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Nelson-Scott race gets national attention

BY: - August 6, 2018

Two heavyweight national publications – the New York Times and Talking Points Memo – are drilling down on the Rick Scott-Bill Nelson race for the U.S. Senate, calling it among the most important – and expensive – in America. Some key questions: Will Scott’s buddy-buddy relationship with President Trump hurt him or help him? And […]

Could a tragedy have been thwarted? Nikolas Cruz’s safety net had holes

BY: - August 6, 2018

Accused shooter Nikolas Cruz went without school counseling and special education services in the 14 months leading up to the Feb. 14 killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – in part because of school district errors, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story. The newspaper account this past weekend was based on a heavily-redacted […]

Florida’s state retirement system isn’t exactly lucrative for women retirees

BY: - August 3, 2018

So much has been written and said about unequal pay between men and women that one financial piece of the pie can get overlooked: government pensions. Salaries are a key part in calculating  pensions that state and local employees receive. That means lower pay for women, compared to men, will lead to lower pensions for […]

Gwen Graham’s surrogates blast Jeff Greene’s ad on megamall

BY: - August 3, 2018

Democrats backing Gwen Graham’s candidacy for governor are blasting Jeff Greene for a new television  campaign ad that the Palm Beach billionaire began airing on Friday. The ad alludes to her family’s participation in developing what is planned to be the largest mall in the U.S., near the Everglades. The proposed American Dream Miami megamall […]

New nationwide survey: Younger teachers vs. older teachers on the education issues of the day

BY: - August 3, 2018

A new, sweeping educator survey released this week is striking in part because it shows how younger teachers view critical education issues compared to older peers. Regarding retirement: More than half of young teachers (younger than 30) surveyed preferred a private-company-style 401K rather than a traditional pension popular with older teachers (age 50 and older). […]

More Florida Democrats call for special session on Stand Your Ground law

BY: - August 2, 2018

(Update)  Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, incoming House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee and now Miami Beach Rep. David Richardson are joining St. Petersburg state Senator Darryl Rouson in calling for the Legislature to convene a special session to address the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. The call comes two weeks after 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton […]

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Integrity Florida Report: 91 percent of Trump judge nominees are white, mostly male

BY: - August 2, 2018

While the national focus in Washington is whether the U.S. Senate will confirm Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, a new report issued on Thursday questions the quality and diversity of President Trump’s other nominees to the federal judiciary. According to Integrity Florida, an independent watchdog and research group, 91 […]

Judge knocks greyhound racing ban off the November ballot

BY: - August 2, 2018

A circuit judge has knocked a measure off the fall ballot that would give voters a chance to ban greyhound racing in Florida Groups working to end dog racing say it is a cruel sport and they are vowing to appeal the ruling to try to keep the Constitutional amendment before voters this fall. Leon […]

Dueling doctors, different credentials, in Democratic state Senate primary in North Florida

BY: - August 2, 2018

On the “Kayser Enneking for state senate” website, the candidate appears in a typical white doctor’s coat, with a stethoscope around her neck. Move on to the link for “Kayser’s Story” and the first paragraph highlights her profession: “Kayser Enneking, MD, is a mother of two, a lifelong Gainesville resident and longtime UF Health physician.” […]

NextGen Florida

Power to the peeps: Will young voters sway the mid-term elections?

BY: - August 2, 2018

Organizers for the Florida chapter of NextGen America, a progressive group funded by American billionaire Tom Steyer, are putting their faith in the power of the millennial “youth vote” to get progressive candidates elected. But young voters – people under 30 – are historically bad at showing up to the polls, especially for mid-term elections. […]

‘Tidal Town Halls’ let voters talk to candidates about climate change

BY: - August 1, 2018

ReThink Energy Florida and First Street Foundation are holding a series of town halls where local and statewide candidates will talk about their plans to deal with rising seas and climate change.This is a chance for voters to ask them how they plan on protecting Florida. Here is the schedule: August 1, 5:30 – 8:30 […]

Democratic candidates for governor debate Thursday – last time before the primary election

BY: - August 1, 2018

The five Democratic candidates for governor will debate Thursday night in West Palm Beach for the fifth and final time before the August 28 election. It will be televised live in the ten major media markets around the state at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (It will also be streamed online at wpbf.com). The most recent poll […]