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What happened at Mar-a-Lago is good for democracy

While Donald Trump claimed that the FBI searching his home was a sign of America’s decline, it was actually quite the opposite. By Abdallah Fayyad, Globe Staff For the first time in American history, the FBI has executed a search warrant on a former president’s home. Of course it happened at Mar-a-Lago, and Donald Trump,

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Opinion

Gobsmacked by hypocrisy

Trump’s GOP has made it clear this week who should ‘just comply’ with law enforcement, and it isn’t him. By Yvonne Abraham, Globe Columnist It is blindingly obvious at this point that today’s Republican Party believes rules are for other people. And those values they claim to live by? Inviolable, as long as they work

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Opinion

Opinion: Biden is racking up wins but getting no love for it

By Frida Ghitis, (@fridaghitis) CNN.com August 8, 2022 (CNN)For a president who so many people believe is failing, Joe Biden sure is suddenly notching up an impressive string of victories. And they’re not minor. In fact, Biden is on a roll when it comes to both domestic and foreign policy. After a number of painful

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Opinion

The GOP reveals its true colors

By Robert B Hubbell [editor’s note:  Robert B Hubbell is an attorney  who writes a daily newsletter.  His content is astute and well-researched, providing many links to source material.]   The GOP is rapidly embracing autocracy and white Christian nationalism as its rallying cry. That rightward drift is anxiety-producing and creates the understandable urge to

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Florida Legislation

Florida teachers race to remake lessons as DeSantis laws take effect

By Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post, July 30, 2022. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Miami-Dade County school board couldn’t make up its mind. It has voted three times in four months on whether students can use a particular textbook, “Comprehensive Health Skills,” for sex education classes. The board for the state’s largest district signed off

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News

DeSantis suspends Democratic state attorney he accuses of being “woke,” not enforcing laws

By Zac Anderson, USA Today Network-Florida, Aug 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren, the chief prosecutor for the 13th Judicial Circuit covering Hillsborough County, after calling him “woke” and accusing him of refusing to properly enforce certain laws. The governor cited positions Warren has taken on abortion laws, gender confirmation surgery and other issues.

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Opinion

What’s next in the attack on public education?

By Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 29, 2022. Monitoring the news from afar during my unanticipated but compulsory month-long sabbatical from Florida* allowed me an outsider’s perspective on the state of our state. Even from a distance it was impossible not to feel stunned by the escalating attack on public education as we move toward

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Economy

There’s a miracle in Washington, and it’s all about taxes

New York Times Guest Essay  by Steven Rattner, August 2, 2022. Even in Washington, miracles sometimes happen. Less than a week ago, any tax and spending deal in Congress — let alone a meritorious one — seemed utterly implausible. But the new package announced on Wednesday is a step in the right direction on several of

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Coronavirus

COVID-19 deaths top 77,500 in Florida

By the News Service of Florida, August 1, 2022. More than 77,500 Florida residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in early 2020, a new report by the state Department of Health shows. The report, issued Friday, said 77,565 residents had died of the virus, up from 76,662 in a July 15 report.

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Elections

The 2022 elections are near. What do you not know?

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on August 1, 2022. You may have already pulled evidence of the upcoming 2022 election from your mailbox. If not, perhaps you’ve seen some television commercials telling you who not to vote for. Yes, it’s an election year and the turnout to fill seats in Congress,

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Biden's Vision

Strong economy and declining gas prices have escaped media notice, the White House says

By JACOB FISCHLER , Florida Phoenix, July 28, 2022 After making a fight against inflation its “top priority,” the Biden administration says aspects of the economy are robust, even if headlines haven’t reflected that. Senior administration officials promoted Biden’s economic record on a call with local reporters Wednesday on positive economic indicators — mainly low unemployment and

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Candidate Profile

Marco Rubio has spent years trying to cut Medicare

Florida is home to more seniors benefiting from Medicare than almost any other state in the country. But as Floridians mark the anniversary of Medicare being signed into law, Marco Rubio is doubling down on his years-long efforts to undermine seniors’ health care: Rubio supported a 2012 budget plan that aimed to “end Medicare as

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Housing

Housing challenge continues in region

By Steve Reilly & Barb Richardson, Staff Writers, The Daily Sun,  July 29 & 30, 2022. MURDOCK — Charlotte County hasn’t been spared the housing crunch that most of Florida is facing. Whether rental or home purchasing, local housing costs are pricing out nurses and other medical care workers, carpenters and other trades and other

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Environment

Climate change is not negotiable

By the  Editorial Board, The New York Times      , July 23, 2022. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. The American West has gone bone dry, the Great Salt Lake is vanishing and water levels in Lake Mead

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Call to Action

August primary election information

The August Primary Elections are right around the corner and it’s more important than ever that Democrats vote in the primary to select our nominees for the General Election in November to unseat Rubio and DeSantis.  Of course, we will not promote one Democrat over another, so here’s what you need to know for the

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Call to Action

Vote in the Aug 23rd primary to determine your local representatives

Dear Fellow Democrats, There is a phrase: “All politics is local.”  Local elections impact the way we live. Mid-term elections, like this year’s election, typically see low-voter turnout and the result is that an unrepresentative set of residents determines how local government serves the community. In some places like Charlotte County, it means politically active

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