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Immigration

Legislation to protect ‘dreamers’ is badly needed

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 23, 2022. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is in grave peril. Congress should act before the end of the year to create permanent protections for the hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to this country as

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Analysis

Did your property tax go up? There are reasons.

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 22, 2022. OUR POSITION: Don’t be surprised if your property taxes went up. November isn’t just election time; it’s also property tax time. Property owners receive their bills and the clock to pay them starts ticking, with a shrinking discount available each month through March.

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Analysis

Thousands of students committed under Baker Act

By RYAN DAILEY, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Nov 18, 2022. TALLAHASSEE — Florida had 5,077 incidents of students being involuntarily committed under a mental-health law known as the Baker Act during the past school year, data presented Wednesday to a school-safety commission showed. The Baker Act is a roughly 50-year-old state law that allows courts,

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis and his WOKE bill disrespects voters

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the Daily Sun on Nov 18, 2022. Thank you for the Nov. 10th article explaining the state’s attempt to tie tenure reviews of Florida university professors to the governor’s WOKE bill. This bill is undoubtedly something most DeSantis voters support as they pat themselves on the

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Florida Legislation

Incoming FL House Democratic leader: ‘We have to claw and fight our way out of this supermajority’

By MITCH PERRY , Florida Phoenix,  Nov 11, 2022. Florida’s incoming House Democratic Leader, Fentrice Driskell, reflected this week on the challenges ahead for her caucus now that more Republicans will be in the Florida Legislature. Following the 2022 election, the House and Senate chambers became GOP “supermajorities.” “As the minority party, we are called to be

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Housing

Homeless count expected to explode

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on November 12, 2022. OUR POSITION: We’re yet to get a grip on how bad our homeless situation is now that Hurricane Ian has made a bad situation worse. Even before Hurricane Ian, we had a homeless problem. No one would deny that. And, even before Hurricane Ian,

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Elections

Proposed constitutional amendments were popular, but not popular enough

By MICHAEL MOLINE, The Florida Phoenix, Nov 9, 2022. Florida voters have decided not to grant themselves property tax breaks for armoring their homes against flooding. They also voted on Tuesday to keep the Constitutional Revision Commission — a panel convened every 20 years to decide whether and how to amend Florida’s basic charter. Finally, they

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Schools

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, chosen to lead FL’s flagship university

By DANIELLE J. BROWN, Florida Phoenix,  Nov 1, 2022. The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the new president to lead Florida’s flagship institution, despite weeks of outcry, questions about the senator’s political views, and an air of secrecy around the search process that led to

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Analysis

Food prices soar, and so do companies’ profits

By Isabella Simonetti and Julie Creswell,  The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2022. A year ago, a bag of potato chips at the grocery store cost an average of $5.05. These days, that bag costs $6.05. A dozen eggs that could have been picked up for $1.83 now average $2.90. A two-liter bottle of soda that cost $1.78

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Environment

Red tide is blooming offshore from Southwest Florida communities hit hardest by Ian

By Jesse Mendoza, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Nov 1, 2022. The red tide pushed toward the Southwest Florida coast by Hurricane Ian and recent cold fronts continues to bloom just offshore. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed Friday that red tide reached bloom levels last week in an area that stretches offshore from south Sarasota County, past

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News

Proud Boys rally for Marco Rubio’s campaign after he defends white nationalist GOP staffer 

When Christopher Monzon, a GOP canvasser working with Marco Rubio’s campaign was revealed to have extensive ties to white nationalist groups and a well-documented history of racist and antisemitic comments, Rubio spent an entire week defending him and ignoring calls to denounce his bigotry. Just recently, members of the Proud Boys, including those who stormed the Capitol on January 6, rallied for Marco

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Elections

Vote for those who know climate change is real

The following Letter to the  Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 27, 2022. Republican leaders in Florida sure hate “big government” …until they need help. Thank goodness that “big government” will pay most of the cost of emergency aid to our state helping to recover from the overwhelming devastation caused by Hurricane

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Housing

More FEMA housing options in DeSoto, Sarasota and Charlotte counties

Editor: The FEDERAL government, led by Democrats, continues to aid FL recovery. Democrats help ALL struggling Floridians, regardless of party affiliation! Staff Report, The Daily Sun, Oct 26, 2022. (Updated Oct 29th) TALLAHASSEE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is bringing more housing options to area counties devastated by Hurricane Ian. In response, FEMA is

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Housing

Housing challenges are about to get even worse

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 23, 2022. OUR POSITION: It’s going to be a struggle to replace the housing lost to Hurricane Ian and keep it anywhere near affordable for those displaced by the storm and others wanting to move to Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated

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Schools

Ron DeSantis has failed kids on education

He can try to paint a different picture, but Ron DeSantis has done nothing to address a critical teachers shortage – instead, he has injected divisive culture wars and chaos into our children’s classrooms and has threatened to defund school districts whose leaders disagree with him. Here’s the reality of education in Florida under Ron DeSantis: DeSantis

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Analysis

Floridians would face a dangerous future under a second DeSantis term

Ron DeSantis will pursue a complete abortion ban in Florida during his second term. It’s why he has steadfastly refused to answer questions about his efforts to eliminate reproductive freedoms. Headlines from states where restrictive abortion bans have already gone into effect shed light on the dangerous future that women and healthcare providers would be subject

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