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Florida Legislation

Legislature mounts new attack on home rule

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on Jan 15, 2022. OUR POSITION: The Florida Legislature is at it again — trying to rob counties and cities of home rule. The 2022 legislative session was just getting started when Republicans introduced two Senate bills that once again attack home rule for county and city

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Analysis

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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Coronavirus

DeSantis & Ladapo condemn feds’ decision to stop sending COVID-19 antibody treatments which don’t work on omicron

By Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Jan 25, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo are condemning Monday’s decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to halt the distribution of antibody treatments that have become central to the state’s COVID response. And DeSantis is even teasing at taking

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Analysis

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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Florida Legislation

Legislature must look for common ground

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 11, 2022. OUR POSITION: As the Florida Legislature convenes for 2022 we should be able to expect our representatives to look for bipartisan issues that could help all Floridians. As legislators open up the 2022 lawmaking session in Tallahassee today, there is a lot

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Florida Legislation

Here is the FL Democratic agenda for the 2022 session and all Floridians: Be healthy, prosperous and safe

By IMANI THOMAS , The Florida Phoenix, Jan 11, 2022.  Democrats respond to the governor’s State of the State address, Jan. 11, 2022. Credit: Imani Thomas. With the 2022 legislative session underway, Florida Democrats have an agenda and they’re not losing sight of their goals. Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, House Democratic

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Environment

An opportunity to discuss water quality

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on January 10, 2021. There may not be a topic that gets people’s attention in Southwest Florida easier than the condition of our water resources. Be it concerns about phosphate mining, red tide, sewer malfunctions or the question of supply and demand, everyone has a stake in

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarship applications are available at Charlotte County high schools

Do you know or are you a young female Democrat who will be graduating from a Charlotte County public high school in 2022? If so, application packets for the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County’s Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarships are now available at your high school.  Completed applications are due by March 1, 2022.

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Florida Legislation

Florida state legislators & community leaders will hold a virtual rally to demand people-centered policies in the 2022 legislative session

TALLAHASSEE — With Florida’s 2022 legislative session set to begin on January 11th, State Representative Angie Nixon (D-Jacksonville), along with her Democratic colleagues and advocates from throughout the state, will host a virtual rally on Monday, January 10th, at 12:00pm. Together, they will demand that people centered policies be put first this year instead of concerns

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Coronavirus

DeSantis urges healthy, asymptomatic Floridians to forgo COVID-19 testing even as omicron case count skyrockets

By Liz Freeman and Frank Gluck, Naples Daily News, Jan 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Floridians who have not been credibly exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms don’t need to get tested and are overwhelming already overcrowded test sites. DeSantis, joined by Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Agency for Health

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Coronavirus

DeSantis downplays COVID-19 vaccines and pushes antibody treatment unproven against omicron

By Gerard Albert III and Chris Persaud, Palm Beach Post, Jan 3, 2022. FORT LAUDERDALE — In his first news conference since the omicron variant surged across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis badmouthed vaccines while pushing for unproven treatments against the mutated pathogen. “With omicron, you know, the vaccinations are not preventing infection,” DeSantis said Monday at Broward Health Medical

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News

Rick Scott forecasts ‘unbelievable’ school board changes in 2022

By A.G. Gancarski,  FloridaPolitics.com, December 29, 2021. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to project optimism about the electoral climate for Republicans, forecasting an “unbelievable” shift in school boards in 2022. During an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show, the Senator said there would be an “unbelievable number of school board changes this next

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis’ 2022 wish list for his Republican lawmakers

By Jim Turner, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Dec 30, 2021. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released a $99.7 billion budget blueprint for the 2022 legislative session and has touted a series of other proposals. Here are 10 of DeSantis’ priorities, big and small, for the annual 60-day meeting of lawmakers. This year’s session starts January

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Coronavirus

As Florida shatters its record for new coronavirus cases, Democrats ask, ‘Where is Ron DeSantis?’

By Timothy Bella, The Washington Post, Dec 30, 2021. As Florida reported nearly 47,000 new coronavirus cases, again shattering its single-day record since the start of the pandemic, Democrats and critics called on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to do more to address the state’s spike in infections driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant. The state on Wednesday

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Coronavirus

Florida Democratic Party condemns DeSantis for inaction as COVID cases surge again

Florida is once again suffering one of the worst COVID outbreaks in the country, with the largest single-day increase of new cases in state history occurring recently. And yet again, as tens of thousands of Floridians fall sick every day, Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans are refusing to back measures that will prevent infections and save lives. Florida Democratic

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Coronavirus

Trump touts effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine

By Veronica Stracqualursi and David Wright, CNN, December 23, 2021. Former President Donald Trump pushed back on a questioner’s skepticism about the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine in a new interview, saying that the “vaccine works” and “people aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.” “Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you

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