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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.

Which state employees in FL can work at home instead of at the office? GOP lawmakers want to find out

By: - March 10, 2021

COVID-19 upended many workplaces across the United States last year, including government offices that allowed state employees to work remotely during the pandemic. Now, an influential lawmaker in Florida is raising questions about which state agencies are still allowing employees to do work at home while others are returning to the office. State Rep. Jay […]

State lawmakers spar over placing limits on the potency of medical marijuana

By: - March 9, 2021

Advocates for medical marijuana argued Tuesday against a controversial bill in the Florida House that would limit the potency of THC in smokable marijuana, saying medical professionals should determine whether a patient needs high THC levels for treatment. But the legislation filed by state Rep. Spencer Roach moved through a committee on health, with many […]

FL’s minimum wage boost faces a struggle; advocates warn of low-paid workers getting ripped off

By: - March 9, 2021

Florida workers are set to get a boost in the minimum wage in September to $10 per hour — part of the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2020 that increases the state’s minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026. But the Florida Legislature is already looking to tinker with the […]

New more infectious COVID-19 strain now detected in almost every state in the nation; FL has the most cases

By: - March 5, 2021

About two months ago, federal officials warned of a new, more transmissible COVID-19 variant potentially becoming the dominant source of infection in the nation by March. Now that it’s March, the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom is sweeping the nation, with the U.K variant in 46 states, plus Washington, D.C. […]

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GOP Senate chairman of health policy committee warns of socialized medicine but Dems disagree

By: - March 4, 2021

A push for a Constitutional amendment to protect Florida residents’ private health insurance is gaining traction in the Legislature, though Democrats are opposed. State Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr., a Republican representing part of Miami-Dade County and chairman of the Senate’s Health Policy Committee, warns of socialized medicine and a single-payer health care system triggering losses […]

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried calls on FL to expand vaccines for ‘essential employees,’ such as farmworkers

By: - March 3, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Wednesday urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow COVID-19 vaccines for all teachers, school staff, childcare workers and farmworkers, to safely keep schools open and help protect industry workers against the disease. In a letter to governor, Fried wrote: “It is imperative that Florida move now to open COVID-19 vaccinations to […]

In the battle against COVID variants, FL has become a troubling anomaly

By: - March 3, 2021

Last year, not many people knew much about the coronavirus, let alone that it would mutate. But by now, variants of the virus causing COVID-19 are sweeping across the nation, with Florida in the worst spot of all. All three variants  — Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom strains — are circulating in communities across […]

Voters who approved boosting the minimum wage likely won’t support FL Senate President’s comments

By: - March 2, 2021

A ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026 received some pushback Tuesday from a top state lawmaker during the opening of the 2021 legislative session. In his opening day speech, Senate President Wilton Simpson touched on Amendment 2, which was narrowly approved by voters on […]

The South African COVID-19 variant has arrived in Florida, CDC reports

By: - March 1, 2021

Another new, more contagious COVID-19 variant — one first identified in South Africa — is now in Florida, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Sunday, the agency reported one Florida case of the South Africa variant, which is more easily spread and could lead to more hospitalizations and potentially […]

One year with COVID: What happened, and why it’s too early to loosen up on safety precautions

By: and - March 1, 2021

One year ago today — March 1, 2020 — Florida confirmed its first two cases of a novel coronavirus, which health officials would give an official name: COVID-19. The politicians and the public were taken off guard, and it didn’t take long before a lockdown would shake Florida’s communities. Schools and business would close. Jobs […]

DeSantis adds vaccination sites in communities of color but some Blacks are distrustful about the shots

By: - February 25, 2021

Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to increase vaccine doses to residents in communities of color, some Blacks remain mistrustful about the medical system and the difficulties in accessing the vaccines, Black leaders say. DeSantis on Thursday went to Edward Waters College in Jacksonville — the first historic Black college in Florida — to announce six […]

Gov. DeSantis opens COVID vaccine site in powerful GOP leader’s legislative district

By: - February 24, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis continued his vaccine rollout plan on Wednesday by targeting seniors in a county that a top Republican leader represents, saying he wants to increase the number of seniors being vaccinated in Hernando County. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, who represents Hernando as part of his legislative district, attended the news conference, where […]