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Higher rates and replacement costs will increase property insurance expense

The content below is sourced from https://www.floridarealtors.org/news-media/news-articles/2022/01/higher-rates-and-replacement-costs-will-raise-prop-ins By Ron Hurtibise FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Embattled by years of property insurance rate increases, Florida homeowners are about to get hit by a double whammy: Your insurance costs will likely rise even higher than you expected next year as companies increase the replacement value, or the estimated

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A review of Joe Biden’s first year

Content below courtesy of https://www.demlist.com/ It has been a historically challenging first year for President Joseph Biden. He inherited an ongoing global pandemic, economic turmoil, a climate crisis, a 20-year war, and a country torn apart by political and racial divisions. In fact, the Biden-Harris administration has delivered, bringing back the economy, passing the American

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s history lessons

King understood the nation’s challenges as part of a continuous narrative. Today, a narrow view of America’s past could imperil its future. By Jelani Cobb,  The New Yorker, January 9, 2022. On March 25, 1965, at the conclusion of the brutally consequential march from Selma to Montgomery, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a speech titled “Our God Is

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From Omicron to the governor’s race: Five things to watch in Florida politics in 2022

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Dec 30, 2021. Another year, another coronavirus variant poised to wreak havoc, another Republican governor cruising toward reelection as Democrats desperately try to remain relevant. Florida politics heading into 2022 looks a lot like it has for the last 20 years, with the complications of COVID-19 politics thrown into the mix.

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Simmering rental crisis at full boil

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, December 28, 2021. The sizzling real estate of Southwest Florida is being felt by service employees and lower income elders dealing with the heat of higher rents. Some landlords have decided to get out of the rental business and sell properties while prices are at record levels.

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Low-profile heiress who ‘played a strong role’ in financing Jan 6th rally is thrust into spotlight

Editor’s note:  I do not shop at Publix due to its radical right political alignment and contributions.  Publix is also a big DeSantis contributor.  Remember that DeSantis gave first rights to distribute the vaccine  to Publix.  By Beth Reinhard,  Jacqueline Alemany and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post, December 8, 2021 Eight days before the Jan. 6 rally

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What have Democrats and Biden accomplished in 2021?

By Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems Communications Committee Chair, November 15,2021. Yes, our nation is facing high inflation due to a supply chain crisis (which will hopefully alleviate in 2022) and an immigration surge. But let’s consider all the positives so far in 2021! When Joe Biden was inaugurated as our president on January 20th,

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The Democratic Women’s Club collects holiday donations for Charlotte County homeless moms

Every year the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County collects gift cards and personal items, such as lotions, soaps, and shampoos for the homeless mothers whose children attend Charlotte Public Schools. Gift cards for grocery stores, supercenter stores, or gas stations are especially appreciated. If you would like to donate to the DWC’s 2021

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Stolen 2020 election myth imposes loyalty test on Republicans

By JAY BOOKMAN, Florida Phoenix, Oct 25, 2021. The narrative about a stolen election is completely fabricated. None of it is true. None of it happened. None of it, not in Arizona, not in Georgia, not anywhere, none of it. All “evidence” offered to support that narrative is likewise a mirage; it vanishes completely upon

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Kevin McCarthy keeps on trying to squelch Liz Cheney

By Heather Cox Richardson, Oct 23, 2021. This morning, Jonathan Martin at the New York Times reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has warned Republican political consultants that they may not continue to work for both him and Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is vice chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January

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Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.

By TRISH ZORNIO, Florida Phoenix, Oct. 18, 2021. More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a

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DeSantis policy moves often followed by fundraising pitch

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, October 8, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – When Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Florida’s secretary of state to investigate Facebook, alleging it may have manipulated 2020 elections in the state, he made sure his donors didn’t miss the news. Forty-eight hours after the Republican governor dispatched Laurel Lee last month on a search for

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Go ahead, worry! A worst-case scenario for American democracy

Editor’s note:  Yes, we DO need to worry.  Click HERE for another great Washington Post analysis of our constitutional crisis.  By Robert Crawford,  The Nation, Sept 1, 2021. With Trump no longer president and the January 6 insurrection thwarted, the danger may appear to be behind us. “Democracy survived.”  But did it? Yet few observers and

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Arizona proves again that Trump is the GOP’s useful idiot

By Marc Elias, Democracy Docket, September 27, 2021 Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s useful idiot. He was their useful idiot when he turned over the selection of federal judgeships to the Federalist Society. He was a useful idiot when he became the improbable candidate of the white evangelical movement. But, nowhere has his idiocy

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History repeats itself

By Bill Welsch, Indivisible Action SWFL Following the Civil War, citizens of Southern states, feeling humiliated and disheartened, set to work re-writing history. They wasted no time. In a manner befitting modern-day communications experts, the South got to work framing a revised narrative, one that became “truth” in our educational system and media. Even books

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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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