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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.

Sports season for FL high school kids will launch during pandemic

By: - August 14, 2020

Fall sports for high school kids in Florida will officially begin on August 24, launching a sports season despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Florida High School Athletic Association voted Friday 11-5 in favor of the plan, following a lengthy meeting of more than two hours in Gainesville. The meeting also was streamed live. The FSHAA […]

Grim Reaper lawyer emerges with mobile billboard: ‘Killing Florida With His Stupidity,’ Ron DeathSantis

By: - August 12, 2020

A truck is heading to various locations in the state capital of Tallahassee, with a mobile billboard that includes a provocative political statement about COVID-19: “Killing Florida With His Stupidity,” Ron DeathSantis. Known as the ‘grim reaper’ lawyer, attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has pushed for closures of crowded beaches in the Panhandle and gone to court […]

Gov. DeSantis: Cancelling college football would be ‘short-circuiting the dreams’ of student athletes

By: - August 11, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis called Tuesday for the college football season in Florida to proceed this fall, arguing that colleges can provide a safe environment for athletes to play notwithstanding fears among some student athletes who are opting out due to COVID-19. “We are here to say, from the state of Florida, we want you guys […]

Low-income Americans are less likely to vote in national elections — yet it doesn’t have to be that way.

By: - August 11, 2020

Voters from low-income backgrounds are consistently less likely to vote in national elections compared to those with higher incomes, a new study shows — a potential harbinger as the 2020 presidential election looms in swing states such as Florida. Why don’t low-income voters go to the polls? In 2016, when Donald Trump won the presidency, […]

The nation’s 50 governors are in a fierce battle over COVID-19 but they can also face sickness themselves

By: - August 6, 2020

UPDATE from Ohio Capital Journal, a sister media outlet of the Florida Phoenix: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine later tests negative for COVID-19. “After earlier testing positive for coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office Thursday night said he had tested negative for the novel coronavirus, according to the Ohio Capital Journal, a sister media outlet of […]

New report: Vote-by-mail fraud is rare and it doesn’t benefit Democrats

By: - August 5, 2020

Despite President Donald Trump’s criticisms and some Republicans suggesting the vote-by-mail method is likely to result in fraud and benefit Democrats more, a new report by Integrity Florida says otherwise. The report titled “VBM: A Safe Option for Florida Voters” says voting-by-mail doesn’t help the Democratic Party, but it does result “in higher ballot rejection […]

Nurses plan multi-state protest over working conditions in COVID-19 wards

By: - August 4, 2020

Thousands of registered nurses across the country will participate in more than 200 protests Wednesday at hospitals in at least 16 states — including eight in Florida — advocating for safer working conditions to combat COVID-19 transmission. National Nurses United, representing registered nurses, made the announcement Tuesday through a press release and said the protests […]

Are any FL officials responding? Faculty union awaits decision on online-learning-only this semester

By: - August 4, 2020

The United Faculty of Florida, a statewide union representing full-time faculty, has doubled down on its call for state officials to shift all Florida college classes to online courses for fall semester. But so far, officials including Gov. Ron DeSantis, have not responded. “The only one to respond was the governor with the form message, […]

When college turns into a different existence: ‘It just doesn’t make sense to me’

By: - August 4, 2020

Florida’s public colleges and universities have prepared fall reopening plans that include health and safety guidelines, but some students still feel uneasy, let down and worried — about themselves, their classmates and faculty and staff as COVID-19 continues to enfold. For many students, the tradition and richness of the college experience will be stripped away […]

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, nationwide survey reveals most nurses don’t feel safe in the workplace

By: - July 30, 2020

Amid the global pandemic, many nurses feel unsafe in the workplace and fear they could infect their families, according to a national survey released by the National Nurses United. NNU, a large nationwide union representing registered nurses, released its survey this week of more than 21,200 union and non-union nurses across the United States, and […]

Inequities in the Latinx community: Workers face high poverty, low wages and lack of health care

By: - July 29, 2020

Latinx communities around the nation are vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic because of a lack of health care access, higher poverty levels and working conditions that put them more at risk of being infected by COVID-19, a panel of public health experts said Wednesday. The American Heart Association’s Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he was tested for COVID-19 at White House visit

By: - July 28, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed Tuesday that he took a COVID-19 rapid test at the White House last week, where he had joined President Donald Trump in a signing ceremony on importation of prescription drugs from Canada. “I was tested for COVID on Friday at the White House. So anytime you’re going to be in earshot […]