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andrew gillum

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 […]


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 […]

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 13

BY: - October 4, 2018

Amendment 13: Ends Dog Racing BALLOT SUMMARY: “Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.” What it’s about: Amendment 13 would end greyhound racing in Florida by the year 2020. It would not affect other existing types of gambling. Florida has more dog tracks (11) than […]


Florida voters: Here’s your state Constitutional Amendment guide

BY: , , and - October 4, 2018

Florida voters could face a whopping list of 12 different proposed Amendments to Florida’s Constitution at the polls Nov. 6 (though the Florida Supreme Court still must decide whether Amendments 7, 9 and 11 will go on the midterm ballot). To make things more challenging: Some of these Amendments “bundle” several different topics into one […]

Federal opioid legislation could help pull South Florida out of crisis

BY: - October 3, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Friday that may help combat South Florida’s opioid crisis, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The package of bills – now set to go before the Senate – would make it a “federal crime to pay or receive kickbacks for patient referrals to sober homes, treatment programs and […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 12

BY: - October 3, 2018

AMENDMENT 12: lobbying and abuse of office by public officers BALLOT SUMMARY: “Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal […]

Rick Scott in Tampa

The political battle for Florida’s Latino vote

BY: - October 3, 2018

Two events invoke the importance of capturing the Latino vote in Florida this election year – and specifically from the burgeoning Puerto Rican community. The first took place on May 1 in West Tampa, where a crowd of local Republicans squeezed into the main dining space of a local restaurant called La Casona. They were […]

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Tallahassee Democrat newspaper teams up with PR firm as “sponsor” and right-wing think tank alum to “fact check” media reports about city

BY: - October 2, 2018

Well, here’s a what-the-heck headline for this week: The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper is so concerned about how Florida’s capital city will be portrayed in the media now that Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is the Democratic nominee for governor that it is teaming up with a PR firm and a conservative pundit to offer “fact checks” […]