Culture & Society
Conservative student group that hosted AG Jeff Sessions, chanting ‘Lock her up,’ has 23 Florida chapters
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed a crowd at a high school leadership summit Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C., when the audience began chanting the phrase “lock her up.” Sessions laughed and joined in once. He was there to speak to Turning Point USA, a national student-centric conservative group that’s growing in Florida. The group […]
Advocacy group challenges Florida’s “fake” concern over women’s health
Pro-choice advocates will be in Tallahassee next week to petition Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health to demand more accountability for how a state-funded network of women’s clinics spends taxpayers’ money – and whether clinic workers peddle religious views. The network of not-for-profit women’s clinics – known as the Florida Pregnancy Care […]
LGBTQ community rocked by series of Florida murders
In the past five months, four transgender women of color and an African-American gay man – possibly tied to the same drag show touring circuit – have been murdered in Florida. The murders are spreading fear through the LGBTQ community, with activists banding together to demand more action from state leaders and from law enforcement. […]
Traffic gridlock: Critics say pricey, exclusive toll lanes (“Lexus Lanes”) hurt the poor. Will it change with a new governor?
Vexing traffic congestion seems to be an issue in all of Florida’s major urban regions, yet it has not received much attention from the seven major candidates for governor this campaign season. Plenty of people have criticism for Gov. Rick Scott’s approach, which saw the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) over the past eight years […]
Activists call for Tampa Bay prosecutor to file charges in shocking ‘Stand Your Ground’ shooting case
In the wake of the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton last week in Pinellas County, a coalition of activist groups are calling on Pinellas/Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe to file charges against the shooter, 47-year-old Michael Drejka. Drejka, who is white, shot and killed McGlockton, a 28-year-old African American man, outside a convenience store […]
New political effort to let independent voters – not just Dems and GOPs – participate in Florida primaries
Though there is considerable interest this summer in who the next governor of Florida will be, the fact is that more than three million people – a quarter of all registered voters in the Sunshine State – are banned from participating in the Aug. 28 primary election. That’s because they’re a part of the fastest […]
Grumpy rich people to public: Get off my lawn – er, public beach!
Maybe we’ve all been taking our right to stroll unfettered along Florida’s beaches for granted. Because it looks like a flap that exploded last week over public beach access way up in the Panhandle’s Walton County may be a test case for a land grab by wealthy waterfront residents to shut out the rest of […]
Making history: Reporters vote for a union at Jacksonville’s 154-year-old daily paper
Sick of stagnant pay, shrinking benefits, and newsroom layoffs, reporters and other workers at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville voted to join a national union this week, a historic vote that makes the 154-year-old newspaper the third in Florida to do so. “We think organizing as a union lets the staff speak in a voice […]
Rush job on school safety law causes mental-health conundrum for families, no help from state
In the rushed, traumatic days following the February shootings at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, lawmakers scrambled to approve broad gun reforms and new laws to make schools safe. But quick legislation doesn’t always equate to good legislation, says Kenneth Trump, a well-known school security expert and consultant who has testified before Congress. Case […]
What’s it like being a Muslim running for office this election year?
If Saima Farooqui wins the Aug. 28 primary in her South Florida district, she will make history as one of the first American Muslims to hold a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. The 42-year-old Broward County resident is one of about eight Muslim candidates on local or state ballots this year in Florida. […]
Even more charter schools in Florida? Fall ballot could be “game changer”
Some two decades ago, Florida introduced a new type of public school – the “charter” – designed to be free from bureaucracy and run by private groups. Today, that sprinkling of new schools has grown into one of the largest charter movements in the country, with tens of thousands of Florida students flocking to charters […]