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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Utility Companies push to change laws on solar net metering


If you’ve noticed a neighbor with solar panels, you may have wondered: What happens if you generate more solar power than you can use? In the sunny Sunshine State, it’s a valid question. If you’re on the grid, what happens is something called net metering. The excess energy goes back into the system to be used by anyone, and your meter, essentially, runs backward — your utility bill is credited for the power you contributed. Solar users appreciate the system, which allows them to stay on the municipal grid while using a clean power source, and even homeowners not using solar benefit — simply because less coal and gas is being burned, both of which contribute to climate warming. But …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: President Trump has borrowed a page from the fascist playbook


Using the word “fascist” casually robs it of import. The evil of fascism shouldn’t be cheapened into a synonym for reactionary far-right policies. But whether he realizes it or not, President Trump has borrowed a page from the fascist playbook. Specifically, in the way he’s inciting violence against leftist protesters, which is how fascists claimed power in the 1920s and ’30s. The Nazis sent armed roughnecks to left-wing gatherings to provoke street fights, then portrayed themselves as victims of leftist anarchy. Mussolini leveraged violence between his squads and leftists to destabilize Italy, so he could position himself as the person to stop it. Trump has stoked the fire all year – sending paramilitaries to quell Black Lives Matter protests, using …
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Fishkind Conversations: Economic Recovery Is Slower Than It Looks


Recent reports say the US unemployment rate fell to 8.4% in August and 1.4 million jobs were generated. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has banned evictions through December, and, locally, tourist development tax collections in Orange County have improved. While this all sounds encouraging, economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind says the recovery is very slow and getting slower.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Moratorium on Florida evictions and foreclosures extended for the fifth time


Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the state’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for the fifth time on Monday. He announced the extension of his executive order for one more month – that is, until Oct. 1 – at the absolute last moment, mere hours before the moratorium was set to expire. The thing is, despite the extension of DeSantis’ executive order preventing immediate evictions, the wording of that order was changed on August 1st, narrowing tenant protections and effectively green-lighting landlords to begin filing eviction cases in Orange County courts. Hundreds have since been filed. This week, Mayor Buddy Dyer proposed a plan to use $1.5 million in CARES Act funds to assist renters with rent payments they weren’t able to …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Lawsuit over what happens to ballot scans in Florida goes to appeals court


Several times in American history, presidents have taken office with their legitimacy hanging by a thread. Rutherford B. Hayes, for example, quite decisively lost the popular vote in 1876. He claimed the White House following a series of dubious and disputed recounts, after a special congressional committee voted along party lines to install “Rutherfraud.” George W. Bush, another popular-vote loser, won the Electoral College in 2000 thanks to a 537-vote squeaker in Florida, where his brother was governor. This election was a debacle of hanging chads, butterfly ballots and a deeply questionable purge of the state’s voter rolls. Eventually, the Supreme Court squelched the recount and handed the White House to W. And now, as another sure-to-be-close presidential race looms, eight Florida elections supervisors have gone …
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