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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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ heated battle over cruise line industry: Lawyers working to settle

By: - June 1, 2021

Lawyers have been working to settle a court case over resuming the crucial cruise industry that can bring in billions of dollars, with Gov. Ron DeSantis at odds with federal health officials over COVID-19 vaccinations. Settlement discussions went for at least 11 hours on Thursday, before the Memorial Day weekend. And the discussions were scheduled […]

State Sen. Randolph Bracy, Aramis Ayala, pursuing Central FL Congressional seat

By: - May 26, 2021

State Sen. Randolph Bracy, a Black Democrat representing part of Orange County, had previously hinted at running for governor to unseat Ron DeSantis in 2022. In late March, he created a campaign-like website titled “Bracy for Florida.” But now, Bracy said he’ll focus on filling the seat of U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat […]

FL teens could soon be eligible for Moderna vaccine if approved by health officials

By: - May 25, 2021

Adolescents in Florida could soon have a second COVID-19 vaccine available, in addition to the Pfizer vaccine, as a Moderna study released Tuesday revealed that its vaccine is highly effective against COVID among kids aged 12 to 17. Moderna announced that in its study, known as the TeenCOVE study, “no cases of COVID-19 were observed […]

FL cites increase in jobs as reason for ending federal unemployment aid; lawmakers say those pay low wages

By: - May 24, 2021

Florida will cease distributing $300 per week in supplementary federal unemployment assistance next month, the official who supervises the state unemployment system announced on Monday, leaving jobless workers to scrape by on $275 per week. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle said in a press release that the extra benefit will end on […]

On front lines battling COVID-19, more than 400 registered nurses have died, including 23 in FL

By: - May 20, 2021

Florida’s Elizabeth “Lee” Motzenbecker of Venice worked for more than 40 years as a registered nurse, dedicating her life to caring for others, according to her obituary. At 61, she died losing a battle to COVID-19. Motzenbecker and 22 other registered nurses in Florida have died thus far in the pandemic, according to the National […]

FL House Dems elect two Black members as future leaders; one makes history as its first Black woman

By: - May 19, 2021

Two members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus will be the future leaders of the Florida House Democrats, with one member making history as the party’s first Black woman leader. Following the end of the special legislative session on gambling expansion in Florida, the House Democratic Caucus met Wednesday and unanimously elected state Rep. Ramon […]

Rally against gambling expansion at state Capitol: ‘Keep Florida family friendly. No Casinos!’

By: and - May 18, 2021

Carrying signs saying “No More Casinos!” and “This is All Unconstitutional!,” about 100 Floridians trekked to the state Capitol Tuesday to protest a multi-billion dollar gambling compact that is coming close to fruition in the Legislature. “We have concerns that this is sidestepping what the voters voted on with Amendment 3,” said Joey McKinnon, who […]

Advocates want to boost resources for the 24-hour hotline in FL to respond to gambling addiction

By: - May 17, 2021

Expanding gambling in Florida, including legal sports betting and other casino games, would require additional resources to assist an expected increase of residents who could experience gambling addiction, according to a statewide council. During the special session on a new gaming compact that began Monday, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling wants lawmakers in both […]

As FL considers casino expansion, advocates want to protect against ‘problem gambling’

By: - May 17, 2021

As lawmakers gather in Tallahassee today to consider a major expansion of gambling in Florida, including the legalization of sports betting, concerns are rising that adding wagering options through mobile platforms will spur addiction, especially among young people. The compact between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe would allow residents at least 21 years […]

Tweens in middle school and high school could soon get COVID vaccines. Will their parents let them?

By: and - May 12, 2021

Ahmed Forehand is hesitant about allowing his 13-year-old son to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. His son attends middle school in Leon County, where the school district has been hosting mobile vaccination clinics for students, faculty, staff, and the public.  “My opinion is there’s not enough research supporting the reason to get vaccinated,” Forehand said in […]

FL Senate Dems demand A.G. Moody show concern about planned Instagram for young children

By: - May 11, 2021

Democrats in the Florida Senate are leaning on Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody to join her counterparts in 44 states in opposing Facebook’s plan to launch an Instagram platform for children under age 13. For all that Republicans in Florida have been criticizing the social media platforms, even passing legislation barring them from “deplatforming,” or […]

Anti-tobacco groups on blocking local governments from regulating products: ‘It’s only Florida families that suffer’

By: - May 10, 2021

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis signature of a new law that will raise the legal age to purchase tobacco or nicotine products and block local control over regulating of these products, health groups warn that the youth tobacco crisis could worsen. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said in an email to the Phoenix on […]