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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.

Lawmakers seek stricter consequences for leaving kids unattended in car and failing to use seat belts

By: - December 12, 2019

A state lawmaker wants to increase current child welfare protections in Florida, focusing on instances where children are unattended in a vehicle or aren’t buckled up in seat belts or child safety seats. State Rep. Cord Byrd, a Republican who represents Nassau and part of Duval County, presented legislation Thursday before the House Children, Families […]

Second death reported in FL linked to vaping, CDC releases new findings

By: - December 11, 2019

Shortly after the Florida Department of Health reported one death related to e-cigarette use, also known as vaping, the agency disclosed an updated report showing a second death this year. National and state health departments launched a nationwide investigation on an outbreak of lung injuries and diseases associated with e-cigarette or vaping use. Florida has […]

More movie stars in FL? Lawmakers want the state to compete in film and television, by spending thousands for high-paying jobs

By: - December 10, 2019

State lawmakers want to bring in more film, television, digital media and maybe some big stars, by offering incentives for production companies to operate in Florida. A Senate committee approved a proposed bill (SB 530) Tuesday to get the production going and enhance the entertainment industry. The legislation still has to pass in the full […]

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FL bill that helps victims of housing discrimination passes in Senate committee

By: - December 9, 2019

People who claim they’ve been discriminated against in housing would have another way to fix the problem, under legislation moving through the Florida Legislature. The bill, SB 374, passed unanimously in a Senate committee Monday, would help alleged victims of housing discrimination to pursue a civil lawsuit. Sen. Darryl Rouson, who represents parts of Pinellas […]

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Trying to flip from Red to Blue: Andrew Gillum endorses 21 Democratic candidates

By: - December 6, 2019

A day after Andrew Gillum announced efforts to reengage voters and upend a GOP-controlled Legislature, the former Tallahassee mayor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate endorsed 21 state legislative candidates across Florida. The candidates, all Democrats, either plan to run for election after a loss; try to move from a state House member to a Senate position; […]

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Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic Party, set sights on minority and young voters in 2020

By: - December 5, 2019

The Democratic Party wants to flip the Florida Legislature blue ahead of next year’s elections, challenging the GOP-controlled House. Andrew Gillum, the Florida gubernatorial candidate in 2018, will be pushing that initiative. He made an announcement Thursday that he’ll be leading efforts to reengage voters in 2020. That means targeting those voters who may have […]

Florida man collapses in tears, falls to the ground, after Gov. Ron DeSantis denies pardon

By: - December 4, 2019

When Roy Allen Helmick Jr., 61, approached the podium during Wednesday’s Executive Clemency meeting, he appeared hopeful that Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Cabinet members would grant him a pardon for his past crimes. But in a shocking few moments, the governor said, no. Helmick burst into tears, in agony, and begged for a different […]

Gov. DeSantis on vaping: concurs with Trump on postponing ban on flavored e-cigarettes

By: - December 3, 2019

After President Donald Trump received backlash from a group of bipartisan lawmakers for his abrupt decision in November to back off from a proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes, his political ally Gov. Ron DeSantis seems hesitant on a ban as well. “I think the results so far have been [that] these are kind of bad […]

Vaping epidemic: One reported death in FL in past year, and dozens of injuries

By: - November 26, 2019

A vaping crisis in Florida and elsewhere has caused national concern over health-related illnesses and deaths. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] is partnering with state agencies and health departments to probe reported cases of lung injury or diseases associated with e-cigarette use, also known as vaping. Florida has reported 99 cases […]

Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel fights back with lawsuit against Gov. DeSantis, Senate President

By: - November 25, 2019

Scott Israel, the former Broward County sheriff, has filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Senate President Bill Galvano over his removal from office. The 32-page lawsuit, filed late Friday, denounces his ousting as a partisan decision to remove a Democratic elected sheriff. “The governor and the Florida Senate engaged in a […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis comments on Congress: “It’s not the best place in the world right now”

By: - November 22, 2019

At a groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Augustine Veterans Affairs community based outpatient clinic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday expressed his views on Congress. During his brief speech, he noted his pledge for the military and veterans. But then he moved on to discuss Congress — DeSantis earlier served in the U.S. House of Representatives […]

Congresswoman Demings warns that shaky bonds between Ukraine and USA could “embolden Russia to act in an even more aggressive way”

By: - November 21, 2019

U.S. Rep. Val Demings spoke Thursday about the shaky bond between Ukraine and the United States – and the consequences — during Thursday’s impeachment hearing held by the House Intelligence Committee. Demings, an Orlando Democrat, emphasized the seriousness of Ukraine’s delayed military aid, as Fiona Hill, a former top Europe and Russia expert, testified at […]