Florida Phoenix

Florida has one of the worst health care systems in the nation, report finds

BY: - August 7, 2018

The Sunshine State has one of the gloomiest health care systems in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub report. Florida ranked No. 42 out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. WalletHub compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other federal agencies and compared the cost of health […]

Could a tragedy have been thwarted? Nikolas Cruz’s safety net had holes

BY: - August 6, 2018

Accused shooter Nikolas Cruz went without school counseling and special education services in the 14 months leading up to the Feb. 14 killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – in part because of school district errors, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story. The newspaper account this past weekend was based on a heavily-redacted […]

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Reproductive rights advocates meet in Tallahassee to demand scrutiny of “fake” women’s clinics

BY: - July 31, 2018

Advocates for reproductive rights converged Tuesday morning at the state Capitol to demand Gov. Rick Scott and other state departments scrutinize what kind of services and information “fake women’s health clinics” offer to women who walk through their doors. A law that went into effect July 1 mandates that state government fund a network of […]

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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Rush job on school safety law causes mental-health conundrum for families, no help from state

BY: - July 20, 2018

In the rushed, traumatic days following the February shootings at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, lawmakers scrambled to approve broad gun reforms and new laws to make schools safe. But quick legislation doesn’t always equate to good legislation, says Kenneth Trump, a well-known school security expert and consultant who has testified before Congress. Case […]

Green groups sue to block Trump’s offshore drilling plan in Gulf of Mexico

BY: - July 17, 2018

Four environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for its decision to open more than 78 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. The groups – Earthjustice, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity – issued a press release announcing the lawsuit and […]

The feds say they will keep releasing vile Lake Okeechobee pollution to coasts

BY: - July 16, 2018

Despite the nasty fluorescent green algae outbreak that’s happening off South Florida’s east and west coasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed releases of the polluted water from Lake Okeechobee that’s filled with fertilizer, manure and sewage from surrounding industrial agriculture operations and cities north of the lake. The Okeechobee swill flows out […]

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Florida activists speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee

BY: - July 13, 2018

Progressive activists on Thursday gathered outside the Florida Supreme Court and called on Florida U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to reject President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the jurist would be detrimental to reproductive rights and health care in America. “Make no mistake about it. The […]

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Kathy Castor blasts Trump ‘sabotage’ of consumer help for Affordable Health Care Act

BY: - July 12, 2018

Since went live in the fall of 2013, no state in the union has had more people sign up for the Affordable Care Act than Florida, which is one reason why Tampa Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was livid this week while talking about the Trump administration’s decision to slash funding by 70 percent […]

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“Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be able to get well and stay well.”

BY: - July 12, 2018

Marijuana activists called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to drop the state’s challenges over two lawsuits related to medical marijuana. The 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing pot for medical purposes has faced multiple challenges to implementation — but activists are not giving up. “Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be […]

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Stigmatizing kids? New law forces families to disclose student’s mental health treatment

BY: - July 11, 2018

Registering a student for public school involves submitting everything from proof of immunizations, health exams and birth certificates to details about gender, race, emergency contacts and more. But the newest registration requirement this upcoming school year is a little-noticed provision that is now drawing concern, confusion and criticism as administrators grapple with Florida’s new school […]

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What’s in our food? Florida congressman calls federal GMO labeling plan “grossly inadequate.”

BY: - July 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced this week that he has filed a formal objection letter with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, calling its food labeling plan for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) “grossly inadequate.” “As you work to issue a final rule later this year, I would urge you to go back to the drawing board […]