HCDEC Meeting for November

The next meeting of the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee will be held on Thursday, November 19th, at 7:30PM at the Harvey Martin Democratic Center at 3422 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34608.

The Order of Business will include an election for the office of Treasurer.

For more information, please contact the Center at 352-556-4812.

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Increasingly The World Sees Republicans As The Greatest Threat To America

It has always been a curiosity that most Americans understand far less about America’s government, its society, and its flaws than most citizens of foreign nations. It is not that foreigners have better access to news coming out of America, they just pay attention to what is happening to a country they at one time thought of as exceptional and at least rational despite its history of war for entertainment and corporate profits. It is no secret that the world’s opinion of America changed drastically after the nation started invading and occupying Muslim countries, but the world’s opinion began shifting with the election of Barack Obama.

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Bondi Should Pay Legal Fees in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Tampa Bay Times

Attorney General Pam Bondi knew well the risks tied to launching a foolish effort to overturn a U.S. district court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Florida. She did it anyway. Now Bondi is trying to duck out on legal bills associated with her misguided effort that the state should be legally obligated to pay because it lost. Her politically motivated pursuit will be expensive for taxpayers, but the right thing to do is to pay up.

Last week, lawyers for plaintiffs in a Florida lawsuit to overturn the state’s 2008 ban on same-sex marriage continued their battle with Bondi by asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to rule against her request to dismiss the case...

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Hernando Voters Pass Half-Cent Sales Tax Earmarked for Education

Vote Yes on September 8


Supporters are calling it a victory for Hernando County schools.

Voters have overwhelmingly passed a half-cent sales tax earmarked for education.

The Supervisor of Elections Office reports with all 37 precincts reporting the vote was ‘Yes’ 60 percent and ‘No’ 39 percent.

The money will be used to fix up schools that administrators said are badly in need of repairs.

The tax is expected to raise about $8.5 million a year.

School leaders said if it had failed, some programs could have been cut to pay for the repairs.

Supporters held a victory party Tuesday night in Brooksville. They said getting voters to pass a new tax is never easy, but they said this one was important for the future of the county.

They said the sales tax was the best option because visitors will contribute to i...

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Obama Has Plenty of Reasons to Smile

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

Attention has been focused on who becomes our next president, but meanwhile the incumbent is on quite a roll.

Throughout his tour of Alaska, President Obama looked full of his old swagger. He took a photo of Denali — the former Mount McKinley — through a window of Air Force One and shared it via Instagram. He used melting glaciers as a backdrop to talk about climate change, posed with small children and large fish, and became the first sitting president to venture north of the Arctic Circle.

He seemed to smile throughout the trip, and why not? The nuclear agreement that Secretary of State John F. Kerry negotiated with Iran is now safe from congressional meddling. U.S. economic growth for the second quarter was a healthy 3.7 percent...

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Gov. Scott Picks the Public’s Pockets

Rick Scott

Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald

Is Rick Scott the worst governor in the history of Florida?

It’s a question lots of people ask, and the verdict’s still out. The state has had many lousy governors since 1845, when the job first opened.

Scott is certainly a prime contender for worst ever, and each new screwing of Floridians pushes him closer to the title. The latest outrage reveals the fair-weather fiscal conservative reaching deep into public pockets to bail himself out of legal trouble.

During the last few months, taxpayers have been soaked for more than $1 million to settle lawsuits in which Scott and his dim-bulb Cabinet flagrantly violated Florida’s open-records and open-meetings laws.

No other sitting governor has used tax money to end public-records cases that were caused by his own...

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