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DeSantis’ 2022 wish list for his Republican lawmakers

By Jim Turner, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Dec 30, 2021. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released a $99.7 billion budget blueprint for the 2022 legislative session and has touted a series of other proposals. Here are 10 of DeSantis’ priorities, big and small, for the annual 60-day meeting of lawmakers. This year’s session starts January

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Biden's Vision

The 10 best things Biden did in 2021

By Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist, Dec 28, 2021. I once again offer my annual list of the 10 best things the president did this year. He launched the first test of a new system to defend Earth from a killer asteroid. On his orders, NASA launched a rocket into space testing “whether a spacecraft can

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Coronavirus

As Florida shatters its record for new coronavirus cases, Democrats ask, ‘Where is Ron DeSantis?’

By Timothy Bella, The Washington Post, Dec 30, 2021. As Florida reported nearly 47,000 new coronavirus cases, again shattering its single-day record since the start of the pandemic, Democrats and critics called on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to do more to address the state’s spike in infections driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant. The state on Wednesday

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Coronavirus

Florida Democratic Party condemns DeSantis for inaction as COVID cases surge again

Florida is once again suffering one of the worst COVID outbreaks in the country, with the largest single-day increase of new cases in state history occurring recently. And yet again, as tens of thousands of Floridians fall sick every day, Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans are refusing to back measures that will prevent infections and save lives. Florida Democratic

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Opinion

Don’t spread misinformation out of fear

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on December 28, 2021.    I believe America is for everyone, everyone who is born here is an American. No matter what their skin color or accent. There seems to be another group who believe that America is for those who get here

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Analysis

Simmering rental crisis at full boil

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, December 28, 2021. The sizzling real estate of Southwest Florida is being felt by service employees and lower income elders dealing with the heat of higher rents. Some landlords have decided to get out of the rental business and sell properties while prices are at record levels.

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Events

Will Donald Trump get away with inciting an insurrection?

Please join a Democracy Preservation commemorative vigil event on Jan 6th at your choice of  Babcock Ranch, Englewood or Punta Gorda. Click your preferred location to learn more and register for the event. By Laurence H. Tribe, Donald Ayer and Dennis Aftergut, The New York Times, Dec 23, 2021. In his nine months in office, Attorney General Merrick Garland

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News

DeSantis worries voter groups and local officials with his Elections Police proposal

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Dec 22, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – Ron DeSantis’ push to create a new law enforcement arm to police Florida elections is sparking concern among voter outreach organizations and state elections officials worried about how the Republican governor could deploy this force. DeSantis has praised Florida’s election performance in the

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Republicans

What Florida newspapers were saying about Marco Rubio this year

From failing to show up for his job to voting against legislation to speed up COVID vaccinations and grow the economy, Marco Rubio spent the year being too cowardly to step up and do what’s right for Florida. Newspapers across the state took notice, excoriating Rubio for his spinelessness and self-serving attempts to score political

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Coronavirus

Trump touts effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine

By Veronica Stracqualursi and David Wright, CNN, December 23, 2021. Former President Donald Trump pushed back on a questioner’s skepticism about the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine in a new interview, saying that the “vaccine works” and “people aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.” “Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you

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News

State-backed insurer seeks rate boost

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida, Dec 17, 2021. TALLAHASSEE — With thousands of new policies a week pouring into Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-backed insurer’s board on Wednesday approved seeking 11 percent across-the-board rate increases next year. The Citizens Board of Governors tossed aside a staff recommendation that, in part, called for

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Opinion

Hatred and division will destroy our great nation

The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the Dec 13, 2021 edition of The Daily Sun. Sadly, America is not at present the United States of America where for almost 250 years, political differences did not interfere with a unified America, which we are now experiencing. What are the reasons for this divide? On

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Opinion

Joe Manchin isn’t the only obstacle to Build Back Better

By Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Columnist, Dec 20, 2021 Contrary to popular belief, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) is not single-handedly blocking President Biden’s transformative Build Back Better agenda. He has the help of every single Republican senator, not one of whom will even engage in negotiations about the package. That is not to make any

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Environment

Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bit of help: extra feeding

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021. The starving manatees are easy enough to spot. You can see their ribs through their skin. They surface to breathe more than normal. Those most in need appear off balance, listing to one side. As manatee deaths spike and Florida rescue centers fill up with malnourished animals,

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Opinion

Ron DeSantis is paving his path to the White House on the backs of vulnerable immigrant children

By Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, December 13, 2021. In a crowded 2024 presidential field, Republican politicians are seeking any path available to the nomination. Lately, they’ve decided the most promising one is paved on the backs of vulnerable immigrant children. Among the most brazen to adopt this strategy: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Republicans see immigration

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Biden's Vision

Yes, inflation is worrisome. But it has little relevance to Build Back Better.

By Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, December 16, 2021. The latest sticking point over President Biden’s ambitious Build Back Better agenda? You guessed it: inflation. Asked this week about his reservations toward the legislation, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) told reporters that inflation is “alarming. It’s going up, not down. And I think that should be something we’re

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