Politics & Law


This Florida chemical plant is the biggest greenhouse gas polluter in the state

BY: - December 1, 2022

I have a confession to make. I’m oooooold. How old am I? I remember when Steve Martin was just a stand-up comic whose big schtick involved getting small. These days Martin is the star of a popular Hulu TV show about a trio of snarky amateur detectives. In movies, he’s played a well-meaning dope, a […]

U.S. House votes to avert calamitous rail strike, but Senate prospects murky

BY: - November 30, 2022

The U.S. House moved Wednesday to avoid an economically disastrous nationwide rail strike, voting to codify an agreement that members of some unions had already rejected and separately add paid sick leave that workers had demanded. The two-track approach allows Democrats to avert a strike that could cost the U.S. economy up to $2 billion […]

GOP women surpass female Dems in FL Senate; major gains for Republican women in House

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Florida House and Senate saw major upticks for Republican women elected to serve in the 2022-24 legislative term compared to the previous session. Last term, 16 women were in the Florida Senate, which is 40 percent of the chamber. That figure remains the same, but it’s still well below the U.S. Census data showing […]

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants Senate vote to end military COVID-19 vaccine mandate

BY: - November 30, 2022

Arguing that the requirement that all members of the U.S. Armed Forces must be vaccinated against COVID-19 is hurting military readiness, a group of at least 13 Republican U.S. senators – including Florida’s Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – said Wednesday they won’t support an annual military funding bill unless the Senate votes on an […]

DeSantis defense in Andrew Warren lawsuit might not be adding up to the judge

BY: - November 30, 2022

The judge hearing suspended Hillsborough County prosecutor Andrew Warren’s First Amendment lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis has been poking holes in the governor’s defense as the trial progresses in federal court in Tallahassee. For example, when DeSantis public-safety adviser Larry Keefe took the stand to describe how he vetted Warren’s performance as state attorney with […]

U.S. House Democrats make history electing first Black party leader in Congress

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The three U.S. House Democrats who have led their party through four presidencies and thousands of floor votes formally passed the torch to the next generation Wednesday, when the party gathered behind closed doors to elect its top leaders for the 118th Congress. House Democrats named Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, as their leader. […]

Rokita advances complaint against Bernard to Indiana Medical Licensing Board

BY: - November 30, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Wednesday sent a complaint against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The Republican attorney general said in a statement that Dr. Caitlin Bernard “failed to immediately report the abuse and rape of a child to Indiana authorities” […]

Albertsons-Kroger mega-deal raises questions from lawmakers about higher food prices

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee panel raised concerns during a Tuesday hearing that a proposed merger between two of the largest U.S. supermarket chains could mean a monopoly on groceries and lead to higher food prices for Americans. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, […]

‘Reminiscent of fascism?’ Activists fear proposal could limit protests, chill speech at FL Capitol

BY: - November 30, 2022

In March, high school students filled the 4th floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee, shouting “F*** DeSantis” in protest of the Florida Legislature passing restrictions on classroom discussions of LGBTQ+ topics. In June, abortion rights protesters carried signs which read “abort SCOTUS” and demonstrated on the lawn of the Capitol in protest […]

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer. The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill back to the U.S. […]

U.S. Sens. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, won’t support congressional action to stop potential rail strike

BY: - November 29, 2022

President Biden says that Congress needs to pass emergency legislation to avert a nationwide rail strike that would “devastate our economy,” but both of Florida’s Republican U.S. senators say they won’t support such legislative action. Sen. Rick Scott tweeted out Tuesday in direct criticism of Biden: “@JoeBiden failed to get a deal done with rail […]

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico. The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]