Culture & Society

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]

A bold move for a struggling FL council on Black males: A request for half million in funding

BY: - September 14, 2021

A council created by the Florida Legislature to improve the lives of Black men and boys has been deterred by fundamental issues: Financial challenges and attendance concerns that stymie members from voting on important matters. The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys — created in 2006 — aims to pursue […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of Democrats’ giant […]

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 11, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]


My 9/11 prayer: The lessons we can learn from the great silence

BY: - September 11, 2021

Two decades ago, my sister was teaching English at the Hosaka English Academy, in Numazu, Japan, about two hours southwest of Tokyo. Sometime in the dark hours after the attack, as the entire world was struggling to make sense of a tragedy that was nearly incomprehensible in its scale, the mother of one of my sister’s students came […]

DeSantis gets a win: Appeal court allows mask policy that lets parents decide

BY: - September 10, 2021

A state appeal court has freed the DeSantis administration to punish school districts that insist on strict face-masking policies against COVID-19 in defiance of the governor’s insistence that parents be allowed to opt out for their children. A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal voted unanimously to overrule Leon County Circuit Judge […]

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people. He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where 40 people were killed after […]

FL prison officer sentenced for assaulting young inmate in broom closet

BY: - September 10, 2021

Former Florida prison officer Terrance Reynolds, convicted of conspiracy to assault and intimidate young inmates at a South Florida prison, was sentenced in federal court this week to 33 months in prison. Reynolds, 31, was tried and convicted of conspiring with another officer to assault and intimidate the young inmates. Reynolds and another officer in […]

Amid school mask controversy, Dems say FL Education Commissioner should be elected, not appointed

BY: - September 10, 2021

About 35 years ago, Betty Castor campaigned statewide to be Florida’s Education Commissioner, convincing the majority of Floridians that she could take on the responsibility of overseeing the state’s massive school system. Castor won, and she served as Education Commissioner from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Since then, the election process that allowed […]

U.S. judge blocks DeSantis, sheriffs, from enforcing governor’s anti-riot law

BY: - September 9, 2021

A federal judge has barred enforcement of one of Gov. Ron DeSantis signature legislative achievements this year — HB 1, his Black Lives Matter-inspired crackdown on protests —ruling that its redefinition of “riot” is vague enough to cover perfectly legal behavior. In another major courtroom defeat for the governor, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in […]

DeSantis finds a friendly reception during DeFuniak newser but no hard questions

BY: - September 9, 2021

If the governor holds a news conference and doesn’t take questions from the press, is it really a news conference? Not particularly, judging by an appearance Gov. Ron DeSantis staged Thursday in DeFuniak Springs. The governor’s office definitely invited reporters, having issued a press release announcing the event and specifying when they should arrive to […]

Texas’ restrictive abortion law triggers demonstrations in FL; abortion advocates deliver petition to FL Senate President

BY: - September 9, 2021

Following one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws enforced in Texas, advocates for women’s reproductive rights on Thursday warned state lawmakers that they are prepared to fight for abortion access in Florida, as Republicans are signaling to introduce a similar measure in the 2022 legislative session. The Texas law targets abortions at the point when […]