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The Florida legislature is fooling with our freedoms

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 21, 2022. OUR POSITION: Some of the bills being considered by the Florida Legislature would further erode the public’s ability to get information and to enjoy the freedoms we expect. Gov. Ron DeSantis has lauded Florida as the “freest” state in the nation. From

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Thinking of public office? This course is for you!

Chambers of commerce across the state are supporting a three-day online training for community leadership and residents wanting to be involved with a political campaign. The training is run by the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, which is a nonpartisan program created by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to recruit and provide campaign training for

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Sarasota’s Cyber Ninjas is out of business after losses from Arizona vote audit, founder says

By Ryan Randazzo and Derek Gilliam, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan 7, 2022. Cyber Ninjas, the Sarasota cybersecurity company that conducted a highly contested election audit in Arizona, has closed and laid off its employees, according to the company’s former CEO. News of the development came as a judge issued an order Thursday finding the company in contempt of court and imposing a

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A message from our CC DEC Chair

January 6th was a very bad day for our country. Because on that day, the laws, institutions, and norms that limit presidential power in the United States were stress tested and they barely survived a coup attempt. But this is not to say that American democracy has passed through this crisis unscathed. It has been

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Coronavirus

DeSantis urges healthy, asymptomatic Floridians to forgo COVID-19 testing even as omicron case count skyrockets

By Liz Freeman and Frank Gluck, Naples Daily News, Jan 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Floridians who have not been credibly exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms don’t need to get tested and are overwhelming already overcrowded test sites. DeSantis, joined by Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Agency for Health

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Coronavirus

DeSantis downplays COVID-19 vaccines and pushes antibody treatment unproven against omicron

By Gerard Albert III and Chris Persaud, Palm Beach Post, Jan 3, 2022. FORT LAUDERDALE — In his first news conference since the omicron variant surged across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis badmouthed vaccines while pushing for unproven treatments against the mutated pathogen. “With omicron, you know, the vaccinations are not preventing infection,” DeSantis said Monday at Broward Health Medical

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Unjust arrest of civil rights leader Ben Frazier at DeSantis press conference

Following the news that respected civil rights leader, activist, and journalist Ben Frazier was arrested for exercising his First Amendment rights at a press conference convened by Governor Ron DeSantis at the Duval County Department of Health, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Díaz issued the following statement: “What happened to Ben Frazier today was not only unjust, but un-American.

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‘Slow-motion insurrection’: How GOP seizes election power

Please join a Democracy Preservation commemorative vigil event on Jan 6th at your choice of  Babcock Ranch, Englewood or Punta Gorda. Click your preferred location to learn more and register for the event. By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, ASSOCIATED PRESS In the weeks leading up to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a handful of Americans — well-known

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Rick Scott forecasts ‘unbelievable’ school board changes in 2022

By A.G. Gancarski,  FloridaPolitics.com, December 29, 2021. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to project optimism about the electoral climate for Republicans, forecasting an “unbelievable” shift in school boards in 2022. During an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show, the Senator said there would be an “unbelievable number of school board changes this next

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis’ 2022 wish list for his Republican lawmakers

By Jim Turner, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Dec 30, 2021. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released a $99.7 billion budget blueprint for the 2022 legislative session and has touted a series of other proposals. Here are 10 of DeSantis’ priorities, big and small, for the annual 60-day meeting of lawmakers. This year’s session starts January

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DeSantis worries voter groups and local officials with his Elections Police proposal

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Dec 22, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – Ron DeSantis’ push to create a new law enforcement arm to police Florida elections is sparking concern among voter outreach organizations and state elections officials worried about how the Republican governor could deploy this force. DeSantis has praised Florida’s election performance in the

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State-backed insurer seeks rate boost

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida, Dec 17, 2021. TALLAHASSEE — With thousands of new policies a week pouring into Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-backed insurer’s board on Wednesday approved seeking 11 percent across-the-board rate increases next year. The Citizens Board of Governors tossed aside a staff recommendation that, in part, called for

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Environment

Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bit of help: extra feeding

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021. The starving manatees are easy enough to spot. You can see their ribs through their skin. They surface to breathe more than normal. Those most in need appear off balance, listing to one side. As manatee deaths spike and Florida rescue centers fill up with malnourished animals,

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What should Charlotte County do with its Cultural Center?

By Betsy Calvert,  The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Dec 12, 2021. A 53-year-old institution officially halted Dec. 3 when the Charlotte County Cultural Center handed back the keys to the county. On Tuesday, commissioners will debate what to do with the 117,000-square-foot facility in the immediate future as well as options for the long run.

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Coronavirus

Florida’s COVID-19 cases double in the span of a week

By Amira Sweilem, Florida Today, Dec 18, 2021. COVID-19 cases across Florida more than doubled over the course of a week, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health on Friday. From Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, Florida had 29,568 COVID-19 cases and 134.6 cases per 100,000; the week prior, Florida had 13,530 COVID-19 cases and

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Charlotte County impact fees going up 28% for single-family homes

By Betsy Calvert, Daily Sun Staff Writer, Dec 15, 2021. MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners reached a rocky compromise on raising developer impact fees Tuesday. After several motions and amendments that didn’t pass, Charlotte County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt a new impact fee that will set the cost for a single-family home at

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