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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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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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Florida Legislation

Biden boosts the effort to decriminalize marijuana. We hope it works.

By Editorial Board, The Washington Post   October 7, 2022. President Biden’s announcement of mass pardons for those convicted of federal marijuana possession charges comes just weeks before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress. It is not hard to detect the political calculation behind a decision likely to appeal to — and motivate — the

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Analysis

DeSantis spokesperson defends governor’s plan to bus Cuban immigrants to Delaware

On Thursday, Sept 1st,  a spokesperson for Ron DeSantis took to Twitter to defend the Governor’s plan to put Cubans and other immigrant communities on one-way buses out of Florida. Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kobie Christian released the following statement:  “After Ron DeSantis tried to backtrack on his plans to bus undocumented Cubans and other immigrant communities

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Florida Legislation

Parts of new laws blocked; DeSantis handed legal defeats

By Jim Saunders and Ryan Dailey,  News Service of Florida, August 19, 2022. TALLAHASSEE — Calling part of the law a “naked viewpoint-based regulation on speech,” a federal judge Thursday blocked restrictions that Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers placed on addressing race-related issues in workplace training. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, in a

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Analysis

What to know about Ron DeSantis’s political ‘election fraud’ arrests

Editor’s comment: Just another DeSantis effort to institutionalize racial discrimination and intimidation! Analysis by Philip Bump, Washington Post National correspondent, August 19, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) attend a news conference at the Broward County Courthouse on Aug. 18 in Fort Lauderdale. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) When they went

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Florida Legislation

Florida teachers race to remake lessons as DeSantis laws take effect

By Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, July 30, 2022. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Miami-Dade County school board couldn’t make up its mind. It has voted three times in four months on whether students can use a particular textbook, “Comprehensive Health Skills,” for sex education classes. The board for the state’s largest district signed off

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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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Florida Legislation

Florida bans protests outside homes

By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post, May 17, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill Monday to outlaw protests outside private residences — a move opponents say violates First Amendment rights. The new law will make it a second-degree misdemeanor to picket or protest outside a person’s house to “harass or disturb” that person. Violators will

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Florida Legislation

Maps, Disney decisions nothing to crow about

This editorial was published in The Daily Sun Apr 25, 2022. OUR POSITION: Actions last week by Florida’s governor and Legislature may have appeased staunch supporters but they were shameful partisan politics that only further divides our state and nation. Wreckless [sic]. That is the best word to describe the Legislature’s acquiescence to Gov. Ron

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Florida Legislation

Lawmakers bow to DeSantis on congressional redistricting maps

The following editorial was published by The Daily Sun on April 15, 2022.   OUR POSITION: The leaders in the Florida House and Senate have abandoned their duties by giving Gov. Ron DeSantis the task of drawing up new maps for the state’s congressional districts. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls

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Charlotte County Democrats

Florida GOP values wealthy donors over our citizens

The following editorial was published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on April 14, 2022. By Teresa Jenkins, chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Party and author of the book ‘Make Democracy Work Again.’   If only I could address how the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature attended to our most urgent needs during the recent legislative session.

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Analysis

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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Florida Legislation

Since Florida is having special legislative session, let’s do it right

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on April 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature are planning a special session this month to settle differences on congressional voting districts, but they’re apparently unwilling to expand the agenda to take on other important business. We’re going into overtime. In a

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Florida Legislation

Cemeteries bill needed more attention

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on March 26, 2022.  OUR POSITION: A bill in the recent legislative session to catalog and restore abandoned African-American cemeteries never came to a vote, and that is a shame. We know they’re out there. Old, abandoned, forgotten African-American and other cemeteries are spread throughout Florida, some

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