Culture & Society

Let it bee so: Among new laws that go into effect Oct. 1, one hopes to protect beehives.

BY: - October 1, 2018

There’s a distinct buzz in Tallahassee as a new law goes into effect Monday that makes it less worthwhile to steal beehives. It’s no joke: In recent years, Florida has seen a dramatic increase in theft of beehives, according to an analysis of the bill which is now law. The increase in beehive thefts is […]

Florida’s CFO candidates create chilling websites to bash each other

BY: - September 28, 2018

In modern politics today, it’s not only de rigueur for candidates to have websites touting their biography and accomplishments, but now they’re creating separate websites that attack their opponents. We’ve already seen that happening in the Florida governor’s race, and now the two men running to be Florida’s Chief Financial Officer – Republican incumbent Jimmy […]

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 9

BY: - September 28, 2018

Amendment 9: Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces BALLOT SUMMARY: “Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries. Adds use of vapor-generating electronic devices to current prohibition of tobacco […]

E-cigarette use an “epidemic” among Florida teens

BY: - September 27, 2018

The number of Florida teens and pre-teens – ages 11 to 17 – who use e-cigarettes has spiked 60 percent in the last year, from roughly 10 percent in 2017 to almost 16 percent in 2018, according to data gathered by the Florida Health Department. For high school students only, the numbers are worse — […]

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Hillary Clinton to campaign for Andrew Gillum next month – will Donald Trump come for DeSantis?

BY: - September 27, 2018

Two years after Hillary Clinton lost the chance to make history by becoming America’s first female president, the former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State hopes to help Florida make history by electing its first black governor – Andrew Gillum. Clinton is scheduled to make a campaign appearance next month in South Florida with […]

Amendment 7

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 7

BY: - September 27, 2018

AMENDMENT 7: First responder and military member survivor benefits; public colleges and universities BALLOT SUMMARY: “Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors […]

A worrisome picture for black students in public colleges and universities, including in Florida

BY: - September 26, 2018

For black students, college life can be troubling and far different compared to their peers. They’re underrepresented on college campuses. They’re less likely to graduate on time compared to their peers. And their professors and other instructors probably won’t be black. Those and other findings are part of a new “50-state Report Card” by the […]

Rick Scott

Report: Gov. Scott gave $5 million from blind trust to his daughter and reported it as “accounts receivable from a business.”

BY: - September 26, 2018

South Florida nonprofit investigative journalism outfit the Florida Bulldog has a story today saying that Gov. Rick’s Scott’s blind trust  – something the governor set up as a way to avoid conflicts like making decisions on state policy that affect his multi-million-dollar investments – “loaned as much as $5 million to a Delaware company privately […]

NextGen Florida

Ready, set, go: Thousands more young Floridians registered to vote. What will it mean come November?

BY: - September 26, 2018

Hear that rumble? That’s the sound of young people ready to march to the polls in November, says NextGen Florida, an affiliate of a national organization mobilizing, and registering, young people to vote. The Florida chapter announced Tuesday that it has roughly 23,000 more young people registered to vote since the Aug. 28 primary. That’s […]


A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 6

BY: - September 26, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

Misleading ads on Florida test results: Gov. Rick Scott should do the math maybe?

BY: - September 25, 2018

An Orlando Sentinel story set the record straight on how Florida kids do on well-regarded federal exams called NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress). Scott, who is challenging incumbent Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race, is featured in a recent ad that says: “Fourth-grade reading and math scores, first in the nation. Eighth-grade reading, […]

Health care

Physician burnout in the Sunshine State

BY: - September 25, 2018

Physicians in the U.S. – including in Florida – say they’re facing career burnout at worse rates than before and 78 percent of the physicians surveyed nationwide say they are dissatisfied with their career in some way. This isn’t good for healthcare, or for the nearly one billion people who go to medical providers each […]