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Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.

New monkeypox infections in United States continue downward trend

By: - September 23, 2022

With the rate of new monkeypox cases continuing to decrease in the United States, global health officials are reporting new deaths in other countries and warning that it’s too early to become lax on public health safeguards. The World Health Organization has now reported 23 deaths, mostly in Africa, an increase of five since its […]

Eager for political debate? FL voters face disappointment on that score this year

By: - September 23, 2022

With the general election less than three months away, Florida voters may not get many opportunities to watch candidates square off with each other before TV cameras — or offer any sense of their characters or how they interact with opponents. Candidates from both major political parties are choosing to ditch televised debates, according to […]

Crist argues Gov. DeSantis’ migrant airlift constituted human trafficking

By: - September 21, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist continues to hammer Gov. Ron DeSantis over his interstate airlift of asylum seekers, arguing that in offering the migrants “false hopes” the Republican governor engaged in human trafficking. Crist said Wednesday during a virtual press conference that Venezuelans and Columbians “were targeted and lured with false promises of jobs and […]

FL reports monkeypox infection in infant; case linked to household exposure

By: - September 20, 2022

Last month, caregivers took an infant less than two months old with a rash to the emergency department at a Florida hospital. Within two days, lesions had spread to the soles of the child’s feet, eyelid, and elsewhere. Now testing has confirmed it was monkeypox, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

FL House Dems urge GOP leaders to block using taxpayer funds for transporting migrants

By: - September 19, 2022

Florida Democrats in the state House on Monday questioned the legality of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent move that transported about 50 asylum seekers from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard and urged GOP leaders to stop using “inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars” for the operation that has sparked nationwide outrage. Following the controversy, the Democratic House members […]

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Complaints: TV station violated ‘vaccine passport’ ban with debate requirement

By: - September 16, 2022

Florida Republicans are pushing back against a television station’s policy of requiring COVID-19 vaccination to participate in a political debate, filing complaints alleging violation of a state law prohibiting “vaccine passports” and urging officials to open an investigation. Scotty Moore, Republican nominee challenging incumbent Democrat Darren Soto in Congressional District 9 in Central Florida, declined […]

Feds express ‘cautious optimism’ over decline in new U.S. cases of monkeypox

By: - September 15, 2022

Federal health authorities on Thursday credited vaccination programs targeted to individuals at high risk and other efforts to educate Americans for the decline in monkeypox cases in many parts of the country. But officials also pledged more equity in providing access to the vaccine against the disease spreading in Florida and nationwide. CDC data document […]

Rubio backs federal 15-week abortion ban even with rape, incest exceptions

By: - September 14, 2022

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is defending his co-sponsorship of Republican legislation to impose a federal ban on abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation with exceptions for rape and incest. Elizabeth Gregory, Rubio’s campaign communications director, issued a written statement Wednesday to the Phoenix quoting Rubio as arguing that “banning abortion after four months is […]

Monkeypox death in CA is first confirmed in U.S., details of TX case still pending

By: - September 13, 2022

The first monkeypox-related death within the United States is now confirmed in Los Angeles County, Calif., involving a severely immunocompromised patient. Meanwhile, public health officials in Texas weren’t saying much about whether a death in Harris County, or the Houston area, has been definitively linked to the viral infection. In Florida, the virus has spread […]

Crist endorsed by Giffords’ PAC; his Lt. Gov. nominee empathizes with victims of gun violence

By: - September 12, 2022

Karla Hernández-Mats, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s nominee for lieutenant governor of Florida, on Monday said she’d come from “humble beginnings” and experienced gun violence at an early age. Her remarks came as Crist, who is making a pledge to tackle gun violence if elected as governor, received an endorsement from a political action committee focused […]

Two potential monkeypox deaths under investigation in U.S.; virus has caused 18 deaths globally

By: - September 9, 2022

It’s been nearly two weeks since an investigation was launched in the death of a person in Texas who was diagnosed with monkeypox but had other severe illnesses. Now, another potential death connected to the virus is under investigation in Los Angeles County in California, leaving Americans waiting to see when or if monkeypox deaths […]

Todos Con Demings: Val Demings seeks support from FL Hispanic voters; will her message resonate?

By: - September 9, 2022

More than three months ago, U.S. Rep. Val Demings unveiled a crucial initiative to address issues surrounding Latino voters, a key voting bloc that could impact the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Florida and help her unseat a GOP incumbent who is Latino. But will Demings’ messaging resonate with Hispanic voters at the […]