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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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Troubling COVID strain now in the state capital; 25 FL counties now have variant that’s potentially more lethal

By: - February 4, 2021

The more transmissible COVID-19 mutation is now in the state capital, where lawmakers are attending committee meetings leading up to the March 2 legislative session. Several lawmakers have already contracted the disease since this summer. The mutation, called the B.1.1.7 variant that emerged in the United Kingdom, is potentially more lethal than the original virus, […]

‘Remove Ron’ movement: Grim reaper lawyer launches political committee to unseat Gov. DeSantis in 2022

By: - February 3, 2021

As Gov. Ron DeSantis sets his sights on a gubernatorial reelection bid in 2022, an attorney who’s been critical of the governor has launched a “Remove Ron” political committee to raise funds and unseat DeSantis. Daniel Uhlfelder, known as the ‘grim reaper’ lawyer because of his attempts to close Florida beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried gains momentum now that Dems have control of White House and Congress

By: - February 2, 2021

Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide-elected Democrat serving on the state Cabinet, is pushing myriad initiatives and pairing up with the Biden Administration now that Democrats control the Congress and the White House. With President Trump out, the shift in political parties controlling the federal government will take on Democratic-led initiatives. Already, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis […]

On the abortion front in 2021: GOP lawmakers push for more restrictions; critics plan to push back

By: - February 2, 2021

Reproductive health and abortion rights advocates in Florida will face more hurdles during the 2021 legislative session, with bills pending that could place further restrictions on pregnant women who want an abortion. Last year, lawmakers approved a bill that was quietly signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, requiring a minor to receive parental consent […]

Senator’s proposal to restrict last year’s minimum wage increase amendment draws criticism

By: - January 29, 2021

A state constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters last year faces push-back by a Senate Republican who wants to prevent felons, young people, and other “hard to hire” people from receiving the $15 minimum wage set to take effect through 2026. State Sen. Jeff Brandes, who represents part of Pinellas County and is the Senate […]

Democratic leader in Florida Senate tests positive for COVID-19

By: - January 28, 2021

A top Democrat in the Florida Senate has tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to a person in Tallahassee – the state capital where lawmakers have been convening this week for committee meetings leading up to the 2021 legislative session. Senate Democratic Leader Gary Farmer, who represents part of Broward County, said he learned […]

FL officials break silence on new, more transmissible COVID strain; other variants now emerging in U.S.

By: - January 28, 2021

State officials have finally disclosed at least some information about the new, more transmissible COVID-19 variant circulating in Florida, following weeks of silence on the issue. The data — a list of 19 counties where the potentially more lethal strain called B.1.1.7 has emerged — came after the Florida Phoenix used a state law to […]

FL Surgeon General is blocked from taking questions about the COVID crisis; lawmaker calls it a ‘sham’

By: - January 27, 2021

Florida’s top health chief has largely been silent for months about the global pandemic and other public health issues, and Wednesday was the day that he would be participating at a legislative committee meeting. As it turned out, the committee chairman wouldn’t allow members to ask questions to Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, causing a […]

Troubling new COVID-19 strain has spread to about half the states; FL leads nation in those variant cases

By: - January 26, 2021

Nearly half of the nation has seen cases of the new, more transmissible COVID-19 strain that was first identified in the United Kingdom, with Florida once again leading in U.S. cases. Late Monday, Florida jumped from 50 to 92 cases of the variant known as B.1.1.7. (The cases identified are based on a sampling of […]

New survey: Most Americans believe that misinformation about COVID-19 is spread on social media

By: - January 25, 2021

Researchers and faculty at the University of South Florida found that social media has played a major role in spreading misinformation about the pandemic despite people relying on it for COVID-19 updates, according to a nationwide opinion poll released Monday. Many people across the country have visited various social media platforms such as Facebook and […]

Cases of new COVID strain are rising; FL nurses warn the variant could trigger more hospitalizations, deaths

By: - January 21, 2021

With Florida continuing to lead the nation in the new, more transmissible COVID-19 strain that was first identified in the United Kingdom, health experts are concerned that the variant cases could exacerbate an already strained health care system. As of Thursday, Florida has 46 of the so-called B.1.1.7 variant cases, more than any other state, […]

Lawmakers call on a silent DeSantis to tell public what’s going on: A new COVID strain in FL could wreak havoc

By: - January 19, 2021

With Florida leading the nation in the new COVID-19 strain that first appeared in the United Kingdom, and is more transmissible, state lawmakers are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis and health officials to provide information on cases to the public and issue stricter safety measures to curb the spread. As of Tuesday, Florida had reported […]