Culture & Society

Ron DeSantis

What is and isn’t known about Ron DeSantis’s Navy career? Records provide a glimpse

BY: - October 15, 2018

Parts of Ron DeSantis’s Navy career remain unknown to the public as the Republican nominee for Florida governor heads into the final weeks of campaigning. That’s because DeSantis, an attorney and former Congressman, hasn’t disclosed full details, and the federal government won’t provide certain information. Through a federal public records request, the Florida Phoenix obtained […]

Will Hillsborough voters approve a new 1-cent sales tax for transportation this time around?

BY: - October 12, 2018

Since the end of the Great Recession, the Tampa Bay area has been among the leaders in Florida when it comes to job growth and the economy. But the region still suffers when it comes to adequately addressing its growing transportation needs. In Hillsborough County, voters rejected a one-cent sales tax on transportation back in […]

There’s still a chance to extend voter registration deadline, advocates say.

BY: - October 12, 2018

After a Tallahassee judge rejected extending voter registration for another week because of Hurricane Michael, advocates are still hoping to get an extension. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by civil rights organizations is still pending and the groups still want an extension for voters who want to go to the polls Nov. 6. The American Civil Liberties Union, the […]


Amid legal controversy, group pushes forward to interview Florida Supreme Court candidates

BY: - October 12, 2018

The organization charged with providing a list of qualified candidates to succeed three retiring justices on the Florida Supreme Court will meet twice in November to conduct interviews before submitting top choices to Governor Rick Scott and the incoming governor-elect. But which of the officials will have the power to choose the new Supreme Court […]

Beware of scams, price gouging following Hurricane Michael

BY: - October 11, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi is cautioning consumers to beware of scams following Hurricane Michael’s path through Florida. Residents can get scammed in a variety of areas, from tree removal to home repair and disaster relief programs, according to the Attorney General’s office. While most contractors and workers want to help, “People should be wary before […]

NAACP calls on Florida to take action against schools that ban discriminatory hairstyles

BY: - October 11, 2018

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is calling for the state to rescind discriminatory student hair policies, following the uproar over a 6-year-old boy who was turned away from a Florida private school in August. The child was wearing dreadlocks. The organization sent a letter to the Florida Department of Education earlier this month, “asking it […]

In the aftermath of Michael, Gov. Scott warns residents to be careful

BY: - October 11, 2018

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday said it’s far too early to understand how much damage Hurricane Michael inflicted on the state, but warned residents to be careful even after the storm has moved. The Category 4 hurricane touched down near Mexico Beach early Thursday afternoon, and is now moving into South and North Carolina, […]

NextGen health care

A surprising new political prospect: health care might be a top issue drawing young voters to the polls

BY: - October 11, 2018

Organizers for NextGen America have noticed something surprising while working in Florida to register young people to vote in the Nov. 6 midterm election: Young people are passionate about health care. NextGen first opened a Florida chapter in September 2017 with a $3.5 million investment by American billionaire Tom Steyer. When this week’s voter registration […]

Andrew Gillum victory

Dems bash Ron DeSantis for airing negative ad against Andrew Gillum as Hurricane Michael hits the Panhandle

BY: - October 10, 2018

With Hurricane Michael barreling into the Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, all eyes were focused on potentially life-threatening conditions that come with a Category 4 storm. But that doesn’t mean politics took a day off. The Florida Democratic Party held a conference call after Hurricane Michael made landfall, blasting GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’s campaign for continuing […]


Unprecedented number of LGBTQ candidates on midterm ballots could mean a Rainbow Wave in November, one group says

BY: - October 10, 2018

Blue wave, red tide – there’s a lot of colors involved in this year’s midterm election and one group is pointing to the possibility of a “rainbow wave” in November. National non-partisan political action committee Victory Fund, which formed in 1991, has identified more than 430 openly LGBTQ people who ran for office at every […]

New mobile app for reporting “suspicious activity” raises more questions than answers for schools and families

BY: - October 10, 2018

A new state-financed mobile app launched to allow students and community members to report “suspicious activity” anonymously is already raising questions about costs, participation and whether the app will be a helpful tool to thwart gun violence and keep schools safe. “I think it is a component –one piece of the puzzle that may be […]

NextGen Florida

NextGen Florida final count: over 50,000 young voters registered by Tuesday deadline

BY: - October 9, 2018

NextGen Florida – the Sunshine State’s affiliate of the national young voter registration organization – announced Tuesday that organizers had registered 50,773 young voters, ages 18 to 35, ahead of the Tuesday registration deadline. Political analysts have long been skeptical about the effectiveness of the “youth vote” in Florida, especially during midterm elections where voter […]