FL minimum wage to go up in January, but some workers will still be below federal poverty line

BY: - October 22, 2018

The minimum wage in Florida will grow to $8.46, effective January 1, 2019. That’s an increase of 21 cents from the current rate of $8.25 an hour. The state’s minimum wage for tipped employees will also increase by 21 cents next year, growing from $5.23 to $5.44 per hour. Florida law requires a new minimum […]

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NextGen Florida’s new $1.2 million digital ad campaign caters to young people and progressive issues

BY: - October 22, 2018

Young voter registration and mobilization giant NextGen Florida is launching a $1.2 million digital ad campaign to “get out the vote” as the Nov. 6 midterm election draws near. The ads running until election day will appear on various online platforms catering to young people, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Hulu Vevo, Spotify, […]

Joe Biden to campaign with Gillum, Nelson & other Democrats in Florida next week

BY: - October 19, 2018

With early voting beginning in several Florida counties on Monday, former Vice-President Joe Biden will make three campaign appearances in Florida early next week with Democrats up and down the ballot – with two of those appearance on college campuses. Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, attorney general Sean Shaw and Pinellas-area U.S. […]

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Andrew Gillum got tax refunds; gave thousands to charity, IRS records show

BY: - October 19, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum released his 2015 and 2016 federal tax returns on Friday, with his campaign spokeswoman saying it’s time for Gillum’s opponent – Republican Ron DeSantis – to do the same. Both the 2015 and 2016 tax returns show what may Americans might see on their own tax returns, from child care […]

New study says Florida has the 3rd most unfair state and local tax system in US

BY: - October 19, 2018

Florida is the third largest state in the country, and according to a new report, has the third-most unfair state and local tax system in the U.S. That data comes from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit tax policy organization. Florida is one of nine states in the country without […]

Millions of students can’t get access to crucial classes in high school

BY: - October 19, 2018

Millions of high school kids aren’t exposed to critical classes needed for college and work, with students in high-poverty and high-minority schools worse off – far less likely to get access to key courses. Those are among the findings of a sweeping new analysis of the classes offered – or not offered – to high […]

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Preparation, people, luck – plus determination in the face of disaster: What it takes to pull off an election in Florida.

BY: - October 19, 2018

It’s no small task to run an election in the nation’s third-largest state. It takes tens of thousands of workers and a massive amount of coordination. And to top it off, Hurricane Michael raged through North Florida and knocked out communications for a wide swath of the Panhandle. In some counties, there aren’t homes left […]

Mayors score a victory in court battle over the NRA-backed state law which blocks local firearm regulations

BY: - October 18, 2018

A Leon County judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit over whether local officials have the right to pass  gun laws in their towns and cities can go forward. The state of Florida and top state officials are trying to keep local gun regulation from happening, amid  the Florida Legislature having passed one of the nation’s […]

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Another out-of-state billionaire donates big in Florida governor’s race

BY: - October 18, 2018

California philanthropist Tom Steyer has sent another $2 million to Democrat Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign. Earlier this month, the political committee for Gillum’s Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, received a $5 million contribution from Kenneth C. Griffin, a wealthy Chicago hedge fund manager. Steyer, an environmental activist and billionaire whose main vehicle for social action, NextGen […]

New research sheds some light on how Florida has severe punishments for young people who commit smaller crimes

BY: - October 18, 2018

Florida youth are being locked up – at the seventh highest rate in the nation – for crimes that don’t warrant them being taken from their homes, according to data published by the Pew Charitable Trust. The Pew Trust looked at federal data from 2015 and found that 798 juveniles in Florida were put into […]

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Florida Attorney General Bondi calls on Gillum to disavow supporter who made offensive video

BY: - October 18, 2018

A controversial new satire video from rapper T.I. depicts a look-alike of First Lady Melania Trump stripping in the Oval Office. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says it is offensive, and she is publicly calling on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum to denounce the video and the rapper himself, who is backing the Tallahassee mayor’s […]

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Dems say if Scott gets elected to US Senate, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security in danger

BY: - October 17, 2018

A day after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said America’s massive debt problem is driven by obligations to fund Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, Florida Democrats and activists blasted the comments and asked if Governor Rick Scott feels the same way. “Social Security and Medicare did not cause the deficit in this country, and […]