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One great voting rights victory in a long, long battle

BY: - June 12, 2020

Many people take their right to vote for granted. But winning the right to vote for as many U.S. adult citizens as possible has been a never-ending battle since this country was founded. After the American Revolution, states generally granted voting rights only to land-owning or tax paying white males. Voting rights gradually expanded during […]

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Unfortunately for FL’s environment, the word ‘preserve’ doesn’t really mean ‘preserved’

BY: - June 11, 2020

Florida can be such an odd place. In the 1980s our tourism slogan bragged that “the rules are different here,” and that’s still the case. It’s true for our clothing (casual) and our footwear (flip-flops go with everything!) and our driving (either aggressive or super slooooow). It’s even true of our language. Take the word […]

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Attorney Benjamin Crump: Following Thurgood Marshall’s path and taking on today’s most pressing legal battles

BY: - June 9, 2020

Ben Crump was 10 years old in 1978 and living on the “wrong side of the tracks’’ in Lumberton, NC when he discovered how different life was for Black folks and their White neighbors who had newly integrated their schools, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision. He was standing in the cafeteria’s free lunch […]

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Our Gov is hiding in the Mansion trying to figure out how to talk to people of color who appear to be upset

BY: - June 8, 2020

The American Empire is disintegrating before our very eyes, but what the hell? This is Florida: The beaches are open, baby! Still, a little guidance, some stirring words from the white folks in charge, wouldn’t go amiss. The state’s racking up between 600 and 1,400 new COVID-19 cases every day, totally messing up football practice […]

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Florida Forever becomes Florida never in the hands of the Legislature

BY: - June 4, 2020

Last week, at a time when we all needed a little good news, Florida’s governor and Cabinet held one of their rare meetings and gave us something to cheer about. They approved spending $79 million to preserve nearly 32,000 acres of undeveloped land from the Panhandle down to the Green Swamp in Central Florida and […]

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All the gorgeous beaches that belong to Florida’s taxpayers face a great threat: climate change

BY: - May 28, 2020

Last week, Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach,” announced his selection as the best beach in the United States — one in the Florida Panhandle, Grayton Beach State Park. “It’s some of the finest white sand in the world,” said Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. “The first time I […]

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Republicans can try to run from science, but they can’t hide

BY: - May 26, 2020

Donald Trump and his government minions don’t know nothing about no damn science and boy, are they proud of it. Rudy Giuliani went on Fox last month to sneer at contact tracing to track the virus, wondering why, since obesity, cancer, and heart disease also kill you dead, we don’t contact trace for those bad […]

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Florida’s state education officials have made civic literacy a joke

BY: - May 25, 2020

Andy Tuck, Marva Johnson, Ben Gibson, Tom Grady, Michael Olenick, Ryan Petty, and Joe York disgraced themselves two weeks ago.  And they disgraced the offices they hold. They are the members of Florida’s State Board of Education, appointed positions that do not really require any expertise in education, as they amply demonstrated on the morning […]

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Searching for a Panacea amid a pandemic: ‘We’ve been in continuous operation for 56 years – until the coronavirus’

BY: - May 21, 2020

Usually, when you see Jack Rudloe in the spring, he’s surrounded by schoolchildren and sea life. Usually the parking lot of Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, the only tourist attraction in the coastal town of Panacea about 40 minutes south of Tallahassee, is packed with school buses and cars with out-of-state plates. Usually, Gulf Specimen’s founder […]

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Dear Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis: Stop forcing parents to be teachers

BY: - May 19, 2020

When I was growing up, my parents never helped me with my homework. I mean never. I grew up in a blue-collar Cleveland suburb and attended Catholic grade school and public high school, and then went on to college. With six kids in the family, money was scarce, but we got by. My mother always […]

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Latest ‘scandal’ a reminder of the Obama we know and the one in Trump’s head | John L. Micek

BY: - May 18, 2020

We’ve known for a long time that former President Barack Obama lives rent-free inside Donald Trump’s brain. From trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act to his bizarre and baseless accusation that the prior administration didn’t leave him the testing apparatus or counsel to prepare for the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no problem too […]

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Spraying antibiotics on oranges is risky — and it appears it may not work, either

BY: - May 14, 2020

Remember the story of the old lady who swallowed a fly? She kept putting bigger and more dangerous animals down her gullet to fix the problem — first a spider to catch the fly, then a bird to catch the spider, then a cat to catch the bird and so on. Something similar is going […]