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.

A proposed change to federal immigration rule could cost Florida hundreds of millions

By: - November 1, 2018

How rich do you have to be to immigrate to the U.S. and be able to stay? How about to Florida? These are the questions the nonprofit policy analysis group Florida Policy Institute is asking the Department of Homeland Security after the agency proposed a change to a federal immigration rule that could alter how […]

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Caldwell vs. Fried: Should Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner expand the state’s marijuana industry?

By: - October 31, 2018

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has long been the department that oversees an agricultural industry belonging to an Old Florida – oysters and citrus, beef and dairy. But this year’s race might change that. An outspoken medical marijuana advocate, Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried, wants to introduce industrial hemp to the Sunshine […]

University of Central Florida launches program to help students struggling with drug abuse

By: - October 29, 2018

The University of Central Florida in Orlando has launched a new campus recovery program dedicated to reaching students who struggle with drug addiction, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The program, now up and running, employs psychiatrists who can treat students for addictions, holds support meetings and hosts on-campus drug free parties, among other activities. Thomas Hall […]

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Governor race more volatile than ever, with candidates deadlocked eight days out

By: and - October 29, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is maintaining a one-point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the latest poll of Florida voters — 47%-46% — putting the governor’s race into an almost unstoppable attack mode as the Nov. 6 general election looms. It’s the first poll conducted since reports surfaced last week from an ongoing state […]

Pew study: Younger people are better able to identify fact from opinion

By: - October 26, 2018

Young to middle-aged people often do better at differentiating opinion from fact in the news than people older than 50, a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests. People who participated in the online survey earlier this year had to categorize 10 statements as either factual or opinionated. When it came to who did […]


DeSantis health care plan draws skepticism

By: - October 25, 2018

After months of procrastination, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis revealed a health care plan for Florida on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election, highlighting access to health care coverage even for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing employees to take their health plans with them from job to job. DeSantis, who […]

Guess what? Voters themselves can try to expand Medicaid by putting an initiative on the ballot in 2020.

By: - October 25, 2018

Floridians may be able to take on the question of expanding Medicaid on their own in 2020, according to health policy and analysis group Kaiser Health News. The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion went into effect in 2014 and in 2015, with the Florida Legislature voting against participating in the expansion, denying health coverage to […]

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After all the hard work to register young people to vote, will they?

By: - October 25, 2018

Election Day is right around the corner and groups that have been hard at work for months motivating young people to register to vote are now thinking about what lies ahead: Will all those efforts pay off?  Will registering to vote lead to voting? Will young people really leave their dorms or their houses or […]

Health care a top issue for how Florida voters cast their ballots

By: - October 23, 2018

Health care is a number one issue for Florida voters casting ballots in the Nov. 6 election, according to a recent poll from Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy analysis and journalism group. The poll says that 26 percent of voters in Florida rank the issue as most important, followed by the economy and jobs […]

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NextGen Florida’s new $1.2 million digital ad campaign caters to young people and progressive issues

By: - October 22, 2018

Young voter registration and mobilization giant NextGen Florida is launching a $1.2 million digital ad campaign to “get out the vote” as the Nov. 6 midterm election draws near. The ads running until election day will appear on various online platforms catering to young people, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Hulu Vevo, Spotify, […]

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Preparation, people, luck – plus determination in the face of disaster: What it takes to pull off an election in Florida.

By: - October 19, 2018

It’s no small task to run an election in the nation’s third-largest state. It takes tens of thousands of workers and a massive amount of coordination. And to top it off, Hurricane Michael raged through North Florida and knocked out communications for a wide swath of the Panhandle. In some counties, there aren’t homes left […]

New research sheds some light on how Florida has severe punishments for young people who commit smaller crimes

By: - October 18, 2018

Florida youth are being locked up – at the seventh highest rate in the nation – for crimes that don’t warrant them being taken from their homes, according to data published by the Pew Charitable Trust. The Pew Trust looked at federal data from 2015 and found that 798 juveniles in Florida were put into […]