Culture & Society

A look at GOP governor records of DeSantis and Haley, with both vying for a presidential nominee

BY: - December 5, 2023

With less than six weeks before Iowans become the first Republicans in the nation to cast votes on their presidential nominee next November, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, are positioned to fill the void if frontrunner Donald Trump stumbles. Political […]

Pro-Palestinian FSU student group demands changes from university

BY: - December 4, 2023

Ten Florida State University student organizers lined up at the campus’ Westcott Building and intermittently chanted “Free Free Palestine!” and “Viva Viva Palestina!” during a Monday press conference this afternoon. The 3 p.m. event on campus came at a time of concerns over academic freedom and expression, the student code of conduct and the overall […]

White House urged to hold off on FBI HQ move to Maryland while review continues

BY: - December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — Virginia lawmakers are asking the Biden administration to “pause” work on a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation until a government watchdog can complete a review into how a Maryland site was selected. The letter from 11 members of Virginia’s congressional delegation to Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management […]

Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War would receive Congressional Gold Medal under push by lawmakers

BY: - December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — Members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation are leading a bipartisan effort to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency recruited the Hmong people as soldiers to help combat communism’s spread through Southeast Asia. The Hmong, who lived and worked as […]

FSU student group pushes back against university after pro-Palestine rally; demands changes

BY: - December 4, 2023

Florida State University’s Students for a Democratic Society plans to issue three demands Monday at the FSU campus, as the group continues to protest concerns over academic freedom and expression, the student code of conduct and the overall Israel-Hamas war. The demands listed in a Monday news release call for: President Richard McCullough to rewrite […]

PrEP has revolutionized the war on HIV — but barriers to access remain

BY: - December 2, 2023

As a 40-year-old gay man, Trevor Hoppe still remembers a time when sex was inextricably linked to the danger of HIV infection — and HIV was considered a death sentence. As a sociologist, he’s fascinated by how Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has changed the world just in his lifetime — especially for LGBTQ people. “I sort of sometimes […]

Abortion-rights initiative around 270K petition signatures away from ballot goal; will it work?

BY: - December 1, 2023

Sponsors of the proposed abortion-rights state constitutional amendment are nearly 270,000 petition signatures away from qualifying for the 2024 general election ballot, presuming the Florida Supreme Court and Attorney General Ashley Moody — who is opposed to the initiative — don’t get in the way. As of the latest update posted Friday on the Florida […]

Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is dead at 93. Sandra Day O’Connor, a groundbreaking justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday in Phoenix, Arizona of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness, according to an announcement from the court. President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor in […]

Two state appeals courts would lose judges under FL Supreme Court plan; what will it mean?

BY: - December 1, 2023

On the brink of a possible major reorganization of Florida’s judicial system, the state Supreme Court has recommended that the Legislature tinker with the number of judgeships at the trial and appellate level, including eliminating a judgeship at an important intermediate appellate court. The justices, in a document released on Thursday, did not address the […]

New York Republican George Santos expelled by U.S. House in bipartisan vote

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — New York Republican George Santos on Friday became the sixth lawmaker in history and the first member of the GOP to be expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives. The 311-114 bipartisan vote, which required two-thirds support, followed months of scandal that culminated in a federal criminal indictment and a damning report from the […]

Abortion opponents push state lawmakers to promote unproven ‘abortion reversal’

BY: - December 1, 2023

Anti-abortion organizations are pushing state lawmakers to promote a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment — flouting the objections of medical professionals who point out it is not supported by science. In the past several years, Republican lawmakers in at least 14 states have passed laws requiring health care providers to give patients information about abortion reversal. […]

U.S. House votes to bar use of public lands for housing migrants

BY: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Thursday passed a bill to bar the use of public lands for temporary housing for migrants applying for asylum. The bill, H.R. 5283, passed with a majority of Republicans in support, 224-203.  Six Democrats voted with Republicans: Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Don Davis of North Carolina, Jared Golden of Maine, Vicente […]