Culture & Society

What do you think? The ACLU wants to cut the state prison population in half

BY: - September 7, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union recently published a report on how to cut Florida’s prison population in half: Reduce the length of time served. The ACLU “blueprint” said that even cutting a few months off a prison sentence can go a long way to reducing the number of people incarcerated overall. There are nearly 98,000 people living in […]

Tallahassee judge strikes three Amendments from Nov. 6 ballot

BY: and - September 7, 2018

A Tallahassee judge quickly ruled after a hearing Wednesday to strike three Constitutional Amendments off the Nov. 6 ballot: Amendments 7, 9, and 11. The amendments relate to everything from oil drilling and vaping to certain death benefits and property rights. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner has already appealed the ruling. Harry Lee Anstead […]

New TV ad: Did you know 1.5 million Floridians living with felony convictions can’t vote?

BY: - September 7, 2018

Activist groups looking to educate citizens about the plight of felons who can’t vote have launched a new television ad that will air statewide in Florida over the next two weeks. Produced by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and the Alliance for Safety and Justice, the 60-second ad will raise awareness about more than 1.5 […]

Will surge in women running for office lead to big victories in November?

BY: - September 5, 2018

When it was all over in the primary election that edged out Gwen Graham – the only female on the ballot for governor — advocates for women candidates sat around talking about the reasons for the loss. “Is it a women thing? Is it a South Florida thing? (Graham lost big in Broward and Miami-Dade),” […]

Gun rights group sues Florida State University over whether students can keep guns in their cars

BY: - September 4, 2018

A nonprofit gun rights group, Florida Carry, Inc., is suing Florida State University over the university’s rules that prohibit students from keeping guns and ammunition in their vehicles parked on campus. The lawsuit – which Florida Carry attorney Eric Friday says has been filed but not yet served – challenges FSU over an updated student […]

Gillum gets national spotlight and donations

BY: - September 4, 2018

Money and attention is pouring in for Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor. His campaign says it drew $3 million in contributions between his Tuesday night primary win and Sunday. Gillum made the rounds on national political shows over the weekend, including appearances on CNN and NBC. Politico Florida reports that “last Wednesday […]

Uncertain future for Florida crop production: “Help our fruit and vegetable industry survive”

BY: - September 4, 2018

Mexico’s tomatoes, strawberries and other produce — iconic foods used in salads, spaghetti sauce, strawberry shortcake and frozen Margaritas – continue to flood U.S. grocery stores, raising concerns about whether Florida’s crop production can keep up and survive. University of Florida extension scientist Alan Hodges doesn’t mince words: The Florida agricultural industry is extremely challenged, […]

Craigslist founder donates $1 million to American journalism to help “combat disinformation campaigns”

BY: - August 31, 2018

Craiglist founder Craig Newmark gave $1 million this week to investigative journalism outlet Mother Jones to help the publication “combat disinformation campaigns against the American people,” according to a Poynter report. Newmark’s generosity may reflect a growing trend in new opportunities for local news outlets to “approach their communities to help fund them the same […]

Andrew Gillum

An inside view of Andrew Gillum’s ideas that could reshape Florida

BY: , , and - August 31, 2018

With Tuesday night’s victory by Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in the headlines – and changing the landscape of politics in the state – the Florida Phoenix today offers an expansive picture of how Gillum could re-shape Florida’s state policies and how those ideas could affect every Floridian. The Phoenix got an inside view of Gillum’s […]

Voting

Did younger voters – mobilized to the polls – tip Florida’s primary?

BY: - August 30, 2018

After a stunning surge of voter support Tuesday night, Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum became the first African-American nominee of a major political party in Florida. One category of voters – those labeled as “unlikely” to vote – may be largely responsible for Gillum’s success. Olivia Bercow, deputy communications director for progressive […]

Ron DeSantis

Democrats accuse Republican DeSantis of using “racist dog whistle” against opponent Gillum; FOX News says it “does not condone.”

BY: - August 29, 2018

(UPDATE) The fierce showdown between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum for governor has begun, with a handful of current and former Democratic members from Congress blasting DeSantis in a conference call early Wednesday as a conservative Republican more focused on ideology that governing – and also suggested he used a “racist dog whistle” against his […]

Andrew Gillum victory

Andrew Gillum wins Democratic Primary

BY: , , and - August 28, 2018

Andrew Gillum, the upstart progressive Tallahassee mayor, became the Florida Democratic Party’s nominee for governor Tuesday night, defeating Gwen Graham, the scion of a storied Florida political family. “We can be the David in this situation where there is a Goliath,” Gillum told supporters as he accepted the nomination at a victory party in Tallahassee, […]