Politics & Law

More than half the states across the nation are considering abortion bans

BY: - January 20, 2022

With the 49th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case coming up, several organizations across the nation including Florida are planning to make an example by protesting various abortions bans that threaten women’s reproductive freedom. Currently, 26 states are certain or likely to go forth with an abortion ban, Jessica Post, president of the […]

COMMENTARY

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

BY: - January 20, 2022

The furious Democrats who revile Kyrsten Sinema don’t know her very well. She may not have single-handedly derailed President Joe Biden’s presidency by ensuring that none of his ambitious legislative agenda ever reaches his desk, but Arizona’s senior senator certainly has become the face of the Democrats’ circular firing squad. And her highly choreographed speech […]

First Lady DeSantis completes final chemo treatment after her breast cancer diagnosis, gov says

BY: - January 20, 2022

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis received her last treatment of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. It’s been almost five months since her diagnosis was made public by the governor’s office in early October. The governor updated Floridians and the press on her treatment milestone at the end of a Thursday press […]

COMMENTARY

Bills would help consultants make a killing off of killing off Florida’s seagrass

BY: - January 20, 2022

I have two kids, so believe me when I tell you that all parents are terrible liars. We constantly use what I call “feel-good lies” to make our kids feel better about the world we live in — even if our lying sometimes leads to bad results. “Santa Claus brought you those gifts,” we tell […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 19, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

FL Senate stiffs DeSantis on congressional reapportionment, sets vote on new maps

BY: - January 19, 2022

The Florida Senate ignored Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday in finalizing its proposed redistricting plan for congressional and state Senate districts to account for the results of the 2020 U.S. Census. All that’s left now is for a final vote on those maps, likely on Thursday. The state House is developing its maps for its […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 19, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

First hearing on 15-week abortion ban prompts emotional testimony: FL lawmakers vote 12 to 6 on ban

BY: and - January 19, 2022

At least a 100 people filled a committee room in the state Capitol Wednesday to speak about a proposed 15-week abortion ban that, if approved, could change the landscape for women’s reproductive rights. It was the first hearing on the ban, and the vote Wednesday was 12 to 6 in favor of the legislation called […]

Candidate Crist unites parents fed up with ‘toxic politicization’ at schools and DeSantis policies

BY: - January 19, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, currently campaigning for governor in 2022 as a Democrat, is creating his own coalition of parents to support his campaign. A former Republican Florida governor and education commissioner, Crist said that the group will be “instrumental in helping to shape the education policy of the future Crist administration and end the […]

Restricting how teachers and employers talk about race could chill important dialogue, critics say

BY: - January 19, 2022

Coming off of a federal holiday recognizing the influence of Martin Luther King Jr.,  some Florida lawmakers are pushing legislation that could impose more barriers on how public school teachers can discuss racism in history classes. In addition, the bill would involve Florida’s private businesses, which would prohibit employers from requiring employees to be subjected […]

Almost all FL abortions in 2020 were at 12 weeks or under; Hearing set Wednesday on 15-week ban

BY: and - January 18, 2022

The first legislative hearing on a proposed 15-week abortion ban in Florida is set for Wednesday, with new numbers showing that the vast majority of abortions in FL in 2020 were performed at 12 weeks or under. The data came from a 17-page legislative analysis released Tuesday and is related to a scheduled hearing Wednesday […]