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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.

Young voters may play a big role in the upcoming election — but will they turn out?

By: and - October 28, 2020

Bradley Gay, 25, is a second grade teacher assistant at a private school in Tallahassee. As a young voter, he sees his generation as a key demographic in shaping the future of Florida and national politics. “I think the youth vote will have a lot to do with that in this election,” said Gay in […]

VP Pence in the state capital; rips on Joe Biden’s ‘socialist’ health care plans as election looms

By: - October 24, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence warned a drenched and crowded audience in Tallahassee Saturday evening that a Joe Biden presidency would threaten health care plans around the country. Pence, a Republican, criticized former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden for allegedly “socializing” health care with the establishment of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare because it […]

Nikki Fried urges Trump campaign rally attendees to mask up against COVID-19

By: - October 23, 2020

With President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence planning multiple rallies across Florida, leading Democrats are again voicing concern that those events could become vectors for COVID-19 outbreaks. “Anytime that Trump comes to not just the state of Florida, but across the country, we are seeing this as an opportunity for super spreaders,” Agriculture Commissioner […]

Gov. DeSantis says state is on the lookout for overseas meddling in FL’s elections; singles out Iran

By: - October 22, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis insisted Thursday that Florida’s elections system is secure against cyber hacking, notwithstanding a raft of emails threatening voters — attributed by federal officials to Iran — in this and other states unless they support President Trump’s re-election. During a news conference in Fort Myers, the governor said his administration has hardened the […]

Drag queens energize the LGBTQ community in FL to ‘vote blue’

By: - October 21, 2020

A trio of drag queens are campaigning for Florida Democrats using short videos released on social media. The Florida Democratic Party launched its “Drag Yourself to the Polls” campaign this week, featuring videos by drag performers encouraging people in Florida to vote for Democrats in state legislative, congressional, and presidential elections. The three videos were […]

‘A culture of Black reticence and Black hypersensitivity’: Race and police reforms take center stage in election

By: - October 20, 2020

As a Black man living in Florida’s state capital, Joshua Johnson believes that police procedures, particularly regarding communities of color, need to change. He recalls the anxiety he felt when he encountered police during his teen years. “I remember as early as high school, when we would go to the movies, there would be police […]

A polarizing start to the U.S. Judiciary hearing on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

By: and - October 12, 2020

Democrats and Republicans spoke passionately and provided far different views Monday morning as the U.S. Committee on the Judiciary launched its hearing on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I think this hearing is a sham,” said Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a former candidate for president in 2020. In addition […]

Living without health insurance: FL voters to decide on which candidates can provide affordable health care

By: - October 8, 2020

Vicky Charles has navigated and endured the state’s health care system in Florida, but she still doesn’t have health insurance. And she’s angry. At one point, the 59-year-old woman in Pinellas County experienced a stroke-like episode in 2018 from not taking her thyroid medication – she’d run out awhile back. Her application for Medicaid, to […]

Nurses’ union alleges lack of transparency on COVID-19 deaths by national, state governments

By: - September 29, 2020

Federal health officials and health care employers have refused to provide accurate and timely data on COVID-19 infection and deaths rates, endangering the lives of health-care workers and patients, according to a report released on Monday by a nurses’ union. In the report, titled “Sins of Omission,” the National Nurses United alleges that the federal […]

FL counties keeping mask mandates even though Gov. DeSantis won’t allow penalties for violators

By: - September 28, 2020

Local governments in Florida appear determined to keep mask mandates on their books against COVID-19 even though Gov. Ron DeSantis has thrown open the doors to businesses in the state and promised to quash any penalties imposed for noncompliance. DeSantis proclaimed Friday that the state’s 67 counties are entering Phase 3 of his reopening plan […]

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Barack Obama endorses more than a dozen Democratic candidates in FL legislative, congressional races

By: - September 25, 2020

Former President Obama on Friday endorsed more than a dozen Democratic candidates in Florida running in legislative and Congressional races and encouraged voters to cast ballots early by mail or in person. Those Democratic candidates are competing for four U.S. House seats, four state Senate seats, and six state House seats in the November election. […]

Minimum wage or livable wage? Voters will decide about boosting FL’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026

By: - September 25, 2020

Tandela Blount-Jackson has a baby on the way and works as a certified nursing assistant, earning a meager hourly wage. At 31, she had been earning more money as a traveling nursing assistant in long-term care facilities and nursing homes out of state before she was pregnant. But she had to come home to Tallahassee […]