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Did your property tax go up? There are reasons.

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 22, 2022. OUR POSITION: Don’t be surprised if your property taxes went up. November isn’t just election time; it’s also property tax time. Property owners receive their bills and the clock to pay them starts ticking, with a shrinking discount available each month through March.

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Thousands of students committed under Baker Act

By RYAN DAILEY, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Nov 18, 2022. TALLAHASSEE — Florida had 5,077 incidents of students being involuntarily committed under a mental-health law known as the Baker Act during the past school year, data presented Wednesday to a school-safety commission showed. The Baker Act is a roughly 50-year-old state law that allows courts,

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Food prices soar, and so do companies’ profits

By Isabella Simonetti and Julie Creswell,  The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2022. A year ago, a bag of potato chips at the grocery store cost an average of $5.05. These days, that bag costs $6.05. A dozen eggs that could have been picked up for $1.83 now average $2.90. A two-liter bottle of soda that cost $1.78

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Democracy or Autocracy? The choice is ours. Vote!

Editor’s comment:  Biden addressed this very question last night. Read his comments below. Florida has been under single party rule for over 20 years now. DeSantis controls all three branches of FL government and reaches deeply into our private lives. Vote Democratic…for a change. By Heather Cox Richardson, Nov 2, 2022. “Anecdotal data point,” conservative

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Who’s really to blame for inflation

Big corporations are taking advantage of the expectation of higher prices to rack up huge profits. Costs for big corporations are coming down, but companies are choosing profiteering over passing their savings on to customers. By Lindsay Owens By now, you’ve probably heard the good news. After more than a year of surging inflation, gas

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Floridians would face a dangerous future under a second DeSantis term

Ron DeSantis will pursue a complete abortion ban in Florida during his second term. It’s why he has steadfastly refused to answer questions about his efforts to eliminate reproductive freedoms. Headlines from states where restrictive abortion bans have already gone into effect shed light on the dangerous future that women and healthcare providers would be subject

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Michael Flynn and The Hollow

Editor’s note: This a long investigative story, but it is SO VERY important to know what is happening in Sarasota County!  Michael Flynn (former White House national security adviser; convicted but Trump-pardoned convicted criminal, and a Englewood FL resident) is trying to establish The Hollow ( 826 S Moon Dr, Venice, FL 34292) as a hotbed

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Development on Florida’s barrier islands made Ian evacuation impossible

Editor’s comment: Charlotte County issued appropriate evacuation orders, thank God!  Lee County did not.  But all SWFL counties must now truly consider SUSTAINABLE, APPROPRIATE development in the rush to rebuild.  Read the warning below! By Craig Pittman, The Florida Phoenix, Oct 13, 2022. Jesus had some good advice for Florida developers: Don’t build a house

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9 tips to debunk false claims made by friends and family

Advice by Teddy Amenabar, Washington Post General Assignment Reporter, Oct 5, 2022. Even when a source of information is known to be unreliable, research shows, many people will start to believe a claim if it is repeated often enough. That’s why it’s so important to stop misinformation when we can — a task that often, unfortunately, starts

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DeSantis spokesperson defends governor’s plan to bus Cuban immigrants to Delaware

On Thursday, Sept 1st,  a spokesperson for Ron DeSantis took to Twitter to defend the Governor’s plan to put Cubans and other immigrant communities on one-way buses out of Florida. Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kobie Christian released the following statement:  “After Ron DeSantis tried to backtrack on his plans to bus undocumented Cubans and other immigrant communities

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Ron DeSantis is a threat to democracy

Tonight, President Biden delivered a speech in Philadelphia on the ‘Battle for the Soul of the Nation.’ He discussed direct threats to our democracy and the danger extremism poses to our democratic values. In Florida, democracy’s greatest threat has proven to be Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis vetoed congressional maps drawn by conservative Republican lawmakers because they were

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Biden’s student loan plan squarely targets the middle class

By Jim Tankersley, New York Times, Aug. 25, 2022 WASHINGTON — The big winners from President Biden’s plan to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student loans are not rich graduates of Harvard and Yale, as many critics claim. In fact, the benefits of Mr. Biden’s proposals will largely go to the middle class.

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Rubio’s fake populism is no match for real history

By Sean Wilentz, The Washington Post, August 14, 2022. Sean Wilentz teaches at Princeton University and is the author of, among other books, “The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln.” “I’m not a scientist, man,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) once told an interviewer. He was evading a question about creationism and how old planet Earth is. “I

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What to know about Ron DeSantis’s political ‘election fraud’ arrests

Editor’s comment: Just another DeSantis effort to institutionalize racial discrimination and intimidation! Analysis by Philip Bump, Washington Post National correspondent, August 19, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) attend a news conference at the Broward County Courthouse on Aug. 18 in Fort Lauderdale. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) When they went

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