Category: Analysis

No Means No: The Battle of Mosiac vs DeSoto County Update

In a classic David vs Goliath battle, mining giant Mosaic has made it clear that it won’t take “no” for an answer regarding its quest to establish large-scale phosphate mining operations in DeSoto County. It is currently pursuing a quasi-judicial dispute resolution mediation process with the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), and BOCC legal …

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How the rest of the country can take the Sunshine State’s lead and embrace second-chance criminal justice reform

In a remarkable display of unity, and during an otherwise highly divided election cycle in that state, Florida voters of all walks of life came together around a basic issue of fairness—that once a debt has been paid, our loved ones with past convictions should be brought back into society. (Read more in

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The Florida Recount Of 2000: A Nightmare That Goes On Haunting

Want to feel old? Consider the fact that babies who were crying in cribs while their parents agonized over Florida’s protracted presidential recount in 2000 are now of voting age. Eighteen years is a long time. Even so, when we think of that time, many of us conjure up memories as sharp as barbed wire, …

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The 14th Amendment and Birthright Citizenship

  Our president has been intent on stoking debate over immigration beginning with his presidential campaign. Now, to motivate his base as we approach the midterm elections, he is proposing a blatantly unconstitutional attempt to revoke—with a stroke of a pen—birthright citizenship. Why? To sow division and fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred. But here’s …

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Voter suppression on Florida college campuses

The following article was written by Charlotte County Democratic Party Legislative Liason Teresa Jenkins The Florida League of Women Voters along with students from the University of Florida and Florida State University are suing Florida’s Secretary of State over a 4-year-old edict banning the use of college buildings as early voting sites. In 2014, Secretary …

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The importance of controlling the courts

In these polarized times, court nominations unite political parties even more than individual issues. Justice Kennedy’s retirement can be a clarifying moment for the Democratic Party. We have a Supreme Court nomination from an unpopular president who lost the popular vote by 2.8 million. Unpopular Republicans in the Senate will attempt to rush through the …

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