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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.

Workplace protections for medical marijuana users: FL lawmakers, advocates hope to pass 2020 law

By: - January 6, 2020

As medical marijuana use continues to gain popularity in Florida, advocates and lawmakers want to ensure that qualified patients in the workplace won’t get in trouble if they use the drug as a treatment. Patients who need the drug could be considered fearful of personnel action if marijuana is found in their system. That’s why […]

U.S. air strike, killing of Iranian general, prompts social media reaction, with FL lawmakers divided

By: - January 3, 2020

Florida lawmakers in Congress are divided following Friday’s U.S. air strike in Iraq that killed Iranian military figures at Baghdad International Airport, with President Donald Trump directing the attack. Some U.S. House Democrats are saying that the president should have kept Congress in the loop and are concerned about retaliation. UPDATE: Republican U.S. Senator Rick […]

Pride

Lawmaker: LGBTQ, disabled students, need more protection

By: - January 2, 2020

State lawmakers are concerned about discriminatory practices against students who have a disability or identify as LGBTQ, and are pushing legislation focused on Florida private schools that receive public funding through the state’s voucher programs. The vouchers, also called “scholarships,” enable students to attend private K-12 schools with public dollars. “This type of discrimination is […]

Meth-related fatalities have increased significantly in Florida, state officials report

By: - December 31, 2019

Florida has been experiencing an escalation in deaths attributed to methamphetamine abuse, with the most recent available records reflecting 1,056 meth-related deaths during 2018 – a 23 percent increase compared to the year before. Those numbers, contained in a report published in November by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Medical Examiners Commission, […]

Medical marijuana treatment centers flourishing in Florida

By: - December 24, 2019

Florida’s medical marijuana industry continues to grow, with more medical marijuana dispensaries opening doors to treat people who are qualified. And the popularity among medical cannabis businesses has increased dramatically. In the last week before the new year, three more medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida have been approved to dispense the plant-based drug. Among […]

Synthetic weed is harmful, dangerous and deadly

By: - December 23, 2019

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids – referred to as synthetic marijuana — can be deadly, claiming the lives of 86 Floridians in 2018, according to a new state report. The synthetic marijuana, a class of unknown chemicals, are packaged and sold by retailers nationwide. But unlike cannabis, meaning pot or weed, the synthetic product contains […]

State Capitol

Paid family leave joins the agenda as FL Legislature prepares to convene next month

By: - December 23, 2019

Working families in Florida may have an opportunity to take paid time off to bond with a newborn, newly fostered, or adopted child under legislation filed for the regular legislative session next month. As legislation to that end for federal workers has made progress in Congress, state lawmakers have filed similar bills that would require […]

Andrew Gillum to campaign in targeted legislative districts throughout Florida in 2020

By: - December 20, 2019

Andrew Gillum and his political committee, Forward Florida, are hitting the ground running ahead of the new year to try to flip the Florida House blue. According to a press release from his PAC, the former Tallahassee mayor and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate will travel to districts across Florida to campaign with Democratic candidates running […]

Team Democrat: Trump abused his office and to protect the Republic must go

By: - December 18, 2019

Update: U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a South Florida member of the Judiciary Committee, walked through the the evidence against Trump. “Some say this impeachment is about eight lines in a call transcript, but there is so much more,” Deutch said. “This was about a scheme that lasted months and it involved dozens of Trump administration […]

Q & A with Tobacco Free Florida: The bottom line is e-cigarettes are unsafe for kids

By: - December 17, 2019

State health officials and lawmakers are concerned with the upsurge in youth vaping, due to a nationwide outbreak of reported deaths and lung injuries associated with its use. Data from the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey shows that about 27 percent of middle and high school students have used an electronic vapor product in 2018. And […]

Historic impeachment vote: Here’s what FL lawmakers are saying on social media

By: - December 13, 2019

A divided U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted on Friday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, and Florida Congress members are taking to social media with commentary on the historic vote. All 17 Republicans voted no, while 23 Democrats voted yes. The full House will likely vote next week. Matt Gaetz, Republican U.S. […]

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 […]