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Florida editorials: Scott-Rubio tax plan is “un-American” and “absurd”

The Republican Party’s new agenda to raise taxes on millions of Americans, including Florida seniors and working families, recently got Marco Rubio’s full support. As WFTV reported, Rubio “says he supports the tax hike.” Meanwhile, editorial boards across the state have panned the GOP’s plan as “un-American” and “absurd.” As the Orlando Sentinel wrote, “none of

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News

Rick Scott responds to criticism of his 11-point GOP plan without talking about tax hike

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Feb 27, 2022. ORLANDO — After receiving bipartisan criticism over the 11-point plan he released earlier in the week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott took the stage Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference and defended the proposal while ignoring the most controversial part of it. Scott’s plan targets people who do not pay income taxes,

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Opinion

The Florida GOP has abandoned its party’s identity

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Feb  15, 2022.  OUR POSITION: The Republican Party has long boasted of being the party of small government but under Gov. Ron DeSantis the Florida GOP has gone in the opposite direction. Florida lawmakers, with a strong nudge from Gov. Ron DeSantis, have spent the last two

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Analysis

Marco Rubio condemned for attacking bipartisan investigations into the January 6 rioters

Marco Rubio’s recent interview on Face The Nation was a complete disaster. Unable to answer basic questions about where he stands on issues surrounding the January 6 attack, Rubio denounced the bipartisan committee investigating the rioters who violently stormed the Capitol and attacked police officers in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Rubio’s interview

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Election Hacking

Ron DeSantis scrambles Florida’s redistricting debate, with an eye to the 2022 and perhaps 2024 elections

By Colby Itkowitz, Lori Rozsa and  Michael Scherer, The Washington Post, Feb 11, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has cast himself as the nation’s boldest and most aggressively conservative Republican leader, his eye on a 2022 reelection campaign and a potential presidential run two years later. DeSantis last month introduced legislation that would allow parents to sue

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Opinion

Why the RNC blunder may be a tipping point

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, Feb 10, 2022. At first blush, it’s hard to understand why there’s been such an uproar among Republicans over their party’s resolution that described the Jan. 6 insurrection as “legitimate political discourse” and censured Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Liz Cheney (Wyo.) for participating in the House select committee investigating the violence.

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Republicans

PolitiFact calls out Rick Scott’s failed attempt to get credit with Marco Rubio for Everglades funding

At a recent visit to a dam surrounding Lake Okeechobee, Senator Rick Scott touted the Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act’s $1 billion in funding allocated for Everglades restoration, claiming that he and Marco Rubio secured one of the largest single investments on record for the Everglades. There’s just one problem: both Rubio and Scott voted against the

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Republicans

Florida politics as unusual

An excerpt from Florida Playbook by Gary Fineout, Feb 3, 2022. It’s become a cliché, but former House Speaker John Thrasher summed it succinctly when Republicans first took control of the Florida Legislature: It’s all about the base. Addendum — Let’s add another cliché into the mix as well: Elections have consequences. Context — The GOP has

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Republicans

Palm Beach Post editorial board: “Senators Marco Rubio & Rick Scott are on the wrong side of the Voting Rights issue.”

After spending the past week attacking efforts to protect voting rights and restore the bipartisan Voting Rights Act while voting to make it more difficult for Floridians to cast their ballots, Marco Rubio is getting slammed for opposing voting rights legislation. As the Palm Beach Post editorial board wrote recently, Rubio’s vote “insulted the memory of the

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Republicans

‘What are Republicans for?’  Just one thing.

By Karen Tumulty, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Columnist, Jan 23, 2022. “What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” When President Biden posed that question at his news conference last Wednesday, he no doubt meant it rhetorically. But there is, in fact, an answer. Today’s Republicans are for whatever

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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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