Briefs

State health department report: More than half of young kids and teens in FL have been vaccinated

BY: - October 13, 2021

An official from the state health department on Wednesday told lawmakers that more than half of young people have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. That could help with warding off the virus in Florida’s massive public school system as well as private schools. More than a million young people — exactly 1,079,179 — or 55 percent […]

Sports betting in FL: Launch date still unclear, as NFL heads into week 6

BY: - October 13, 2021

It depends on what you mean by “fall.” The Seminole Tribe of Florida is marketing its new offering of statewide sports betting as “coming this fall.” Many thought that would mean an Oct. 15 launch, this Friday, citing new legislation authorizing online sports betting to begin no sooner than that date. Then, lawsuits were filed […]

Citrus declines: FL orange and grapefruit production down; specialty citrus up by 2 percent

BY: - October 12, 2021

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida’s peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98 season. Some 25 years later, the citrus forecast shows much lower numbers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast reported 47  million boxes of Florida oranges for the 2021-22 season […]

Senate still mum on whether to hold public hearings in drawing new voting districts

BY: - October 11, 2021

Despite calls for public hearings on redistricting, the Florida Senate still has not announced whether it will host any events to hear citizen recommendations on drawing new legislative and congressional voting districts for 2022 and the rest of the decade. On Monday, during the second meeting of the Senate Committee on Reapportionment, Chairman Ray Rodrigues, […]

FL still waiting for federal approval of postpartum Medicaid extension for moms and babies

BY: - October 11, 2021

Following a major health initiative to expand Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and their babies that became law in July, Florida is still waiting on federal approval to fully implement the program that aims to improve maternal health outcomes for some low-income families. During a committee meeting in the Florida House on Monday, an official […]

House Democrat on redistricting: ‘I’m certain there’s going to be lawsuits’

BY: - October 11, 2021

A leading legislative Democrat warned Monday that redrawing boundaries for state House, Senate, and congressional districts could drag out for years, if history is any guide. During a Zoom call with reporters, Evan Jenne, a co-leader of his party’s caucus from Broward County, noted that legal challenges to the redistricting that followed the 2010 Census […]

About time: FL Department of Education submits a state plan to the feds worth $2.3 billion in COVID relief for schools

BY: - October 7, 2021

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is four months late and Florida was the last state in the nation to submit one. On the line is $2.3 billion in additional COVID relief funds, […]

Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas based in Florida, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the […]

Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law remains on hold after federal court order

BY: - October 4, 2021

A federal court has postponed a decision on Georgia’s stalled anti-abortion law until after the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a Mississippi ban on procedures after 15 weeks into a pregnancy. The decision was not unexpected. Chief Judge William Pryor suggested several times during a hearing Friday that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit […]

FL pari-mutuels fight to keep Seminole Tribe from defending its monopoly over sports betting

BY: - October 4, 2021

A pair of Florida pari-mutuel facilities wanting to add sports betting to their gambling offerings argued in court records Friday that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has no right to stand in the way. The Tribe, which entered a 30-year gambling compact with the state of Florida last spring, is trying to kill a federal […]

DeSantis says he’s running for reelection; cagey about presidential aspirations

BY: - October 1, 2021

In case there was any doubt in your mind, Gov. Ron DeSantis is running for reelection next year. He said so during an interview Thursday night with Sean Hannity on Fox News while not directly replying to a question about any presidential aspirations. “I notice the media, no matter how many times you’ve answered the […]

Health advisory: CDC strongly advises pregnant women to get a COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a health advisory Wednesday recommending urgent action: Women should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, before or during pregnancy. That includes women already pregnant, women trying to get pregnant and women who might want to get pregnant, as well as recently pregnant women, including […]