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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.

Second case of omicron variant detected in U.S.: Minnesota man attended convention in NYC

By: - December 2, 2021

A day after federal health officials confirmed the first case of the omicron variant in the United States, a resident of Minnesota who had recently traveled to New York City tested positive for the new variant, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC announced in an email Thursday that “the […]

Omicron is here in the United States: CDC confirms first case in California

By: - December 1, 2021

The first U.S. case of the new omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has been identified in California, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed in an email Wednesday afternoon. Federal officials were expecting the variant, known as B.1.1.529, to eventually emerge in the country and California has become the first state […]

Transparency? Feds would update public about any omicron cases — not FL’s state health department

By: - December 1, 2021

On New Year’s Eve about a year ago, the Florida Department of Health informed the public about a troubling new COVID-19 variant through a tweet, announcing that the United Kingdom variant had been detected in Florida. But about a year later, the state health department appears to be shifting from updating the public about any […]

FL to monitor data on vaccine effectiveness as new omicron variant spreads globally

By: - November 30, 2021

With fears mounting over the new omicron variant, Florida officials plan to monitor data on vaccine effectiveness and monoclonal antibody treatments against the new variant, according to a spokeswoman from the DeSantis administration. During a news conference yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t appear to announce any plans to combat the variant if cases arise in […]

Gov. DeSantis adamant against lockdowns as fears emerge over potential omicron variant in U.S.

By: - November 29, 2021

A new COVID-19 variant called omicron that emerged in South Africa has some state officials already bracing for potential cases if the variant of concern is detected in the United States. But Gov. Ron DeSantis is adamant: Lockdowns are “not going to happen in the state of Florida, you can take that to the bank.” […]

FL House has yet to take action on ‘vile’ social media posts from a lawmaker

By: - November 22, 2021

In mid-August, an official complaint was filed in the Florida House of Representatives against a Republican lawmaker, for “hateful” and “atrocious” social media comments directed to Palestinians and Muslims. Civil rights advocates filing the complaint say the House’ Public Integrity and Elections Committee still hasn’t addressed the issue involving state Rep. Randy Fine, a Republican […]

Health advocates say Biden’s health plan could benefit ‘hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State’

By: - November 19, 2021

With the U.S. House approving a bill Friday that includes expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income people, health care advocates are praising the provision that could help close health coverage gaps for hundreds of thousands of Floridians. President Joe Biden’s so-called Build Back Better plan addresses Medicaid coverage gaps in non-expansion states, such as Florida, […]

Where were all the missing Senate Dems during the caucus meeting earlier this week?

By: - November 18, 2021

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book was not in attendance Wednesday at a caucus meeting with colleagues. She also was gone when senators debated and voted on special session legislation in the Florida Senate chamber that evening. It’s still not entirely clear why so many Senate Democrats failed to attend a caucus meeting earlier in the […]

An attendance problem: Several Senate Dems missing at a caucus meeting. Why?

By: - November 17, 2021

Senate Democrats gathered at a caucus meeting Wednesday afternoon about 30 minutes before the special session in the Florida Capitol, but only nine members out of 16 were present, including the absence of Democratic Leader Lauren Book. What’s going on? During the meeting, State Sen. Gary Farmer expressed his frustration, saying “we have an attendance […]

An emotional FL firefighter paramedic pushes back against COVID-19 vaccine requirements

By: - November 16, 2021

Several anti-vaccine activists and an emotional first responder offered testimony against COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers at a legislative meeting in the Florida Senate, claiming that forced vaccines threaten personal freedoms. Wendy Williams, a firefighter paramedic in Orange County, told state lawmakers from the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that she and other first responders […]

Educators largely absent as lawmakers move to prohibit mask and COVID vaccine mandates in schools

By: and - November 16, 2021

A few weeks ago school districts and state education officials were battling over who has authority to operate schools during the COVID-19 pandemic: the state, local school boards or parents. But during the first day of the special legislative session on mask and COVID vaccine mandates, educators and school officials were largely scarce and few, […]

FL’s special legislative session kicks off Monday with protests and Democratic opposition

By: - November 15, 2021

Inside the state Capitol, a special legislative session in Florida began with a clash between protesters waving signs against vaccine and mask mandates as House Democrats denounced the session, saying it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and the focus should be on other issues. As Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate held press conferences […]