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Democrats say DeSantis stumble gives hope, but campaign needs work

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, Sept 4, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – With recent polls showing Gov. Ron DeSantis losing support among Floridians as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, Florida Democrats sense a political opening. But DeSantis’ stumbles also are being greeted with a cold dose of reality among  Democrats exiled from state leadership for more than

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DeSantis’ effort to blame Covid-19 spread on migrants is short on evidence

By Louis Jacobson and Miriam Valverde, PolitiFact in the Tampa Bay Times, August 8, 2021 As coronavirus cases spike nationally, and especially in Florida, a blame game has erupted between President Joe Biden and Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis. Florida has the second-highest per-capita coronavirus case load of any state as of Aug. 6, exceeding its level at any point

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2nd Covid surge meets a different FL response

By John Kennedy and Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, August 9, 2021. Florida’s second summer of COVID-19 is looking a lot different than 2020’s midyear surge, when the state was locking down, masking up and eagerly awaiting the arrival of vaccines. One big difference: This time, there’s plenty of vaccine that

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The Feds earmarked $15 billion for FL schools to help kids in the pandemic, but it’s largely an unused stockpile

By Danielle J. Brown, Florida Phoenix,  July 26, 2021 By the spring of 2020, reality was setting in that the Covid-19 pandemic would stick around for quite some time, and Florida’s school districts were confronting an unknown education world. Districts started talks about the next school year, considering mask mandates, staggered classroom schedules and other

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After past ‘mockery’, Florida GOP to begin new high-stakes redistricting effort

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK–FLORIDA, July 24, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – The last time Florida’s ruling Republicans were tasked with redrawing the state’s political districts, a judge concluded they turned it into a “mockery” by secretly and illegally working to enhance their command of the state. Fast-forward to this summer, and an even more powerful GOP-led Legislature

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Jim Crow 2.0

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte Dems contributing writer ‘If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” George Bernard Shaw During the Reconstruction period following the U.S. Civil War, it was not uncommon for African Americans to be elected to local and state offices. Although election to

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‘It’s a new day’: In the wake of Floyd killing, Florida looks to change police culture

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, July 9, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – A year after George Floyd’s death exposed deep divisions over race and policing, a new Florida law seeks to spark what supporters say is a needed cultural change across many law enforcement agencies. The measure orders that every police department have use-of-force policies, bans chokeholds and makes it

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Some Floridians still skeptical about Covid vaccines because of side effects and other concerns

By Issac Morgan and Diane Rado, Florida Phoenix, June 16, 2021 While the Biden administration is pushing to vaccinate Americans, Floridians who aren’t fully vaccinated are concerned about potential side effects, misinformation about vaccines and other issues, according to a study by the University of South Florida. Researchers at USF’s School of Public Affairs on Wednesday

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What’s at stake

By Bill Welsch,  Charlotte Dems contributing writer Michael Cohen, former lawyer for ex-President Trump, describes in his book “Disloyal: A Memoir,” chilling details of the lies and deceit he and other people around Trump employed to keep “the boss” happy. The book is a wakeup call to those of us who fear for our democracy.

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Remembering George Floyd

By Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee George Floyd wasn’t the only black person to die at the hands of U.S. police officers. But the reaction to his death has clearly been different primarily because of the video that captured it. Within 24-hours of his death, the video taken by a passerby of

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ACLU of Florida statement on the 2021 FL legislative session

The Florida legislative session ended on Friday, April 30. After a tumultuous year and a challenging legislative session, we wanted to make sure you knew that the ACLU of Florida has been working as hard as ever to protect our civil liberties. Despite the onslaught of undemocratic legislation introduced this year that will impact our

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Not rich? Good news: You’re probably getting a tax cut.

President Joe Biden is preparing to unveil another tranche of tax increase proposals, including hiking the top marginal income tax rate and upping levies on capital gains. By BRIAN FALER, Politico,  April 25, 2021 Everyone knows that Democrats want to raise taxes on the rich, but what hasn’t gotten nearly as much notice is how much

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Bonus money and pay raises finalized in Florida’s state budget

Florida Phoenix reporter Issac Morgan writes: “With just a few days left in the 2021 legislative session and COVID-19 still infecting and killing Floridians, the Legislature will not fully utilize federal coronavirus relief funds from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. About $3.5 billion will be used to bolster the state’s reserves rather than provide

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A tribute to Walter Mondale and other great Minnesotans

By Sarah Lewerenz, Charlotte Dems contributing writer I am a Floridian and have the driver’s license to prove it. But, I will always in my heart also be a Minnesota DFL’er — a member of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party or the DFL — Minnesota’s affiliate of the national Democratic Party. And, this week,

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