Culture & Society

In the aftermath of Michael, Gov. Scott warns residents to be careful

BY: - October 11, 2018

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday said it’s far too early to understand how much damage Hurricane Michael inflicted on the state, but warned residents to be careful even after the storm has moved. The Category 4 hurricane touched down near Mexico Beach early Thursday afternoon, and is now moving into South and North Carolina, […]

NextGen health care

A surprising new political prospect: health care might be a top issue drawing young voters to the polls

BY: - October 11, 2018

Organizers for NextGen America have noticed something surprising while working in Florida to register young people to vote in the Nov. 6 midterm election: Young people are passionate about health care. NextGen first opened a Florida chapter in September 2017 with a $3.5 million investment by American billionaire Tom Steyer. When this week’s voter registration […]

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Dems bash Ron DeSantis for airing negative ad against Andrew Gillum as Hurricane Michael hits the Panhandle

BY: - October 10, 2018

With Hurricane Michael barreling into the Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, all eyes were focused on potentially life-threatening conditions that come with a Category 4 storm. But that doesn’t mean politics took a day off. The Florida Democratic Party held a conference call after Hurricane Michael made landfall, blasting GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’s campaign for continuing […]

Pride

Unprecedented number of LGBTQ candidates on midterm ballots could mean a Rainbow Wave in November, one group says

BY: - October 10, 2018

Blue wave, red tide – there’s a lot of colors involved in this year’s midterm election and one group is pointing to the possibility of a “rainbow wave” in November. National non-partisan political action committee Victory Fund, which formed in 1991, has identified more than 430 openly LGBTQ people who ran for office at every […]

New mobile app for reporting “suspicious activity” raises more questions than answers for schools and families

BY: - October 10, 2018

A new state-financed mobile app launched to allow students and community members to report “suspicious activity” anonymously is already raising questions about costs, participation and whether the app will be a helpful tool to thwart gun violence and keep schools safe. “I think it is a component –one piece of the puzzle that may be […]

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NextGen Florida final count: over 50,000 young voters registered by Tuesday deadline

BY: - October 9, 2018

NextGen Florida – the Sunshine State’s affiliate of the national young voter registration organization – announced Tuesday that organizers had registered 50,773 young voters, ages 18 to 35, ahead of the Tuesday registration deadline. Political analysts have long been skeptical about the effectiveness of the “youth vote” in Florida, especially during midterm elections where voter […]

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The politics of disaster, Florida-style

BY: - October 9, 2018

Hurricane Michael hasn’t hit land and it’s already political. Not only is the general election around the corner, but one full-time Tallahassee resident (Democrat Mayor Andrew Gillum) and one part-time Tallahassee resident (Republican Gov. Rick Scott), are in the final throes of bitter campaigns as the storm barrels toward Florida’s Panhandle. Gillum, now the Democratic […]

Tuition

College tuition spikes nationwide putting pressure on families, including in Florida

BY: - October 8, 2018

Average tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities in Florida have increased by nearly 60 percent over the last decade, with many families struggling to cover the rising costs, a recent report says. Average tuition and fees were $4,003 in 2008, but spiked to $6,363 in 2018, according to the nonpartisan organization Center […]

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A unique environmental plan for Florida: Gillum promises to actually crack down on polluters

BY: - October 8, 2018

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum released his environmental policy last week, and it differs markedly from his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis in many respects, including one very unique one: Gillum pledges to go after the polluters who are causing Florida’s disastrous water contamination. It’s unusual to hear any Florida politician say we need to […]

Criminal justice reform not possible if Florida Constitutional Amendment 5 passes, Florida Policy Institute warns

BY: - October 5, 2018

A proposed Florida Constitutional Amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot could increase Florida’s dependence on paying for the criminal justice system by charging more court fees to people accused of a crime – many who struggle to pay anyway, groups that work with the poor say. State Constitutional Amendment 5 would make it harder for […]

Human Rights Campaign working to mobilize equal rights voters ahead of Florida November election

BY: - October 5, 2018

A national LGBTQ civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, is working to mobilize LGBTQ and “equality voters” to tip the balance for Democrats in close races in Florida. The campaign is focusing on the roughly 700,000 LGBTQ voters and over 3.2 million “equality voters” in Florida that it has identified who support progressive policies […]

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Florida opens investigation into priest sex abuse against children, asks victims to report

BY: - October 4, 2018

With the widespread scandal unfolding about horrific sex abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests across the world, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday announced a statewide criminal investigation into child sex abuse in Florida and launched a web site for victims to report. “I am calling on victims and anyone with information about potential abuse […]