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The American Right becomes Putin’s fanboys

By DIANE ROBERTS,  The Florida Phoenix, Feb 26, 2024. The Grand Old Putin Party’s plan to impeach President Joe Biden has collapsed like cheap lawn furniture in a gust of wind. Alexander Smirnov, their Deep Throat, the “key FBI informant” with supposed dirt on Hunter Biden’s Ukraine business dealings, now admits he lied. Moreover, the

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Health Care

Florida surgeon general defies science amid measles outbreak

By Lena H. Sun and Lauren Weber, The Washington Post, February 22, 2024. As a Florida elementary school tries to contain a growing measles outbreak, the state’s top health official is giving advice that runs counter to science and may leave unvaccinated children at risk of contracting one of the most contagious pathogens on Earth, clinicians and

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Opinion

Why I Love Joe Biden

by Brian Hassett, Brainland, December 31, 2023. First of all, he’s an Irish leprechaun, and I’m very pro Irish leprechaun. Second — he’s also an empath . . . as opposed to a sociopath. As he likes to say in his Irish way — “Don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.”

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Opinion

Can Donald Trump control his inner caveman?

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe, January 26,2024. That question looms as the presidential primary campaign moves to Nikki Haley’s home state of South Carolina. With New Hampshire behind us, it’s on to South Carolina, which holds its Republican presidential primary on Feb. 24. What can you say about the pleasant-weather place? Perhaps James Louis

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News

Applications for jobless benefits fall

By Matt Ott, Associated Press, January 19, 2024. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than a year, underscoring the resilience of the labor market despite elevated interest rates that are intended to cool the economy. Jobless claim applications fell to 187,000 for the week

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC Betty Gissendanner Scholarship applications now available

The Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club is once again offering its Betty Gissendanner Scholarship to young women graduating from a Charlotte County high school in the spring of 2024 with plans to attend college in the fall of 2024. Applicants must be registered or pre-registered as Democrats. They are chosen on the characteristics that illustrate

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Opinion

The responsibility of Republican voters

Editorial, New York Times, January 15, 2024. Republicans who will gather to cast the first votes of the 2024 presidential primary season have one essential responsibility: to nominate a candidate who is fit to serve as president, one who will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Donald Trump, who has proved

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Economy

Florida rejects $248 million in federal aid to feed hungry children

By JEFFREY SCHWEERS | jschweers@orlandosentinel.com | Orlando Sentinel,  December 22, 2023. TALLAHASSEE — Time is running out for Florida to opt into a new federal program that would provide $248 million to help feed 2 million children next summer who might otherwise go hungry. But it isn’t likely to happen as the state agency best equipped to run the

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Coronavirus

Florida Surgeon General Ladapo’s attack on vaccines is dangerous

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 11, 2024. OUR POSITION: He has his supporters, but we believe Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s statements about not using vaccines is dangerously irresponsible. A new COVID-19 strain is making its way through Florida and some medical professionals believe it could hit hard. The new

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Florida Legislation

Florida legislature has a full agenda in 2024

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 8, 2024.  Please note that the editorial supports “Medicaid for all” but in reality they endorse Expanded Medicaid which would allow over 800,000 uninsured Floridians to gain access to health insurance care. This includes both Floridians without access to any health insurance and those

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Elections

This election year is unlike any other

By The Editorial Board, New York Times, Jan. 6, 2024. 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. At the outset of this election year, with Donald Trump leading the race to be the Republican presidential nominee,

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Elections

Three years later, beware dangerous revisionism of the Jan. 6th insurrection

By the Editorial Board, The Washington Post, January 5, 2024. The third anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob comes amid troubling indicators about public opinion on that event. A Post-University of Maryland poll published this week shows a sizable share of Americans accept lies about the 2020 election and the insurrection that followed on Jan.

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Biden's Vision

Biden supports unions and our middle class

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 6, 2023. As a union member for 47 years, 11 with the UAW and 36 with the APWU, I’m moved by seeing the resurgence in unionism. People always wonder what happen to the middle class. What happened was corporate greed as

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News

Cooper Street back on Punta Gorda city council agenda

By, ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, STAFF WRITER, The Daily Sun, Jan 2, 2024.  PUNTA GORDA — A request for a nonprofit group to operate the Cooper Street Recreation Center is on the Punta Gorda City Council agenda for Wednesday. Despite the New Cooper Street Board of Directors supplying the city with required documentation, the City Council last

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Analysis

Why Trump May Find Himself in Jail Sooner Than He Thinks

By Jose Pagliery, The Daily Beast, December 29, 2023 The countdown is on for Donald Trump’s D.C. trial in March. And while Trump has faced jail threats over his inability to abide by gag orders with his recent bank fraud trial in New York, the charges he’s facing for his attempts at overturning the 2020

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Opinion

Trust is on the ballot in 2024

By Kimberly Atkins Stohr, The Boston Globe, December 28, 2023. What can we learn from George Bailey in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? Without leaders who encourage us to trust in each other, our nation — and our democracy — is in deep danger. As the most consequential election year in recent history looms, a scene

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Elections

Republican group sounds the alarm on ‘Wannabe Dictator’ Trump in scathing ad

By Ben Blanchet, The Huffington Post, Dec 23, 2023. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. A Republican group opposed to Donald Trump is pointing out how the former president stacks up to dictators in a new ad. The Republican Accountability Project’s “Dictator Donald” spot, which comes weeks after Trump said he’d act like a dictator on “Day 1” of a new administration, sounds

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Elections

Trump is not shy about his plans for a second term

Editor’s Note: Don’t despair! Don’t let it happen. FIGHT and VOTE Blue in 2024. By Carl P. Leubsdorf , the former Washington bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News. Dec 21, 2023.  If Donald Trump regains the presidency next year, there won’t be any secret about his agenda. That’s because the former president has outlined

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Biden's Vision

Even Fox News can’t deny it’s a good economy

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. Even the personalities on Fox Business channel could barely contain their enthusiasm as the Dow hit a record 37,000. They had to admit, begrudgingly, that Biden and his administration must be doing something right. The facts are clear: As

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News

Record numbers sign up for Obamacare

By Noah Weiland, New York Times as published in the Boston Globe, December 22, 2023. More than 15 million people have signed up for health insurance plans offered on the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace, a 33 percent increase compared with the same time last year, according to preliminary data released by the Biden administration

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