Michael Phillips: As Election Day approaches, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action
CHICAGO — Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “politics”: “The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”We’re in it, all right, neck-deep and gasping. Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself.For every lef...
Editorial: Politics won the battle against public health in Florida with Ron DeSantis' high-fiving at Trump rally
Mark down Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, as the date when Ron DeSantis officially stopped pretending that public health was more important than politics.That’s when Florida’s governor walked into a packed Donald Trump rally in Sanford, high-fiving fans on his way to the stage. No mask. No social distancing. Just acting like everything was perfectly normal on a day when the state reported nearly 2,600 new coronavirus infections and 48 COVID-19 deaths (the next day it was 119 dead).What an evolution for the governor since April 1, when Florida reported 1,027 new infections and just 15 deaths and DeSanti...
Editorial: Shocking new rates for homeowners insurance threaten Florida's economy
Florida homeowners, already facing an anxious few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face a new threat — the prospect of major cost increases for property insurance.As the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday, the increases could range from 30% to 40%. They would come just as Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. It also seems likely that Senate Republicans won’t pass a second COVID-19 stimulus bill that could help laid-off homeowners pay their insurance premiums.How will the Florida Legislature respond? If history is a guide, the priority will be to please the ins...
Will Bunch: In the COVID-19 era, a growing crisis over what America is not spreading: the wealth
A small man finally found his balcony last week. But while the political world focused on the manically insane, attempted strongman antics of a virus-infected president desperately clinging to what may be his final weeks of power, I couldn’t help thinking one thing. It’s bad enough that Donald Trump has cemented his legacy as the worst president in America’s 244-year history, but he’s even terrible at the thing that got him there — being a populist demagogue.Even before 2020 and the coronavirus, it was stunning that the first developer to become U.S. president, with vain and grandiose ambition...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sen. Gary Peters opens up about his family's personal abortion story
DETROIT — Sen. Gary Peters, for the first time, opened up about his personal experience with abortion in an Elle interview published Monday.The Michigan Democratic incumbent shared details of the abortion his then-wife underwent in her second trimester to save her life. Peters went public with the story as his reelection campaign continues and Senate hearings begin for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.In the 1980s, Peters first wife, Heidi, was four months pregnant with their second child when her water broke, leaving the fetus without amniotic fluid, Pet...
Detroit Free Press
Abortion pill now easier for women to get during pandemic, but not in some states
ST. LOUIS — A recent court ruling temporarily easing restrictions on medication abortions during the pandemic has some Missouri women traveling to Illinois, where they can take advantage of the state’s laws that allow telemedicine for abortion care.Right now, that means a Missouri woman can, if she wants, cross the state border, find a place to park and have a virtual visit with an Illinois doctor via her smartphone. If approved, she can pick up the package of abortion pills a couple of days later at a designated address in Illinois — perhaps at a friend’s or acquaintance’s home or a post offi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Commentary: Abortion foes should vote Democratic
The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, which could result in the eventual reversal of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, has brought this contentious issue to the forefront of the 2020 election campaign.Polls indicate that roughly one out of four abortion opponents refuse to vote for those who take strong positions supporting legalized abortion regardless of their stances on other issues. Republican efforts to highlight their anti-abortion position have cost Democrats the support of millions of voters who would oth...
Tribune News Service
Pelosi downplays chance for coronavirus relief package
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday doused hopes that Congress and the White House could reach an agreement on a stand-alone coronavirus stimulus bill to bail out the crippled airline industry.The California Democrat insisted that she would only consider an airline support bill — estimated at $25 billion — as part of talks for a full-blown stimulus plan that would cost about $2 trillion.“There is not stand-alone bill without a bigger bill,” Pelosi said.“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment,” she said without further comment.She ...
New York Daily News
Philadelphia to sue Pa. over inability to enact city-specific gun laws
PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney and a host of city leaders on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against Pennsylvania seeking the right to enact the city’s own gun-control ordinances.The legal effort marks the latest attempt by local officials in Pennsylvania to overturn a concept in state law known as preemption, which prohibits cities from creating and enforcing local gun laws.It also comes as the city is in the midst of its most violent year in more than a decade. Through Tuesday, 366 people have been killed in 2020 — the vast majority fatally shot — and more than 1,600 people have been wounded ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump tells GOP to focus on Supreme Court confirmation and not COVID-19 relief
President Donald Trump instructed Republican senators on Tuesday to give up on the idea of another coronavirus stimulus package in favor of dedicating all their time to confirming his Supreme Court pick before November’s election.In a string of tweets, the coronavirus-infected president sought to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for the failure to deliver more aid to American workers, small businesses and cash-strapped local governments amid the economy-crushing pandemic.“We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith,” Tru...
New York Daily News