Congress gives up on attempt to make women register for the draft after GOP outcry

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan provision in an annual defense measure that would have required all young Americans to register for the military draft has been cut following a Republican backlash. Lawmakers tried to include the provision in the $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, to require all Americans — including women — […]

FL health department refuses to provide more details related to omicron cases; officials earlier provided info and data

BY: - December 8, 2021

With confirmed cases of the new omicron variant in Florida, the state health department on Wednesday declined to release details about cases, such as gender, age or information connected to travel history. Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Health created lengthy reports that were made available to the public with details about […]

Ms. DeSantis on her diagnosis: ‘Something was telling me that something wasn’t right’

BY: - December 8, 2021

Since the announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis in early October, First Lady Casey DeSantis has been reserved about sharing details of her personal medical condition. But Tuesday, she told the story of how she learned of her diagnosis, shedding light on her experience and urging Floridians to get cancer screenings for early diagnosis. “I […]

Montana’s Jon Tester to vote with U.S. Senate GOP to undo Biden vaccine rule

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana is one of at least two Democrats who are expected to join every Senate Republican in a vote Wednesday night opposing President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers. In a written statement late Tuesday, Tester said that he’s heard from concerned constituents in his state about that pending […]

U.S. House progressives file resolution yanking Boebert committee assignments

BY: and - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House progressives are pushing to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert of her committee assignments after the Colorado Republican suggested Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of only three Muslims in Congress, was a terrorist. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), introduced a resolution Wednesday to remove Boebert from the Natural Resources Committee and Budget Committee for […]

Citrus greening, killing groves in Central and South Florida, found in North Florida

BY: - December 8, 2021

Citrus greening, a disease ravaging citrus groves in central and south Florida, has been detected for the first time in north Florida, according to agriculture researchers. A tree confirmed to be infected with the disease was discovered in late November in a Leon County homeowner’s backyard, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food […]

FL is far behind other states when it comes to starting pay for correctional officers

BY: - December 8, 2021

Some correctional officers in the state’s prison system will get a boost in pay beginning next year, plus other incentives to attract new applicants. But Florida has more to do to pump up salaries for new and veteran correctional officers, nationwide data show. Gov. Ron DeSantis touted the measures in mid-November — part of an […]

House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

BY: - December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another […]

Avoiding words ‘climate change,’ DeSantis says global-warming concerns involve ‘left-wing stuff’

BY: - December 7, 2021

At an event Tuesday in Pinellas County about defending cities from sea levels rising around Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis answered a reporter’s question about climate change by talking about “left-wing stuff” and people posing as environmental advocates in order to “smuggle in their ideology.” DeSantis did not answer the reporter’s question about what his administration […]

FL House Dems push to address affordable housing, foreclosures in 2022-23 budget

BY: - December 7, 2021

Florida’s state budget for 2022-23 should address an ongoing housing crisis including high costs for rent and mortgage as well as an uptick in foreclosure filings, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith told his Democratic members of the Florida House on Tuesday. Specifically, in Central Florida, properties with foreclosures have increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Smith, a […]

Remembering sacrifices at Pearl Harbor, Gov. DeSantis orders flags lowered

BY: - December 7, 2021

Flags are flying at half staff today over state and local property in memory of the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,400 service members and launched the United States into World War II. Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an order to that effect in which he praises “the selfless […]

Omicron is believed to have landed in FL, Gov. DeSantis says

BY: - December 7, 2021

Public health officials believe they have identified COVID omicron variant cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. “They believe they have identified — I’m not sure where it is,” the governor said in response to a reporter’s question during a news conference in Oldsmar. The Florida Department of Health later confirmed its identification of […]