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University of Florida

FL lawmakers move toward secrecy when it comes to searches for university presidents

BY: - January 12, 2022

On the first day of the 2022 legislative session, the GOP-controlled Senate Education Committee voted to allow applicants for state university and Florida community college presidents to remain confidential, generally until finalists are determined. More steps would be needed to get the legislation approved, but Florida’s First Amendment Foundation has already put out a news […]

‘Justice delayed is justice denied’: Sen. Rouson pushes for reform school abuse victims to receive restitution

BY: - January 12, 2022

Over the years, state lawmakers have pushed for restitution to victims of brutal crimes that took place at reform schools in Florida between 1940 and 1975, but those efforts didn’t come to fruition. But during the 2022 legislative session, state Sen. Darryl Rouson will continue advocating for the survivors of physical and sexual abuse at […]

FL House Speaker advises on safety measures: ‘Don’t come’ if you test positive

BY: - January 11, 2022

As the more transmissible omicron variant continues to circulate across the state, Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls on Tuesday appeared unconcerned about potential COVID-19 outbreaks during the legislative session that oftentimes brings large crowds into the Florida Capitol. At a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, Sprowls was asked about any specific safety measures that the Florida […]

FL Democratic agenda for 2022 session and all Floridians: Healthy, prosperous and safe

BY: - January 11, 2022

With the 2022 legislative session underway, Florida Democrats have an agenda and they’re not losing sight of their goals. Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, House Democratic Leader Evan Jenne and Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book responded on behalf of Democrats with these things in mind: The main focus is to protect […]

FL House redistricting process draws fire from voting-rights groups, Dems

BY: - January 10, 2022

Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives who control the process of drawing new congressional and legislative district boundaries are drawing fire from a voting-rights coalition and from top-ranking Democrats. The two groups of critics say they have been given too little information to evaluate draft maps presented by committee staff last fall. The 2022 […]

Gov. procures doses of Regeneron therapy, which CDC warns is weak against omicron

BY: - January 7, 2022

Thousands of doses of Regeneron brand monoclonal antibody therapy are headed to Florida for treating early cases of COVID-19, even though national health authorities don’t recommend it for fighting infections with the strain dominant in Florida: omicron. The monoclonal antibody therapy, or mAb, that does work well against early infections with omicron COVID is sotrovimab, […]

Gov. on first lady: ‘2022 will be the year where we can say that she is cancer-free’

BY: - January 7, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis shared insights into First Lady Casey DeSantis’ breast cancer treatments on Friday, saying chemotherapy sometimes “really takes a toll” but that the family remains confident she’ll be declared cancer-free during the new year. “We’re not out of the woods,” the governor said during a news conference in Lake Butler, when asked about […]

Gov. DeSantis: “To impose any type of mandate on people is crazy”

BY: - January 5, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday pushed back against any potential mandates, school closures or stay- at-home procedures, saying that schools are safe as long as they follow safety guidelines. The governor told reporters that he doesn’t foresee any new mandates being in place anytime soon, despite COVID surges and the highly transmissible omicron variant spreading […]

DeSantis press conference shut down; well-known Black activist handcuffed and escorted out

BY: and - January 4, 2022

A Tuesday morning press conference hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis was disrupted after a group of at least seven individuals refused to leave the public health department building in Duval County and demanded to speak to the Republican governor. Ben Frazier, an activist and Black man, led the protest in Jacksonville, and was eventually forced […]

FDA gives okay for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine boosters for kids 12 to 15

BY: - January 3, 2022

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in Florida and the nation, kids from ages 12 through 15 will likely be able to get booster shots soon, based on an initial okay from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The final decision will come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A press release […]

Sports-betting campaign bets to win as deadline to gather signatures approaches

BY: - December 29, 2021

The campaign to let voters decide next year whether to legalize sports betting statewide is on track, its proponents insist, notwithstanding appearances to the contrary. Florida’s Division of Elections reports the campaign to amend the Florida Constitution in 2022 has collected fewer than one-third of the 891,589 validated petition signatures it will need within the […]

Stephanie Murphy retiring from Congress

BY: - December 20, 2021

Stephanie Murphy, a centrist Democrat who serves on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol invasion, will not seek reelection to the Central Florida U.S. House seat she has held since 2017. Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress, announced her decision via a video posted Monday on social media. “Public service is […]