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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.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses of color in Florida face issues surrounding ‘structural racism’

By: - July 14, 2021

The nursing field has been rife with systemic racism and inequities in health care settings across the country, with nurses of color disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to national nursing organizations. That said, the National Nurses United announced that registered nurses at several Florida hospitals will tackle systemic racism within their profession through […]

GOP leaders in FL launch digital ad promoting conservative ideals; Dems push back

By: - July 12, 2021

GOP state leaders are utilizing social media for their 2022 campaign efforts to promote conservative policies that they say have helped Florida to recover from COVID-19 and protect Floridians’ freedoms — though Democrats disagree. The Florida House Republican Campaign Committee on Monday launched a digital ad campaign that was released via YouTube called “Firewall for […]

Proud Boys, other groups, rally at FL’s Old Capitol to demand release of “patriots” from Jan. 6 insurrection

By: , and - July 10, 2021

Dozens of protestors came to the Florida Capitol Saturday to demand release of “incarcerated patriots” arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Those rallying waved American flags and banners emblazoned with “Don’t Tread On Me,” “76” and “We the People.” Cars honked as they passed by, some shouting words of support to […]

Death toll in Surfside condo collapse reaches 60; Gov. DeSantis directs suspension of property taxes

By: - July 8, 2021

Following the transition from a search and rescue mission for victims of the Surfside condo collapse to a recovery effort, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Thursday announced additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 60. Thirty-five victims from the tragedy at the Champlain Towers South condominium building have been identified and 34 next of […]

FL has seen an uptick in gun violence stemming from social media: ‘This is the new form of communication’

By: - July 7, 2021

Gun violence has stricken communities in South Florida and social media has been linked to an uptick in many deadly shootings across the state, according to state Rep. Kevin Chambliss and other gun control activists. During the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence has significantly increased in Florida but Miami has been heavily impacted, Chambliss said Wednesday […]

Black kids can get caught up in a juvenile justice system that often fails; but some programs work

By: - July 7, 2021

Black juveniles in Florida are arrested at higher rates compared to all other ethnic groups and struggle to get into diversion programs aimed to prevent kids from entering the criminal justice system, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. The situation is problematic in part because legislation to expand the pool of youth offenders […]

FL Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy tapped to serve on committee to probe Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - July 2, 2021

Following the approval of a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped Florida Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy as part of the team to investigate the deadly riot involving Trump supporters. Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced on Thursday at a press conference her eight members appointed […]

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Progressive report card for lawmakers: Dems mostly got A’s and B’s; Republicans got F’s in key issues

By: - June 29, 2021

A mixture of Democrats in the Florida Legislature gleaned high marks — mostly A’s and B’s —  on issues affecting Floridians, from transgender rights and police reform, to protecting the right to protest, according to a new “report card” released Tuesday from progressive organizations. Overall, 34 Democrats in both the House and the Senate got […]

Minority farmers in FL struggle to get federal aid; AG Commissioner Fried says most aid went to white farmers

By: - June 28, 2021

Following lawsuits in a few states including Florida that blocked federal relief funds for minority farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Monday stressed the importance of protecting and offering equal opportunities to minority farmers who provide food for families. “Giving equal opportunity for our local farmers and our minority and socially disenfranchised farmers […]

Advocates in FL are considering legal action against DeSantis for ceasing federal unemployment supplement

By: - June 24, 2021

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to cut off distribution of the $300 weekly federal unemployment supplement, a labor union is exploring legal action if the governor doesn’t reverse course. The federal unemployment program expires in Florida on Saturday but the Florida AFL-CIO hopes DeSantis will accede to its petition, supported by additional advocacy groups, urging […]

With COVID-19 vaccine goal faltering, White House, other groups, redouble efforts to vaccinate Americans

By: - June 23, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit COVID-19 vaccine sites in the Orlando area and Tampa on Thursday, part of a nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven’t been vaccinated yet. She’s expected to visit a drive-through vaccine site at Osceola Community Health Services in Kissimmee, and later attend a vaccination event in Tampa, […]

Delta variant seeps into FL; health experts warn it could be more transmissible than other strains

By: - June 21, 2021

A new coronavirus mutation — the so-called Delta variant — has seeped into Florida and dozens of other states, with federal officials saying it could become the dominant strain in the country. First identified in India, Delta is classified as a “variant of concern” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of […]