Briefs

Former Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to be interim president of New College of Florida

BY: - January 31, 2023

Richard Corcoran, a former House Speaker and Florida Education Commissioner and a current Board of Governors member of the state university system, is expected to be the interim president at the public New College of Florida in Sarasota. The news came in a series of tweets and clips from Florida-based newspapers on Tuesday afternoon and […]

Immigration advocates urge Florida officials to drop lawsuit on Biden’s ‘parole’ program

BY: - January 31, 2023

A group of immigration advocates on Tuesday announced their support of the Biden administration’s humanitarian “parole” program — which legally allows up to 30,000 migrants per month to come to U.S. shores from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba – and urged Florida officials to back off their legal challenge to the plan. Florida has long […]

Frequent commuters in FL to receive first toll discount in February

BY: - January 30, 2023

Frequent commuters are expected to see a 50 percent discount in February for using at least 35 toll transactions in a month, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday, offering an update on the new toll initiative that only lasts a year. “I think people in Central Florida will be benefiting very soon,” DeSantis said during […]

DeSantis’ rejected AP African American course continues to alarm civil rights groups

BY: - January 27, 2023

The well-known civil rights organization group NAACP is alarmed by the DeSantis administration’s rejection of a college-level high school course on African American studies and will be holding a press conference in Orlando Saturday to speak out against what they call an attempt to erase black history. According to a press release this week, the […]

Annette Taddeo builds support in her bid for FL Democratic Party chair

BY: - January 26, 2023

Former Florida state Sen. Annette Taddeo unveiled endorsements today from nine of her former colleagues in the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus, in her bid for chair of the Florida Democratic Party. The list of Democrats backing her include current Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, as well as Sens. Jason Pizzo, Lori Berman, Tracie Davis, Tina […]

The race for the Florida Democratic Party chair has narrowed

BY: - January 25, 2023

The field for a new chair for the Florida Democratic Party has narrowed, following the announcement that Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow has dropped out of the contest. Matlow was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy earlier this month, just hours after former party chair Manny Diaz announced that he was stepping down following one of […]

Lawsuit expected against Gov. DeSantis on the rejection of AP African American studies pilot

BY: - January 24, 2023

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump — who has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others — plans to announce a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis over the rejection of an Advanced Placement African American studies pilot course that has led to an outpouring of criticism from Black Democratic lawmakers, activists […]

Prosecutors, public defenders seek more funding; ‘We have a serious crisis in the state of FL’

BY: - January 24, 2023

For the first time in three years, Florida prosecutors and assistant public defenders got raises in the 2022-2023 budget — some $5,000 to $10,000 along with an inflation adjustment increase of more than five percent. But it’s still not enough in many cases to compete with private law firms, a state attorney and public defender […]

Medicaid coverage could end soon for vulnerable Floridians, but state doesn’t want to ‘incite panic’

BY: - January 23, 2023

With Florida preparing to take another look at eligibility for Medicaid recipients amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state agency leaders on Monday pointed to an expected decrease in enrollment in the health care program for many low-income families and children. That’s because what’s called the “continuous Medicaid coverage” requirement is scheduled to end on March 31. […]

Grand jury report on attempts to overturn Trump’s 2020 Georgia election loss could soon be revealed

BY: - January 23, 2023

You could get your first glimpse soon into what a Fulton County special grand jury heard behind closed doors as it investigated efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to interfere in the results of the 2020 election. The calls by several media groups for an immediate release of the grand jury’s findings […]

Prior to VP Harris’ remarks in Tallahassee Sunday, Biden provides a statement on abortion rights

BY: - January 22, 2023

Sunday, on what was going to be the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973, President Joe Biden provided a statement from the White House: “Today, instead of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, we are acknowledging that last year, the Supreme Court took […]

Hybrid immunity: COVID vaccination, infection offers highest protection against severe disease

BY: - January 20, 2023

With omicron subvariants continuing to increase across the nation, people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and had a previous infection have the highest level of protection against severe disease and hospitalization, according to a study by the World Health Organization. WHO officials released a report published in “The Lancet Infectious Diseases” this week, revealing that […]