Culture & Society

If you’re collecting signatures for a 2020 Florida ballot campaign, you’re probably nervous right now

BY: - June 5, 2019

Efforts to raise the minimum wage and expand Medicaid in Florida are on a collision course with a potential new law that would make it more difficult to put citizen-backed constitutional amendments on the 2020 ballot. As of Tuesday night, Gov. Ron DeSantis still has not received a controversial bill (HB 5) that will radically […]

State arrests Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. officer on charges of negligence, neglect, and perjury

BY: - June 4, 2019

The former Broward County sheriff’s deputy who failed to intervene in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of child neglect, negligence and perjury, the state announced Tuesday. Scot Peterson, who was the school resource officer assigned to protect students at the Broward […]

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis calls Republican congressmen who opposed disaster aid “shameful”

BY: - June 4, 2019

More than seven months after Hurricane Michael devastated parts of Florida’s Panhandle, Congress has finally approved a financial disaster relief package that will bring billions of dollars of needed aid to the still struggling area. But two Florida Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives – Greg Steube from Southwest Florida and Francis Rooney from […]

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Conservative education group gives top grades to GOP lawmakers, but low grades to many Dems

BY: - June 4, 2019

The Foundation for Florida’s Future – a conservative education group founded by former Gov. Jeb Bush – released A through F grades for lawmakers Tuesday, with the vast majority of Republicans getting A grades, while many Democrats got Cs, Ds and Fs. The foundation’s analysis was based on how lawmakers supported or opposed key education […]

More prisoners are exonerated from Florida’s death row than anywhere else in America

BY: - June 4, 2019

Florida has more exonerations of death row inmates than any other state in the country – in fact, there’s been one exoneration of a death row prisoner for every three Florida executions over the past four decades. Many people working in the criminal justice arena say that stark fact shows the system deserves a serious […]

Congress finally passes Hurricane Michael aid

BY: - June 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Monday voted to approve a massive $19.1 billion disaster aid bill that includes money for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in Florida. The sweeping package — which will also fund disaster recovery efforts in other states and territories — passed the House with broad bipartisan support after being stalled by […]

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Will new academic standards for FL public schools be harder or easier for educators and students?

BY: - June 3, 2019

As the state gets into the nitty gritty of revamping academic standards for Florida’s pubic schools, one thing pops out so far: The proposed new standards in math and English language arts reveal a simpler tone and often fewer words compared to current academic standards. That may or may not mean the new standards will […]

Republicans and Dems condemn state Rep. Mike Hill for laughing about killing gay people: Hill fights back

BY: - June 3, 2019

GOP Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva isn’t backing down from his demand that Pensacola Republican state Rep.Mike Hill apologize for anti-gay remarks, even as Hill has lashed back at his critics for leading a “social media lynching.” Oliva, of Miami Lakes, and fellow Republican Rules Chairman Rep. Chris Sprowls of Clearwater issued a joint statement […]

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What’s next for reproductive rights in Florida?

BY: - June 3, 2019

Florida lawmakers didn’t enact any abortion restrictions in their annual legislative session that ended May 4. But the state is one of the outliers in the South. Florida contrasts with a growing national trend of states imposing strict limits on a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy, according to a new report from […]

COMMENTARY

Sandy D’Alemberte: A legal giant who fought for the little guys

BY: - June 3, 2019

On the day former Florida State University President Talbot “Sandy’’ D’Alemberte died, a young lawyer named Jose Godinez-Samperio learned he had just won an appeal on behalf of 17-year-old woman who had been facing jail. Godinez-Samperio was one of thousands of young “dreamers’’ brought to this country by his parents when he was 9 years […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis back in FL; signs antisemitism bill

BY: - May 31, 2019

He did it for the cameras while in Israel, and now Gov. Ron DeSantis has done it officially – signed legislation cracking down on antisemitism in public schools, colleges, and universities. DeSantis staged a ceremonial bill signing for HB 741 while at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, maximizing the symbolism. His signing of […]

Florida state Rep. Mike Hill laughs about executing gay people

BY: - May 31, 2019

A North Florida state lawmaker was recorded joking about executing gay people at a political meeting in Pensacola. In the recording, Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola talks about how being gay is “a choice” and “a behavior” and that gay people don’t deserve the same type of civil rights protection under the law as […]