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Five House Republicans need to switch parties

The following letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 16, 2023. The world is looking to us for leadership in the Middle East, in Europe, and everywhere freedom is threatened by fascism. And yet extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives would rather stroke their Trumpian egos and indulge their

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Opinion

Steube showing hypocrisy

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 14, 2023. Rep. Greg Steube endorsed Christian Ziegler for Republican Party of Florida State Chair earlier this year. Steube has been silent on both Christian and Bridget Ziegler’s sexual scandal. Steube is not providing leadership. Both Zieglers have led the hostile

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Opinion

As ominous threats rise, the U.S. is mired in moronic, clownish politics

Opinion by George F. Will, The Washington Post, October 13, 2023. Bilious rhetoric pours from members of Congress presiding over their dilapidated institution. Never has there been such a disjunction between the seriousness of the nation’s problems and the irresponsibility of its political class. About the latter, look around. There is turmoil in the party that

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Opinion

How fascism advances: The culprits are all around us

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, October 6, 2023. I have pulled no punches in identifying four-times-indicted former president Donald Trump as a neo-fascist or in calling out the failure of his party and the mainstream media to act decisively in defense of democracy. In case you had any doubt, consider: Trump suggested a former

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Analysis

America needs ‘Two viable parties’

By David Leonhardt, The NY Times, Oct 5, 2023 Imagine if you were a foreign leader surveying the political chaos in the United States: For the first time in history, a party has just fired its own speaker of the House in the middle of a term. In the Senate, one of the two party

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Republicans

Greg Steube voted against funding our government

Here is his insane argument!  Vote him out of office in 2024. “Yesterday, I voted NO on a Continuing Resolution (CR) that extends current funding levels of the Pelosi-Schumer budget for another 45 days. I have heard from thousands of you over the past few weeks that you elected Republicans to cut spending, secure the

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Opinion

Why Kevin McCarthy can’t do his job

By Paul Krugman, Opinion Columnist, NY Times, Sept. 21, 2023. The speaker of the House is the only congressional officer mentioned in the Constitution, other than a temporary Senate officer to preside when the vice president can’t. The speaker’s job isn’t defined, but surely it includes passing legislation that keeps the federal government running. But Kevin McCarthy,

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Economy

Division threatens fragile democracy

Not long ago, a nightly routine for the Republican president and the Democratic speaker of the House was to meet at the White House, share a drink and discuss how to bridge any gaps in their search to serve our country. Where has that spirit of constructive political leadership gone? Now, a Republican senator has

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Opinion

Steube’s loyalties are in the wrong place

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on August 25, 2023. Donald Trump is a national embarrassment. His continued prominence in our politics despite multiple criminal indictments — not to mention his culpability for fraud, rape, and more — brings shame on us all, and poses a grave threat to

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Analysis

DeSantis gets mixed reviews from 1st GOP presidential debate

By MITCH PERRY, The Florida Phoenix,  Aug 24, 2023  MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 23: Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy participate in the first debate of the GOP primary season hosted by FOX News at the Fiserv Forum on August 23, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Republicans

Skip the RNC debate this Wednesday

While the Republican Party is caught up fighting each other, President Joe Biden and Florida Democrats are fighting to make our lives better. The more people get to know Ron, the less they like him. If his performance in past debates is any indication, it’s going to be a disaster. Ron wants to “Make America

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Republicans

Dems mock Steube pitch to impeach

STAFF REPORT, The Daily Sun, Aug 15, 2023. SARASOTA — U.S. Rep. Greg Steube is being openly mocked by the Sarasota County Democratic Party for filing impeachment charges against President Joe Biden on Friday. The local Democrat leaders called the charges “absurd and unfounded.” Steube, who represents Charlotte and Sarasota counties along with a portion

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Opinion

Republicans know Trump is not best choice

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Aug 1, 2023. Every single one of them knows better. There isn’t one Republican voter or one Republican politician who doesn’t know deep down in his soul that Donald Trump is not qualified to be the president of our country. Perhaps in

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Analysis

The Florida Board of Education’s new standards for African American history

By HEATHER COX RICHARDSON, Letters from an American, July 22, 2023. The Florida Board of Education approved new state social studies standards on Wednesday (Jul 20, 2023),  including standards for African American history, civics and government, American history, and economics. Critics immediately called out the middle school instruction in African American history that includes “how

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Opinion

How the right’s phony patriotism is destroying America

By RUTH CONNIFF, The Wisconsin Examiner, July 4, 2023. In his book “Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America,” best-selling author Kurt Andersen connects the marketing of nostalgia for an idealized American past to the organized campaign led by big business over the last four decades to destroy unions, public schools, progressive taxation and the middle

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Florida Legislation

Republican assaults on LGBTQ+ Americans are failing in court

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, June 29, 2023. As we draw to the close of Pride Month, attacks against the LGBTQ+ community from right-wing pols and their followers should shock the conscience. The Anti-Defamation League published a report finding that “between June 2022 and April 2023, ADL and GLAAD documented at least 356 anti-LGBTQ+ extremist

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Opinion

Is it too late for the Republican party?

By J. Michael Luttig, guest columnist, The New York Times, June 25, 2023. Judge Luttig was appointed by George H.W. Bush and served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1991 to 2006. Donald Trump this month became the first former or incumbent American president to be charged with crimes against

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Analysis

Ethics complaints allege DeSantis abused his office ‘for personal gain’

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 26, 2023. Reporting by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida revealing that top staff in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office helped line up endorsements for his presidential campaign is fueling ethics complaints against the state employees. The Florida Democratic Party announced Wednesday that it has filed complaints with the Florida Commission on

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Republicans

Who’s minding the store in FL? DeSantis is campaigning for prez; Lt. Gov. Nuñez is in Paris

By MICHAEL MOLINE, The Florida Phoenix, June 20, 2023. Florida’s top two elected executive officials have been nowhere in evidence in the state, what with Gov. Ron DeSantis campaigning for president in California and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez promoting the Florida aviation industry at the Paris Air Show. On Monday, DeSantis traveled to Sacramento, according to KGO

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