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Monday, October 15, 2018

Trump Attacks Tallahassee Mayor As Hurricane Looms Over City

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee and current Democratic nominee for governor in Florida, slammed Trump for his attacks on the city as Hurricane Michael approaches.

The storm is expected to bring possibly life-threatening conditions to Florida’s panhandle, and at Category 4, it would be the strongest storm to make landfall in the region. Experts believe over a million people will experience power outages in the region.

At a campaign rally in Orlando, Trump said Gillum “runs a place that has a lot of problems” with “tremendous corruption, tremendous crime, this is not what you want to run Florida.”

Gillum took Trump to task during a CNN appearance: “I think what President Trump did last night by attacking me, by attacking my city — I don’t think we’ve ever seen a sitting president go after a sitting mayor and community that is preparing itself for a near category four hurricane.”

He added, “We don’t need partisanship.…

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Danziger: High Water Hogs

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.

As Climate Warms, Hurricane Impact Felt Far From Coast

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

For years, North Carolina has bet against a storm like Hurricane Florence.

Even as nationally known insurance companies pulled out of the state’s coastal communities, development boomed along the shore, despite the threat from a megastorm like Harvey or Maria.

In the face of warnings that climate change was making such storms more common, the state-created “insurer of last resort” has written policies for thousands of coastal properties worth tens of billions of dollars.

With Hurricane Florence headed straight for North Carolina, the state faces not only a natural disaster but a financial reckoning.

According to the most recent totals available, from 2017, the state-created insurance plan had access to about $3 billion in reserves, reinsurance, and contributions from insurance companies to repair and rebuild damaged homes and properties.



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