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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.

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Lawmakers spar over bill on verbal threats to use a gun against a person. Has the legislation gone overboard?

By: - January 29, 2020

In a back-and-forth exchange lasting more than 10 minutes, Democratic state Sen. Jason Pizzo, an attorney, grilled a Senate colleague over legislation that would make it a crime to make verbal threats to use a weapon or firearm against a person. At issue is whether the legislation could be so broadly construed that just about […]

Former FL A.G. Bondi promotes conspiracy theory in Trump’s defense

By: - January 28, 2020

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, in her debut speech as a member of President Trump’s impeachment defense team, joined this week in the president’s attempt to deflect attention from himself to Democrats including former Vice President Joe Biden. Gazing down at her notes on the podium in the well of the U.S. Senate, Bondi […]

In impeachment trial, FL’s Val Demings contrasts roles played by Giuliani, Yovanovich, in Ukraine

By: - January 24, 2020

Update: U.S. Rep. Val Demings was back before the U.S. Senate on Friday, assisting her fellow House impeachment managers present Article 2 of the case against President Trump – obstruction of Congress. “The second article of impeachment charges the president with misusing the powers of his high office to obstruct the House impeachment inquiry,” Demings […]

House Speaker Oliva adds his heft to the push for enhanced autonomy for nurse practitioners

By: - January 24, 2020

On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, the “Doctor of the Day” wasn’t a doctor. Instead, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami Republican, underscored his drive to grant increased autonomy to nurse practitioners – sometimes referred to as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs – by selecting one as the chamber’s ceremonial […]

FL’s Val Demings places President Trump ‘at the center of this scheme’

By: - January 23, 2020

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, the Orlando Democrat serving as a House manager in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial against President Trump, focused on evidence regarding the Oval Office meeting that Ukraine never received from the White House. During day three of the trial on Wednesday, she cited text messages and previous testimony from key witnesses […]

FL Surgeon General defends past “reports about sexual harassment and some impropriety,” as senators weigh his confirmation

By: - January 16, 2020

With state senators weighing his confirmation, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees strongly defended his background Wednesday, saying “what has been reported truly is mischaracterization of the facts.” Rivkees, who also heads the Florida Department of Health, was appointed nine months ago by Gov. Ron DeSantis. But after mounting scrutiny last year, he had not been […]

Hundreds pack Old Capitol: “We are those who have given our lives to children every single day”

By: - January 13, 2020

Drawing in a massive crowd of hundreds of teachers, advocates and speakers from across the nation, the Florida Education Association hosted the “Take on Tallahassee” rally at the Florida Capitol Monday, pushing for more pay and school improvements. The red t-shirted crowd gathered on the steps of Florida’s Old Capitol, chanting, holding signs and singing […]

Educators and advocates march to Capitol in a pre-rally for more pay

By: - January 13, 2020

Educators, students and other advocates dressed in red t-shirts marched to the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, part of a rally for pay increases for public school teachers and staff and other school improvements. Hundreds of kids, teachers and education advocates met at the Donald Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee for a pre-rally, with guest speakers […]

Chlamydia infections rising in Florida, with young people at an increased risk of the STD

By: - January 10, 2020

Sexually transmitted diseases in Florida are on the rise, with high numbers of infections among young people aged 15-29. And state health officials are launching more campaigns to decrease the troubling statistics revealed in a state report. Of the various STDs, chlamydia is the most commonly reported in the state, and the number of new […]

Saving Florida panthers: Environmental groups file lawsuit to protect the endangered cats from expanded roadways

By: - January 9, 2020

The Florida panther, an iconic and endangered animal beloved in the Sunshine State, faces threats from new road construction projects aimed to expand in Southwest Florida. Environmental groups have now gone to court to protect the big cats, the official state animal of Florida and one of the most endangered species in the world. In […]

President Trump addresses nation; FL lawmakers in Congress react to retaliatory missile strikes by Iran

By: - January 8, 2020

After the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military figure, Iran retaliated with missile strikes on bases stationed in Iraq, according to news reports. A Boeing plane also crashed near Tehran but it’s not clear about what happened. Today U.S. and Iraqi officials said there were no deaths, according to the New York Times. But […]

New law: Doctors must give patients non-opioid alternatives for pain

By: - January 7, 2020

Physicians have been prescribing opioids to treat pain due to a variety of medical conditions. But now, Florida law requires health care providers to talk to patients about safer alternatives to opioids for pain treatment. The goal is to reduce the number of people who develop opioid dependency and abuse the drug. According to the […]