Culture & Society

DeSantis is appointing new medical board members while slamming gender-affirming care for youth

BY: - January 31, 2023

With the state considering a ban on gender-affirming care for minors, two key medical oversight boards scheduled to discuss the issue next week have undergone changes to their members in just a couple months. Gov. Ron DeSantis is responsible for appointments to both the Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine and they must […]

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White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 31, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House last week announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]

‘Heartbeat bill is the most likely legislation’ that could be pushed by GOP in 2023

BY: - January 31, 2023

Amid court challenges to Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, the leader of a statewide policy council who’s against the medical procedure believes GOP lawmakers could push for a more restrictive ban — at around six weeks — during the Legislature’s spring session. Democrats fear that such a restriction — connected to a so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill […]

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 […]

Florida election supervisors balk at implementing new ID provisions in vote-by-mail ballots

BY: - January 30, 2023

Florida election supervisors are objecting to a provision in an election law passed last year that if enacted would require voters to include some form of personal identification information when submitting their vote-by-mail ballot. The supervisors say the idea will create additional costs and logistical challenges, according to a January report on the issue. Here’s […]

COMMENTARY

Dear Gov: Suppressing Black people (like kids in AP) is a bad look outside the Fox News fever swamp

BY: - January 30, 2023

Ron DeSantis, pay attention: you really do not want Ben Crump suing you on behalf of three Florida high schoolers over that pilot AP African American Studies course you shut down. Have you seen those kids? Clean-cut, All-American, telegenic. Have you heard Ben Crump? Smart, eloquent, relentless. Crump gets on national TV more than you. […]

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — Karen Judith Briseno Ortiz mailed in her application for a program meant to protect undocumented children from deportation, one day after her twin sister’s application. Her sister was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Briseno Ortiz, who grew up in Dallas, was not. Now her application is in limbo […]

Florida police chiefs: We ‘do not support what happened’ to Tyre Nichols

BY: - January 27, 2023

Florida’s police chiefs have denounced the actions by Memphis, Tenn., police officers that resulted in the death of Tyre Nichols following a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Authorities in Memphis planned to release police bodycam footage of the attack Friday evening. “Based on what we know, the actions and conduct of the officers involved were […]

DeSantis’ ‘law and order’ agenda: execute child rapists, target rainbow fentanyl, ban no-cash bail

BY: - January 26, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pro-death penalty agenda grew wider on Thursday when he called for capital punishment for anyone who sexually assaults a child, even when the attacks don’t result in the child’s death. That would require the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its 2008 precedent reserving the death sentence only for crimes that result in […]

Democrats in Congress condemn Biden administration expansion of Title 42

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum. In the letter, they also condemned the administration’s expansion of a controversial policy that immediately turns away migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, […]

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 […]

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott makes it official: he’s running for reelection in 2024

BY: - January 26, 2023

Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will be running for reelection next year. That likely means he will not pursue a presidential candidacy in 2024. “I’ve never lost an election, and I don’t intend to now,” Scott said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. “We’ve worked hard to turn Florida […]