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Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border. The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction will stop […]

A more-transmissible BA.2.12.1 omicron variant of COVID soon to be dominant strain in U.S.

BY: - May 18, 2022

A more catchable version of the omicron variant of COVID-19, called BA.2.12.1, is on its way to becoming the new dominant strain of the pandemic, surpassing the current dominant strain called BA.2, according to projections based on samples by federal health officials. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.2.12.1 may […]

U.S. House passes bill requiring report on federal cyberattack response

BY: - May 18, 2022

The U.S. House has easily passed a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its cybersecurity capability. The House voted 313-105 Monday to approve the bill, sponsored by Nebraska Republican Don Bacon. The vote escaped the typical partisan divide in Congress. Majorities of both parties supported the measure, with dozens of each […]

New FL law would ban protests outside private residences, including homes of school board officials

BY: - May 16, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation providing for jail terms of up to 60 days and $500 fines for protesting outside the homes of public officials and private citizens — like what’s been happening to U.S. Supreme Court justices since the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade. “Sending unruly mobs to private […]

Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried says Charlie Crist ‘is refusing to debate’ in primary

BY: - May 12, 2022

With less than four months away from the 2022 gubernatorial primary, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is pushing for a televised debate among Democratic candidates, claiming U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist “is refusing to debate” her and she has accepted several invitations from broadcast media outlets across Florida. Fried on Thursday called out Crist on Twitter for […]

Is DeSantis “scared” to state his stance on an all-out abortion ban?

BY: - May 10, 2022

During a virtual press conference on looming threats to abortion access, Orlando Democrat Rep. Anna Eskamani said Gov. Ron DeSantis is “scared” to indicate whether he would support an all-out abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade case. “I wouldn’t say we’re fearful, we don’t operate in a place […]

‘Stay Woke Go Vote’: FL Black Caucus launches campaign to empower voters

BY: - May 9, 2022

The Black delegation in the Florida Legislature and community activists are doubling down on efforts to empower Floridians to vote during the upcoming elections, with the launch of a campaign that pushes back against Republican lawmakers’ policies. Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus on Monday announced that they will host a “Stay Woke Go […]

CDC report: Booster doses offer better protection against omicron among nursing home residents

BY: - May 5, 2022

Nursing home residents across the nation and in Florida were protected more against infection with the omicron variant by receiving booster shots, compared with just receiving a full dose, according to a study released Thursday by federal health officials. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] reported that residents at nursing facilities who […]

DeSantis: Leaked U.S. Supreme Court document on abortion is a “huge breach”

BY: - May 4, 2022

A day after protesters across Florida rallied to uphold abortion rights, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday reiterated that a leaked U.S. Supreme Court document related to the Roe v. Wade case “was a huge breach” of protocol. At the same time, DeSantis did not comment Wednesday on the potential of overturning the landmark Roe v. […]

Charlie Crist vows to veto “any anti-choice legislation,” if elected as FL governor

BY: - May 4, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist on Wednesday vowed to protect access to abortion care using veto authority if necessary, during a speech in Tampa marking the first anniversary of his 2022 gubernatorial campaign. Crist, a Democrat who is a former Florida Republican governor, Attorney General and Education Commissioner, also made remarks about his past record as […]

FL U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz: Some pro-abortion protesters are ‘over-educated, under-loved’ women

BY: - May 4, 2022

Florida U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz took to Twitter to discredit women who rallied Tuesday in support of abortion rights as “over-educated” and “under-loved.” At 6:20 AM Wednesday, he tweeted: “How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, […]

Protesters gather at the Florida Supreme Court steps in support of abortion rights

BY: - May 3, 2022

More than 100 protesters gathered on the steps of the Florida Supreme Court building in the state capital to rally in support of upholding abortion protections threatened by a looming U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Among the chants in the crowd: “Our body, our choice.” “When abortion rights are under attack, what do we do?” a […]