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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.

Floridians respond to the survival of “Obamacare”

By: and - June 17, 2021

Millions of Floridians and other Americans concerned about losing their health care can breathe easier today. As the Associated Press writes: “The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions […]

Some Floridians still skeptical about COVID vaccines because of side effects and other concerns

By: and - June 16, 2021

While the Biden administration is pushing to vaccinate Americans, Floridians who aren’t fully vaccinated are concerned about potential side effects, misinformation about vaccines and other issues, according to a study by the University of South Florida. Researchers at USF’s School of Public Affairs on Wednesday released results from a statewide survey of 600 Floridians, finding […]

COVID-19 vaccine rates are lowest among pregnant women from minority groups, CDC says

By: - June 15, 2021

Black and Latina women who are pregnant have been getting vaccines against COVID-19 at a lower rate compared with other ethnic and racial groups in Florida and across the country, according to a new report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the report, federal health officials warned that pregnant […]

AARP report: COVID-19 cases at Florida nursing homes have been on the rise

By: - June 15, 2021

While COVID-19 infections have slowed, cases among residents at Florida’s nursing homes have been increasing, with the rate of infections higher than the national average, according to a new report released by AARP. Data from the the AARP Public Policy Institute, collaborating with Scripps Gerontology Center at Ohio’s Miami University, created a “Nursing Home COVID-19 […]

Race for Charlie Crist’s U.S. seat intensifies with State Rep. Michele Rayner confirming candidacy

By: - June 14, 2021

Michele Rayner, a civil rights attorney and Democratic state lawmaker who could become one of the first openly queer Black women to serve in Congress, announced Monday that she is running to fill the U.S. House seat held by U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. Rayner, who recently won a seat in the Florida House of Representative […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis approves property insurance reform but some FL homeowners could see a spike in rates

By: - June 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a property insurance law aimed to reduce lawsuits and prohibit contractors from encouraging residents to file claims for roof damage. But critics say part of the new property insurance reforms could negatively impact homeowners who get coverage through the state-backed insurance company, allowing Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to incrementally […]

Some cruise ships are mandating vaccines for guests, despite FL and TX ban on vaccine passports

By: - June 10, 2021

As Florida seeks to dismantle safety protocols and regulations from the federal government through an ongoing court case over the fate of the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Line plans to comply with the feds by requiring proof of vaccinations for passengers, despite Florida and Texas laws that ban vaccine passports. Both Republican governors in Florida […]

GOP quickly lashes out as Orlando Congresswoman Val Demings announces campaign for U.S. Senate

By: - June 9, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Val Demings officially announced her run for the U.S. Senate Wednesday, top GOP leaders including rival U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio immediately issued a statement or took to social media with criticism. Demings, an Orlando Democrat, launched her effort to unseat Rubio in 2022 in a video posted in the morning on YouTube. […]

After a tumultuous two years, FL Surgeon General Scott Rivkees will remain as chief state health official

By: - June 8, 2021

Following a tumultuous two years filled with surges in COVID-19 cases, transparency issues and limited public appearances after being off-message at a DeSantis news conference, Scott Rivkees will stay on as Florida’s Surgeon General. “Confirming: He will be staying on as SG (surgeon general),” said Christina Pushaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary. She provided no […]

Some cruise lines are sticking to required vaccines for passengers, despite Royal Caribbean reversal

By: - June 7, 2021

Following a reversal from Royal Caribbean International on COVID-19 safety measures, two other major cruise lines are still requiring vaccines for its passengers to set sail on cruise ships as early as this summer. Both Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line have ports in Florida and are following the federal Centers for Disease Control […]

Following impasse, cruise industry, government, and state of FL will be back in court next week

By: - June 4, 2021

Following concerns about the state and federal government failing to reach an agreement over the fate of the cruise industry, the sides will be back in federal court in Tampa on Thursday. The court set a hearing to address more issues surrounding Florida’s lawsuit over safety regulations and vaccines for the state’s cruise industry. Florida’s […]

Feds argue that FL lawsuit could threaten ‘public confidence’ in cruise industry

By: - June 2, 2021

A new court record in the battle over the fate of the cruise industry reveals that the federal government has already approved some cruise ships to set sail with vaccinated guests and crew members, and Florida’s lawsuit could jeopardize public trust in the cruise industry. On Wednesday, lawyers for the federal Centers for Disease Control […]