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Roe Vs. Wade overturned: what it means for all of us

On June 24th, the Supreme Court expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people. New extreme state laws jeopardize the health of millions of women without exceptions for rape or incest and threaten to jail women who seek care. Personal medical decisions should be up to women and their doctors – not politicians.

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Candidate Profile

Tom Sullivan, District 4 County Commissioner candidate, answers Charlotte Dems’ questions

On August 23rd in the primary election, all Charlotte County voters – including more than 35,000 Democrats and 43,000 Independent voters – will have the opportunity to choose the County Commissioners to represent Districts 2 and 4. In an effort to inform the voters of the candidates’ positions on critical issues, Charlotte County Democrats asked

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Economy

Refuting Republican lies about the Inflation Reduction Act

President Biden signed this bill into law on August 16th….and the lies just keep on coming!  Republicans are lying about the Inflation Reduction Act to try to distract from the fact that they sided with entrenched special interests instead of voting to lower costs. Here’s facts that you can use to fight back against their

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Elections

Punta Gorda Charter Review Committee does its job

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Aug 13, 2022. OUR POSITION: We believe the ballot questions suggested by the Punta Gorda’s Charter Review Committee (CRC) were well thought out and should be accepted by voters this fall if they get the opportunity to show their approval. Pardon us for a moment

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Candidate Profile

Jaha Cummings, District 2 County Commissioner candidate, answers Charlotte Dems’ questions

In the August 23rd primary election all Charlotte County voters – including more than 35,000 Democrats and 43,000 Independent voters – will have the opportunity to choose the next County Commissioners representing Districts 2 and 4. In an effort to inform the voters of the candidates’ positions on critical issues, Charlotte County Democrats asked all

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Candidate Profile

Stephen Deutsch, District 4 County Commissioner candidate, answers Charlotte Dems’ questions

In the August 23rd primary election, all Charlotte County voters – including more than 35,000 Democrats and 43,000 Independent voters – will have the opportunity to choose the County Commissioners representing Districts 2 and 4. In an effort to inform the voters of the candidates’ positions on critical issues, Charlotte County Democrats asked all six

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Environment

Delicate balance needed to protect our ecosystem

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Aug 10, 2022. OUR POSITION: Growth and invasive species are a huge challenge that all Floridians, and especially our lawmakers, must address in a proactive manner to protect our water and our ecosystems. The annual hunt for invasive Burmese pythons, dead gopher tortoises found near

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Opinion

Florida’s children have needs to meet

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Aug 11, 2022. OUR POSITION: A nationwide report that examines the well-being of children in each state indicates Florida has plenty of work to do. The kids are not all right. That’s how we would surmise statistics accumulated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for

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Elections

Pelosi has the right Democratic midterm strategy

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post  Columnist, August 10, 2022. As Republicans whipped themselves up into new levels of fury on Tuesday over the execution of a search warrant at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Democrats were taking victory laps and spelling out their midterm message. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has remained unflappably upbeat

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Florida Legislation

Florida teachers race to remake lessons as DeSantis laws take effect

By Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, July 30, 2022. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Miami-Dade County school board couldn’t make up its mind. It has voted three times in four months on whether students can use a particular textbook, “Comprehensive Health Skills,” for sex education classes. The board for the state’s largest district signed off

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News

DeSantis suspends Democratic state attorney he accuses of being “woke,” not enforcing laws

By Zac Anderson, USA Today Network-Florida, Aug 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren, the chief prosecutor for the 13th Judicial Circuit covering Hillsborough County, after calling him “woke” and accusing him of refusing to properly enforce certain laws. The governor cited positions Warren has taken on abortion laws, gender confirmation surgery and other issues.

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Opinion

What’s next in the attack on public education?

By Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 29, 2022. Monitoring the news from afar during my unanticipated but compulsory month-long sabbatical from Florida* allowed me an outsider’s perspective on the state of our state. Even from a distance it was impossible not to feel stunned by the escalating attack on public education as we move toward

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Coronavirus

COVID-19 deaths top 77,500 in Florida

By the News Service of Florida, August 1, 2022. More than 77,500 Florida residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in early 2020, a new report by the state Department of Health shows. The report, issued Friday, said 77,565 residents had died of the virus, up from 76,662 in a July 15 report.

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Elections

The 2022 elections are near. What do you not know?

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on August 1, 2022. You may have already pulled evidence of the upcoming 2022 election from your mailbox. If not, perhaps you’ve seen some television commercials telling you who not to vote for. Yes, it’s an election year and the turnout to fill seats in Congress,

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Biden's Vision

Strong economy and declining gas prices have escaped media notice, the White House says

By JACOB FISCHLER , Florida Phoenix, July 28, 2022 After making a fight against inflation its “top priority,” the Biden administration says aspects of the economy are robust, even if headlines haven’t reflected that. Senior administration officials promoted Biden’s economic record on a call with local reporters Wednesday on positive economic indicators — mainly low unemployment and

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Candidate Profile

Marco Rubio has spent years trying to cut Medicare

Florida is home to more seniors benefiting from Medicare than almost any other state in the country. But as Floridians mark the anniversary of Medicare being signed into law, Marco Rubio is doubling down on his years-long efforts to undermine seniors’ health care: Rubio supported a 2012 budget plan that aimed to “end Medicare as

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Housing

Housing challenge continues in region

By Steve Reilly & Barb Richardson, Staff Writers, The Daily Sun,  July 29 & 30, 2022. MURDOCK — Charlotte County hasn’t been spared the housing crunch that most of Florida is facing. Whether rental or home purchasing, local housing costs are pricing out nurses and other medical care workers, carpenters and other trades and other

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Environment

Climate change is not negotiable

By the  Editorial Board, The New York Times      , July 23, 2022. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. The American West has gone bone dry, the Great Salt Lake is vanishing and water levels in Lake Mead

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