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.

Nikki Fried

Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried claims historic victory in Commissioner of Agriculture race.

By: and - November 18, 2018

In a tight race that spawned a grueling series of recounts, Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried claimed victory in the campaign for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner on Sunday, based on figures from the state’s Division of Elections. She defeated Republican Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes, out of more than 8 million cast. To the Democratic Party and […]

Caldwell, Fried

The race for Commissioner of Agriculture goes to a manual recount.

By: - November 15, 2018

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered the state’s 67 county elections offices to start hand-counting ballots Thursday in the close race between Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried and Republican candidate Matt Caldwell for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. After the results of the machine recount came in, the Fried campaign declared victory […]

NextGen Florida

The national group that worked to turn out youth vote in Florida says young voters showed up

By: - November 14, 2018

Florida’s election is undergoing a recount frenzy, so official voter data is not yet available, but one thing is certain according to the group working the hardest to mobilize young voters around the state – the young people voted. “We did our job,” says NextGen Florida state youth director Carly Cass. “Young people turned out […]

Florida’s election – again – lands in national news spotlight

By: - November 13, 2018

Florida’s election’s process has again attracted a national spotlight, with major news outlets such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Hill taking a closer look at the shadows cast by the Sunshine State’s recent Nov. 6 election. The New York Times asks in one Sunday headline: “Uncounted Ballots, […]

Supreme Court

FL election is on a fast and furious train of lawsuits and stakes are high. When will it end? At the U.S. Supreme Court?

By: , and - November 13, 2018

Florida’s general election is now on a split trajectory, with counties still tallying recount ballots while a mounting legal battle ensues, spanning cases in both federal and state courts that raise questions about conflicts of interest and questionable intervention in the voting process. In the federal cases, Constitutional issues are at stake that could tip […]

In the FL Panhandle’s Walton County, Confederate-era flag still flies

By: - November 12, 2018

While other places around the country have been getting rid of Confederate flags and monuments, residents of Walton County in northwest Florida voted to keep a Confederate-era flag flying above the county courthouse in DeFuniak Springs. Nearly 65 percent of Walton County voters said yes on Nov.6  to a referendum question on the November ballot […]

Don’t forget: Three Florida Legislative races are cliffhangers and are undergoing recounts

By: - November 12, 2018

While recounts in two pivotal Florida races – Florida Governor and U.S. Senate – are garnering state and national attention, don’t forget three of the legislative races that are cliffhangers. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered machine recounts for each of those three races: /In State Senate District 18, part of Hillsborough […]


Honoring the people’s vote: Will the state do what voters directed in Constitutional Amendments?

By: - November 9, 2018

Florida voters approved 11 of the 12 proposed Amendments to Florida’s Constitution on Nov. 6, but in the days following, some residents and policy advocates wonder if Florida is destined to repeat its medical marijuana past. Remember: In 2016, Florida voters went to the polls to legalize medical marijuana for people with debilitating medical conditions. […]

Leon County

Which FL Constitutional amendment got the most votes?

By: - November 8, 2018

In a state divided on most issues, Florida voters rallied around one surprising state Constitutional Amendment to pass it by an almost 80 percent majority – Amendment 12, which deals with lobbying and abuse of public office by public officers. It was the highest percentage of voters to support any of the 12 proposed state […]

NextGen Florida

The importance of the youth vote in a red county

By: - November 5, 2018

Escambia County in Florida’s Panhandle has long been considered Republican country. Even NextGen Florida, the progressive young voter registration giant, has only recently employed a field organizer in Escambia to make inroads in an area largely ignored by Democratic campaigns. But with all the talk about a youth vote fueling a Blue Wave in this […]

Farmworkers in Florida will suffer because of climate change, report says

By: - November 2, 2018

Floridians are no strangers to heat. But a recent report says that rising temperatures due to climate change threatens a specific and often overlooked population of Florida residents – farmworkers. The Farmworkers Association of Florida and national nonprofit political interest group Public Citizen co-authored the report. Heat is a major health threat in Florida, and […]

Gov. Rick Scott calls for increased security for Florida’s religious communities in the wake of Pittsburgh shooting

By: - November 2, 2018

In the wake of a deadly shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh which left 11 dead, Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter Wednesday to Florida sheriffs and police chiefs requesting that they make it a priority to keep their religious communities safe. Gov. Scott addressed the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida […]