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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.

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 […]

Val Demings has a strong law enforcement background, but Rubio’s getting law-and-order endorsements

By: - June 6, 2022

As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio seeks reelection in November, the Florida Republican has been racking up endorsements from dozens of sheriffs and law enforcement groups. Yet U.S. Rep. Val Demings — the Democratic front-runner facing Rubio — has an extensive background in the law-and-order field but, as of yet, no official endorsements. Whether Demings can […]

Monkeypox cases confirmed in three South FL residents; 19 cases across the U.S.

By: - June 2, 2022

A rare disease spreading globally and across the United States that can cause skin lesions and other symptoms has been confirmed in Florida, with all three cases detected in Broward County. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health told the Florida Phoenix in an email Thursday that the agency now provides “up-to-date information on […]

Statewide teacher union, local educator unions, back Democrat Charlie Crist for governor

By: - May 31, 2022

The Florida Education Association, a statewide teacher union representing more than 150,000 K-12 and higher education members, has recommended Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist for governor in 2022. Local educator unions across the state also showed support for Crist, a former Republican governor, Attorney General and, notably, the state’s former Education Commissioner in Florida. “Where […]

Cases are climbing in outbreak of serious bacterial illness; Central FL area has largest caseload

By: - May 26, 2022

As Florida health officials continue to respond to an outbreak of a serious and potentially deadly bacterial illness called meningococcal disease, 32 cases have been identified in 13 counties so far this year, an increase since last month. Central Florida still has the most cases, with nine cases of meningococcal confirmed in Orange County, as […]

‘Commentary like that is irresponsible and it’s so insensitive’: Rep. Driskell slams GOP lawmaker’s comments

By: - May 25, 2022

Following a tweet by state Rep. Randy Fine of Brevard County that stirred controversy, Black Caucus members in the Florida House on Wednesday slammed Fine for “insensitive” social media comments amid the tragic Texas school massacre. Fine, a Republican, made what could be considered threatening remarks Wednesday morning on Twitter aimed at President Joe Biden, […]

Rep. Fentrice Driskell makes history as first Black woman to become House Democratic Leader

By: - May 24, 2022

Florida House Democrats have elected its new leader, Fentrice Driskell, the first Black woman to serve in the role of House Democratic Leader in the Florida Legislature. Driskell, an attorney, was unanimously selected by the House Democratic Caucus as the Leader Designate of the Florida House Democrats. A Democrat representing part of Hillsborough County, she […]

A concerning outbreak of monkeypox is spreading globally; health officials warn of other diseases

By: - May 24, 2022

Update: The Florida Department of Health in Broward County announced Monday late afternoon a second presumptive positive case of monkeypox in Broward, according to a press release. County health officials said the person has been isolated and “the risk of exposure remains low.” A rare disease prevalent in central and west African countries that can […]

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried says Charlie Crist ‘is refusing to debate’ in primary

By: - May 12, 2022

With less than four months away from the 2022 gubernatorial primary, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is pushing for a televised debate among Democratic candidates, claiming U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist “is refusing to debate” her and she has accepted several invitations from broadcast media outlets across Florida. Fried on Thursday called out Crist on Twitter for […]

State leaders tout different plans to lower gas prices in FL; Fried issues an emergency rule

By: - May 11, 2022

State officials are taking different approaches to helping Floridians save money at the gas pump, as rising costs of fuel for drivers and inflationary issues appear to be a major campaign issue during the election season. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Wednesday touted her initiative to immediately allow the sale of a cheaper type of […]

FL House leaders silent on Black delegation’s protest; will some GOP lawmakers support punishment?

By: - May 11, 2022

With another special legislative session less than two weeks away, leaders in the Florida House have remained mum on whether they will take punitive action over an extraordinary protest last month by the Black delegation in the state House chamber. Also unclear is whether caucus members could plan another protest during the upcoming session on […]

‘Stay Woke Go Vote’: FL Black Caucus launches campaign to empower voters

By: - May 9, 2022

The Black delegation in the Florida Legislature and community activists are doubling down on efforts to empower Floridians to vote during the upcoming elections, with the launch of a campaign that pushes back against Republican lawmakers’ policies. Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus on Monday announced that they will host a “Stay Woke Go […]