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U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

COVID cases have dipped, but FL still has more new cases than any other state

BY: - September 21, 2021

At the start of September, Florida had more than 21,000 new COVID-19 cases, according to federal data, but this week, the number dropped to 6,904. That said, Florida’s figure is still the highest in the nation, according to data published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. North Carolina had the second highest […]

‘We’re done with fear,’ FL’s new surgeon general insists — ‘Expiration date. It’s done’

BY: - September 21, 2021

Florida’s new surgeon general is Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a UCLA heart specialist who has fully embraced Gov. Ron DeSantis’ personal-freedom approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, judging by his remarks during a news conference on Tuesday. DeSantis called reporters together to announce that he has chosen Ladapo to replace Dr. Scott Rivkees, who left the position […]

Fight for reproductive rights at the forefront of the upcoming FL legislative session

BY: - September 21, 2021

Fearful that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 could change immeasurably, given the current landscape, women lawmakers and other advocates at the Florida Capitol grounds came out in force Tuesday to rally against anti-abortion legislation. With the Florida Legislature launching legislative committee meetings this week to prepare for the upcoming 2022 legislative session, […]

U.S. House Dems propose $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. That disaster relief money is slightly more than the $24 billion that the Biden administration asked Congress to approve for extreme weather events during the […]

Upending FL statewide exams will likely be difficult; proposed testing system has few details

BY: - September 21, 2021

It’s been a week since Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran made a sudden announcement: Within the next few school years, Florida will do away with major statewide assessments and switch to so-called progress monitoring — multiple assessments taken throughout the year to track individual student progress. But at a roundtable discussion with […]

Under warnings about past failures, FL lawmakers launch redistricting efforts

BY: - September 20, 2021

A legislative process that will affect elections in Florida for years to come began Monday under the shadow of a history lesson on what not to do. Florida Senate Redistricting Committee Chair Ray Rodrigues, a Lee County Republican, opened the inaugural meeting with a review of the wrongdoings committed 10 years ago, in the Legislature’s […]

FL hospital systems are looking to expand in-home medical care, but will lawmakers go along?

BY: - September 20, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an influx of sick patients, some overwhelmed hospitals in Florida have found innovative ways to deliver health services to residents’ homes and want to expand those efforts. Dr. Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer at AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, told state House lawmakers Monday that limited bed spaces are […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

Appeals court vindicates citizens’ right to challenge land developments

BY: - September 20, 2021

Plans for a Walton County land development project called Cypress Lake call for 141 residential units, including 85 single-family houses, 40 duplex units, and 16 condo units, plus 53,000 square feet of commercial space comprising four mixed-use buildings. Walton County officials OK’d the project notwithstanding complaints that the development would be jammed in too close […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Gov. DeSantis reshaped Florida’s appeals courts; it seems to be working out for him

BY: - September 20, 2021

As Gov. Ron DeSantis knows, when you get into a legal beef it helps to have appointed three members of the court that will hear the appeal. And to have placed three more jurists on the court above that one. That’s the situation at Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, which sits in Tallahassee and […]