Former Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to be interim president of New College of Florida

BY: - January 31, 2023

Richard Corcoran, a former House Speaker and Florida Education Commissioner and a current Board of Governors member of the state university system, is expected to be the interim president at the public New College of Florida in Sarasota. The news came in a series of tweets and clips from Florida-based newspapers on Tuesday afternoon and […]

Immigration advocates urge Florida officials to drop lawsuit on Biden’s ‘parole’ program

BY: - January 31, 2023

A group of immigration advocates on Tuesday announced their support of the Biden administration’s humanitarian “parole” program — which legally allows up to 30,000 migrants per month to come to U.S. shores from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba – and urged Florida officials to back off their legal challenge to the plan. Florida has long […]

DeSantis is appointing new medical board members while slamming gender-affirming care for youth

BY: - January 31, 2023

With the state considering a ban on gender-affirming care for minors, two key medical oversight boards scheduled to discuss the issue next week have undergone changes to their members in just a couple months. Gov. Ron DeSantis is responsible for appointments to both the Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine and they must […]

Gov. DeSantis lambastes ‘ideology’ in FL’s university system and threatens tenure for profs

BY: - January 31, 2023

In a list of higher education proposals Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that “unproductive” tenured professors are the “most significant deadweight costs” at Florida universities. That’s why the governor wants those professors to face evaluations, at risk of their jobs, at any point of their tenure. That’s not a traditional approach in the world of […]

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White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 31, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House last week announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]

‘Heartbeat bill is the most likely legislation’ that could be pushed by GOP in 2023

BY: - January 31, 2023

Amid court challenges to Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, the leader of a statewide policy council who’s against the medical procedure believes GOP lawmakers could push for a more restrictive ban — at around six weeks — during the Legislature’s spring session. Democrats fear that such a restriction — connected to a so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill […]

Florida GOP, sheriffs, pursue permitless carrying of firearms; Dems call it reckless, dangerous

BY: - January 30, 2023

Legislative Republicans have taken the first step toward allowing any adult Floridian without a criminal record to carry concealed weapons free of any need to take gun-safety classes or register with the state. They wouldn’t be allowed to openly pack handguns, as in the Wild West. Still, Democrats warned that bills introduced Monday in the […]

U.S. House Oversight chair’s agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer on Monday previewed his priorities for this Congress, which he says will include a heavy focus on the handling of classified documents, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, and what he described as possible “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden. The Kentucky Republican addressed reporters and […]

Frequent commuters in FL to receive first toll discount in February

BY: - January 30, 2023

Frequent commuters are expected to see a 50 percent discount in February for using at least 35 toll transactions in a month, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday, offering an update on the new toll initiative that only lasts a year. “I think people in Central Florida will be benefiting very soon,” DeSantis said during […]

Florida election supervisors balk at implementing new ID provisions in vote-by-mail ballots

BY: - January 30, 2023

Florida election supervisors are objecting to a provision in an election law passed last year that if enacted would require voters to include some form of personal identification information when submitting their vote-by-mail ballot. The supervisors say the idea will create additional costs and logistical challenges, according to a January report on the issue. Here’s […]

Amid tragedies in California, FL lawmakers want to add Asian American history instruction into law

BY: - January 30, 2023

As the nation grapples with a string of deadly attacks on Asian American communities in California, a handful of bipartisan  lawmakers want to require Florida’s K-12 students to learn about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in school. Legislation requiring such instruction has been pushed by a group called Make Us Visible, an […]

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — Karen Judith Briseno Ortiz mailed in her application for a program meant to protect undocumented children from deportation, one day after her twin sister’s application. Her sister was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Briseno Ortiz, who grew up in Dallas, was not. Now her application is in limbo […]