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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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Opinion

This should not be politics as usual

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. I wonder which is more frightening if you are a Democrat, a reasonable Independent, or simply a sane American patriot. Is it that there are millions of Americans still under the delusion that Donald Trump is qualified to be

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Economy

Proposed child labor law needs tweaking

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. OUR POSITION: A Republican-sponsored tearing down of current restrictions on teenage workers is not a terrible idea, but it may go a little too far. A Republican-backed bill being proposed in the Florida Legislature is an obvious attempt to temper the tight labor market.

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Candidate Profile

Ron DeSantis is betting you won’t click on this campaign finance story

By Matt Bai, Contributing columnist, The Washington Post, Dec 18, 2023. Life, like the DeSantis campaign, will be over before you know it, so I won’t waste too much time talking about a candidate who probably isn’t going anywhere. Though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might fade into irrelevance, his shameless and shady campaign for the Republican nomination is

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Analysis

Trump is putting every racial, ethnic and religious minority at risk at a time of angry political polarization

By Stephen Collinson, CNN, December 19, 2023 Donald Trump’s extreme rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi propaganda and his penchant for siding with America’s adversaries and autocrats pose a unique challenge to his Republican opponents and, ultimately, US voters. The ex-president, who has a good chance of being the next commander in chief, warned over the weekend that

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Opinion

Five House Republicans need to switch parties

The following letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 16, 2023. The world is looking to us for leadership in the Middle East, in Europe, and everywhere freedom is threatened by fascism. And yet extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives would rather stroke their Trumpian egos and indulge their

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News

Trump’s second term would be a dictatorship

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 15, 2023. Fox News personality Sean Hannity recently asked Presidential candidate Donald Trump, “Do you in any way have any plans whatsoever if reelected president to abuse power, to break the law, to use the government to go after people?” Trump

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Analysis

Behind the Scenes at the Dismantling of Roe v. Wade

By Jodi Kantor and Adam Liptak, The New York Times, December 15, 2023. On Feb. 10 last year, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. showed his eight colleagues how he intended to uproot the constitutional right to abortion. At 11:16 a.m., his clerk circulated a 98-page draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. After

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Ukrainian-Americans make a statement at Steube’s ‘mobile office’

By BOB MUDGE Senior Writer, The Venice Gondolier, Dec 14, 2023. Ukrainian-Americans Ivanka Olesnycky, left, Inia Tunstall, Mykola Kompanijec and Alfred L. Kolodziej, and Pam Nolan, who said she’s one of Rep. Greg Steube’s constituents, turned up at his “mobile office’ hours in Venice Thursday to urge continued financial aid for Ukraine. SUN PHOTO BY

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Opinion

Steube showing hypocrisy

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 14, 2023. Rep. Greg Steube endorsed Christian Ziegler for Republican Party of Florida State Chair earlier this year. Steube has been silent on both Christian and Bridget Ziegler’s sexual scandal. Steube is not providing leadership. Both Zieglers have led the hostile

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Elections

Listen to what former Trump loyalists say

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 9, 2023. I get it. It’s difficult to change your mind, admit you were wrong. But, in the face of evidence, it’s the sensible, mature thing to do. Here is a list of 24 former Trump loyalists, highly placed government and

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Liz Cheney reminds us of the stakes

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, December 7, 2023. No wonder MAGA Republicans hate Liz Cheney. No Republican is as articulate, persuasive and passionate as the former Wyoming congresswoman in describing the threat four-time-indicted former president Donald Trump and her own party as currently constituted pose to the future of American democracy and international security. Her new

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Housing

Some key steps to affordable housing

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 8, 2023. OUR POSITION: Local governments are doing what they can to boost the number of much-needed affordable housing units, but the challenge is immense. During a not-so-long-ago Sarasota County Commission gathering, commissioners went over the key pieces of action needed to fire up the

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Housing

Rising debt makes housing bigger priority

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 7, 2023. OUR POSITION: Inflation has pushed consumers’ credit to all-time highs and that budget crunch just makes affordable housing that much more urgent. Total household debt for Americans increased by $228 billion in the third quarter and totals $17.29 trillion, according to a report

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