Rubio calls Biden’s national security team ‘polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline’

Editor’s note: Also read “Marco Rubio gets ripped for criticizing Biden’s ‘Ivy League’ foreign policy team,” by HuffPost’s Jeremy Blum By Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico, Nov 24, 2020 Sen. Marco Rubio suggested on Tuesday that he would oppose confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team, presaging the first sign of potential Senate battles to come if Republicans maintain control…

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A dark money mystery in Florida; a spoiler candidate helps a Republican win by 32 votes

Editor’s note, Dec 4, 2020: Disgraced & resigned FL Senator Frank Artiles (R) planted the no-party candidate in the Miami-Dade Senate race, which the Republican candidate won by just 32 votes out of more than 215,000 cast. Read this update from the Miami Herald. By Scott Glover, Curt Devine, Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein, published by CNN on Nov 23, 2020…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want to shut down Florida. What power do mayors and counties have to control the virus?

By RYAN GILLESPIE and STEPHEN HUDAK, published in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov 20, 2020 Across the country, states and counties are ordering residents to hunker down or wear masks as governors brace for another surge of coronavirus cases. But in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited nearly all shutdown actions that local counties were able to take early…

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Charlotte leaders at odds over impact fees

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun staff writer, published Nov 22, 2020 Charlotte County commissioners may agree that impact fees on new construction should go up, but they disagree on how much. Commissioners may consider raising assessments next year County staff told the board at a workshop Tuesday that they could have something for the board to…

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If Congress doesn’t act, 12 million Americans could lose unemployment aid after Christmas

By Eli Rosenberg, Nov 18, 2020, Washington Post Deadlines set by Congress early in the pandemic will result in about 12 million Americans losing unemployment insurance by the year’s end, according to a report released Wednesday — a warning about the sharp toll that inaction in Washington could exact on the economic health of both individual…

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Florida mayors rip into DeSantis

By GARY FINEOUT, Nov19, 2020, Politico.com Handing out grades — Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber was blunt: “This isn’t working. It is unmistakably clear that Florida’s approach to managing this pandemic is failing horribly. Since you reopened all elements of commerce in late September and, simultaneously, prevented local government from enforcing mask mandates, positive cases have risen…

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Stop the Sarasota fish farm project!

Kampachi Farms, LLC, proposes the installation of Velella Epsilon, a pilot demonstration project consisting of 20,000 Almoco jack (80,000 lbs at harvest) within a net pen approximately 45 miles WSW of Sarasota, FL and generally down current of Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties coastline.  Noted environmentalist and Indivisible member Dr. Richard Whitman, has studied the proposed project and presented…

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of FL stands by Trump in doubts “about the veracity of this election.”

By Issac Morgan -November 11, 2020, Florida Phoenix While President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio supports President Donald Trump taking legal action to challenge voting results in the 2020 presidential election. “At the core of our republic, its legitimacy comes from people’s confidence in the elections,” Rubio, a Republican, told Fox…

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Florida Gov. DeSantis’s new data analyst: An anti-mask sports blogger pushing coronavirus conspiracies

By Katie Shepherd, Washington Post writer, Nov 11, 2020 When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) needed a new mind to join the state’s team of data analysts, many of whom have been working to monitor the coronavirus pandemic, he turned to an unlikely candidate. Last week, Kyle Lamb, a little-known sports blogger who moonlights as an anti-masker, announced he had been hired to…

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