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It’s time to renew your Vote by Mail ballot application

All mail ballot requests in Florida expired after the November 2022 election – including yours. You read that right. Due to the 2021 Florida elections law (SB90), all mail ballot requests from before the 2022 election have been canceled – and now, all Floridians who want to vote by mail in 2023-2024 must submit a new vote-by-mail

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Opinion

What’s really behind Florida’s attack on African American Studies

Opinion by Leslie Kay Jones, CNN.com,  Feb 3, 2023. As a student growing up in Florida, I vividly recall my International Baccalaureate English teacher inviting students to read “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in their best voice impressions of a formerly enslaved Black woman. She smirked as they giggled out phrases like “de nigger woman

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Economy

Florida is growing, but at what cost?

An editorial by the TAMPA BAY TIMES First the good news: Florida was the fastest-growing state in the nation last year, new figures show. That growth breathes new life into the economy and makes Florida more attractive and competitive on the global stage. But the state is lagging behind in key investments — in housing, health

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Biden's Vision

Biden grows the economy while GOP attacks Social Security & Medicare

This week, President Biden gave a speech in Virginia to highlight how Democrats’ economic plan is delivering for working families while MAGA Republicans push an agenda of raising taxes on the middle class, protecting billionaire tax cheats, and putting America’s financial stability on the line to try to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

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Call to Action

Oppose HB 543 concealed carry of weapons and firearms without a license

The Permitless Carry gun bill — HB 543 Concealed Carry of Weapons and Firearms Without a License — is being fast-tracked with only two committees in the House, and is already scheduled for its first hearing in the Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 2 pm ET. If you are able, we urge you

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Call to Action

Oppose SB 170 local ordinances

If enacted into law, SB 170 would allow big business (including developers) to run roughshod over local communities by allowing businesses to file litigation if an ordinance or ballot measure results in a 15% or more loss of profit, with local taxpayers on the hook for damages. They’ve coupled this bill with SB 280 which

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Analysis

What’s really in the AP African-American Studies class DeSantis rejected?

A close look at the course reveals just the sort of interdisciplinary rigor students need to succeed. By JOSHUA ZEITZ,  Politico.com Magazine, January 31, 2023 Joshua Zeitz, a Politico Magazine contributing writer, is the author of Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House. Follow him @joshuamzeitz. In the latest escalation of America’s ever-present political culture war, Florida

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis pitches $114.8 billion budget

Editor: Before the Wednesday press conference began, an administration staffer told state workers at the event to applaud and be “high energy.” Moments later, they cheered and clapped loudly when DeSantis entered the Florida Cabinet room, where he announced the budget plan. The workers broke out into applause three times during DeSantis’ presentation. It’s all

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Opinion

Why is DeSantis going after New College?

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 24, 2023. Ron DeSantis and his fascist regime are running roughshod over our students’ education. First in K-12 grades with his CRT policy and banned books, etc. and now in our colleges and universities. Recently, for no reason except to promote

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News

New College president ousted, Corcoran named

By Ryan Dailey, News Service of Florida, Feb 1, 2023. SARASOTA — A revamped New College of Florida Board of Trustees on Tuesday quickly shook up leadership at the small liberal-arts school, removing President Patricia Okker and replacing her on an interim basis with former state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. The moves came after Gov.

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Opinion

‘Big Brother’ government is alive and well here

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 23, 2023. Not all ideas of freedom are the same. Many feel if freedom is to be restricted, it should be on the local level where the individual has most influence over any decision that may impact them. Most see that

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Florida Legislation

Wilton Simpson seeks to shield gun and ammo sale data from corporate tracking

By Renzo Downey, Florida Politics, January 11, 2023. Florida could be the first state to protect gun sale data with the Arms and Ammo Act. Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson is unveiling his first legislative proposal since taking office, a first-in-the-nation measure to prevent businesses from tracking Floridians’ firearm and ammo purchases. Simpson, the former Senate President who

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Analysis

State estimates 1.75 million Floridians could lose Medicaid benefits once state begins purging rolls

By Christine Jordan Sexton, Florida Politics, January 19, 2023. As many as 1.75 million Floridians could lose Medicaid coverage once the state begins taking steps on April 1 to return its Medicaid program to pre-pandemic levels. Appearing before House and Senate health care panels, officials in the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida will focus its

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Environment

Charlotte County supports DeSoto County in blocking Mosaic mining expansion

By NANCY J. SEMON, STAFF WRITER, The Daily Sun, Jan 26, 2023. PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte County commissioners were about to postpone voting on a resolution supporting DeSoto County’s denial of Mosaic’s mining efforts pending further information. The board had expressed interest in meeting in a workshop session with the phosphate giant about its intentions to

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Florida Legislation

Florida proposes expanding school vouchers

By Ryan Dailey, News Service of Florida, Jan 20, 2023. TALLAHASSEE — Calling it a move toward “universal choice,” Florida House Speaker Paul Renner on Thursday announced a proposal that would make every student in Florida eligible for school vouchers — a move that Democrats blasted as a Republican attack on public education. The legislation

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Essay

Early abortion looks nothing like what you’ve been told

By Erika Bliss, Joan Fleischman and Michele Gomez, New York Times, January 22, 2023. Drs. Bliss, Fleishman and Gomez are co-founders of the My Abortion Network and primary care doctors who provide abortions as part of their primary care practices. Jewel is a student in her early 20s who lives in Texas. When her doctor

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Florida Legislation

FL schools must teach ‘benefits of monogamous heterosexual marriage’

By NANCY J. SEMON, STAFF WRITER, The Daily Sun, Jan 20, 2023. PORT CHARLOTTE — Teaching students about the “benefits of monogamous heterosexual marriage” to prevent AIDS is one of the policy changes the Charlotte County School Board discussed this week. It is among other changes to district policies under review to abide by Florida’s

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Florida Legislation

Florida says AP African American Studies program “lacks educational value”

BY NIKKI MCCANN RAMIREZ, Rolling Stone, Jan 18, 2023. FLORIDA HAS BLOCKED the College Board from testing a pilot Advanced Placement African American Studies (APAAS) curriculum in the state under Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Stop WOKE” Act. According to a letter obtained by National Review, Florida’s Department of Education’s Office of Articulation said the curriculum “is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly

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Gun Violence

DeSantis’ permitless carry helps only him

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 19, 2023. Ron DeSantis wants permitless carry in Florida before he leaves office. To prevent senseless homicides and shooting of police, We the People must act. Write or call Sen.Albritton (albritton.ben.web@FLSenate.gov, 860-487-5027), Sen. Gruters (joe.gruters@FLsenate.gov, 860-487-5033) and Representative Grant (michael.grant@myfloridahouse.gov, 850-717-5075)

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