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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.

Black House members raise concerns about DeSantis’ congressional map threatening Black voters

By: - April 20, 2022

Some House members from the Florida Legislative Black Caucus raised concerns Wednesday about  proposed congressional maps, including a potential threat to Black voters in smaller districts across the state. During the special session this week, state Rep. Ramon Alexander, a Democrat representing Gadsden and part of Leon counties, focused attention to Black populations that could […]

FL Senate moves quickly to secure DeSantis’ Congressional map; Black representation would be cut

By: and - April 19, 2022

The Florida Senate has set up a final floor vote for Wednesday on a redistricting plan that awards the lion’s share of the state’s seats in Congress to Republicans and cuts representation by Black people in half. The state House is following closely behind, running the governor’s map through its Redistricting Committee vote and preparing […]

Special session Day 1: FL pastor says, ‘Our beloved state is in a state of confusion and chaos’

By: and - April 19, 2022

A crowd of Black pastors, NAACP members and Black legislative caucus members were angry Tuesday about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempts to dilute Black congressional districts, on the first day of a special legislative session in Florida. The group, who came to the state capital on Tuesday, also prayed and quoted Bible verses, in hopes of […]

Ag Commissioner: Amusement ride operator ‘made manual adjustments to the ride’ before teen’s death

By: - April 18, 2022

An initial investigation into the fatal fall of a 14-year-old boy on an Orlando amusement park ride found that the ride operator made “manual adjustments to the ride,” resulting in it being unsafe, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried reported Monday. An engineer firm called Quest Engineering & Failure Analysis was hired by the Florida Department […]

‘Let my people vote’: FL Black Caucus members slam DeSantis’ congressional redistricting plan

By: - April 18, 2022

A day before the Florida Legislature convenes for its special session, Black lawmakers on Monday pushed back against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal for redrawing the state’s congressional redistricting map, calling the map by the governor an overall “attack” on Black voters. During the press conference in Miami, state Sen. Shevrin Jones said the Legislature during […]

FL’s new abortion law aims to reduce smoking among women who may become pregnant

By: - April 15, 2022

While the focus Thursday was on Florida’s abortion ban signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the new law also  aims to discourage smoking not only for pregnant women but women who may become pregnant. The new language in the law — about women who may become pregnant — expands on an existing tobacco prevention program in […]

‘I just didn’t have any money’: FL residents struggle to afford rising rent costs for housing

By: - April 15, 2022

Florida residents are grappling with rising housing costs, including large increases in rent for apartments and houses as an ongoing affordable housing crisis becomes a centerpiece of gubernatorial campaigns for the 2022 elections. Jean Stallworth, a resident in Duval County, knows the affordable housing struggle all too well. Stallworth, 67, told the Florida Phoenix in […]

Health officials urge vaccination against serious, bacterial illness; 21 cases in 10 FL counties

By: - April 13, 2022

As Florida health officials continue to investigate an outbreak of a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial illness known as meningococcal disease, 21 cases have been detected in 10 counties so far this year and health officials are urging college students, gay and bisexual men and others to get vaccinated. The cases have largely been detected […]

Cases of babies born with syphilis have risen during COVID pandemic in FL and elsewhere, CDC says

By: - April 12, 2022

Certain sexual transmitted diseases spiked across the nation and in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, including sharp increases in cases involving babies born with syphilis, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Florida stuck out in that category — congenital syphilis, a disease occurring when a mother passes the STD to their newborn. Of the […]

‘Fatherhood’ initiative to become law; Mostly Republicans at event, though bill was bipartisan

By: - April 11, 2022

An initiative to address Florida’s “fatherhood” crisis that received bipartisan support in the Florida Legislature will become law come July 1, a way to bolster mentorship programs for at-risk youth and other grants that boost resources for fathers across the state. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law during a press conference in Tampa, […]

CDC study: Heart problems more likely to occur after COVID infections rather than vaccines

By: - April 6, 2022

Heart complications have been increasingly connected to people who have contracted COVID-19, but other heart problems have been tied to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to a study by federal health officials. But the risk of heart problems was significantly higher from a prior COVID infection compared to a COVID-19 vaccination, the federal […]

DeSantis on the defensive after NYC mayor launches ad campaign against FL’s “Don’t Say Gay” law

By: - April 5, 2022

In response to New York City mayor Eric Adams’ criticism of a new Florida law, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday derided the entire state of New York for its policies concerning COVID-19. But Adams had opened the door for criticism on Monday, when he launched a series of digital billboards in support of LGBTQ communities […]