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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: The Landslide didn’t Happen-More than 70 million people, after witnessing four years of the Trump Show, wanted to do it again


By rights, Joe Biden won a decisive victory. Yet Tuesday night felt like a disappointment. In part, it was the order in which votes were counted and the uncertainty it produced. In part, it owed to polls foretelling a blue wave that never materialized. Trump’s team simply outhustled the Democrats in the exurbs and rural towns. Biden overwhelmingly won minority votes, but Trump did better than last time with Hispanic and Black voters. The returns made it clear that Democrats have a messaging problem with working-class voters who are buying into Trump’s promises of economic prosperity. Whether he delivers or not, that individual anxiety beat out principled outrage over 230,000 dead from COVID, children in cages, and brazen financial corruption. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: The Clock is Running Out for added Unemployment Insurance Assistance from COVID- 19


For millions of struggling Americans, the bottom’s about to fall out of the economy, and their elected reps don’t seem to care. The clock is running out on the added unemployment assistance that allowed workers to stay home and helped COVID cases decline. Republicans say the benefit creates an incentive for workers to stay home, which isn’t entirely wrong: Two-thirds of laid-off workers get more money from unemployment than they did from their employers, and they don’t have to risk their lives to get it. But that says more about wages and working conditions than it does about the diligence of the jobless, something that seems not to have occurred to the well-heeled suits in Capitol cloakrooms. Last week, Senate …
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