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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.

‘A dull sensation’: FL First Lady had six chemo treatments during experience with breast cancer

By: - May 17, 2022

At a Tuesday press conference involving $100 million in cancer research, First Lady Casey DeSantis went into more details about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, which included six chemotherapy appointments. “When the bad news was pouring in — and it seemed like a barrage of bad news, right? People who have been diagnosed with […]

Can FL schools, workplaces discuss Saturday’s ‘racially motivated’ shooting in Buffalo under HB 7?

By: - May 17, 2022

On Saturday at a Buffalo supermarket, a white 18-year-old gunman killed 10 Black people, and the shootings are being looked at as a racist hate crime, according to The Buffalo News in New York. The alleged killer was identified in the News as Payton Gendron, 18, near Binghamton in the southern part of the state. […]

Ask Justice Alito: How much sway do female lawmakers really have in the abortion fight?

By: - May 16, 2022

It’s been two weeks since a 98-page leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion spelled near-certain death for federal protections of abortion access across the nation. But Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the draft opinion, seemed to want to put women at ease if states become the decision makers on the abortion front. On page […]

Taxpayers help pay bill for State Board of Ed meeting in Key West: Would a Zoom call have sufficed?

By: - May 11, 2022

Florida’s State Board of Education, stationed in Tallahassee, traveled all the way down to Key West for a meeting Wednesday, partly at taxpayer expense for transportation and lodging in a tourist destination known for stray cats and chickens, flip-flops, and dive bars. The seven-member board asked several local school district leaders to join them at […]

Is DeSantis “scared” to state his stance on an all-out abortion ban?

By: - May 10, 2022

During a virtual press conference on looming threats to abortion access, Orlando Democrat Rep. Anna Eskamani said Gov. Ron DeSantis is “scared” to indicate whether he would support an all-out abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “I wouldn’t say we’re fearful, we don’t operate in a place […]

DeSantis signs K-12 ‘Victims of Communism’ bill while railing against college-campus communists

By: - May 9, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a measure creating a “Victims of Communism Day” at Florida’s public schools, though much of the discussion centered around what state officials believe to be a rise in communist sympathies at Florida’s college campuses. The bill in question, HB 395, establishes ‘Victims of Communism Day’ in Florida’s public […]

DeSantis: ‘Ideology’ found in rejected math texts; reviewers saw little evidence of CRT

By: - May 6, 2022

The Florida Department of Education has now posted the complaints that arose during its review of 132 math textbook bids, which resulted in its initial rejection of 54 of those books, some for including prohibited topics such as critical race theory. Out of thousands of pages of responses by people it enlisted to review the […]

transgender rights

Semantics and rhetoric: U.S. Sen. Rubio targets abortion access and transgender health care

By: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is tying anti-transgender rhetoric to efforts to ban abortions, according to new legislation he’s filed and a recent tweet. This week, a leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion indicated that the high court will likely overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in […]

FL U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz: Some pro-abortion protesters are ‘over-educated, under-loved’ women

By: - May 4, 2022

Florida U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz took to Twitter to discredit women who rallied Tuesday in support of abortion rights as “over-educated” and “under-loved.” At 6:20 AM Wednesday, he tweeted: “How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, […]

Protesters gather at the Florida Supreme Court steps in support of abortion rights

By: - May 3, 2022

More than 100 protesters gathered on the steps of the Florida Supreme Court building in the state capital to rally in support of upholding abortion protections threatened by a looming U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Among the chants in the crowd: “Our body, our choice.” “When abortion rights are under attack, what do we do?” a […]

Could FL’s special legislative session in late May include a broader abortion ban?

By: - May 3, 2022

Florida House Democrats said they would “not be surprised” to see a broader abortion ban come up in an upcoming May special session, following a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling showing the high court could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “I think they won’t be able to help themselves, honestly,” said […]

high school classroom, school, education

Policy changes regarding opioid overdoses and seizures coming to FL schools

By: - May 2, 2022

New school health procedures are headed to Florida’s districts to address student opioid overdoses or seizures while in school. In a Friday memo, the Florida Department of Education notified school superintendents to inform school boards of “new responsibilities and considerations related to school health” following new laws from 2022 legislative session — one dealing with […]