Florida helps victims of crime; Some rules apply.
When someone is the victim of a crime and has to miss work, the state of Florida has a program to help out. The state will also offset the costs of a funeral and grief counseling for people who have been victimized and will handle relocation when someone is fleeing domestic violence. But Florida won’t […]
Latest poll in governor’s race shows Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis
The latest poll of Florida’s governor race shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis by six points, 50 percent to 44 percent. The online poll has a margin of error of four percentage points (actually, the poll lists a “credibility interval” of four percentage points. Learn more about that here). Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor […]
Tom Steyer’s “Black Lives Rising” to concentrate on increasing young black voter turnout in Tallahassee and Daytona Beach
A new campaign called Black Lives Rising launched Tuesday with $1 million and a goal to increase turnout among young black voters in 13 U.S. cities for the Nov. 6 general election, including Tallahassee and Daytona Beach. The effort is backed by NextGen America, a political action committee led by San Francisco billionaire philanthropist Tom […]
Fifth trans woman killed in Florida.
A transgender woman found shot to death in Southwest Florida is the fifth trans woman murdered in Florida in the past seven months, and LGBTQ activists are calling for a larger investigation. News accounts say Londonn Moore, 20, was found lying in the road around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 several miles from her hometown […]
Rick Scott takes shot at Dianne Feinstein as he comments on Brett Kavanaugh
Florida Governor Rick Scott is weighing in on allegations that Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a California woman back in the 1980’s. Scott, who is challenging Democrat Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate this November, says the Senate Judiciary Committee “needs to seek the truth here.” “Truth is not partisan, and truth […]
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says hearings should happen to hear Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser – Sen. Rubio laying low
Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said today that he believes that there should be an investigation into the allegations that surfaced over the past few days from a California woman who says that U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. “I agree there should be an investigation of the […]
What taxpayers may not know about Florida’s charter schools
Florida’s booming charter movement – one of the largest in the country and now more than 20 years old — has increasingly moved away from independent, nonprofit “mom and pop” charter schools and nonprofit chains. Today, nearly half of the charters are run by for-profit private companies, “which earn profits from tax money in a […]
Chris King charges that Ron DeSantis is running on ‘divisive’ and ‘hateful’ attacks
Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Chris King is blasting Ron DeSantis, claiming that his recent campaign rhetoric against Andrew Gillum “veers into the absurd.” That phrase was taken from the headline of a story published on Monday by the Tampa Bay Times Adam Smith (“Ron DeSantis veers into the absurd in bid to raise fear and […]
The clouds over Florida’s gubernatorial nominees
Life isn’t perfect on the gubernatorial campaign trail. Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor and Democratic nominee for governor, has been under a cloud related to an FBI corruption investigation into city government. Based on news accounts — particularly reporting done by the Tallahassee Democrat — the investigation involves undercover agents, trips outside of the state […]
Democratic AG candidate Sean Shaw rips his opponent over women’s issues; calls her “Bondi 2.0”
Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw said his GOP rival, Ashley Moody, is on the wrong side of women’s rights. “Ashley Moody wants to move the state backwards,” said Shaw, who spoke to reporters Friday in front of the Attorney General’s office in the Capitol. “Ashley Moody wants to return the state back to where […]
Census Bureau: Millions of people don’t have health insurance. Florida is no exception.
The Census Bureau is looking at how many people are uninsured in the U.S., and Florida’s numbers are in the millions. People nationwide without health insurance coverage increased by almost a million people, according to American Community Survey data and the Census Bureau; most of those people are “working-age” adults – 19- to 64-year-olds. Nationwide, […]
FL Democratic women slam Ron DeSantis for 2013 vote opposing Violence Against Women Act
A group of Florida Democratic women is calling GOP gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis “radical” and “extreme” for his 2013 Congressional vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation funds rape crisis centers and hotlines and community violence prevention programs. It also helps victims evicted from their homes because of domestic violence or stalking, […]