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Coronavirus

DeSantis & Ladapo condemn feds’ decision to stop sending COVID-19 antibody treatments which don’t work on omicron

By Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Jan 25, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo are condemning Monday’s decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to halt the distribution of antibody treatments that have become central to the state’s COVID response. And DeSantis is even teasing at taking

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Republicans

Cuban leaders tell Rubio: “You can’t fight for Cuban democracy if you oppose voting rights in America”

Marco Rubio has made his position on protecting and expanding the right to vote in America clear: he thinks it’s ridiculous. In recent interviews and statements, Rubio has criticized efforts to protect voting rights, attacked measures that would make it easier to vote, and lied about efforts in states – including in Florida – to erect barriers

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Opinion

Why Republicans keep falling for Trump’s lies

By Rebecca Solnit, Guest political essayist, The New York Times, Jan 5, 2022. When called upon to believe that Barack Obama was really born in Kenya, millions got in line. When encouraged to believe that the 2012 Sandy Hook murder of 20 children and six adults was a hoax, too many stepped up. When urged to

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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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Republicans

What Florida newspapers were saying about Marco Rubio this year

From failing to show up for his job to voting against legislation to speed up COVID vaccinations and grow the economy, Marco Rubio spent the year being too cowardly to step up and do what’s right for Florida. Newspapers across the state took notice, excoriating Rubio for his spinelessness and self-serving attempts to score political

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Opinion

Ron DeSantis is paving his path to the White House on the backs of vulnerable immigrant children

By Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, December 13, 2021. In a crowded 2024 presidential field, Republican politicians are seeking any path available to the nomination. Lately, they’ve decided the most promising one is paved on the backs of vulnerable immigrant children. Among the most brazen to adopt this strategy: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Republicans see immigration

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Republicans

Governor DeSantis should denounce instances of alleged voter fraud from GOP actors across the state

Recent media reports indicate that three residents of The Villages have been arrested and face charges for allegedly casting multiple ballots in the November 2020 election. Two of them are registered Republicans and the third has no party affiliation, although social media posts on a Facebook account appearing to belong to him exhibited pro-Trump posts.

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Republicans

Another Sarasota link to those fighting 2020 election results

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Dec 3, 2021. Notorious Trump lawyer Sidney Powell meets with Sen. Joe Gruters. The Sarasota region’s connections to those fighting the 2020 election results keep growing, the latest example being a visit from former President Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell. Sarasota state Sen. Joe Gruters met with Powell and former

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Opinion

The GOP bets on resentment over problem solving

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post Columnist, Nov 21, 2021. The leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives offered the nation an important lesson last week about why our politics are broken and our national mood is so surly. The master class was taught inadvertently by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and somewhat more

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Republicans

Condemning Senator Rick Scott’s latest acts to play politics with our economy

Following the reports of Senator Rick Scott celebrating inflation as a “gold mine” for Republicans’ efforts to regain power in Washington, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz released the following statement: “Instead of voting to invest millions of dollars in Florida’s crumbling infrastructure and combating inflation, Senator Rick Scott is rooting against the economic recovery and continues

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Analysis

Stolen 2020 election myth imposes loyalty test on Republicans

By JAY BOOKMAN, Florida Phoenix, Oct 25, 2021. The narrative about a stolen election is completely fabricated. None of it is true. None of it happened. None of it, not in Arizona, not in Georgia, not anywhere, none of it. All “evidence” offered to support that narrative is likewise a mirage; it vanishes completely upon

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Opinion

Trump and his herd are the real RINOs

Extract of an opinion by Dana Milbank  Washington Post Columnist, October 20, 2021. Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) have refused to join the rest of Donald Trump’s GOP on its goose step toward authoritarianism. The lonely pair voted with Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee to hold Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in

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Analysis

DeSantis policy moves often followed by fundraising pitch

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, October 8, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – When Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Florida’s secretary of state to investigate Facebook, alleging it may have manipulated 2020 elections in the state, he made sure his donors didn’t miss the news. Forty-eight hours after the Republican governor dispatched Laurel Lee last month on a search for

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Analysis

Arizona proves again that Trump is the GOP’s useful idiot

By Marc Elias, Democracy Docket, September 27, 2021 Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s useful idiot. He was their useful idiot when he turned over the selection of federal judgeships to the Federalist Society. He was a useful idiot when he became the improbable candidate of the white evangelical movement. But, nowhere has his idiocy

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Opinion

Republicans can’t call themselves pro-life

Editor’s note:  The following Letter to the Editor was printed in the Sept 15th edition of The Daily Sun. How dare Florida Republicans call themselves pro-life while refusing federal aid benefiting Florida’s most vulnerable children! Republicans failed to expand Medicaid which would have provided healthcare for many of those children and failed to distribute the

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Opinion

Texas shows us what post-democracy America would look like

Opinion by Dana Milbank, Washington Post Columnist, September 1, 2021. Texas this week showed us what a post-democracy America would look like. Thanks to a series of actions by the Texas legislature and governor, we now see exactly what the Trumpified Republican Party wants: to take us to an America where women cannot get abortions, even

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Opinion

Where are Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio?

The state of our state continues to decline due to Republican negligence. Day after day, in city after city, horrific news about the toll COVID-19 is taking on Florida continues to spill out. Thousands of children have either tested positive or are in quarantine due to potential exposure. Hospital systems in Tampa Bay and Orlando

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News

Commissioner of Education illegally withholds salaries for school board members in Alachua and Broward Counties

On Monday August 30th, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the Florida Department of Education has withheld the monthly salaries of Alachua and Broward County school board members. In response to this appalling development, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz issued the following statement: “This announcement is shocking and outrageous. Just last Friday, a

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