U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to give Florida $61.7 million to fight opioid crisis

BY: - September 20, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it will give Florida $61.7 million to help fight the state’s opioid crisis, the News Service of Florida reports. A 2017 survey on drug use and health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that the number of people misusing opioids […]

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, […]


State finance problems loom as next governor comes into office

BY: - September 13, 2018

Florida’s next governor and Legislature will face looming state finance challenges as well as concerns about threats to the tourism industry that yields billions of tax dollars for the state, a new financial picture shows. One of those threats to tourism has already occurred, the report notes: This summer’s toxic algae outbreaks, which washed tons […]

Supreme Court

FL Supreme Court knocks education Amendment 8 off November ballot; keeps other measures on

BY: and - September 7, 2018

In a high-stakes decision on the future of public education, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday knocked so-called Amendment 8 off the November ballot, cementing the role of local school boards to create and oversee their public schools. The 4-3 decision came after oral arguments on Wednesday, with justices asking pointed questions about whether voters […]

Chris King

What do we know about Chris King? The Phoenix asked, he answered

BY: , , and - September 7, 2018

With Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum choosing affordable housing executive Chris King for his running mate this week, the pair has been described as the most progressive Democratic ticket in modern history in Florida. But what do voters know about King’s views? He was a candidate competing against Gillum in the primary, and now joins […]


What are your tax dollars paying for at women’s “crisis pregnancy centers”?

BY: - September 6, 2018

A new state law that provides taxpayer dollars to a network of so-called women’s “crisis pregnancy centers” is raising questions about whether the state will monitor how the centers – which don’t offer medical services, birth control, sex education, or abortions – deal with women who go there seeking help. According to the law that […]

Federal authorities designate dolphin die-off in SW Florida as “unusual mortality event.”

BY: - September 5, 2018

Federal authorities have officially declared the die-off of bottle nosed dolphins along Florida’s southwest coast as an “Unusual Mortality Event.” An alarming tide of dead sea creatures washing ashore since July has drawn national attention, and the rising death count of dolphins – at last count, 49 – in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough […]

Andrew Gillum

An inside view of Andrew Gillum’s ideas that could reshape Florida

BY: , , and - August 31, 2018

With Tuesday night’s victory by Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in the headlines – and changing the landscape of politics in the state – the Florida Phoenix today offers an expansive picture of how Gillum could re-shape Florida’s state policies and how those ideas could affect every Floridian. The Phoenix got an inside view of Gillum’s […]


Three questions for the candidates running for governor: Affordable Housing

BY: - August 23, 2018

Today on the Florida Phoenix, we continue our election series, where we ask three questions of the candidates for governor, who face off in the Aug. 28 primary. Each day, we’ll cover a different topic of interest to voters. Today, we ask about affordable housing. The Republican candidates – Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis – […]

To Florida Legislature: Pass the fracking ban in 2019

BY: - August 22, 2018

Stymied over the past three years, a coalition of environmental and business groups issued a letter calling on Florida lawmakers to ban the controversial practice of fracking, with more than 100 city and county elected officials signing on. “Fracking and the associated chemicals pose unacceptable risks to Florida families, tourists, our water supply, and economy,” […]

Florida environmentalists blast Trump proposal on power plant standards, saying “health disaster” will result

BY: - August 21, 2018

Environmentalists and some public officials in Florida criticized an Environmental Protection Agency proposal released today which gives states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. “What is new about this rule is it will guarantee that climate change will progress from a serious health problem to […]

Florida inmates expected to join in a nationwide prison strike today

BY: - August 21, 2018

Prisoners in Florida correctional facilities are refusing to report to their assigned jobs and in some cases engaged in peaceful sit-ins to demand immediate improvements to living conditions. It’s part of a strike in 17 states called by prisoner advocacy groups in the wake of bloodshed at a maximum-security South Carolina prison back in April, when […]