Culture & Society

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls for special legislative session to fix public beach access mess

BY: - July 27, 2018

U.S. Sen Bill Nelson on Friday called for a special session of the Florida Legislature to repeal the law that is causing controversy and legal problems over the public’s access to the state’s beaches. “This isn’t what Florida is about,” Nelson said in a Friday morning press conference on the Panhandle’s Santa Rosa Beach.  “Beachgoers […]

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The public deserves to hear confession from gunman who killed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, judges order

BY: - July 27, 2018

Two judges ruled Thursday that the public deserves to know details from the confession of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in the South Florida community of Parkland, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. But no information will be released until Cruz has had time to appeal the ruling. According […]

Our governor’s secret job

BY: - July 27, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott — and the governors before him — has a job. That job is a public job, not a secret job. Yet voters who hired Scott for the top political and government job in Florida for the most part aren’t being told what the governor is doing and where he is all day, […]

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New “Love Vote” website promotes poignant stories of Floridians who can’t vote

BY: - July 27, 2018

In Florida’s last midterm general election in 2014, nearly half of the state’s registered voters (49 percent) chose – for whatever reason – not to come to the polls. Meanwhile, more than a million people in Florida are legally ineligible to vote. Now, a New York City-based filmmaker and school teacher has created a website to align the disenfranchised […]

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BY: - July 26, 2018

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Conservative student group that hosted AG Jeff Sessions, chanting ‘Lock her up,’ has 23 Florida chapters

BY: - July 25, 2018

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

BY: - July 25, 2018

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 […]

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LGBTQ community rocked by series of Florida murders

BY: - July 24, 2018

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. […]

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Traffic gridlock: Critics say pricey, exclusive toll lanes (“Lexus Lanes”) hurt the poor. Will it change with a new governor?

BY: - July 24, 2018

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

BY: - July 23, 2018

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 […]

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New political effort to let independent voters – not just Dems and GOPs – participate in Florida primaries

BY: - July 23, 2018

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 […]

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Grumpy rich people to public: Get off my lawn – er, public beach!

BY: - July 23, 2018

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 […]