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‘Women should have a choice’

Punta Gorda rally highlights reversals for women By Craig Garrett, Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 2, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — Downtown weekends are mostly hushed, blocked streets for a farmers market, visitors sipping hot coffee or a cool beer.  But this Saturday was different, as hundreds of people protesting recent limits on reproductive rights arrived

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Punta Gorda, airport officials want to ‘grow together’

By Daniel Sutphin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 28, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — Officials with the Punta Gorda City Council and the Charlotte County Airport Authority hope this week’s meeting is the start of a long relationship. The two boards had a joint workshop on Wednesday, June 28th at 10 a.m. at the Punta

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Housing

Charlotte County moves to double new home impact fees

By Daniel Sutphin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 29, 2022. PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte County commissioners are moving forward with a decision that could potentially double impact fees for local residents. Public hearings will be held before anything becomes official, but a full increase to each of the six fee categories will double the

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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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Steube takes on Disney in ‘critical legislation’

Staff Report, The Daily Sun, June 28, 2022. U.S. Rep. Greg Steube is launching a congressional bill to strip Disney of copyright protections for Mickey Mouse, his office announced Tuesday.  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Greg Steube is the latest Florida politician to take on Disney. Months after Gov. Ron DeSantis removed a special district status

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5 stunning revelations about Jan 6th from Cassidy Hutchinson

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, June 28, 2022. Cassidy Hutchinson’s surprise testimony before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection produced a lot of anticipatory buzz. How big would the hearing be? Did the hasty announcement of the testimony produce excessive expectations? Let’s put it this way: The parlor game in identifying who would be

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Celebrations and condemnations on the Supreme Court decision

By Sue Erwin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 24, 2022. Local and state officials reacted to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision ending Roe v. Wade with celebrations and condemnations. Charlotte County Democratic Club President Teresa Jenkins said reproductive rights are essential freedoms. “Yet, I am certain that Florida Republicans will outright ban all abortion

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Local Action

State grant saves historic home in Punta Gorda

By Daniel Sutphin,  Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 19, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — A state grant has been awarded to the Blanchard House Museum to save the historic Jean Cleveland House on Gill Street in Punta Gorda. Built in 1925, the house was home to Jean Cleveland, Punta Gorda’s first female city clerk who

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Teaching is getting harder …”it’s not worth it”

By Nancy J. Semon,  Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 10, 2022. PORT CHARLOTTE — Deven Seibert, the Murdock Middle School teacher who generated controversy when she brought students to a School Board meeting to discuss bullying of gay students, has resigned. Seibert told The Daily Sun her resignation a “pause” from teaching. She said she’s not

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Environment

DeSoto Commissioners need more details from Mosaic

By Daniel Sutphin, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, June 1, 2022. ARCADIA — DeSoto County commissioners and residents want more details from Mosaic Fertilizer Co. regarding reagents in phosphate mining. “What is the list of reagents and can we get a disclosure of reagents used in the process?” Commissioner Jerod Gross asked during a county

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Happy Pride Month!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots. This Pride Month, the Charlotte County Democratic Party reaffirms its commitment to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans. This month and every month we send our love and respect to all LGBTQ+ Americans. This month and every

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Ron DeSantis is the best politician billionaires can buy

That’s why 42 of the nation’s wealthiest families and individuals have invested in his campaign Miami– As Ron DeSantis continues to focus on his own national political ambitions while leaving behind Floridians struggling to pay rent or afford property insurance premiums, new reports are making clear he’s been spending his time courting the approval of

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