Michael Avenatti – a presidential contender in 2020?
Attorney Michael Avenatti, of Stormy Daniels fame, says it will take a unique candidate to beat Donald Trump in 2020 – but how unique? What about the lawyer himself? When the race for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 begins in earnest early next year, the field of candidates will be wide open — more […]
Three questions for the candidates running for governor: Health care
Today on the Florida Phoenix, we continue our election series, where we ask three questions of the candidates for Florida governor, who face off in the Aug. 28 primary. Each day we’ll cover a different topic of interest to voters. Today we ask about health care. The Republican candidates — Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis […]
Bernie Sanders in Tampa: Andrew Gillum as FL governor will “transform this state”
TAMPA – With early voting set to begin statewide this weekend, the patron saint of the progressive movement – Bernie Sanders – came to Florida on Friday to make the case for Andrew Gillum as the next governor of the Sunshine State. The former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator from Vermont had a message for those who have […]
Will Amendment 8 get kicked off the ballot? Stay tuned
A court hearing Friday raised more questions than answers over who can control public schools, and whether a Constitutional amendment over the issue should be kicked off the November 6 ballot. Leon County Circuit Court Judge John Cooper said he expects to rule Monday morning on the fate of so-called Amendment 8 — though it’s […]
New York University waiving tuition for all med school students, New York Times reports. Florida schools might not be far behind.
The New York University School of Medicine announced Thursday in a surprise move that it would cover tuition for all its students regardless of need or merit, the New York Times reports. N.Y.U. cited growing concerns about student financial debt, the story said, and comes at a time when affordability has become more and more […]
CDC releases data on 2017 opioid overdoses. The numbers don’t look good.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data on drug overdose deaths in the last year nationwide and the numbers are not promising. Since January 2015, deaths from opioid overdoses have increased by the thousands and spiked in October with 47,801 reported deaths nationwide. This year began with a reported 47,232 people […]
Three questions for the candidates running for governor: Education
Today on the Florida Phoenix, we continue our election series, where we ask three questions of the candidates for Florida governor, who face off in the Aug. 28 primary. Each day we’ll cover a different topic of interest to voters. Today we ask about education. The Republican candidates — Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis — […]
An anomaly or a tide turning? Conventional wisdom shifting as primary election nears
Florida’s race for governor has shifted in the polls over the past few months, but a growing consensus has pointed to a matchup between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Gwen Graham in November. But new public opinion polls released this week suddenly shifted that narrative as the Aug. 28 primary grows near. The biggest stunner […]
Could GOP lawmakers push for bill banning judges from meddling in redistricting?
Three years ago, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state Legislature’s redistricting of legislative and Congressional districts was unconstitutional — ultimately allowing new voting maps to be drawn by a coalition led by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida. The major changes led to Democrats adding two members to their […]
Three questions for the candidates running for governor: Environment
Today on the Florida Phoenix, we start an election series where we ask three questions of the candidates for Florida governor, who face off in the Aug. 28 primary. Each day, we’ll cover a different topic of interest to voters. Today, we ask about the environment. The Republican candidates – Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis […]
Five Florida cities ranked top 10 best places to retire, WalletHub reports
Orlando is the best city to retire to in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub study. Newark, NJ was the worst. The study looked at the “retirement-friendliness” of 182 cities across the nation and compared affordability, activities, quality of life and healthcare. The report assumed people would live on a fixed income. Orlando came […]
State audit: Ineligible kids get private-school scholarships anyway
Some Florida students who weren’t eligible for private-school scholarships got the money anyway, due to “human errors” and outdated information used to calculate awards, a new state audit shows. The nonprofit Step Up for Students, Inc., acknowledged concerns and made a variety of fixes, in part saying that “appropriate corrective actions were taken with individual […]