Why economists support more stimulus

By The New York Times, Dec 3, 2020 Independent economists overwhelmingly favor the passage of more stimulus money before the end of the year — and the prospects for such a bill seem to be improving. Democratic leaders in Congress yesterday signaled their openness to a bipartisan $908 billion stimulus package. Democrats would prefer a…

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…

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…

Biden has ambitious plans to curb the coronavirus. But they could face big hurdles in a divided country and Congress.

His first order of business will be to call Republican and Democratic governors to urge them to adopt mask mandates and communicate the importance of social distancing. By  Yasmeen Abutaleb and Laurie McGinley, Washington Post, Nov 7, 2020 President-elect Joe Biden made his election bid a referendum on President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But as he inherits…

10 Reasons to Vote Blue

Written by Jess C., a Charlotte County resident who enjoys writing horror short stories in her free time. This year was the first time I voted. I’ve had various reasons for not voting previously, ranging from feeling apathetic to clueless and overwhelmed with how to fill out the ballot. That changed this time around. If…

State house candidates don’t agree on much

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Oct 25, 2020 The two candidates for Charlotte County’s seat in the state house of representatives disagree on many topics, including expanding Medicaid for the poor and limiting local authority on key policies. Both incumbent Rep. Michael Grant and his opponent David Jones, agree, however, with a focus…

The final debate

Analysis by David Leonhardt, NY Times, Oct 23, 2020 Last night’s presidential debate felt much more normal than this year’s first one. The candidates interrupted each other only occasionally rather than constantly. They argued about big policy issues like the coronavirus, foreign policy and more. But the debate wasn’t normal by the standards of nearly…