Culture & Society

Fried urges Floridians: Demand Gov. DeSantis seek all federal aid to help struggling families

BY: - September 17, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is letting billions in federal COVID-19 relief go unspent as the pandemic continues and working families struggle to pay bills, Florida’s top Democratic officeholder and other critics said Friday. During a Zoom conference call with people who help administer food and other assistance to the working poor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer […]

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including Florida’s Ashley Moody, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would […]

COMMENTARY

FL’s COVID craziness keeps getting deeper — how dare the government try to save lives?

BY: - September 17, 2021

“Human kind,” said the poet, “cannot bear too much reality.” Many Republicans seem especially resistant, preferring to dwell in a miasma of Deep State conspiracies and Internet nonsense inspiring them to believe that Hillary Clinton drinks babies’ blood, Trump won the 2020 election, and that ingesting over-the-feed-store-counter tablets for deworming horses is a better way […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

DeSantis stews about feds’ antibody rationing; FL still has largest supply

BY: - September 16, 2021

While Gov. Ron DeSantis is steamed about possible dwindling supplies of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, Florida continues to have a bigger share than any other state or territory. The feds have allocated 27,850 doses for Florida this week, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data released on Monday, when the […]

COMMENTARY

Pulte Homes destroys 22 FL tortoise burrows, pays a paltry penalty

BY: - September 16, 2021

Say what you will about Florida (and many of you have), but we’ve sure got some unusual crimes here. A surprising number of them involve reptiles. You have probably heard about the guy who, in 2016, tossed an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window in Royal Palm Beach. Last year, Sanford police recovered a five-foot […]

Biden administration took control over distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Will this impact FL?

BY: - September 15, 2021

In Florida’s state capital, the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy appears to be adequate to treat more COVID-19 patients, but shortages elsewhere could be cause for concern as demand rises for the treatments. For weeks now, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been traversing the state to tout the effectiveness of the therapy, and at least 25 […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and Texas on that list for […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]

A bold move for a struggling FL council on Black males: A request for half million in funding

BY: - September 14, 2021

A council created by the Florida Legislature to improve the lives of Black men and boys has been deterred by fundamental issues: Financial challenges and attendance concerns that stymie members from voting on important matters. The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys — created in 2006 — aims to pursue […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of Democrats’ giant […]