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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.

One year with COVID: What happened, and why it’s too early to loosen up on safety precautions

By: and - March 1, 2021

One year ago today — March 1, 2020 — Florida confirmed its first two cases of a novel coronavirus, which health officials would give an official name: COVID-19. The politicians and the public were taken off guard, and it didn’t take long before a lockdown would shake Florida’s communities. Schools and business would close. Jobs […]

DeSantis adds vaccination sites in communities of color but some Blacks are distrustful about the shots

By: - February 25, 2021

Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to increase vaccine doses to residents in communities of color, some Blacks remain mistrustful about the medical system and the difficulties in accessing the vaccines, Black leaders say. DeSantis on Thursday went to Edward Waters College in Jacksonville — the first historic Black college in Florida — to announce six […]

Gov. DeSantis opens COVID vaccine site in powerful GOP leader’s legislative district

By: - February 24, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis continued his vaccine rollout plan on Wednesday by targeting seniors in a county that a top Republican leader represents, saying he wants to increase the number of seniors being vaccinated in Hernando County. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, who represents Hernando as part of his legislative district, attended the news conference, where […]

FL Legislature 2021: Black lawmakers have to struggle to gain leadership roles, address issues affecting Blacks

By: - February 24, 2021

Black voices in the political sphere in America have come a long way since the early days, when myriad civil rights activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to fight for equality — a battle that endures today. Kamala Harris made recent history in the 2020 presidential election as the first woman and […]

Three Floridians connected to “Oath Keepers” charged in federal court over Jan. 6 Capitol riot

By: - February 22, 2021

Three Florida residents associated with a group known as the “Oath Keepers” have been arrested and charged in federal court for “conspiring” to disrupt Congress during the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist and hate groups, described the […]

Nearly half of FL’s counties have the more contagious COVID strain embedded in their communities

By: - February 19, 2021

The United Kingdom COVID strain called B.1.1.7 — which is more contagious and potentially more deadly than the original virus — is now in nearly half of  Florida’s 67 counties. The Florida Department of Health on Friday finally disclosed new information about which counties have the U.K variant. That mutation has been spreading across the […]

New study: FL sees high rates of uninsured children from not expanding Medicaid

By: - February 19, 2021

Florida is among only twelve states that have not expanded Medicaid for low-income residents, leading to high rates of children without health coverage,  a new study shows. The report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that: “As of December 2020, 39 states (including the District of Columbia) have expanded Medicaid thereby […]

Floridians can sign up for Affordable Care Act health insurance up until May 15

By: - February 18, 2021

Uninsured Floridians now have access to health coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov platform — part of a directive from the Biden administration to provide affordable health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans across the country can sign up for the Affordable Care Act’s health coverage through a special enrollment period that started Monday and will […]

FL’s medical marijuana program is on the rise; PTSD is most common condition for medicinal use

By: - February 16, 2021

People using marijuana to treat certain medical conditions has jumped in Florida, according to a new report by the Florida Department of Health. The state’s data show a significant increase in medical marijuana patients who have completed all requirements to receive treatment. As of Feb. 12, there are 485,693 qualified patients with an active ID […]

Gov. DeSantis weighs in on more contagious COVID strain on Fox News; calls Biden a “lockdowner”

By: - February 15, 2021

With the Florida Department of Health largely mum on information about cases of the United Kingdom COVID-19 strain, Gov. Ron DeSantis has begun to answer some questions about the variant spreading across the United States. Florida has the largest number of cases of this strain. Sunday morning on Fox News, DeSantis was asked a question […]

FL Congresswoman Frankel intent on speeding COVID vaccine to elderly veterans

By: - February 12, 2021

A Florida U.S. House Democrat wants to ensure that elderly veterans can receive COVID-19 vaccines amid scarce supply across the nation. “To me, it is imperative that we do everything to make sure that our veterans are properly cared for,” U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who represents South Florida, said in an interview on C-SPAN on […]

Lawmakers push to remove Confederate leaders’ birthdays from public holidays; add Juneteenth

By: - February 11, 2021

Florida’s list of legal holidays includes Confederate leaders’ birthdays and  racist events in history, and Democrats in the state Legislature say it’s time to to get rid of them, once and for all. In the 2021 legislative session beginning March 2, state lawmakers are not only pushing for legislation to end public holidays such as […]