Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the upstate New York city, Biden and other New York Democrats, […]

‘A dull sensation’: FL First Lady had six chemo treatments during experience with breast cancer

BY: - May 17, 2022

At a Tuesday press conference involving $100 million in cancer research, First Lady Casey DeSantis went into more details about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, which included six chemotherapy appointments. “When the bad news was pouring in — and it seemed like a barrage of bad news, right? People who have been diagnosed with […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

For a second time, judge blocks state from using DeSantis’ congressional districts

BY: - May 17, 2022

A state trial judge has forbidden the state from running this year’s midterm elections using the congressional redistricting map that Gov. Ron DeSantis forced the Legislature to enact, citing the prospect of “irreparable harm” to voters, especially North Florida Blacks. Circuit Judge Layne Smith, sitting in Leon County, insisted Monday that the state stick to […]

Can FL schools, workplaces discuss Saturday’s ‘racially motivated’ shooting in Buffalo under HB 7?

BY: - May 17, 2022

On Saturday at a Buffalo supermarket, a white 18-year-old gunman killed 10 Black people, and the shootings are being looked at as a racist hate crime, according to The Buffalo News in New York. The alleged killer was identified in the News as Payton Gendron, 18, near Binghamton in the southern part of the state. […]

Drug testing at work problematic for medical marijuana patients

BY: - May 16, 2022

State agencies in Louisiana could soon be prohibited from firing workers who use medical marijuana. The Louisiana House Labor Committee will consider a bill next week that would prohibit the state from subjecting employees or prospective employees to any negative consequences based solely on a positive drug test for marijuana if the worker uses the […]

New FL law would ban protests outside private residences, including homes of school board officials

BY: - May 16, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation providing for jail terms of up to 60 days and $500 fines for protesting outside the homes of public officials and private citizens — like what’s been happening to U.S. Supreme Court justices since the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade. “Sending unruly mobs to private […]

Klobuchar to Georgia Dems: ‘Get mad and vote’ in response to potential overturn of Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 16, 2022

Georgia Democrats face major headwinds going into this year’s midterm elections, but they are looking to the not-so-distant past for inspiration: the 2020 election when Georgia voters flipped control of the U.S. Senate and helped elect Joe Biden as president. “Do you know how many Republicans voted for the American Rescue Plan? Zero, zilch, zippo, […]

Ask Justice Alito: How much sway do female lawmakers really have in the abortion fight?

BY: - May 16, 2022

It’s been two weeks since a 98-page leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion spelled near-certain death for federal protections of abortion access across the nation. But Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the draft opinion, seemed to want to put women at ease if states become the decision makers on the abortion front. On page […]

U.S. House vote to expand federal firefighters benefits seen as step toward parity

BY: - May 15, 2022

WASHINGTON – Years after firefighters extinguish a blaze, after the smoke has lifted and ashes have cooled, the people who risked their lives to contain the fire face another danger: cancer and cardiovascular disease resulting from exposure to smoke and heat. Government and academic studies have shown firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer and 14% […]

Hundreds to thousands of demonstrators protest against abortion bans Saturday, including Floridians

BY: - May 14, 2022

With a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling looming on the fate of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case, hundreds of demonstrators in Florida’s capital chanted, sang, held signs and marched around the state Capitol complex area on Saturday, including at the Florida Supreme Court building. It was not an isolated protest. Demonstrations were scheduled […]

Historic report on Federal Indian Boarding Schools finds 47 in AZ, plus FL, & some 400 nationwide

BY: - May 13, 2022

For the first time in history, the Department of Interior investigated the federal Indian boarding school system across the United States, identifying more than 400 schools and over 50 burial sites. Arizona was home to 47 of those schools, which were attended by Indigenous children who were taken away from their families and attempted to assimilate them […]