Culture & Society

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Meet Florida’s Mean Gang

BY: - April 16, 2019

Along the Panhandle’s Emerald coast, property owners are putting up hostile fences to keep the public off the sugar-sand beaches that everyone has used for generations. At the statehouse in Tallahassee, peevish Republican lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that forbids local governments from doing local things like banning plastic straws to cut beach litter […]

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DeSantis presses campuses to underscore free speech rights

BY: - April 15, 2019

Florida doesn’t suffer greatly from free-speech drama at its colleges and universities, as even Gov. Ron DeSantis concedes. Nevertheless, the governor is encouraging the higher education system to adopt a version of the Chicago Statement on free speech to enshrine the right to speak and think freely on campus. “I’m happy to say that I […]

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Public HS grad DeSantis touts vouchers for non-public schools

BY: - April 15, 2019

A public-school graduate, Gov. Ron DeSantis decided Monday to visit a private Christian school to push his education agenda for Florida, touting what he calls a “broad mosaic” of options for families who prefer not to enroll their kids in traditional public schools. DeSantis touted scholarships — or what critics call voucher programs — that […]

COMMENTARY

Forced Consent is Cause for Concern

BY: - April 15, 2019

As bills restricting young people’s access to abortion are once again being considered by the Florida Legislature, my thoughts turn to my own children. My kids are well versed in sexual health topics. We’ve had age-appropriate discussions about healthy relationships and sex since they were in elementary school. I hope if Caroline or Jeremiah need […]

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Is Gov. DeSantis’ pick for FL surgeon general qualified, based on state law?

BY: - April 12, 2019

Amid the allegations, scrutiny and bad press over Gov. DeSantis’ pick for Florida’s surgeon general comes a fundamental question: Is Dr. Scott Rivkees qualified, by law, for the job? The University of Florida professor and chair of pediatrics has lofty academic degrees, medical training and a list of accomplishments, according to biographical material. But the […]

Kids to state lawmakers: Do something – now – about climate change, please

BY: - April 12, 2019

Juhi Kore experienced first-hand the ravages of our changing climate as a seven-year-old growing up in Mumbai back in July 2005. That’s when her coastal megacity of 10 million people endured 37 inches of rain in a single day. The massive flooding led to more than 1,000 deaths, more than 14,000 destroyed homes and some […]

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DeSantis agrees to make Spanish-language ballots available statewide

BY: - April 12, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is signaling the state’s surrender in a 2018 lawsuit filed by a Puerto Rican voter and several Latino groups to expand voter access to Spanish-language ballots in Florida elections. The DeSantis administration is asking a federal judge to hold the case in abeyance while the state writes new regulations requiring such ballots […]

Florida’s Matt Gaetz files “PENCIL” Act aimed at removing Adam Schiff from House Intelligence Committee

BY: - April 12, 2019

Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of President Donald Trump’s top wingmen in Congress, has introduced a resolution that would remove California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. In a shout-out to the president, Gaetz is calling his proposal the “PENCIL ACT,” an acronym that stands for “Preventing Extreme Negligence […]

Short-term vacation rentals are all about property rights. But whose?

BY: - April 12, 2019

Jennifer Riley has lived for the past four years in a residential area a few blocks away from the water in Indian Rocks Beach in Pinellas County. For the first two years she loved living in the community – but no more. She’s been dealing with short-term renters in the neighborhood who play loud music, […]

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Florida moves one step closer to arming classroom teachers

BY: - April 11, 2019

Kyle Savage, an elementary school teacher from Brevard County, said he served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army, participating in  service missions where he accompanied foreign dignitaries, Congressional delegations and other officials on trips in the Middle East. “I am also the classroom teacher who has no interest in carrying a weapon,” […]

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AMVETS call for investigation into an “epidemic” of suicides of veterans in FL and elsewhere

BY: - April 11, 2019

The AMVETS veterans service association called today for an immediate investigation into a suicide epidemic among veterans and service members. The national group cited a spate of suicides occurring at Veterans Affairs medical centers in Florida, Texas and Georgia, and requested inspectors general from various federal agencies to investigate the crisis. “We can no longer […]

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FL politicians in Congress: Drilling would imperil Trump’s chances in 2020

BY: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump and his nominee to lead the Interior Department visited Lake Okeechobee last month, Florida Rep. Francis Rooney took the opportunity to deliver a message about offshore drilling. He warned David Bernhardt — who’s expected to be confirmed this week as Interior Secretary —  that pursuing drilling off Florida’s coast […]