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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.

‘We don’t believe it’s time to rest’: DeSantis cracks down on COVID vaccine plans; critics concerned

By: - January 4, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to ramp up COVID vaccine distribution in the state by adding community sites such as churches and other state-run facilities, while putting pressure on Florida hospitals to administer vaccines quickly. “We don’t believe it’s time to rest,” DeSantis said at press conference Monday at the Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. About […]

State senator: Prison warden should immediately resign following multiple abuse incidents at Lowell

By: - December 29, 2020

Following allegations of sexual abuse and other misconduct at Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution, State Sen. Janet Cruz of Hillsborough County is calling for the resignation of prison warden Stephen Rossiter. “I urge you to act decisively and request the immediate resignation of the current warden,” Cruz wrote in a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier […]

For more than a half century, Marshall Ogletree has fought for FL educators

By: - December 28, 2020

A veteran educator and higher education lobbyist has retired from the United Faculty of Florida, a statewide union representing full-time faculty, after a long career fighting for the rights and protections for educators, students and faculty in Florida. Marshall Ogletree, who served as the UFF’s executive director from November 2014 to December 2020, has been […]

Uncertainty, lack of data, can make pregnant women wary about taking COVID-19 vaccine

By: - December 16, 2020

For pregnant women, and those who may become pregnant, it’s a disconcerting time. Florida and other states in the nation have received the first COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, but women preparing for a baby, or thinking about having a baby, will need to decide to get immunized for the virus that has caused thousands […]

On ‘historic day,’ FL’s COVID vaccination program begins with inoculation of a Tampa nurse

By: - December 14, 2020

A 31-year-old nurse at Tampa General Hospital was the first person in Florida to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning as Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that by tomorrow the state will have received nearly 100,000 doses. “Today was really a historic day,” the governor said. “It’s a great day for the United States, it’s […]

A FL council on social status of Black males and boys faces challenges

By: - December 9, 2020

A council for Black males in Florida faces potential roadblocks ahead in its mission to improve the lives of Black men and boys, with issues arising over funding — a $150,000 veto by the governor — and the ability to fill a full slate of board members. The Florida Council on the Social Status of […]

Chair of Black male council regarding DeSantis: ‘I don’t think he likes us. I don’t think he likes Black people.’

By: - December 8, 2020

About a month after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police, as the nation grappled with the aftermath, Gov. Ron DeSantis used his veto authority to cut $150,000 from a council dedicated to improving the lives of Black males in the state. DeSantis vetoed the money for the Florida Council on the Social […]

State lawmaker: Get rid of Confederate leaders’ birthdays from Florida’s list of legal holidays

By: - December 4, 2020

State Rep. Michael Grieco, an attorney and Democrat representing part of Miami-Dade County, has filed legislation to put an end to Florida observing public holidays that represent racism and Confederate leaders. “As we have seen (a) shift in how and who we formally celebrate, it seems only appropriate that Florida participate in the modern shifting […]

FSU president John Thrasher says ‘we have a long way to go’ on racial equality

By: - December 3, 2020

In his last year as president of Florida State University,  John Thrasher reminisced about his school’s achievements, including the establishment of a task force to address racial disparities on campus in response to nationwide injustices against Blacks. His comments came during his last state of the university address earlier this week. Thrasher established the “Task […]

World AIDS Day: FL is heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic

By: - December 1, 2020

State officials on Tuesday commemorated those who are living with or have lost their lives due to HIV/AIDS, a global public health issue with disproportionate HIV rates in southern states in the nation, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Dec. 1, people across the globe recognized World AIDS Day, to […]

FL’s grim milestone — at least 1 million COVID-19 infections; critics blast DeSantis for ‘hands-off’ approach to pandemic

By: - December 1, 2020

For the first time, Florida has reached at least 1 million COVID-19 infections, a grim milestone that rose over nine months’ time, beginning with two coronavirus cases announced Sunday, March 1, to 1,008,166 on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Over that period, the global pandemic sparked economic hardships, from lockdowns, school closures, and job losses, to Florida’s […]

Florida Capitol

Virtual committee meetings, Zoom testimony on bills and other options for state Legislatures in a pandemic

By: - November 24, 2020

Florida’s legislative session may look different in the new year, as it grapples with the continued effects of the global pandemic — but Florida won’t be alone. Legislatures across the country are considering plans to meet in person or virtually, or adopt hybrid models in 2021. Some states have already made decisions, as COVID-19 cases surge around […]