Briefs

Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the U.S.; FL ranks 3rd in caseloads

BY: - August 11, 2022

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other […]

Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the state’s science exam; fewer than a quarter were ‘proficient’

BY: - August 11, 2022

Florida’s 5th graders took the 2022 statewide science exam to measure understanding of the state’s science standards, but the results were stagnant to dismal. Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the exam, based on a score of 3 or higher. The Florida Department of Education considers that “satisfactory—may need additional support for the next […]

Providers trying again to get abortion ban before the FL Supreme Court

BY: - August 11, 2022

Abortion providers have filed notice that they plan to ask the Florida Supreme Court to wrest their appeal against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban from an intermediate appeals court and decide the case directly. They said so in a document filed Wednesday in the First District Court of Appeal, which earlier rejected a request to send […]

Monkeypox cases surpass 1,000 in FL; infections detected in children and teens

BY: - August 10, 2022

With federal health officials recently declaring monkeypox a public health emergency due to its rapid spread nationwide, Florida’s cases have surpassed 1,000 across 28 counties. In Florida, data from the state Department of Health show a total of 1,020 monkeypox cases, as of Wednesday afternoon. Most cases have been identified in South Florida, with Miami-Dade […]

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar wins DFL primary in close race in Minnesota

BY: - August 10, 2022

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar barely prevailed in her primary election Tuesday for the DFL candidacy in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District against former Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels. Omar’s primary this year was far closer than her 2020 primary, where she beat a well-funded challenger by a wide margin. Nearly half the voters opted for […]

Fried reflects on tumultuous political atmosphere, criticizes DeSantis following federal search of Trump’s FL home

BY: - August 9, 2022

A day after former President Donald Trump’s home was searched by the FBI, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a press conference near the Florida Governor’s Mansion, where Gov. Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis and their three young children live. The governor last evening had tweeted, in part, that the search at Mar-a-Lago in Palm […]

Monkeypox outbreak in FL is closing in on 1,000 cases

BY: - August 8, 2022

As of Monday afternoon, the number of monkeypox cases in Florida has spread to 938, in 28 counties. The new cases come at a time when many K-12 schools will be opening this week, and thousands of students and staff will begin classes this month at Florida’s universities and community colleges. Three new counties were […]

Indiana governor signs near-total abortion ban

BY: - August 7, 2022

Indiana’s governor signed into law late Friday a Republican-backed bill that will ban virtually all abortions in the state, making it the first to enact abortion-restricting legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The ban takes effect on Sept. 15, at which point Indiana will have one of the most restrictive abortion laws in […]

transgender rights

Nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group opposes FL health officials’ efforts to restrict transgender medical care

BY: - August 4, 2022

A day before the Florida Board of Medicine considers potential restrictions on certain medical care for transgender Floridians, a nationwide advocacy group has condemned policies that could endanger trans kids and adults. The Human Rights Campaign, a nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group based out of Washington, D.C., has declared such restrictions as a “transparently political move […]

FL Democratic Party releases its own list of endorsements in school board races

BY: - August 1, 2022

The Florida Democratic Party has issued endorsements in local school board races, joining a politicization of these ostensibly nonpartisan positions begun by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Party chairman Manny Diaz announced endorsements in 18 races in 13 counties. “Florida’s public education system needs help right now. Our governor is playing politics with our children,” Diaz said. […]

Louisiana abortion ban can be enforced again, appellate court rules

BY: - July 31, 2022

An appeals court has ruled that Louisiana’s abortion ban will go back into effect, granting a victory to Attorney General Jeff Landry, who argued that the laws should be in effect while a legal challenge plays out. Abortion providers sued the state following the U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade last month. They […]

U.S. Rep. Crist concerned about monkeypox cases likely to be higher than reported

BY: - July 29, 2022

In a letter to Florida’s Surgeon General, Congressman Charlie Crist expressed concerns Friday about what’s being done to slow the spread of monkeypox. “I am hearing from gay and bisexual Floridians that they are experiencing difficulty getting tested, which means the number of cases is likely higher than those reported,” Crist wrote to Surgeon General […]