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Why Did Republicans Become So Extreme?

By Paul Krugman New York Times Opinion Columnist Many political analysts have spent years warning that the G.O.P. was becoming an extremist, anti-democratic party. Long before Republicans nominated Donald Trump for president, let alone before Trump refused to acknowledge electoral defeat, the congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein declared that the party had become

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Should the DOJ prosecute Trump?

The following is from Robert B Hubbell’s June 21st 2022 newsletter: The damning presentation by the January 6th Committee has shifted the conversation from whether Trump committed crimes to whether it is a good idea to prosecute Trump for his crimes. Teasers from the Committee’s presentation scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at 1:00 PM Eastern

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DWC to honor scholarship recipients at June reception

The Democratic Women’s Club of Charlotte County is excited to announce the recipients of its annual Betty Gissendanner Scholarship awards.  This year we have two scholars: Cassidy Gibbs, graduating from Port Charlotte High School and Kiley Rydberg, graduating from Lemon Bay High School. We will be honoring the scholars at a June 13 reception held

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How DeSantis transformed Florida’s political identity

By Patricia Mazzei, The New York Times, April 28, 2022. MIAMI — Florida feels like a state running a fever, its very identity changing at a frenetic pace. Once the biggest traditional presidential battleground, it has suddenly turned into a laboratory of possibility for the political right. Discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity prohibited in early

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DeSantis turns attention to his own national politics as Florida is declared the least affordable place to live in the USA

Miami, FL — Ron DeSantis has again continued to focus on his own national politics instead of focusing on Florida families and addressing the skyrocketing housing and rental costs they are facing. CBS recently reported what Florida has felt for too long, that “Florida is the least affordable place to live in the U.S.” In fact, while Floridians

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New Florida laws championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis now face legal scrutiny

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, April 6, 2022. TALLAHASSEE – With the dust still settling from a legislative session where Gov. Ron DeSantis’ polarizing agenda of bills was easily approved by Republican majorities, the scene now shifts from the Capitol to the courthouse. The trail was blazed recently with a federal lawsuit looking to overturn the state’s new

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Politico: DeSantis’ is eerie quiet on Russia

Early last week, the Florida Democratic Party called on Governor Ron DeSantis to divest nearly $300 million in state funds invested in Russian assets. On Friday, following reports that Russia’s bombing of a Ukrainian theater killed more than 300 civilians, 11 Democratic members of Florida’s Congressional delegation echoed the Florida Democratic Party’s call for divestment

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Madeleine Albright warned us, and she was right

Editor: We lost a great woman leader during  this Women’s History Month.  Read her story, written by another great American woman. By Hillary Clinton, Guest Columnist, New York Times, March 25, 2022. Mrs. Clinton was the U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. She worked closely through the years with Madeleine Albright, who served as

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Fact check: Republicans wrongly blame Biden for rising gas prices

Republicans are trying to have it both ways on gas prices – they support President Biden’s ban on imports of Russian oil amid Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine, while also blaming the Biden administration for Putin’s price hike. A recent New York Times fact check laid out their hypocrisy. Read More: New York Times Fact Check:

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Senate Republicans might help Democrats keep the majority

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, Mar 8, 2022. At times, Republicans sure act as though they don’t really want the Senate majority. They haven’t revealed a coherent plan to recruit candidates who can win or to persuade Americans to trust them with power. As the Associated Press points out, “a series of Republican missteps including recruiting

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American Rescue Plan fact sheet

In March of 2021, the United States was in rough shape. Schools were still closed, few people had been vaccinated, the economy was reeling, and more than 500,000 Americans were dead following one of the worst waves of the pandemic. Tens of millions more across the country were facing the prospects of unemployment, eviction from

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Over 40% of Floridians would see a tax increase under Republicans’ plan

According to new data released yesterday, Republicans’ economic agenda – which they have promised to pass if successful in this year’s midterm elections – would raise taxes on 40.5% percent of Floridians, including fixed-income seniors, people making minimum wage, and poor and working-class families. This revelation comes as Senator Ron Johnson confirmed Monday that Republicans plan to

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Florida editorials: Scott-Rubio tax plan is “un-American” and “absurd”

The Republican Party’s new agenda to raise taxes on millions of Americans, including Florida seniors and working families, recently got Marco Rubio’s full support. As WFTV reported, Rubio “says he supports the tax hike.” Meanwhile, editorial boards across the state have panned the GOP’s plan as “un-American” and “absurd.” As the Orlando Sentinel wrote, “none of

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What should Democrats do now?

By Amber Phillips with Caroline Anders, The Washington Post, Feb 17, 2022 Democrats are worried they could lose the limited control they have in Congress this November. And they have reason to be: With Covid feeling never-ending and groceries and cars and housing costing a lot more, voters are pessimistic about their lives. And that usually

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Call it Codger Power. We’re older and fighting for a better America.

By Bill McKibben and Akaya Windwood, guest opinion columnists, The New York Times, Feb. 7, 2022. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell did more than go after Spotify for spreading Covid disinformation recently. They also, inadvertently, signaled what could turn out to be an extraordinarily important revival: of an older generation fully rejoining the fight for

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Marco Rubio condemned for attacking bipartisan investigations into the January 6 rioters

Marco Rubio’s recent interview on Face The Nation was a complete disaster. Unable to answer basic questions about where he stands on issues surrounding the January 6 attack, Rubio denounced the bipartisan committee investigating the rioters who violently stormed the Capitol and attacked police officers in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Rubio’s interview

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It’s Black History Month in Florida!

Black history is American history, and Black history is Florida history. The following information is shared courtesy of Florida Watch. Each February, we celebrate Black History Month to honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape our nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage and triumphs of the Black community

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