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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.

One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

FL Dems: Call for gun violence special session ‘fell on deaf ears’; nationwide protests Saturday

By: - June 10, 2022

With nationwide attention on gun policies following several recent mass shootings, Florida Democrats called for a special session in the Legislature to expand gun restrictions, but it became a lost cause. As of late Friday afternoon, it was clear that no GOP lawmakers were willing to engage in a special session, even when Democrats said […]

DeSantis on Kavanaugh assassination attempt: These people have no ‘relationship with God’

By: - June 9, 2022

Amid a nationwide focus on gun violence and a recent alleged assassination attempt on a U.S. Supreme Court judge, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that there are some so-called “lunatics” who lack a “religious foundation” or any type of “relationship with God,” at a Thursday press conference. During the event in Fort Walton Beach, where […]

Gov’s press secretary filed U.S. Justice documents June 6 on foreign connections going back to 2018

By: - June 8, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis defended press secretary Christina Pushaw on Wednesday following Pushaw’s U.S. Justice Department filing on June 6, 2022, four years after she began “unwritten and informal” work with a major political figure in the country of Georgia. DeSantis called the situation a “totally ridiculous smear piece” during press conferences in Fort Myers Beach […]

FL Dems pursuing a special session are not proposing an outright ban on assault weapons

By: and - June 7, 2022

Florida Democrats pushing for a special session on gun restrictions said Tuesday that they would regulate large capacity rifle magazines. But at a Zoom call with Democratic lawmakers, they did not propose outright banning assault weapons, such as AR-15-style rifles used in the Parkland and Uvalde shooting massacres. Those are the kind of weapons that […]

Sen. Annette Taddeo to drop out of FL gubernatorial race and run for U.S. Congress

By: - June 6, 2022

State Sen. Annette Taddeo of Miami-Dade, one of the top contenders for the Democratic nominee in the 2022 Florida gubernatorial race, will end her bid for governor, according to CBS News Miami. The news outlet initially broke the story Monday, saying Taddeo would challenge Republican Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, who started her term in January […]

Ag Commissioner Fried urges Feds to ‘closely monitor’ Florida’s election process

By: - June 6, 2022

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is urging federal officials to “closely monitor” the state’s election process, claiming that the DeSantis administration and the GOP-led Legislature have been implementing “deliberate attempts to circumvent or override democratic norms,” according to a Monday letter to the U.S. Department of Justice. Fried, an attorney and an elected Cabinet official, […]

Gov. DeSantis finally comments at length on Buffalo, Uvalde, Parkland and Columbine mass shootings

By: - June 3, 2022

Following Buffalo, Uvalde and Tulsa — what President Joe Biden has called “killing fields” — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally commented publicly and at length Friday about the recent mass shootings that have shocked the nation. The governor and his team had been mostly mum about the horrific events: The white supremacist who killed 10 […]

DeSantis signs 2022-23 state budget, slicing $3 billion in vetoes, while dissing President Biden

By: and - June 2, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the 2022-23 state budget of $109.9 billion on Thursday, slashing $3.1 billion in line-item vetoes from the original document approved by the Legislature in the spring. The governor acknowledged some “pork” in the hefty budget, often labeled pork barrel projects, turkeys, or local budget items that bring home the bacon for […]

Teacher in her classroom

National education data: About 1 in 10 students in FL are considered “English learners”

By: - June 2, 2022

Over the past decade, the U.S. education system has seen a growing number of students whose native language is something other than English and may need help to keep up with the English-based school system nationwide. In Florida, for example, 10 percent of public school students were identified as “English learners” in the fall of […]

Health care providers sue FL over 15-week abortion law that starts July 1

By: - June 1, 2022

Less than two months after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Florida health care providers have filed a lawsuit against the measure. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Leon County Circuit Court in Tallahassee, want to block the ban that goes into effect July 1. The […]

National education data: K-12 enrollment more racially diverse compared to a decade ago

By: - June 1, 2022

The percentage of white and Black students enrolled in public K-12 schools has gone down over the last 10 years, but the Hispanic share grew, according to new federal data, indicating a growing population of students of color in U.S. schools. Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics released a report called The Condition of […]

National, international officials urge gun control policies after Uvalde, but FL still quiet

By: - May 31, 2022

A week after the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, national and international officials are reflecting on what to do about gun policies, but Florida is still quiet on adding more restrictions. At the state-level, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has once again called for a special legislative session to pass additional gun ownership regulation […]