the first sign of potential Senate battles to come if Republicans maintain control…

A dark money mystery in Florida; a spoiler candidate helps a Republican win by 32 votes

Editor’s note, Dec 4, 2020: Disgraced & resigned FL Senator Frank Artiles (R) planted the no-party candidate in the Miami-Dade Senate race, which the Republican candidate won by just 32 votes out of more than 215,000 cast. Read this update from the Miami Herald. By Scott Glover, Curt Devine, Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein, published by CNN on Nov 23, 2020…

Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want to shut down Florida. What power do mayors and counties have to control the virus?

By RYAN GILLESPIE and STEPHEN HUDAK, published in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov 20, 2020 Across the country, states and counties are ordering residents to hunker down or wear masks as governors brace for another surge of coronavirus cases. But in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited nearly all shutdown actions that local counties were able to take early…

Charlotte leaders at odds over impact fees

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun staff writer, published Nov 22, 2020 Charlotte County commissioners may agree that impact fees on new construction should go up, but they disagree on how much. Commissioners may consider raising assessments next year County staff told the board at a workshop Tuesday that they could have something for the board to…

If Congress doesn’t act, 12 million Americans could lose unemployment aid after Christmas

By Eli Rosenberg, Nov 18, 2020, Washington Post Deadlines set by Congress early in the pandemic will result in about 12 million Americans losing unemployment insurance by the year’s end, according to a report released Wednesday — a warning about the sharp toll that inaction in Washington could exact on the economic health of both individual…