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Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.

Two months after Hurricane Ian, 13 families have been set up with FEMA direct housing program

By: - December 2, 2022

The flooding and debris from Hurricane Ian left thousands of families with uninhabitable homes, with some 16,000 households qualifying for a federal direct housing program that provides temporary home solutions. But it appears things are slow moving in the program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up housing for only 13 households, according to […]

Activists still fear limits on protests, free speech at FL Capitol despite revisions to proposal

By: - December 1, 2022

Florida’s Department of Management Services has clarified a controversial rule that potentially threatened to limit some protests in the Florida Capitol following widespread criticism from activists and protest organizers. But some activists and organizers who provided public comments at a meeting Thursday are not fully satisfied with the changes, and they argue that the new […]

GOP women surpass female Dems in FL Senate; major gains for Republican women in House

By: - November 30, 2022

The Florida House and Senate saw major upticks for Republican women elected to serve in the 2022-24 legislative term compared to the previous session. Last term, 16 women were in the Florida Senate, which is 40 percent of the chamber. That figure remains the same, but it’s still well below the U.S. Census data showing […]

‘Reminiscent of fascism?’ Activists fear proposal could limit protests, chill speech at FL Capitol

By: - November 30, 2022

In March, high school students filled the 4th floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee, shouting “F*** DeSantis” in protest of the Florida Legislature passing restrictions on classroom discussions of LGBTQ+ topics. In June, abortion rights protesters carried signs which read “abort SCOTUS” and demonstrated on the lawn of the Capitol in protest […]

White House, FEMA extend relief for Ian destruction; Fried wants bonuses for 911 operators

By: - November 28, 2022

Following destruction caused by Hurricane Ian that swept through the state in late September, Florida is getting more help in the holiday season: Additional federal grants to use towards recovery efforts and debris removal. As the White House put it on Monday, President Joe Biden “made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Florida […]

FL saw 74,000 abortions in 2020, before Roe fell and the enactment of restrictions

By: - November 23, 2022

Florida reported more than 74,000 legal abortions among women aged 15-44 during 2020, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers, the most recent available, provide a baseline against which to measure abortion restrictions enacted since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June. Those include […]

Anti-abortion protesters filled the rotunda of the FL Capitol building as lawmakers convened

By: - November 22, 2022

Well over a hundred anti-abortion protesters gathered on the 4th floor of the rotunda in the Florida Capitol building on Tuesday, shouting out “make Florida totally abortion free,” as the Florida Legislature convened Tuesday for an organizational session ahead of the 2023 regular session. While lawmakers could hear the chanting, the two new GOP leaders, […]

Florida Dems face a ‘battlefield’ in upcoming legislative session

By: - November 21, 2022

Florida Democrats in the Legislature face an uphill battle in the upcoming 2022‐2024 term, following a devastating general election this month that created a supermajority in the GOP House and Senate chambers. State Sen. Lauren Book, of Broward County, will lead the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus, and State Rep. Fentrice Driskell, of Hillsborough County, will […]

Pro-abortion activists may be scarce while anti-abortion crowd rallies Tuesday at the Capitol

By: - November 18, 2022

While anti-abortion activists plan to rally on the Florida Capitol grounds and inside the building Tuesday, abortion rights groups may not be around to counter their messaging. That’s because Planned Parenthood advocates for abortion access told the Florida Phoenix that they don’t have current plans to organize a protest or rally that day, when the […]

Most DeSantis-backed school board candidates in FL won in the 2022 elections

By: - November 17, 2022

Overall, 25 of 30 school board candidates backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022 came out as winners, pushing a conservative and controversial agenda for Florida’s public school system, according to preliminary local election results. But whether those candidates will make a difference in the overall climate of the system is not yet clear. DeSantis […]

Board approves Sen. Ben Sasse to lead the University of Florida, despite outcry

By: - November 9, 2022

The Florida Board of Governors has approved U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the next president of University of Florida, following weeks of controversy surrounding his status as the sole finalist to emerge from a secretive presidential search. “President-elect Ben Sasse had a bold vision for higher education, the University of Florida, and our partnership with […]

2022 election: FL’s elected Cabinet members will all be Republicans

By: - November 8, 2022

With 98 percent of precincts reporting across the state, Florida’s elected Cabinet members — Agriculture Commissioner, Attorney General and Chief Financial Officer — will all be Republicans. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat, will be replaced by a male Republican — Wilton Simpson, who has been the Florida Senate President. Republican Ashley Moody, the Attorney […]