Culture & Society

State Ag Commissioner: Don’t mess with medical marijuana potency

BY: - April 8, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says Floridians with debilitating diseases may suffer if state lawmakers tamper with smokable medical marijuana’s potency. The Florida House is advancing a bill that limits the level of tetrahydrocannabinol – the chemical agent that causes the high – to no more than 10 percent in whole-flower products. It would take effect […]

The battles over abortion haven’t abated in Florida

BY: - April 8, 2019

(Updated) Abortion rights activists plan to swarm the state Capitol on Monday, hoping to stave off what one progressive website says “could be the end of any abortion access in the South” if lawmakers have their way. Just a few days earlier, anti-abortion activists were rallying on the steps of the old Historic Capitol, criticizing […]

U.S. Rep. Castor promises solutions at climate committee’s first hearing; Young activists get involved

BY: - April 5, 2019

WASHINGTON  — Several young climate activists on Thursday chastised all three branches of the federal government for not acting aggressively to address the growing threat of global warming. At the first hearing of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Aji Piper, an 18-year-old from Seattle who has sued the federal government for not […]

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State Medicaid director Mary Mayhew getting bashed as senators consider her confirmation

BY: - April 5, 2019

Mary Mayhew’s quest to be confirmed as Florida’s new Medicaid director is facing intense criticism and sharp questioning over her past as a health care leader in Maine. Although her nomination as head of the state Agency for Health Care Administration advanced Thursday in a divided vote, Mayhew had to explain a federal audit that […]

COMMENTARY

Get the governor a state plane, already.

BY: - April 5, 2019

For Heaven’s sake, let’s buy the man an airplane.  Our new governor has taken to begging for rides with billionaires these days. And he’s already risked life and limb riding around in a 16-year old plane owned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  After a couple of emergency landings, Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to […]

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U.S. House passes revamped Violence Against Women Act; Two GOP Reps from FL stand with Dems

BY: - April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to renew and expand legislation that aids victims of domestic violence, setting the stage for a battle in the Senate. House lawmakers voted 263-158 to reauthorize the 1994 legislation that funds programs such as rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse. House […]

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Amendment 4 issue causing barriers: Money, and what it means to finish a prison sentence

BY: - April 4, 2019

A serious disagreement over what constitutes the completion of a prison sentence continues to be the issue that divides Republicans and Democrats when it comes to allowing ex-felons to vote. Constitutional Amendment 4 was approved by more than 64 percent of Floridians last year, providing automatic restoration of voting rights to former felons. But lawmakers […]

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Matt Gaetz has a climate plan. And it’s not what you’d expect

BY: - April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON– Florida U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican firebrand who has drawn the ire of liberals during his short tenure in Congress, is picking a fight with the GOP on climate change. On Wednesday, the two-term lawmaker introduced “a conservative re-imagining” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) ambitious Green New Deal proposal to combat climate change […]

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Gaetz: Scott will give Trump ‘great advice’ on health care

BY: and - April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — Count Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz among U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s supporters, at least when it comes to health care. Scott and Gaetz, a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, have sparred in public recently. Scott last month said that a tweet Gaetz sent — an apparent attempt to intimidate Trump’s former personal […]

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New poll: The honeymoon continues for FL Gov. Ron DeSantis

BY: - April 4, 2019

Nearly three months into his first year as governor, Republican Ron DeSantis is maintaining a strong approval rating and getting high marks in key demographic groups. A Mason-Dixon poll released Thursday shows DeSantis with 62 percent support from Floridians. Only 24 percent disapprove, while 12 percent remain undecided. The survey of 625 registered Florida voters […]

It’s not just Florida – politicians are trying to restrict citizen ballot initiatives all over the U.S.

BY: - April 4, 2019

The Florida Legislature is pushing hard line measures this year to restrict how citizens get initiatives on the ballot to amend Florida’s Constitution. It turns out that Florida is not the only state clamping down like this – Republican lawmakers are leading efforts to make it harder to do ballot initiatives across the country. Hundreds […]

Some state lawmakers want to limit how high you can get from legal medical weed

BY: - April 3, 2019

Floridians, by law, are supposed to be able to smoke medical marijuana if they’re sick. But now there’s a debate in the Legislature about limiting the potency of the drug. Some lawmakers are pushing a measure that limits the level of tetrahydrocannabinol – the chemical agent that causes the high – to no more than […]