Marco Rubio’s Faustian bargain

By Mac Stipanovich, Floridapolitics.com,  June 13, 2021 The much-anticipated U.S. Senate race in Florida between the Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and the Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Val Demings is on. And it bids fair to be the highest-profile contest in the country in the struggle for control of the Senate. One of the more interesting aspects of this matchup…

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Amid praise from conservatives, Florida Gov. DeSantis also drawing lawsuits

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, June 13, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – While Gov. Ron DeSantis is drawing praise from conservatives and pulling in campaign cash from across the nation, he also is attracting a crush of lawsuits spurred by the polarizing legislation he signed into law. Opponents say the outcome of the courtroom challenges will be pivotal not just…

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Congress votes to make Pulse nightclub a national memorial

Just one week after Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Budget that slashed Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center and an organization that houses homeless LGBTQ youth, the US Senate unanimously passed legislation designating the site of the gay club a national memorial. The bill was introduced to the US House of Representatives by Reps. Val Demings, Darren Soto,…

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Thousands of acres of seagrass lost in Lemon Bay and Charlotte Harbor

By Phyllis Wojcik, Charlotte County Environmental Caucus, June 14, 2021 Betty Staugler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Harmful Algae Bloom liaison, Florida Sea Grant University of Florida and Nicole Iadevaia, Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) presented “Seagrass Trends in Charlotte Harbor: Current Findings and Ongoing Efforts” to the Charlotte County Commissioners at…

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Val Demings:  ‘Marco Rubio is afraid of a tough fight. I am not.’

By Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post Columnist, June 10, 2021 Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), one of the House managers during the first impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, made it official on Wednesday. She’s going after the Senate seat now held by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Her slick announcement video declares that she’ll “Never tire.” Demings, who for a time…

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Commemorate Juneteenth

Juneteenth — a blending of the words June and nineteenth — is a celebration marking an end to slavery in the United States. Though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, very few people were immediately freed. Two and a half years later the enslaved African Americans in Texas were pronounced…

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What’s at stake

By Bill Welsch,  Charlotte Dems contributing writer Michael Cohen, former lawyer for ex-President Trump, describes in his book “Disloyal: A Memoir,” chilling details of the lies and deceit he and other people around Trump employed to keep “the boss” happy. The book is a wakeup call to those of us who fear for our democracy.…

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Honoring Pride in 2021

By Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee Pride is a demand for full equality and a vibrant celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride is not limited to a single month; it is a year-round, years-long movement. This Pride, there is much to celebrate. For the first time in four years the LGBTQ+ community…

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Biden’s economic recovery is in full swing

On the back of a strong jobs report for the month of May, President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress are delivering on the promise of rebuilding the US economy after the Trump administration’s failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic brought about the largest economic collapse in history. The over 550,000 new jobs added bring…

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DeSantis signs transgender athlete ban on first day of Pride Month

Editor’s note: just a coincidence?  I don’t buy it! By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday a controversial ban on transgender athletes participating in women’s sports at the high school and college levels, seizing on a trend coursing through conservative states. The Republican governor enacted the measure on…

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried files to run for governor

By Zac Anderson and John Kennedy, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 1, 2021 After a surprise 2018 win that made her a leading Democratic voice in Florida and a pandemic spent as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ chief antagonist, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried filed Tuesday to try to unseat the governor in 2022. Fried’s candidate filing was posted on the Florida Division of Elections website…

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Gov. DeSantis takes on how racial history is taught in Florida schools

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, May 28, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to declare victory on another front in what critics call a culture war  – with his administration expected to approve new limits on how racial history is taught in Florida schools. The Republican governor has spent weeks ridiculing “critical race theory,”…

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Kamala Harris speaks the truth about race, unafraid

Opinion by  Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post Columnist, May 29, 2021 Throughout her political career, Vice President Harris has never shied away from issues of race. In fact, the former senator from California, state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney has been very intentional about taking on problems that have their roots in our nation’s…

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