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‘Women should have a choice’

Punta Gorda rally highlights reversals for women By Craig Garrett, Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 2, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — Downtown weekends are mostly hushed, blocked streets for a farmers market, visitors sipping hot coffee or a cool beer.  But this Saturday was different, as hundreds of people protesting recent limits on reproductive rights arrived

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Housing

Charlotte County moves to double new home impact fees

By Daniel Sutphin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 29, 2022. PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte County commissioners are moving forward with a decision that could potentially double impact fees for local residents. Public hearings will be held before anything becomes official, but a full increase to each of the six fee categories will double the

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Florida Legislation

Nearly 150 new laws set to go into effect in Florida on Friday

By CBS MIAMI TEAM,  CBS/NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, June 28, 2022. TALLAHASSEE – From a record $109.9 billion budget to naming a state dessert, nearly 150 laws that Florida legislators passed this year are set to hit the books Friday. Some of the measures face legal challenges, such as a bill that would prevent abortions after

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Gun Violence

Gun permits: necessary or not?

By Bob Mudge, Senior Writer, The Daily Sun, June 27,2002. Experts agree that the adoption of the permitless, or “constitutional,” carrying of concealed weapons has an impact on gun use in a state. They just don’t agree on what it is. For every study saying that allowing the carrying of a concealed weapon without a

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Opinion

The radical reign of Clarence Thomas

By Maureen Dowd, New York Times Opinion Columnist, June 25, 2022. WASHINGTON — “What is happening here?” a distraught Nancy Pelosi asked on Friday. It’s a good question and I can answer it, because I was there at the start of the corrosive chain of events that led to women losing control of their own bodies.

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News

Celebrations and condemnations on the Supreme Court decision

By Sue Erwin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 24, 2022. Local and state officials reacted to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision ending Roe v. Wade with celebrations and condemnations. Charlotte County Democratic Club President Teresa Jenkins said reproductive rights are essential freedoms. “Yet, I am certain that Florida Republicans will outright ban all abortion

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Coronavirus

We just can’t dismiss Covid yet

The following editorial appeared in the June 18, 2022 edition of The Daily Sun. OUR POSITION: COVID cases are spiking again and as much as we’d like to, we can’t ignore the dangers. Like us, you’re probably tired of hearing about COVID. But, hopefully, like us, you know better than ignore the fact this virus

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Economy

Florida losing edge as affordable place to live

The following editorial was published in the Daily Sun on June 14, 2022. OUR POSITION: For years high taxes and housings costs have sparked an exodus from the East and Midwest to Florida but the Sunshine State’s escalating home prices and rents are giving pause to relocation considerations. Inflation’s storm surge continues to deluge consumers with

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Opinion

Who wants to be a teacher nowadays?

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on June 12, 2022. OUR POSITION: We can’t afford to lose teachers to today’s demands and challenges that go far beyond the classroom. Never in the history of our nation have teachers come under the scrutiny they face now, nor have they faced the current dangers

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Gun Violence

America’s story, and its shame

What kind of country forces the bereaved parents of massacred children to beg for mercy?   By Yvonne Abraham, The Boston Globe Columnist, June 8, 2022. What does it say about this country that the bereaved parents of massacred children must grovel before members of Congress in the hopes of eliciting even a minimally serious

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Schools

Charlotte Dem Jim Hussey addresses our School Board

Editor’s note:  Charlotte Dems associate member Jim Hussey addressed the School Board of Charlotte County at its regular public monthly meeting on June 6, 2022. He responded to negative comments made at the May meeting by a Port Charlotte resident, which led to the resignation of teacher Deven Seibert. The School Board consists of five

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Gun Violence

Democrats should be clear: A radical GOP is holding the country back

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, June 5, 2022. Washington is broken. Politicians can’t get anything done. They don’t listen to voters. Voters have been making these complaints for decades, but never have they been truer than they are today. The preferences of a supermajority of voters, whether that’s investigating an armed insurrection to topple

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Call to Action

Charlotte County Dems to host a Gun Safety Rally on June 11th

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Location: Democratic Party Headquarters, 3596 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL The Charlotte County Democratic Party invites all concerned adults and children to participate in this Gun Safety Rally, protesting the recent gruesome series of mass killings. The Democratic Party of Charlotte County believes that it is long past

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Health Care

Medicare and Social Security have strengthened under Biden and Democrats, but the GOP has a plan that could end guarantee

A new report shows that Medicare and Social Security have been “bolstered by growing economy” under President Biden and Democrats The trustees of Medicare and Social Security just released their annual report on the programs. The good news? Both programs are in better shape since President Biden took office because the “economic recovery from the 2020 recession has been

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Environment

DeSoto Commissioners need more details from Mosaic

By Daniel Sutphin, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, June 1, 2022. ARCADIA — DeSoto County commissioners and residents want more details from Mosaic Fertilizer Co. regarding reagents in phosphate mining. “What is the list of reagents and can we get a disclosure of reagents used in the process?” Commissioner Jerod Gross asked during a county

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Environment

Mosaic, DeSoto County to host phosphate workshop on May 31 at 9 am

By DANIEL SUTPHIN, The Daily Sun Staff Writer ARCADIA — DeSoto County Commissioners will hold a public workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday at the Turner Center, 2250 NE Roan St, Arcadia, FL 34266, regarding Mosaic and the potential of phosphate mining. For more info, visit https://desotobocc.com/calendar/event/2319. Mosaic owns around 23,000 acres of farmland in DeSoto

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Charlotte County Democrats

Charlotte County Democrats grieve with Uvalde, Texas

Charlotte County Democrats grieve with the families and community of Uvalde, Texas mourning the senseless killing of 19 children and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School. The shooting at Robb Elementary School is sadly the latest incident in an endemic of mass violence plaguing our country. While many Floridians hoped the 2018 killing of 17

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