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Fear of rising Black power terrifies DeSantis, conservative Republicans

BY: - April 30, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is running scared. So fearful is he and his collaborators of the rising power of primarily Black racial justice protesters, they concocted and signed a sweeping bill into law that criminalizes the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest. Going forward, those who march in opposition to the epidemic of police killings of […]

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Think every citizen has the right to vote? Not around here

BY: - March 29, 2021

Voting: It’s not for everyone. The Founding Fathers only wanted some of us to vote, not all of us, and who are we to question rich, white, slave-holding gents from the 18th century? To that end, the Republican Party is working overtime to make it much, much harder for the wrong sort to go around […]

Trump voters split from the GOP to launch wannabe ‘Patriot Parties’

BY: - February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump may have stepped back for now from the idea of creating a new political party, but that hasn’t stopped diehard Trump fans disillusioned with the Republican Party from creating Patriot Parties of their own all across the country. Onetime Trump voters in Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio […]

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What happened in Washington should never be forgotten or forgiven. The GOP must answer for it.

BY: - January 7, 2021

Never in the history of this nation have we seen violent mobs attempt to overtake and overthrow our duly elected representatives in the Capitol itself. Worse still, they were exhorted to do so by a proto-dictatorial sociopath desperate to cling to presidential power by any means. Make no mistake: What Donald Trump did by stoking […]

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president, including several FL lawmakers

BY: - January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

How state political parties — including in FL — helped big money pay for this year’s elections

BY: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed. That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall limit on […]

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Floridians have until midnight today to register to vote on Nov. 3

BY: - October 5, 2020

UPDATE: This evening, the Florida Democratic Party raised concerns about the Florida voter registration website crashing on the last day to register to vote. Terrie Rizzo Chair of the Florida Democratic Party issued a statement: “This is just latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy. The Florida Voter Registration website not […]

New report: Vote-by-mail fraud is rare and it doesn’t benefit Democrats

BY: - August 5, 2020

Despite President Donald Trump’s criticisms and some Republicans suggesting the vote-by-mail method is likely to result in fraud and benefit Democrats more, a new report by Integrity Florida says otherwise. The report titled “VBM: A Safe Option for Florida Voters” says voting-by-mail doesn’t help the Democratic Party, but it does result “in higher ballot rejection […]

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Oh, for a return to the days when the Grand Old Party was actually grand

BY: - July 27, 2020

Younger readers may find it impossible to believe, but many Republicans used to be perfectly reasonable people. Some of them were even what you might now call “progressive,” deep believers in racial equality, women’s rights, and environmental stewardship. Without Nathaniel Reed of Jupiter Island, every inch of South Florida would have been paved during the […]

Vote-by-mail settlement clears decks for voting in crucial FL primary, general elections

BY: - July 21, 2020

A weekend settlement doesn’t resolve every point of contention between voting rights organizations, the state, and Florida’s 67 county supervisors of elections over access to early and mail-in voting during the pandemic in the country’s largest electoral swing state. But to the extent the outcome helps disadvantaged groups — Blacks, Latinos, the disabled, and more […]

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In the believe-it-or-not category: Some top Republicans are supporting Dems in the 2020 presidential race

BY: - March 2, 2020

You might wonder why some of Florida’s best known Republican political consultants are way out on a limb in support of Democrats in the 2020 presidential race. It’s a long and interesting story. At its root is complete frustration with President Donald J. Trump. Two of these consultants live in Tallahassee, where they’ve made a […]

Team GOP: FL’s Matt Gaetz concedes impeachment assured but insists: ‘We have won the argument’

BY: - December 18, 2019

Update: Greg Steube, who represents a sprawling district along the southwest coast, said the grounds for impeachment are unsound. “Unlike presidents Nixon and Clinton, who were tried for actual crimes, this president is being impeached on vague phrases that appear nowhere in our Constitution,” Steube said. “The only abuse of power here is the Democratic-led […]