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Hillary Clinton to campaign for Andrew Gillum next month – will Donald Trump come for DeSantis?

BY: - September 27, 2018

Two years after Hillary Clinton lost the chance to make history by becoming America’s first female president, the former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State hopes to help Florida make history by electing its first black governor – Andrew Gillum. Clinton is scheduled to make a campaign appearance next month in South Florida with […]

Amendment 7

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 7

BY: - September 27, 2018

AMENDMENT 7: First responder and military member survivor benefits; public colleges and universities BALLOT SUMMARY: “Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors […]

A worrisome picture for black students in public colleges and universities, including in Florida

BY: - September 26, 2018

For black students, college life can be troubling and far different compared to their peers. They’re underrepresented on college campuses. They’re less likely to graduate on time compared to their peers. And their professors and other instructors probably won’t be black. Those and other findings are part of a new “50-state Report Card” by the […]

Rick Scott

Report: Gov. Scott gave $5 million from blind trust to his daughter and reported it as “accounts receivable from a business.”

BY: - September 26, 2018

South Florida nonprofit investigative journalism outfit the Florida Bulldog has a story today saying that Gov. Rick’s Scott’s blind trust  – something the governor set up as a way to avoid conflicts like making decisions on state policy that affect his multi-million-dollar investments – “loaned as much as $5 million to a Delaware company privately […]

NextGen Florida

Ready, set, go: Thousands more young Floridians registered to vote. What will it mean come November?

BY: - September 26, 2018

Hear that rumble? That’s the sound of young people ready to march to the polls in November, says NextGen Florida, an affiliate of a national organization mobilizing, and registering, young people to vote. The Florida chapter announced Tuesday that it has roughly 23,000 more young people registered to vote since the Aug. 28 primary. That’s […]

gavel

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 6

BY: - September 26, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

Misleading ads on Florida test results: Gov. Rick Scott should do the math maybe?

BY: - September 25, 2018

An Orlando Sentinel story set the record straight on how Florida kids do on well-regarded federal exams called NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress). Scott, who is challenging incumbent Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race, is featured in a recent ad that says: “Fourth-grade reading and math scores, first in the nation. Eighth-grade reading, […]

Health care

Physician burnout in the Sunshine State

BY: - September 25, 2018

Physicians in the U.S. – including in Florida – say they’re facing career burnout at worse rates than before and 78 percent of the physicians surveyed nationwide say they are dissatisfied with their career in some way. This isn’t good for healthcare, or for the nearly one billion people who go to medical providers each […]

New study on best & worst states for teachers: Guess where Florida falls? (It isn’t good)

BY: - September 24, 2018

An analysis released Monday ranks the Sunshine State 47 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. based on school-related data, according to the personal finance web site WalletHub. Florida’s overall score stems from myriad factors, including annual salaries, teacher turnover, pupil-teacher ratios and per-pupil spending, according to the study. “Teaching can be a profoundly […]

Amendment 4

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 4

BY: - September 24, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

What’s up with Amendments 7, 9 and 11 — and 6, 8 and 10?

BY: and - September 21, 2018

The fate of three Constitutional Amendments is still hanging in the balance about six weeks from election day Nov. 6, and another three Amendments may suddenly be in a quandary. The good news: There’s been some movement on reaching a conclusion on Amendments 7, 9 and 11 at the Florida Supreme Court. As of noon […]

“Impeachment Now” banner flying in Orlando skies over the weekend

BY: - September 21, 2018

People in Orlando will see a massive banner with the words “Impeachment Now” – addressing President Donald Trump – flying over the city for the next few days, the Orlando Weekly reports. The flight schedule will put the banner in view of people commuting or attending football games over the weekend. A group called Mad […]