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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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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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Environment

How to defeat Putin and save the planet

Credit…Felipe Trueba/EPA, via Shutterstock By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, Opinion Columnist, March 29, 2022 It is impossible to predict how the war in Ukraine will end. I fervently hope it’s with a free, secure and independent Ukraine. But here is what I know for sure: America must not waste this crisis. This is

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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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Health Care

Florida’s abortion law all but rapes women

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on March 26, 2022. The newly minted Florida anti-abortion law is an abomination. While it may not be rape, per se, its effect on women is the same. The psychology of rapists has been studied for years. Psychological research, of which there is

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Biden's Vision

Biden has created a robust, growing economy

The following letter to the editor appeared in The Daily Sun on March 25, 2022. President Joe Biden believes the federal government is there to help assure a level playing field for every American. Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower also believed in the federal government’s role in improving the lives of average Americans. FDR established

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Health Care

Will Marco Rubio stand with Floridians or cave to his party leaders on prescription drug prices? 

After Republican Senators recently admitted that Republicans would oppose efforts to lower prescription drug costs and try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they took control of the Senate, a bipartisan group is preparing legislation to lower prescription drug prices and cap monthly insulin costs. Marco Rubio now has a clear choice: stand with Floridians by voting to lower health

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Florida Legislation

Homeowners’ insurance costs needed attention

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 16, 2022. OUR POSITION: The cost of homeowners insurance and the loss of several private insurers from Florida’s marketplace is a serious problem that needed the Legislature’s attention in its 2022 session, recently concluded. Home and property owners across Florida — including along the

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Analysis

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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Economy

Gasoline price increases look like price gouging to me

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 13, 2022. I purchased gas Thursday evening at a business on Kings Highway for $3.59 per gallon. The next morning, it was $3.79 per gallon and by Sunday, it was $3.99 per gallon and Monday morning it was $4.19 per gallon.

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Florida Legislation

Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill will hurt teens like me

By Will Larkins, Guest Columnist, New York Times, Mar 12, 2022. Mr. Larkins is a junior at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., the president and co-founder of the school’s Queer Student Union and one of the organizers of its Say Gay Anyway walkout. Last October, I attended a high school Halloween party.

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Environment

Charlotte County commissioners are ignoring our environment

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 13, 2022. Our county commissioners voted unanimously to rezone preserved and environmentally sensitive lands along Bayshore Road for commercial and planned development so Harpoon Harry’s, owned by Smugglers, Inc., can develop waterfront shopping and dining down the street from Sunseeker Resort.

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Coronavirus

Ladapo’s credibility is sinking

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 9, 2022. There is not much more we can say, or write, about Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and his antagonistic view of anything the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in favor of. Ladapo was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to

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Analysis

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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Coronavirus

Vaccines work for children. Ignore the nonsense spoken in Florida.

By The Washington Post Editorial Board, March 8, 2022. The final decision about whether youths should get vaccinated against the coronavirus is up to them and their parents. We think they should receive the shots; scientific evidence shows that vaccines protect young people from serious illness and death. Unfortunately, though, the message about the efficacy and

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Economy

No easy answer to Charlotte County transportation challenges

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 7, 2022. OUR POSITION: Finances, growth and environmental roadblocks are all challenges Charlotte County faces in order to accommodate the need for road improvements expected the next 20 years. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people moving to Charlotte County every year. While housing

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Florida Legislation

It is long last time to expand Medicaid

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: The 2022 legislative session is nearing an end and no one even discussed expanding Medicaid in Florida, and that is a shame. Some of Florida’s poorest people have a health insurance problem the state refuses to fix. The fix is

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Florida Legislation

Eleven Democrat gun control bills die without a FL legislature committee hearing

By Tristan Wood,  Florida Politics, March 2, 2022. The legislation included an assault weapons ban, gun sale restrictions and a lift of the state’s local gun control preemption. Eleven pieces of gun control-related legislation backed by Democratic lawmakers have not been taken up by a single committee this Legislative Session. With committee meetings concluded except

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Economy

Affordable housing issue is a crisis

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Feb 27, 2022. OUR POSITION: It’s past time for lawmakers in Tallahassee to seriously address the cost of housing in Florida with some real solutions. It is becoming an understatement to call the lack of affordable housing in Florida — a crisis. Action and answers

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