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Analysis

Why Did Republicans Become So Extreme?

By Paul Krugman New York Times Opinion Columnist Many political analysts have spent years warning that the G.O.P. was becoming an extremist, anti-democratic party. Long before Republicans nominated Donald Trump for president, let alone before Trump refused to acknowledge electoral defeat, the congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein declared that the party had become

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Opinion

Republicans have become the anti-family party

The following letter to the editor appeared in The Daily Sun on June 27, 2022. Our Florida representatives in Congress, Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube voted against a bill to get the country out of the baby formula crisis. It seems they only vote to protect the unborn. After the school shootings in Texas, the

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Opinion

The radical reign of Clarence Thomas

By Maureen Dowd, New York Times Opinion Columnist, June 25, 2022. WASHINGTON — “What is happening here?” a distraught Nancy Pelosi asked on Friday. It’s a good question and I can answer it, because I was there at the start of the corrosive chain of events that led to women losing control of their own bodies.

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Analysis

Should the DOJ prosecute Trump?

The following is from Robert B Hubbell’s June 21st 2022 newsletter: The damning presentation by the January 6th Committee has shifted the conversation from whether Trump committed crimes to whether it is a good idea to prosecute Trump for his crimes. Teasers from the Committee’s presentation scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at 1:00 PM Eastern

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Opinion

Rubio was wrong about committee’s purpose

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the Daily Sun on June 20, 2022. Editor: The riveting testimony at the first hearings of the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol revealed how wrong Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was when he referred to the hearings as a “complete political scam.” The

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Coronavirus

We just can’t dismiss Covid yet

The following editorial appeared in the June 18, 2022 edition of The Daily Sun. OUR POSITION: COVID cases are spiking again and as much as we’d like to, we can’t ignore the dangers. Like us, you’re probably tired of hearing about COVID. But, hopefully, like us, you know better than ignore the fact this virus

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Opinion

Who wants to be a teacher nowadays?

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on June 12, 2022. OUR POSITION: We can’t afford to lose teachers to today’s demands and challenges that go far beyond the classroom. Never in the history of our nation have teachers come under the scrutiny they face now, nor have they faced the current dangers

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January 6

Donald Trump, American Monster

By Maureen Dowd,  New York Times Opinion Columnist,  June 12, 2022. WASHINGTON — Monsters are not what they used to be. I’m reading “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley for school and the monster is magnificent. He starts out with an elegance of mind and sweetness of temperament, reading Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Werther” and gathering

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Gun Violence

America’s story, and its shame

What kind of country forces the bereaved parents of massacred children to beg for mercy?   By Yvonne Abraham, The Boston Globe Columnist, June 8, 2022. What does it say about this country that the bereaved parents of massacred children must grovel before members of Congress in the hopes of eliciting even a minimally serious

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Elections

Demings has backbone which Rubio is missing

Editor’s note:  The following letter to the editor was published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on June 7, 2022. The headline June 2, “Demings files to battle Rubio,” brought to mind a headline last August from the New York Times, “Why do Republicans hate cops?” Congresswoman Val Demings, a Democrat, was formerly a successful police chief

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Gun Violence

Democrats should be clear: A radical GOP is holding the country back

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, June 5, 2022. Washington is broken. Politicians can’t get anything done. They don’t listen to voters. Voters have been making these complaints for decades, but never have they been truer than they are today. The preferences of a supermajority of voters, whether that’s investigating an armed insurrection to topple

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Opinion

There’s no reasoning with a GOP hijacked by disinformation

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post Columnist, May 31, 2022 Once you’ve taken leave from the reality-based community, every day is fantastic! It has been particularly so over the past week. As the rest of the country mourned the latest young victims of gun violence, the QAnon crowd and their enablers in the Republican Party have constructed

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Opinion

Action, not words, needed on insurance reform

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on May 22, 2022. OUR POSITION: Legislators are headed back to Tallahassee Monday for a second special session that will explore ways to deal with soaring home insurance policy costs and the flight of insurance companies from Florida. We are expecting positive answers to the dilemma. Gov.

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Opinion

Republicans are officially the “Stop the Steal” party now

By Frank Bruni, New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer, May 19, 2022. I keep flashing back to Ronald Reagan’s preternaturally smiley face. That’s not because I yearn for his presidency. It’s because his signature expression — his glow — provides such a clear counterpoint to the Republican mien of the moment, equal parts scowl and sneer.

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Opinion

‘America First’ is America at its worst

Our US Congressional Representative, Greg Steube, was one of the 57 Republicans who voted against the $40 billion Ukrainian military aid package. By the Washington Post  Editorial Board, May 14, 2022. The history of U.S. foreign policy is, in part, a story of the ebb and flow of isolationist sentiment, sometimes elaborated into an ideology

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News

Roe v. Wade is at risk – A message from the Chair

By Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Charlotte County Democrats, May 8, 2022. We are angered, outraged, and offended that women’s lives and their bodies remain subject to political debate.  Every poll suggests most Americans support a woman’s right to choose, while Republicans continue to fight to overturn Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.’s draft

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Opinion

Steube snubs NATO, fails his constituents

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on May 6, 2022.  Keep those cards and letters coming! U.S. Rep. Greg Steube has given us another reason to replace him this November. Steube joined 62 other Republicans voting in opposition to a resolution supporting NATO. Citing the threat posed by “authoritarian regimes,”

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Housing

Solutions scarce for out-of-sight housing costs

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on May 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: There’s no relief on the horizon for soaring housing costs. The lack of affordable housing options for many of our neighbors here in Florida and across the country is at a crisis level. Home prices jumped 32.6% in Tampa and

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Elections

Can Democrats knock Republicans off their two-faced midterm strategy?

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post Columnist, May 2, 2022. Republicans are running two very different campaigns for November’s midterms. So far, it’s working. To their base, they promote an unending culture war around race, education and LGBTQ issues. But to appeal to independents and more moderate conservatives, Republicans are offering a thoroughly conventional “Had enough?”

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