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Senate Bill 4C seeks to dissolve a number of special tax districts in Florida, most important among them being the Reedy Creek Improvement District(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt/Graphic Designer).
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Florida Governor Revokes Disney’s Special Tax District Over “Don’t Say Gay” Feud

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took his feud with the Walt Disney Corporation into a new phase on April 22 following the Governor’s signing of an act to dissolve a special tax district owned and operated by Disney. The move is seen as a retaliation for Disney’s opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics, which seeks to restrict discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in Florida schools.  Senate Bill 4C seeks to dissolve a number of special tax districts in Florida, most important among them being the Reedy Creek Improvement District(RCID). Granted to Disney by Florida through a 1967 agreement, the district has allowed the media giant to operate its 25,000 acres of property spanning Orange and Osceola counties essentially as a municipal government. Disney has used this power to, as the district’s owner and largest property owner, effectively to levy taxes on itself which then are used to fund its own fire-and-medical response services, water and roadwork and even generate some of its own electricity.

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The investigation is still far from over, but the committee has already produced a number of revelations about former President Donald Trump’s actions in the lead-up and aftermath of the insurrection, as well as the level of involvement of members of his inner circle in promoting conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt/Graphic Designer).
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January 6th Committee probes Ginni Thomas, investigates White House call sheet

After several months of subpoenas, testimony and evidence-gathering, the House Committee on the Jan. 6th Capitol Insurrection has cast an ever-expanding net over the governmental and non-governmental figures who played a part in planning, encouraging, or participating in the attack. The investigation is still far from over, but the committee has already produced a number of revelations about former President Donald Trump’s actions in the lead-up and aftermath of the insurrection, as well as the level of involvement of members of his inner circle in promoting conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. Of these figures, the most potentially consequential has been Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, longtime conservative activist and wife of the senior-most member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas.

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OPINION: The slap heard ‘round the world — Will Smith really slapped Chris Rock on national television

It’s not every day that the question “did you see the Oscars last night?” has little or nothing to do with the highly deserved and monumental awards. No, the 94th Academy Awards will unfortunately not be remembered for the first openly queer woman of color winning Best Supporting Actress, or the first deaf man winning Best Supporting Actor, or that Samuel L. Jackson had an Oscar presented to him by Denzel Washington. It will be remembered for Will Smith slapping Chris Rock in front of an international audience, sitting back down in his seat and less than an hour later, going right back up to receive a standing ovation for his Best Actor speech.

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Fighting between Russian and pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian Armed Forces is ongoing across several dozen Ukrainian cities(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt/Graphic Designer).
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Nations respond to Russian military invasion of Ukraine

The international community has been thrown into turmoil since Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Fighting between Russian and pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian Armed Forces is ongoing across several dozen Ukrainian cities. Countries across the world have been reacting to the situation as it unfolds, attempting to navigate perhaps the greatest geopolitical crisis since the end of the Cold War. 

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Rather than acting as a unifying force over this issue, the RNC has reignited divisions between the party’s dominant pro-Trump wing and anti-Trump minority wing going into the 2022 midterm season, particularly for the resolution’s language censuring Cheney and Kinzinger(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt).
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McConnell Condemns Censure of Cheney & Kinzinger for 1/6 Commission

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly called the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol last year a “violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power,” in a statement to reporters on Feb. 8. His comments represent a position which many in the GOP have been adamant in denying. He also condemned the resolution by the Republican National Committee (RNC), censuring Reps. Lynne Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their participation in the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6 last year. McConnell is the highest ranking Republican leader to add his voice to a prominent minority who have pushed back on the RNC’s resolution, which has inflamed the GOP’s ongoing intra-party conflict over the Capitol insurrection.  

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Fundraising levels are higher now then at the same point in 2018 or 2020. Breaking funding records has become somewhat routine, with both 2018 and 2020 themselves being the most expensive races in US history(Flickr/“US Election Fever” by Mohamed Nanabhay, Oct. 3, 2008).
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Republicans, Democrats already raised $400 million each ahead of 2022 midterms

The 2022 midterm election season has officially arrived, and both Republicans and Democrats have already built up war chests of about $400 million each in preparation. Fundraising levels are higher now then at the same point in 2018 or 2020. Given the Democrats’ 50-50 Senate majority, even one gain or loss could determine which party holds the chamber in the next Congress. 

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President Biden has found it hard to unite with people who demonstrated that they would overthrow the government before letting him succeed. (White House / Adam Schultz).
Opinion

OPINION: The good, the bad and Joe Biden

In 1920, a little known senator from Ohio named Warren G. Harding made a run for President with a promise of a return to normalcy. Reeling from the upheaval of World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic and the First Red Scare, America elected him overwhelmingly, hoping to go back to the way things were before, hoping to return to normalcy. Joe Biden campaigned on a similar promise in 2020, vowing to beat Trump and get America back to work. Normalcy for Harding and Biden means two very different things, but as first years go, Harding’s was much better than the one Biden had.

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POLITICAL ANALYSIS: Why represent the People when you can just represent yourself?

Congressional Democrats have a lot of big plans but limited chances of getting them out the door. Top on the agenda is President Biden's $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill, and next are bills on voting rights and immigration reform. These proposals have proven popular with the public, despite attempts by Republicans to gin up opposition. So, why aren’t they going through? 

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