Culture & Society

What is going on in Amendment 6’s “Marsy’s Law”?

BY: - September 14, 2018

Who wouldn’t vote to give rights to crime victims? Voters must decide just that in November when they see “Marsy’s Law” (part of Amendment 6) on the ballot. Victims’ rights advocates say the law is overdue and necessary. Civil rights organizations say Marsy’s Law is not what it seems. Where Marsy’s Law comes from Tech […]

Matt Gaetz once again hangs out with alleged Holocaust denier Charles Johnson

BY: - September 13, 2018

Northwest Florida U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz said he made a “poor decision” back in January when he invited controversial alt-right blogger Charles Johnson to be his guest at President Trump’s State of the Union address. Apparently all was forgotten by this summer, because Johnson – who once solicited donations on Twitter to help “take out” […]

Even Trump’s Republican Bros say he’s off-base in denying the number of Puerto Rico deaths from hurricane

BY: - September 13, 2018

President Trump’s controversial tweet that questions how many  Puerto Ricans were killed by last year’s Hurricane Maria ignited a furious reaction by Florida lawmakers on Thursday, including rare criticism from his closest Republican allies. Trump tweeted that “3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” claiming that the number “was […]

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Conservative Koch Industries-backed group joins organizations across political spectrum backing the effort to restore Florida felon voting rights

BY: - September 13, 2018

Freedom Partners, a Virginia-based libertarian group funded by the nationally known Koch Industries, is endorsing Amendment 4 in Florida, the measure that would automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons. “We believe that when individuals have served their sentences and paid their debts as ordered by a judge, they should be eligible to vote,” said Mark […]

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis releases environmental platform

BY: - September 12, 2018

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis released his environmental platform Wednesday, and long-time environmental leaders took a look and found it wanting. DeSantis comes out strongly on two issues near and dear to Florida environmentalists: He says he’s against fracking and offshore oil drilling along Florida’s coastline, saying in a statement: “Starting day one, DeSantis will […]

With time running out for November election, Florida Supreme Court will decide fate of three amendments for the November ballot

BY: - September 12, 2018

With the Nov. 6 election fast approaching, Florida’s Supreme Court will decide whether to keep three Florida Constitutional amendments on the ballot that deal with oil drilling, vaping, death benefits and property rights. A Tallahassee judge ruled last week the amendments should be thrown off the ballot because they “bundle” different topics together, which could […]

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National media come to Tallahassee to see Florida’s weird process for restoring felons’ voting rights

BY: - September 11, 2018

Florida’s controversial process for restoring rights to felons who have served their time drew national media to Tallahassee Tuesday, where Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet met as the Executive Board of Clemency. It was the last clemency hearing before the November election, and national news outlets came to watch Florida’s antiquated state process, […]

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Ron DeSantis takes on Obama

BY: - September 11, 2018

In 2011, Ron DeSantis, the man who is now Florida’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, published a little-noticed book that was a sort of conservative call to arms in the heyday of the Republican Tea Party movement. DeSantis structured the book as a counterpoint to Barack Obama’s 1995 best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of […]

Trained law enforcement officers or “guardians” – the controversy continues

BY: - September 10, 2018

With the new school year now in session, educators, families, lawmakers, various advocacy groups and the governor are still grappling with campus security in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings  – specifically about who should be patrolling campuses. A broad coalition today called on a key legislative commission to provide $58-million […]

Post-Parkland gun reform advocacy groups team up to form bi-partisan gun control coalition; advocate for 2020 Florida Constitutional amendment

BY: - September 10, 2018

Two gun control advocacy groups announced Monday that they want to place a Florida Constitutional amendment to ban assault weapons before voters in 2020. “Americans for Gun Safety Now” is an advocacy group supporting national gun reform. “Ban Assault Weapons Now” is a Florida political committee led by families of mass shooting victims. The groups […]

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Football’s female problem

BY: - September 10, 2018

It’s college football season, the time of year when men holler at television screens, women roll their eyes, and a good hunk of Florida’s population drapes itself in orange and blue or orange and green or garnet and gold, mainlines cheap beer, and reverts to a level of tribalism that would make the Sunni and […]

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What do we know about Chris King? The Phoenix asked, he answered

BY: , , and - September 7, 2018

With Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum choosing affordable housing executive Chris King for his running mate this week, the pair has been described as the most progressive Democratic ticket in modern history in Florida. But what do voters know about King’s views? He was a candidate competing against Gillum in the primary, and now joins […]