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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.

USF survey: FL voters less focused on abortion than on inflation and the economy

By: - November 1, 2022

With the general election one week away, a large number of Floridians report that inflation, the economy, or jobs “will have the most significant impact on how” they cast their ballots compared to other issues including abortion rights, a new public opinion survey has found. Researchers at the University of South Florida released their findings […]

‘The pandemic is not over’: Health experts warn of winter COVID surge amid fewer safety precautions

By: - November 1, 2022

For Briana Michel, a senior broadcast student at Florida A&M University, wearing a face mask for protection against COVID-19 seems a thing of the past. “From my perspective, I don’t think students are worried about COVID,” Michel said in an interview with the Florida Phoenix. “I don’t know anyone personally that wears a mask. When […]

Democrat Val Demings gets boosts from top Black leaders as polls show her trailing in Senate race

By: and - October 28, 2022

As the Nov. 8 election looms, Democrat Val Demings this week has garnered an endorsement from former President Barack Obama, received support from a Congressional Black Caucus leader and visited the campus of the historically Black college and university, Florida A & M University in Tallahassee. Demings faces incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in the […]

Two FL polls show double-digit lead for Gov. Ron DeSantis over Democrat Charlie Crist

By: - October 26, 2022

With the 2022 general election two weeks away, Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a double-digit lead over Charlie Crist, according to statewide surveys of likely voters in Florida released Wednesday. However, the two political polls were conducted before the gubernatorial debate between DeSantis and Crist that took place Monday. That means favorability ratings could change for […]

Faculty union in FL demands UF officials release information on finalists in presidential search

By: - October 24, 2022

Higher education union officials on Monday urged the University of Florida to release information related to its presidential search – consisting of more than 700 applicants for the position – and especially release the names of the final pool of candidates. The United Faculty of Florida (UFF) has submitted a public records request “demanding the […]

DeSantis’ legal team wants to block governor from being deposed under oath in Andrew Warren case

By: - October 24, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legal team has officially filed a motion to block the Republican governor from being deposed in a federal case challenging the suspension of elected Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren. Court filings show that lawyers for DeSantis have filed a “protective order” to exempt DeSantis and his Chief of Staff, James Uthmeier, […]

New interactive map: How to see Gov. DeSantis’ big campaign donations across FL and elsewhere

By: - October 21, 2022

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has received large amounts of campaign dollars in areas such as Miami, with $12.3 million; Fort Lauderdale, with $7.4 million, and about $6 million in Palm Beach. The numerous contributions are part of new analysis entitled “Influence Watch,” to provide the public with access to DeSantis’ campaign contributions and to […]

Federal health panel adds COVID vaccines in child immunization schedule; FL officials push back

By: and - October 20, 2022

Federal health officials voted Thursday to include COVID-19 vaccines in its 2023 childhood immunization schedule, raising concerns from Florida officials and others about whether kids could be required to get the shots to enter public schools. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not force vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, and its advisory panel […]

Democrat Val Demings, GOP Marco Rubio sparred on stage over abortion rights, immigration and more

By: - October 18, 2022

Incumbent GOP Sen. Marco Rubio sparred on stage Tuesday night with Democrat Val Demings in the only scheduled televised debate before the general election in less than a month. Both candidates for the U.S. Senate in Florida went back and forth on a variety of issues from gun violence, abortion, voting rights and more – […]

U.S. Senate race: Democrat Val Demings to square off with incumbent GOP Marco Rubio in FL debate

By: - October 18, 2022

Following myriad campaign advertisements, the two nominees vying to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate will face off Tuesday evening, in the only scheduled debate before the Nov. 8 election. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican and former Florida House Speaker, is seeking a third term in the Senate and has gotten support from law […]

Monkeypox surges among Black people amid overall decline in new infections

By: - October 17, 2022

Although the number of new monkeypox infections has been decreasing across the United States, public health officials now report an increase in infections among people of color, according to federal health officials’ latest report. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that about 42 percent of new cases were seen among Black […]

How salient will the border ‘crisis’ prove as an election issue in November?

By: - October 17, 2022

Florida is home to millions of immigrants who have gained citizenship and become eligible to vote. Other migrants continue to flee other countries in hopes of securing a better life, education, and living conditions for their families. In fact, the American Immigration Council estimates that, in 2022, 2,651,000 eligible voters in Florida are immigrants. “That […]