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Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

Don’t want antibiotics sprayed on your citrus? Sorry – it’s about to expand, big-time

By: - January 2, 2019

The Trump administration has given the go-ahead for agricultural operations to spray antibiotics on nearly a half-million acres of Florida citrus, a move some scientists warn could increase the problem of antibiotic resistance in people and in the environment. Federal officials are allowing greatly expanded use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline –  antibiotics often used on […]

Florida gets a new Secretary of State

By: - December 28, 2018

Gov.- elect Ron DeSantis has appointed Michael Ertel as Florida’s new Secretary of State. Ertel has been Supervisor of Elections in Central Florida’s Seminole County for 13 years. An Army veteran and former radio host, Ertel will replace current Secretary of State Ken Detzner,  who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2012. In its […]

DeSantis names new Secretary of Elder Affairs

By: - December 21, 2018

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs It’s a promotion for Prudom – he’s been Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Department of Elder Affairs since 2011. Before serving at Elder Affairs, Prudom worked as the Director of Financial Management for the Department of […]

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Where’s Florida? 9 Attorneys General sue to stop massive harming of marine life in Atlantic. But not Florida.

By: - December 20, 2018

Saying the underwater blasts will needlessly kill and harm marine life, attorneys general in nine states from Maine to North Carolina joined a lawsuit Thursday to stop the Trump administration from allowing offshore oil drilling companies to conduct seismic air gun blasting along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is notably absent […]

DeSantis administration appoints two Democrats as agency heads

By: - December 19, 2018

Two Democrats have been tapped to serve as agency heads in the new administration of Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis. Jared Moskowitz, a former South Florida state legislator representing Broward County, has been appointed to head the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Jim Zingale, a 35-year veteran of state government, is recommended as Executive Director of […]

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Environmental groups to sue feds over killer green slime toxic algae from Lake Okeechobee

By: - December 19, 2018

Three environmental groups filed notice Wednesday that they intend to sue the federal government over the disastrous pollution that’s been fueling toxic algae outbreaks and marine die-offs in South Florida. The Center for Biological Diversity, Calusa Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance filed a 60-day notice against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and […]

COMMENTARY
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We meant what we voted

By: - December 18, 2018

Straight out of the Florida Department of Oh-No-You-Didn’t, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and other Republican politicians are now claiming they need to “implement” the ballot measure that citizens approved to automatically restore voting rights to felons who have paid their debts to society. DeSantis and Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, among others, ignore that we already […]

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Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’s inner circle

By: - December 17, 2018

Here’s a look at who Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has picked to head up the key positions in the governor’s office: Shane Strum, Chief of Staff Now working as a health care executive, Strum served as Chief of Staff for former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. He served as vice chancellor of business development for Keiser University […]

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Here are Gov.-elect DeSantis’s picks for five state agencies

By: - December 17, 2018

In the run-up to his Jan. 8 inauguration, Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is building his administration, appointing people to head state agencies. Here are five he’s named so far, with background information provided by the governor’s office: Ken Lawson for Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Lawson was previously Secretary of the […]

Former Trump spokeswoman is new Ron DeSantis spokeswoman

By: - December 14, 2018

Florida Governor- Elect Ron DeSantis just named a former Trump White House spokeswoman as his new Communications director. She is Helen Aguirre Ferré, who worked as Trump’s Director of Media Affairs  for Latino and African-American news outlets from January 2017 through August 2018. A Miami Shores native who is in the Florida Women’s Hall of […]

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Where’s the housing help for Hurricane Michael victims? Rubio demands answers

By: - December 13, 2018

Two months have passed since Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida’s Panhandle – the fourth-strongest storm ever to hit the U.S. With victims struggling in places battered by winds that reached 155 miles per hour, like Panama City, Mexico Beach and tiny rural communities, Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sent a message of exasperation to […]

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Groups sue to stop Trump administration’s oil exploration blasts off Atlantic coast

By: - December 11, 2018

A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday sued the federal government to stop seismic air gun blasting off the Atlantic coast – a precursor to offshore oil drilling that scientists say harms marine creatures, including the extremely rare right whales which give birth off Florida’s coast. “The Trump administration is letting the oil industry launch […]