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CD Davidson-Hiers

CD Davidson-Hiers

CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.

Department of Justice reopens Emmett Till case

By: - July 12, 2018

New evidence in the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi has surfaced, prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen the case. The DOJ will not say what information has come to light to elicit the new investigation, but it is part of the DOJ’s efforts to solve civil rights-era so-called “cold cases.” […]

Muslims Getting safety training at mosque

Bolder Bigotry: Florida Muslim residents face uptick in hate crimes, harassment

By: - July 12, 2018

It was a Saturday evening in early May when the leader of a mosque in South Florida checked a 40-second voicemail on his cell phone from an unidentified number. He was out of town but was the emergency contact for the Masjid Jamaat ul Muttaqeen mosque in Pembroke Pines. That evening, the mosque was expecting […]

NAACP Florida calls for reprimand of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

By: - July 9, 2018

The NAACP Florida State Conference has condemned Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis for questioning an African-American clemency applicant at a recent June hearing about how many children he had and with how many different women. “CFO Patronis’s behavior emphasizes the need for automatic rights restoration and raises grave concerns about CFO Patronis’s fitness to participate […]

Patronis’ Democratic opponent calls him “unfit to serve” over comment to African-American clemency applicant; Patronis releases meeting transcript

By: - July 6, 2018

The campaign for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has released a statement in response to criticism from two Democratic candidates – CFO Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring and Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw (a member of the Florida House of Representatives) in response to a recent Florida Phoenix story. The story, published Thursday, highlighted a moment during […]

State Rep. Sean Shaw demands apology from CFO Jimmy Patronis for “racially biased” questions

By: - July 6, 2018

In response to a Florida Phoenix story, Florida State Representative Sean Shaw, who is running for Attorney General,  is calling for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis to apologize for his “racially biased” questioning of an African-American applicant at the June 14 clemency hearing in Tallahassee. “It is one thing to try to determine the good […]

Eastpoint wildfire victims file for state aid as relief efforts continue

By: - July 5, 2018

Residents in the wildlife-ravaged town of Eastpoint, south of Tallahassee, have filed 89 claims with the state for aid in emergency living expenses –  for up to $5,000 per household. A controlled burn by a state forestry management contractor went out of bounds two weeks ago, racing over 800 acres and destroying a big chunk […]

State Clemency Official to Black Applicant: How Many Kids Do You Have? By How Many Different Mothers?

By: - July 5, 2018

About 1.7 million people in Florida cannot vote. Amendment 4 on the November ballot might change that. Erwin Jones, an African-American man, was standing before the governor and Cabinet on June 14 when Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis asked him how many children he had and “how many different mothers to those children?” Jones […]