Culture & Society

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants Senate vote to end military COVID-19 vaccine mandate

BY: - November 30, 2022

Arguing that the requirement that all members of the U.S. Armed Forces must be vaccinated against COVID-19 is hurting military readiness, a group of at least 13 Republican U.S. senators – including Florida’s Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – said Wednesday they won’t support an annual military funding bill unless the Senate votes on an […]

U.S. House Democrats make history electing first Black party leader in Congress

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The three U.S. House Democrats who have led their party through four presidencies and thousands of floor votes formally passed the torch to the next generation Wednesday, when the party gathered behind closed doors to elect its top leaders for the 118th Congress. House Democrats named Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, as their leader. […]

Rokita advances complaint against Bernard to Indiana Medical Licensing Board

BY: - November 30, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Wednesday sent a complaint against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The Republican attorney general said in a statement that Dr. Caitlin Bernard “failed to immediately report the abuse and rape of a child to Indiana authorities” […]

Albertsons-Kroger mega-deal raises questions from lawmakers about higher food prices

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee panel raised concerns during a Tuesday hearing that a proposed merger between two of the largest U.S. supermarket chains could mean a monopoly on groceries and lead to higher food prices for Americans. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, […]

‘Reminiscent of fascism?’ Activists fear proposal could limit protests, chill speech at FL Capitol

BY: - November 30, 2022

In March, high school students filled the 4th floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee, shouting “F*** DeSantis” in protest of the Florida Legislature passing restrictions on classroom discussions of LGBTQ+ topics. In June, abortion rights protesters carried signs which read “abort SCOTUS” and demonstrated on the lawn of the Capitol in protest […]

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer. The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill back to the U.S. […]

DeSantis’ local press conference diverts to comments on China’s ‘draconian’ COVID policies

BY: - November 29, 2022

What began as a news conference in Jacksonville about a multi-million railway project led to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ international comments on China, where protests have erupted over lockdowns, quarantines and other Zero-COVID policies that aim to eradicate the virus. DeSantis, just reelected as governor this month but considered a top presidential pick in 2024, took […]

Testimony begins in challenge to DeSantis suspension of elected Tampa prosecutor

BY: - November 29, 2022

A federal trial opens in Tallahassee Tuesday in elected Hillsborough County prosecutor Andrew Warren’s First Amendment challenge to his suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis, with the governor still insisting Warren’s “blanket” refusal to obey state law justified the move. Depositions in the case have already revealed some startling information: that DeSantis initially was reluctant about […]

U.S. House to intervene in rail workers strike, heeding Biden call

BY: - November 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the House will take up legislation to ratify an agreement between rail workers and operators in order to avert a nationwide rail strike. “This week, the House will take up a bill adopting the Tentative Agreement — with no poison pills or changes to the […]

Severe pregnancy complications are affecting Black women in Ohio the most

BY: - November 28, 2022

Urban centers are seeing the highest rates of pregnancy complications for Ohio women, followed by Appalachia, with Black women being impacted the most, a new report says, pointing to systemic racism, a lack of health care access, and poor community conditions. Not only are there disparities in general maternal health, but also in maternal morbidity: […]

White House, FEMA extend relief for Ian destruction; Fried wants bonuses for 911 operators

BY: - November 28, 2022

Following destruction caused by Hurricane Ian that swept through the state in late September, Florida is getting more help in the holiday season: Additional federal grants to use towards recovery efforts and debris removal. As the White House put it on Monday, President Joe Biden “made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Florida […]

Donald Trump launches poll on VP picks in 2024; FL officials named as potential running mates

BY: - November 28, 2022

With former President Donald Trump officially launching his 2024 presidential campaign, the GOP candidate’s campaign on Monday launched an “Official Trump 2024 Vice President Poll” to ask people who should be his running mate. The poll requires a donation to his campaign before users can enter a name of their choice for Trump’s vice president […]