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Florida Legislation

You just can’t tell the truth about America anymore

By Jamelle Bouie,  New York Times Opinion Columnist, Feb. 18, 2022. There is a dangerous censoriousness pulsing through American society. In small towns and big cities alike, would-be commissars are fighting, in the name of a distinct minority of Americans, to stifle open discussion and impose their views on the community at large. Dissenters, when they

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Gun Violence

Despite ‘startling’ racial statistics, controversial ‘Stand your Ground’ laws withstand legal scrutiny

By Tom McLaughlin, Northwest Florida Daily News, Feb. 21, 2022. Six days after a jury said George Zimmerman was justified in approaching an unarmed Black teen and shooting him to death when a scuffle erupted, President Barack Obama asked America a difficult question. “If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that

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Coronavirus

Biden is winning the war against Covid. Is anyone noticing?

By Jennifer Rubin,  Washington Post Columnist, Feb 17,2022. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s glacial pace in recognizing improved conditions and adjusting its mask guidelines has delayed recognition of a remarkable scientific and political triumph: It’s possible that “normal” is just over the horizon. The administration, burned twice by the emergence of the delta and

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Economy

Child poverty spiked by 41 percent in January after Biden benefit program expired, study finds

By Jeff Stein, The Washington Post, Feb 17, 2022. The number of American children in poverty spiked dramatically in January after the expiration of President Biden’s expanded child benefit at the end of last year, according to new research released on Thursday. The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University said that the child poverty rate

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Economy

Mental health and homelessness issues rise in Charlotte County schools

By NANCY J. SEMON, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Feb 14, 2022. PORT CHARLOTTE — Mental health issues and homelessness among students are increasing in Charlotte County, school officials said last week. During a Charlotte County School Board workshop, a school psychologist and the director of intervention and drop-out prevention told board members about steps the

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People

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Godmother of Rock and Roll

By Teresa Jenkins,  Charlotte County Dems Chair. February is Black History Month, an important time to remember that Black History IS American History. It is due time to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who tirelessly struggled through adversity to achieve full citizenship in America. Yet, so many contributions of Black people to

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Coronavirus

Florida hides data showing how many tourists and snowbirds contract COVID-19 in the state

By Chris Persaud and Frank Gluck,  Fort Myers News-Press, Feb 12, 2022. Florida’s latest surge of COVID-19 did little to scare away tourists and snowbirds, state data show, but the influx of visitors and the state’s lack of public case tracking may exaggerate case counts reported elsewhere and undercount them here. When an out-of-stater catches the potentially deadly

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Florida Legislation

In his fight against ‘woke’ schools, DeSantis tears at the seams of a diverse Florida

By Tim Craig and Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, Feb 7, 2022. MIAMI — The school system in Florida’s most populous county includes students whose families moved here from 160 nations. Its expansive cultural mix is represented in the district’s curriculum, which includes not only American history, but also the stories of violent government upheavals, such as the revolution

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Florida Legislation

How companies shape FL bills: a lease security deposit bill as an example

By Jeffrey Schweers, The Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK FLORIDA, Feb 6, 2022. LeaseLock, a California-based company with $3 billion in insured leases, is the sole company behind a bill that would codify its business model in the state, providing renters with a nonrefundable fee alternative as an option to traditional security deposits. The idea

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Environment

Sea level rise grants coming to Charlotte County

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Feb 7, 2022. As part of the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact, Charlotte County has been selected for two grants to assess the vulnerability of the region to sea level rise. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is awarding the two grants, $152,819 and $270,064. Charlotte County

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Health Care

How could legislators ever approve of Dr. Ladapo?

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Feb 5, 2022. I was concerned when Dr. Joseph Ladapo was first introduced by Governor DeSantis as his choice for Florida Surgeon General. Dr. Ladapo supports the ideology of The Frontline Doctors of America. These are doctors from various disciplines who are

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Florida Legislation

Homeowners’ insurance premiums are still an issue for lawmakers

The following editorial was published in the Feb 9, 2022 edition of The Daily Sun OUR POSITION: The Legislature tried to stem the soaring costs of homeowners insurance last year, but its new laws fall short. Lawmakers are trying again with better results, we hope. If your homeowner’s insurance bill is causing you headaches, you’re

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Housing

Republicans do nothing about our housing crisis

The following was published in The Daily Sun on Feb 4, 2022. Editor: Every Floridian deserves the freedom to know that, if they work hard, they’ll be able to rent or purchase a quality home for their family. At the present time, this is not the case and Governor Ron DeSantis and Republicans majorities in

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Florida Legislation

Florida voting law put under the microscope in Federal court

By Anjali Huynh and Jane C. Timm, NBC News,  Jan. 31, 2022. Civil rights groups went to federal court Monday morning to challenge Florida’s new restrictive voting law, lambasting state lawmakers for making it harder to vote. Florida is one of 19 states that enacted new voting restrictions last year, fueled by former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lie. Gov.

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Analysis

It’s Black History Month in Florida!

Black history is American history, and Black history is Florida history. The following information is shared courtesy of Florida Watch. Each February, we celebrate Black History Month to honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape our nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage and triumphs of the Black community

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Analysis

Friday’s jobs report brought good news.

A woman passes a “We’re Hiring!” sign while entering a clothing store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. (Charles Krupa/AP, File) The following editorial was written by The Washington Post Editorial Board and published on Feb 4, 2022. There was a combination of relief and surprise Friday as the world learned that the U.S. economy added 467,000

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