Culture & Society

League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause, refile lawsuit challenging governor’s power to choose incoming Supreme Court Justices

BY: - September 20, 2018

Two groups that filed a lawsuit last year challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s power to choose three incoming Florida Supreme Court Justices refiled the case on Thursday. The stakes are high: The case revolves around who gets the power to choose replacements for three Supreme Court Justices leaving the court in early January because they have […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 2

BY: - September 20, 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 […]

Florida helps victims of crime; Some rules apply.

BY: - September 19, 2018

When someone is the victim of a crime and has to miss work, the state of Florida has a program to help out. The state will also offset the costs of a funeral and grief counseling for people who have been victimized and will handle relocation when someone is fleeing domestic violence. But Florida won’t […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 1

BY: - September 19, 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 […]

Fifth trans woman killed in Florida.

BY: - September 18, 2018

A transgender woman found shot to death in Southwest Florida is the fifth trans woman murdered in Florida in the past seven months, and LGBTQ activists are calling for a larger investigation. News accounts say Londonn Moore, 20, was found lying in the road around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 several miles from her hometown […]

Florida’s economy is booming, but not for everybody. How will that affect the governor’s race?

BY: - September 18, 2018

On the campaign trail, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, and their GOP allies paint a rosy picture of the state’s job growth and economy. To hear them tell it, we Floridians are all doing a lot better than we were eight years ago. But that’s only for some people, particularly those […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says hearings should happen to hear Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser – Sen. Rubio laying low

BY: - September 17, 2018

Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said today that he believes that there should be an investigation into the allegations that surfaced over the past few days from a California woman who says  that U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. “I agree there should be an investigation of the […]

Census Bureau: Millions of people don’t have health insurance. Florida is no exception.

BY: - September 14, 2018

The Census Bureau is looking at how many people are uninsured in the U.S., and Florida’s numbers are in the millions. People nationwide without health insurance coverage increased by almost a million people, according to American Community Survey data and the Census Bureau; most of those people are “working-age” adults – 19- to 64-year-olds. Nationwide, […]

What is going on in Amendment 6’s “Marsy’s Law”?

BY: - September 14, 2018

Who wouldn’t vote to give rights to crime victims? Voters must decide just that in November when they see “Marsy’s Law” (part of Amendment 6) on the ballot. Victims’ rights advocates say the law is overdue and necessary. Civil rights organizations say Marsy’s Law is not what it seems. Where Marsy’s Law comes from Tech […]

Matt Gaetz once again hangs out with alleged Holocaust denier Charles Johnson

BY: - September 13, 2018

Northwest Florida U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz said he made a “poor decision” back in January when he invited controversial alt-right blogger Charles Johnson to be his guest at President Trump’s State of the Union address. Apparently all was forgotten by this summer, because Johnson – who once solicited donations on Twitter to help “take out” […]

Even Trump’s Republican Bros say he’s off-base in denying the number of Puerto Rico deaths from hurricane

BY: - September 13, 2018

President Trump’s controversial tweet that questions how many  Puerto Ricans were killed by last year’s Hurricane Maria ignited a furious reaction by Florida lawmakers on Thursday, including rare criticism from his closest Republican allies. Trump tweeted that “3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” claiming that the number “was […]

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Conservative Koch Industries-backed group joins organizations across political spectrum backing the effort to restore Florida felon voting rights

BY: - September 13, 2018

Freedom Partners, a Virginia-based libertarian group funded by the nationally known Koch Industries, is endorsing Amendment 4 in Florida, the measure that would automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons. “We believe that when individuals have served their sentences and paid their debts as ordered by a judge, they should be eligible to vote,” said Mark […]