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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.

Statewide survey: Most Floridians want more protection for the environment and more money to protect endangered species

By: - August 3, 2021

With Florida’s population rising over a decade, most residents surveyed believe the state should do more to protect the environment from population growth and development, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of South Florida. About 64 percent of the respondents felt that way, according to a sample of 600 Floridians questioned  in […]

The contagious Delta variant apparently seeped into FL back in April, causing infections and deaths

By: - August 2, 2021

The highly-contagious Delta variant that has infected and killed residents appears to have seeped into Florida in early April, though it didn’t get much attention right away. The Florida Phoenix requested information about the Delta variant through a public records request under Florida law, and it was then that the state health department released a […]

Crist and Fried, top contenders in 2022 gubernatorial race, blast Gov. DeSantis over COVID surges

By: and - July 27, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 gubernatorial race, Florida’s top Democratic candidates are going after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over surges in COVID-19 cases. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Florida governor, on Tuesday blasted DeSantis over Florida’s spike in coronavirus cases, saying in an interview with MSNBC that “the governor’s playing Russian roulette with this issue.” […]

FL Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy offers empathy to Capitol Police officer: ‘I listened to you struggle’

By: - July 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy on Tuesday empathized with a U.S. Capitol Police officer who offered testimony on the deadly Jan. 6 attack by a mob of Donald Trump supporters. Murphy, a Democrat, shared a chilling video that showed officers at the Capitol attempting to block rioters from storming the building during the first hearing by […]

Despite Gov. DeSantis’ concerns, some FL juveniles facing felonies have been helped by “diversion” programs

By: - July 27, 2021

On the juvenile justice front, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed legislation last month, concerned that minors would be able to expunge serious felonies from juvenile records. But the public may not know that programs aimed at diverting youths from going to prison already include at least some felony offenses, according to juvenile justice advocates. And those […]

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White House spokesperson says DeSantis’ opposition to mask mandate in schools is ‘greatly concerning’

By: - July 23, 2021

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ comments that Florida will not require kids to wear face masks in K-12 schools, a White House spokeswoman pushed back against his stance, saying that would put children and families at risk of contracting COVID-19. DeSantis has been against safety measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, such as lockdowns […]

As COVID caseload spikes, Gov. DeSantis vows again: No more lockdowns in FL

By: - July 22, 2021

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida and the more transmissible Delta variant continues to circulate, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday declared his opposition to any mitigation efforts, such as lockdowns or mask mandates, particularly for K-12 students. During a news conference in Fort Pierce, the Republican governor addressed a reporter who noted that a group […]

Anti-DeSantis billboards sprout near Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee

By: - July 21, 2021

With Gov. Ron DeSantis prepping his reelection bid for 2022, political action committees are collecting campaign contributions to target the Republican governor and support Democratic candidates. Some of the anti-DeSantis money has been used for billboards, videos, and other ads that slam him for allegedly failing to protect residents from COVID-19 and for his close […]

Seminole Tribe leader Marcellus Osceola Jr. is elusive, inspiring — but likely unknown to many Floridians

By: - July 21, 2021

On a spring morning in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ schedule included an in-person meeting in the state Capitol with a Tribe leader considered humble yet dignified, ready to transform the gambling landscape in Florida. When the new 30-year, multibillion-dollar gambling compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida was unveiled that […]

AARP report: FL has one of the lowest rates nationwide for vaccinations among nursing home staff

By: - July 19, 2021

With health officials and the Biden administration continuing to push Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Florida ranks second worst in the nation for vaccination rates among staff at nursing homes, according to a new report by AARP. Data from the AARP Public Policy Institute, collaborating with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Ohio’s Miami University, […]

State Sen. Randolph Bracy leads in campaign fundraising for Central FL Congressional seat

By: - July 16, 2021

Donations from lawyers, lobbyists, political action committees and other individuals have contributed more than $165,000 for State Sen. Randolph Bracy’s campaign for Congress, according to campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission. In late May, Bracy entered the race in Florida’s 10th Congressional District to replace U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat who’d […]

DeSantis, federal officials, want Biden to restore Internet access in Cuba; FL’s role won’t be easy

By: - July 15, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials on Thursday called on President Joe Biden to take immediate action on restoring Internet access to the people of Cuba, following shutdowns of Internet service and protests in Florida and elsewhere against Cuba’s Communist government. But DeSantis said during a press conference in Miami that the state’s effort to […]