Culture & Society

PrEP has revolutionized the war on HIV — but barriers to access remain

BY: - December 2, 2023

As a 40-year-old gay man, Trevor Hoppe still remembers a time when sex was inextricably linked to the danger of HIV infection — and HIV was considered a death sentence. As a sociologist, he’s fascinated by how Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has changed the world just in his lifetime — especially for LGBTQ people. “I sort of sometimes […]

Abortion-rights initiative around 270K petition signatures away from ballot goal; will it work?

BY: - December 1, 2023

Sponsors of the proposed abortion-rights state constitutional amendment are nearly 270,000 petition signatures away from qualifying for the 2024 general election ballot, presuming the Florida Supreme Court and Attorney General Ashley Moody — who is opposed to the initiative — don’t get in the way. As of the latest update posted Friday on the Florida […]

Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is dead at 93. Sandra Day O’Connor, a groundbreaking justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday in Phoenix, Arizona of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness, according to an announcement from the court. President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor in […]

Two state appeals courts would lose judges under FL Supreme Court plan; what will it mean?

BY: - December 1, 2023

On the brink of a possible major reorganization of Florida’s judicial system, the state Supreme Court has recommended that the Legislature tinker with the number of judgeships at the trial and appellate level, including eliminating a judgeship at an important intermediate appellate court. The justices, in a document released on Thursday, did not address the […]

New York Republican George Santos expelled by U.S. House in bipartisan vote

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — New York Republican George Santos on Friday became the sixth lawmaker in history and the first member of the GOP to be expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives. The 311-114 bipartisan vote, which required two-thirds support, followed months of scandal that culminated in a federal criminal indictment and a damning report from the […]

Abortion opponents push state lawmakers to promote unproven ‘abortion reversal’

BY: - December 1, 2023

Anti-abortion organizations are pushing state lawmakers to promote a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment — flouting the objections of medical professionals who point out it is not supported by science. In the past several years, Republican lawmakers in at least 14 states have passed laws requiring health care providers to give patients information about abortion reversal. […]

U.S. House votes to bar use of public lands for housing migrants

BY: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Thursday passed a bill to bar the use of public lands for temporary housing for migrants applying for asylum. The bill, H.R. 5283, passed with a majority of Republicans in support, 224-203.  Six Democrats voted with Republicans: Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Don Davis of North Carolina, Jared Golden of Maine, Vicente […]

New survey of Florida Latino voters say 79% want Medicaid expansion

BY: - November 30, 2023

A new survey of Latino voters in Florida shows that a large majority – 79% – want the state to expand Medicaid. That includes 72% of Republican voters. The poll of 400 Latinos in Florida was conducted earlier this month by BSP Research on behalf of two Latino advocacy groups, UnidosUS and Mi Familia Vota. Florida is […]

GOP senators walk out of vote on subpoenas in U.S. Supreme Court ethics inquiry

BY: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Republican colleagues stormed out of a Democratic-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two high-profile GOP operatives as part of an ethics probe into undisclosed financial ties to U.S. Supreme Court justices. The panel voted 11-0 to subpoena billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow […]

Ahead of climate conference, U.S. House panel tussles over curbs on emissions

BY: - November 29, 2023

Republicans on a U.S. House panel argued Wednesday against aggressive moves to meet carbon reduction goals, saying U.S. fossil fuel companies are working to make their products cleaner. Democrats on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Minerals countered that to achieve further reductions, federal policies should be continued […]

Schumer on U.S. Senate floor condemns ‘rank antisemitism’ amid Israel-Hamas war

BY: - November 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the nation’s highest-ranking Jewish official, spoke from the chamber on Wednesday about the rise of antisemitism in the United States since the attack by Hamas militants on Israel and that nation’s airstrikes on Gaza. Schumer, speaking to a mostly empty chamber, an unlikely setting for what he described […]

Abortion-rights advocates narrow focus of petition drive for FL constitutional amendment

BY: - November 29, 2023

The organization behind the proposed amendment to enshrine the right to abortion within the Florida Constitution is narrowing its petition drive to 10 specific congressional districts to make sure it demonstrates broad support across the state. Floridians Protecting Freedom, sponsor of the proposed Amendment to Limit Government Interference with Abortion, plans a conference call on […]