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President Biden’s Opening in Florida

To: Interested Parties From: Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Manager Subject: President Biden’s Opening in Florida Date: April 1, 2024 Team Biden-Harris enters the general election cycle in a position of strength. Because our agenda is strong and a proven winner, because our coalition is broad and diverse, and because of our strong financial

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Applications for jobless benefits fall

By Matt Ott, Associated Press, January 19, 2024. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than a year, underscoring the resilience of the labor market despite elevated interest rates that are intended to cool the economy. Jobless claim applications fell to 187,000 for the week

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Cooper Street back on Punta Gorda city council agenda

By, ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, STAFF WRITER, The Daily Sun, Jan 2, 2024.  PUNTA GORDA — A request for a nonprofit group to operate the Cooper Street Recreation Center is on the Punta Gorda City Council agenda for Wednesday. Despite the New Cooper Street Board of Directors supplying the city with required documentation, the City Council last

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Record numbers sign up for Obamacare

By Noah Weiland, New York Times as published in the Boston Globe, December 22, 2023. More than 15 million people have signed up for health insurance plans offered on the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace, a 33 percent increase compared with the same time last year, according to preliminary data released by the Biden administration

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Analysis

Trump is putting every racial, ethnic and religious minority at risk at a time of angry political polarization

By Stephen Collinson, CNN, December 19, 2023 Donald Trump’s extreme rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi propaganda and his penchant for siding with America’s adversaries and autocrats pose a unique challenge to his Republican opponents and, ultimately, US voters. The ex-president, who has a good chance of being the next commander in chief, warned over the weekend that

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Trump’s second term would be a dictatorship

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 15, 2023. Fox News personality Sean Hannity recently asked Presidential candidate Donald Trump, “Do you in any way have any plans whatsoever if reelected president to abuse power, to break the law, to use the government to go after people?” Trump

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Ukrainian-Americans make a statement at Steube’s ‘mobile office’

By BOB MUDGE Senior Writer, The Venice Gondolier, Dec 14, 2023. Ukrainian-Americans Ivanka Olesnycky, left, Inia Tunstall, Mykola Kompanijec and Alfred L. Kolodziej, and Pam Nolan, who said she’s one of Rep. Greg Steube’s constituents, turned up at his “mobile office’ hours in Venice Thursday to urge continued financial aid for Ukraine. SUN PHOTO BY

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Liz Cheney reminds us of the stakes

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, December 7, 2023. No wonder MAGA Republicans hate Liz Cheney. No Republican is as articulate, persuasive and passionate as the former Wyoming congresswoman in describing the threat four-time-indicted former president Donald Trump and her own party as currently constituted pose to the future of American democracy and international security. Her new

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Issues

New Cooper Street Rec Center gets six-month temporary lease

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, The Daily Sun, Dec 6, 2023. New Cooper Street Recreation Center President Jaha Cummings, left, speaks to board attorney Ed Wotitzky after the Punta Gorda City Council voted on a six-month temporary lease with the NCSO board. The council didn’t allow Wotitzky to answer any board questions. Photo by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH PUNTA GORDA —

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Candidate Profile

Dem state lawmakers support Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for US Senate

By MITCH PERRY , Florida Phoenix,  Nov. 20, 2023. A dozen sitting state lawmakers and one former state legislator announced Monday that they are the latest group of Florida Democrats to publicly declare their support for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for U.S. Senate in 2024. State Sens. Tracie Davis and Victor Torres are endorsing the former South Florida member

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Supreme Court says Florida can’t enforce anti-drag law

By Ariane de Vogue and Devan Cole, CNN, November 16, 2023. The Florida law that limits drag shows in the state will remain blocked, the Supreme Court said Thursday, dealing a blow to a key initiative championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida had asked the high court to narrow a lower court’s injunction that stopped the law

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Nothing good comes from bullying

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on November 15, 2023. OUR POSITION: The horrible incident at L.A. Ainger Middle School that resulted in the serious injury of a student is a reminder that people must stand up to bullying and for those less able to stand up for themselves. There should be no

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Cooper Street Rec Center supporters want information

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, Nov 1, 2023. The Cooper Street Recreation Center,  Image by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County NAACP President Connie Payne asked the Punta Gorda City Council for communication, connection, engagement and partnership with them for future operations of the Cooper Street Rec Center. At the Wednesday City Council meeting,

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Crowd packs School Board meeting in furor over LGBTQ books

By GARRY OVERBEY, The Daily Sun, Oct 10, 2023. Judy Minier, Brendan Burke and Joanne Kropf wave their rainbow flags at Tuesday’s Charlotte County School Board meeting – PHOTO BY GARRY OVERBEY PORT CHARLOTTE — When the pledge of allegiance faded with the words “and justice for all,” one voice added, “Someday.” That moment set the

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Authors come together to fight Florida book bans

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer, Oct 5, 2023. NEW YORK — Judy Blume, James Patterson and Michael Connelly are among 24 prominent writers who have raised more than $3 million to help PEN America open an office in Miami and expand it efforts to counter Florida’s surge in book bannings in recent years. “What

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