Culture & Society

The fate of power outages: Recovery from Ian could take days, weeks, with full extent unknown

BY: - September 28, 2022

As Hurricane Ian makes its entrance on the Southwest coastline, Florida utility companies have already documented hundreds of thousands of homes without power due to impacts of the intense Category 4 storm. And some worry that efforts to get families back online could take days or even weeks. Eric Silagy, CEO of one of Florida’s […]

As Ian churns SW FL communities, Gov. DeSantis warns to expect long recovery

BY: - September 28, 2022

UPDATE: “Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida.” //////////////////////// Hurricane Ian is ravaging southwest Florida Wednesday afternoon, with storm surges, flooding, 155 mile per hour winds, some cars underwater and many homes without power. Just after 3 p.m., The Weather Channel reported that Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of […]

FEMA, Red Cross officials, announce operations by land, air and sea once Hurricane Ian passes FL

BY: - September 28, 2022

In a Washington, D.C. meeting Wednesday, FEMA Director Deanne Criswell said search and rescue operations are the top priority for her organization immediately after Hurricane Ian passes through Florida. Search and rescue organizations teams are currently staged in Miami and encompass members of FEMA’s own search and rescue program, as well as members from the […]

DeSantis’ team plans to resist hauling governor in for depositions in Andrew Warren suspension case

BY: - September 28, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis will resist testifying in Andrew Warren’s legal challenge to the governor’s order suspending him as the elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, according to a pretrial report issued in the case. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle released the report, a summary of where the case stands, on Tuesday. It sets deadlines for […]

Indiana lawyer files first significant lawsuit against Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

A public interest lawyer in Indiana is suing to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan on the basis that he would be forced to pay state taxes on the canceled debt. It’s one of the first significant legal challenges to Biden’s plan. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the […]

Key U.S. Senate panel advances bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would update an 1887 elections law and clarify how electoral votes are certified, with the hopes of averting another attempt to overturn a presidential election. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat and Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, put forth the bill, S. 4573, known […]

As FL contends with the fentanyl crisis, ‘harm reduction’ advocates work to save lives

BY: - September 28, 2022

With thousands of Floridians dying of drug overdoses caused by fentanyl, Attorney General Ashley Moody has been urging the Biden administration since mid-summer to classify the drug as a “weapon of mass destruction,” warning of the dangers posed if the potent opioid gets into the hands of an avowed enemy of the United States. “We […]

Gov. DeSantis: Ian could be a Category 4 hurricane when it hits the southwest coast in FL

BY: - September 27, 2022

At a 11 p.m. news conference Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that Ian may be a Category 4 storm when it makes impact in southwest Florida at the juncture of Charlotte and Lee counties and on the Gulf side of the peninsula. The hurricane is expected to make landfall some time on Wednesday, according to […]

Billions for natural disasters, home energy included in stopgap spending bill in Congress

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve billions in funding this week to help offset rising home heating and cooling costs as well as boost aid for communities recovering from natural disasters. The package would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that scorched much of New Mexico earlier this […]

Hurricane Ian is growing stronger: Could it become a Category 4 storm?

BY: - September 27, 2022

UPDATE: At a 5:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis reported a potential hurricane landfall near the Sarasota-Charlotte county border, which is a bit south of the previous forecast for Ian. At least 53 of 67 traditional K-12 school districts and two lab schools have announced closures; tolls have been suspended in certain roads. […]

During NM visit, Pelosi hints aid to fire victims will come sooner than expected

BY: - September 27, 2022

Those who suffered damage or injury due to the biggest fire in state history could be in line to receive substantial compensation sooner than expected, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a visit to Albuquerque on Monday. The Hermits Peak Fire Assistance Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-Las Vegas, N.M.), requires the […]

COMMENTARY

National politics, career arcs explain why Georgia’s Kemp polls ahead of Abrams

BY: - September 27, 2022

I follow polls. I study polls. I look to polls for insight into how people outside my immediate circle might be thinking about things. But no, I do not trust polls. If you trust something you put faith in it. Trust implies a readiness to make decisions based on what those polls tell you, and […]