Marco Rubio

Sexism + socialism: The Republican line on Democratic women candidates — do-nothings — is emerging

BY: - June 11, 2021

“Do-nothing.” “Delusional.” That’s the way Republicans are talking about Nikki Fried and Val Demings, the top Democratic women running for governor and U.S. senator in next year’s elections. By contrast, Gov. Ron DeSantis was relatively mild when Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary, joking about Crist’s history of switching […]

Stephanie Murphy bows out of Rubio challenge; instead will seek reelection and work on party building

BY: - May 25, 2021

Florida Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy will forego a campaign for U.S. senator next year rather than risk a divisive Democratic primary battle that would weaken its ultimate nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. In a video released Monday through her Twitter feed, Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress, cited recent losses by her party […]

Bill Nelson

Florida’s Bill Nelson welcomed back to U.S. Senate as NASA nominee

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida returned to a familiar setting on Wednesday — the hearing room of the Senate panel that oversees space policy — where his former colleagues welcomed him back as President Joe Biden’s pick to serve as NASA administrator. Senators from both sides of the aisle praised Nelson as […]

COMMENTARY

U.S. Rep Gaetz epitomizes the present state of the state of FL: cocky, clueless, and in a heap of trouble

BY: - April 12, 2021

Matt Gaetz is not a prince among men. OK, maybe since he’s been accused of having sex with a 17 year-old, you might call him a Prince Andrew. Definitely not a Prince Charming. But even Prince Andrew didn’t go around showing naked pictures of women (one reportedly deploying a hula hoop) and bragging about bedding […]

Venezuelans in Florida and across the U.S. gain temporary protection from deportation

BY: - March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is granting temporary protection for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans living in the United States who fled the economic crisis in their home country. An estimated 349,000 Venezuelans live in this country, according to a 2018 report by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan organization that conducts research on migration. […]

Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial; 7 GOPS vote to convict; Rubio, Scott vote to acquit

BY: - February 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding his second impeachment trial with the same verdict as his first impeachment. In the 57-43 vote, seven Republicans joined every Senate Democrat and independent in […]

COMMENTARY

‘The 1776 Report’ feeds the Republican Party’s politics of delusion

BY: - January 25, 2021

Slavery in America was not America’s fault. The rich white colonial gents who made their money from enslaving Africans, importing them, selling them, and forcing them to work on the plantations didn’t really mean to do it. But all the rich white gents in the French and English colonies were doing it, too. And what […]

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in? Overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone. “The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” Biden said Thursday. […]

FL Republicans condemn D.C. mob, but not the president who inspired assault on U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 6, 2021

Florida political leaders of all stripes condemned Wednesday’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol by President Trump’s supporters, but top Republicans had nothing to say about Trump’s role in inciting the violence. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, issued a written statement. “Violence or rioting of any kind is unacceptable and the perpetrators must face the […]

Congress votes to override Trump’s veto of annual defense authorization bill

BY: - January 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Friday in an 81-13 vote joined the House in overriding President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense policy bill, the first veto override of Trump’s tenure. That means the annual defense policy measure will become law despite Trump’s opposition. The House on Monday had voted 322-87 to […]

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell blocks quick vote on boosting federal COVID-assistance payments to $2K

BY: - December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a push by Democrats for an immediate vote to give $2,000 COVID-19 relief payments to Americans, notwithstanding President Trump’s appeal for the extra money. On the Senate floor Tuesday, McConnell (R-Ky.) noted Trump’s calls for the larger checks but also for action on two […]

COMMENTARY

In the twilight of the Trumps, how much of America remains?

BY: - December 28, 2020

When Donald Trump got himself elected president, I decided to look on the bright side, telling myself that our democratic structures — the legislative branch, the courts, the vote, the Constitution — would save us. The day after the election I wrote, “The United States has elected its own Silvio Berlusconi, a vain, vulgar, racist […]