Culture & Society

Montana’s Jon Tester to vote with U.S. Senate GOP to undo Biden vaccine rule

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana is one of at least two Democrats who are expected to join every Senate Republican in a vote Wednesday night opposing President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers. In a written statement late Tuesday, Tester said that he’s heard from concerned constituents in his state about that pending […]

U.S. House progressives file resolution yanking Boebert committee assignments

BY: and - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House progressives are pushing to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert of her committee assignments after the Colorado Republican suggested Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of only three Muslims in Congress, was a terrorist. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), introduced a resolution Wednesday to remove Boebert from the Natural Resources Committee and Budget Committee for […]

Remembering sacrifices at Pearl Harbor, Gov. DeSantis orders flags lowered

BY: - December 7, 2021

Flags are flying at half staff today over state and local property in memory of the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,400 service members and launched the United States into World War II. Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an order to that effect in which he praises “the selfless […]

Omicron is believed to have landed in FL, Gov. DeSantis says

BY: - December 7, 2021

Public health officials believe they have identified COVID omicron variant cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. “They believe they have identified — I’m not sure where it is,” the governor said in response to a reporter’s question during a news conference in Oldsmar. The Florida Department of Health later confirmed its identification of […]

Perdue’s candidacy quickly complicates 2022 governor’s race

BY: - December 7, 2021

Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue has joined the race to become the state’s next governor, setting up a bruising primary against sitting Republican governor Brian Kemp before the eventual victor can challenge likely Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. “It will be like a cage match,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock. “World heavyweight […]

Investigation urged of doctor who operated on immigrant women in detention

BY: - December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two congressional panels are calling for Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to investigate a doctor who was accused of performing gynecological procedures on immigrant women in a Georgia detention center without their consent or full understanding of the treatment being performed. In a Dec. 3 letter, Democrats on the House Homeland Security and Oversight […]

Voters approved nonpartisan school boards some 20 years ago, but GOP lawmakers want that to change

BY: - December 7, 2021

Florida’s nonpartisan school boards and the politics that surround the state’s education system have accelerated the political discourse since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some GOP lawmakers are pushing to overhaul those boards by requiring elections to be partisan, meaning school board members would be connected to their political parties. Florida’s local school […]

11th Circuit panel thumbs nose at nationwide injunction on COVID vax mandate for health workers

BY: - December 6, 2021

A federal appeal court in Atlanta that rejected the state of Florida’s arguments against the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for health-care workers over the weekend has now issued its written explanation for doing so. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit ruled, 2-1, that the mandate is fully […]

DeSantis lowers flags in honor of Bob Dole, Naval Air Station Pensacola casualties

BY: - December 6, 2021

Flags are flying at half-staff at state properties today in remembrance of three servicemembers killed in a terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola two years ago — and also of Bob Dole, the former U.S. Senate majority leader and presidential nominee. Dole died Sunday at 98. In ordering U.S. and Florida flags lowered at […]

Southern Poverty Law Center triples funding for voting rights projects, including in FL

BY: - December 6, 2021

The Southern Poverty Law Center has more than tripled its financial commitment to promote voting rights through organizations in Florida and four Deep South states that conduct non-partisan voter outreach, advocate for democracy and promote civic engagement, especially in underrepresented communities. The center announced Monday it will invest $100 million over the decade on “Vote […]

Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans — including women — for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to cleaning […]

Religious exemption requests related to COVID vaccine a growing challenge for employers

BY: - December 5, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, nearly all the religious exemption requests clients brought attorney James Reidy sought a work schedule accommodation for religious holidays and practices. Reidy represents employers, and those with vaccine mandates are coming to him with a new question these days: Given that an employee need only attest that their “sincerely held” religious […]