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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.

Companies are offering to pay travel expenses for employees seeking abortions

By: - May 6, 2022

Following threats to abortion access in Florida and throughout the nation, major private businesses across the country have launched efforts to ensure access for their workers to abortion care not available in states where they live. For example, this week the clothing company Levi Strauss & Co. announced that employees “are eligible for reimbursement for […]

CDC report: Booster doses offer better protection against omicron among nursing home residents

By: - May 5, 2022

Nursing home residents across the nation and in Florida were protected more against infection with the omicron variant by receiving booster shots, compared with just receiving a full dose, according to a study released Thursday by federal health officials. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] reported that residents at nursing facilities who […]

Charlie Crist vows to veto “any anti-choice legislation,” if elected as FL governor

By: - May 4, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist on Wednesday vowed to protect access to abortion care using veto authority if necessary, during a speech in Tampa marking the first anniversary of his 2022 gubernatorial campaign. Crist, a Democrat who is a former Florida Republican governor, Attorney General and Education Commissioner, also made remarks about his past record as […]

FL’s new abortion ban may require ‘extreme measures’ to ensure women can get legal abortions

By: - May 4, 2022

A 15-week abortion ban in Florida takes effect July 1 and the highest court in the nation has signaled its support for overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case and allowing states to decide the fate of abortion laws, based on a leaked draft opinion this week at the U.S. Supreme Court. Though the draft opinion […]

State senator: Denying abortions does a favor for human trafficking victims

By: - May 2, 2022

A Florida Senate Republican has produced a novel explanation for refusing to include exemptions for rape, incest, and human trafficking in the state’s 15-week abortion ban: Pregnancy makes it harder for traffickers to exploit women. In other words, Sen. Ileana Garcia told voters on April 26 in Miami, the women no longer would be a […]

Charlie Crist racking up endorsements in FL Democratic primary for governor

By: - April 29, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has been picking up endorsements from Florida Senate Democrats including Bobby Powell in hopes of becoming the Democratic nominee in the gubernatorial primary. Powell, the Democratic leader pro tempore who has served in the leadership of the Legislative Black Caucus, posted a Twitter video Friday endorsing Crist “not only because he’s […]

Democrat Crist leaps to Disney’s defense, criticizing the governor’s ‘DeSanTax’

By: - April 28, 2022

In response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attacks on The Walt Disney Co., U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist warned Thursday that the new Florida law dismantling self-governing authority for the company could result in higher taxes in Orange and Osceola counties. Crist, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2022 and former governor, blasted DeSantis in an ad released […]

LGBTQ groups post billboards declaring FL the ‘Don’t Say Gay or Trans State’

By: - April 27, 2022

Following a lawsuit challenging Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education,” or “Don’t Say Gay” law, LGBTQ advocates are launching a billboard campaign that proclaims Florida “The ‘Don’t Say Gay Or Trans’ State.” The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization representing the LGBTQ community, unveiled billboards in cities throughout the state, where they’ll stand for the […]

New omicron subvariant rapidly moving across the nation and the Deep South, CDC officials say

By: - April 26, 2022

Federal health authorities on Tuesday warned that a new omicron subvariant spreading across the nation and in Florida may be more transmissible than the other COVID-19 subvariant called BA.2 that triggered earlier surges. But the BA.2 is still the predominant variant in the United States representing about 68 percent of new COVID-19 infections, according to […]

Hate crimes, unfair policing: National, FL officials push to improve conditions for Black males

By: - April 26, 2022

Black males in Florida and across the nation face extraordinary challenges, from becoming targets of hate crimes to navigating a criminal justice system that can involve unfair policing practices, convictions and even deaths, according to civil rights leaders and members of Congress and federal agencies. The national Commission on the Social Status of Black Men […]

Advocates, doctor slam FL health agency’s new guidance on treatment for transgender youth

By: - April 22, 2022

Advocates for transgender kids warn that new guidance from Florida’s state health department discouraging hormonal treatment and other therapies could put “youth in harm’s way.” The Florida Department of Health released guidance this week on the treatment of what’s called gender dysphoria for children and adolescents, stating that kids “should not be prescribed puberty blockers […]

‘I’ve had enough of being kicked around’: Black delegation in FL House is on the offense

By: - April 22, 2022

In an extraordinary display this week in the state House chamber, Black Democrats loudly chanted, wore t-shirts that read “Stop the Black Attack,” and staged a sit-in protest that shut down debate over African-American representation in the redistricting process. “When Black votes are under attack, we stand up and fight back,” the crowd of Black […]