Culture & Society

Democrats strip Iowa of first-in-the-nation prize, tap South Carolina for first primary

BY: - December 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in South Carolina would go first in picking Democratic presidential nominees, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan if their states go along with a proposal a key Democratic National Committee panel approved Friday. The Rules and Bylaws Committee’s nearly unanimous voice vote proposes moving the Democratic primary’s earliest election date […]

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - December 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said this week that he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes. “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the […]

Congress members call on Amazon to stop profiting from hate speech that damages Jewish community

BY: - December 2, 2022

South Florida Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel are among the nearly three dozen members of Congress calling on the leadership of Amazon to remove a book and film laced with antisemitic tropes that the online retail giant is selling on its website. The representatives write in a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Andy […]

Biden signs bill that staves off railroad workers strike

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law a resolution intended to avert a freight rail strike, based on an agreement reached between some rail unions and freight rail companies. Several unions did not agree with the deal passed by Congress because it lacked paid sick leave, but Democrats have said the alternative was […]

Report: Biden says South Carolina should be first primary state, Michigan first in Midwest

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is recommending to the Democratic National Committee that South Carolina become the first primary state in the presidential nominating process in 2024, and that New Hampshire and Nevada follow a week later — leaving Iowa out of the early lineup, the Washington Post reported on Thursday night. Georgia and Michigan would follow […]

COMMENTARY

Marjorie Taylor Greene moves in same circles as Trump’s anti-Semitic dinner guests

BY: - December 2, 2022

We should talk a bit about Nick Fuentes, the far-right leader who recently dined with Donald Trump and Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago. News accounts have described Fuentes as an anti-Semite, but that does not fully capture the vileness of the man or the danger that Trump courts by giving him credibility. According to Fuentes, American […]

Activists still fear limits on protests, free speech at FL Capitol despite revisions to proposal

BY: - December 1, 2022

Florida’s Department of Management Services has clarified a controversial rule that potentially threatened to limit some protests in the Florida Capitol following widespread criticism from activists and protest organizers. But some activists and organizers who provided public comments at a meeting Thursday are not fully satisfied with the changes, and they argue that the new […]

Andrew Warren’s legal challenge to his suspension by DeSantis is now in the judge’s hands

BY: - December 1, 2022

The federal trial wrapped up Thursday in suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren’s lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, following three days of testimony and arguments in a federal courthouse in Tallahassee. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said he would rule “just as quickly as I can” but needs to absorb the voluminous case record […]

U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to codify an agreement the White House brokered between rail unions and freight companies in order to avoid a catastrophic rail strike but fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for workers. The Senate backed the rail deal on an 80-15 vote and rejected […]

U.S. House GOP to keep earmarks for local projects — with some ‘tweaks’

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans voted Wednesday to keep earmarks in place when they take over the chamber in January, a move that solidifies GOP support for the controversial spending practice that was brought back under new guardrails and transparency mechanisms less than two years ago. Earmarking has become especially important to members of both […]

U.S. House votes to avert calamitous rail strike, but Senate prospects murky

BY: - November 30, 2022

The U.S. House moved Wednesday to avoid an economically disastrous nationwide rail strike, voting to codify an agreement that members of some unions had already rejected and separately add paid sick leave that workers had demanded. The two-track approach allows Democrats to avert a strike that could cost the U.S. economy up to $2 billion […]

GOP women surpass female Dems in FL Senate; major gains for Republican women in House

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Florida House and Senate saw major upticks for Republican women elected to serve in the 2022-24 legislative term compared to the previous session. Last term, 16 women were in the Florida Senate, which is 40 percent of the chamber. That figure remains the same, but it’s still well below the U.S. Census data showing […]