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Traffic gridlock: Critics say pricey, exclusive toll lanes (“Lexus Lanes”) hurt the poor. Will it change with a new governor?

BY: - July 24, 2018

Vexing traffic congestion seems to be an issue in all of Florida’s major urban regions, yet it has not received much attention from the seven major candidates for governor this campaign season. Plenty of people have criticism for Gov. Rick Scott’s approach, which saw the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) over the past eight years […]

Activists call for Tampa Bay prosecutor to file charges in shocking ‘Stand Your Ground’ shooting case

BY: - July 23, 2018

In the wake of the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton last week in Pinellas County, a coalition of activist groups are calling on Pinellas/Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe to file charges against the shooter, 47-year-old Michael Drejka. Drejka, who is white, shot and killed McGlockton, a 28-year-old African American man, outside a convenience store […]

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New political effort to let independent voters – not just Dems and GOPs – participate in Florida primaries

BY: - July 23, 2018

Though there is considerable interest this summer in who the next governor of Florida will be, the fact is that more than three million people –  a quarter of all registered voters in the Sunshine State – are banned from participating in the Aug. 28 primary election. That’s because they’re a part of the fastest […]

Making history: Reporters vote for a union at Jacksonville’s 154-year-old daily paper

BY: - July 20, 2018

Sick of stagnant pay, shrinking benefits,  and newsroom layoffs, reporters and other workers at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville voted to join a national union this week, a historic vote that makes the 154-year-old newspaper the third in Florida to do so. “We think organizing as a union lets the staff speak in a voice […]

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Orlando City Council approves Trust Act

BY: - July 20, 2018

(UPDATE) The Orlando City Council on Monday became the first municipality in the South to pass what is called the “Trust Act,” which would ban city employees from asking suspects about their immigration status. Similar measures have been passed in California, Connecticut and U.S. cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Chicago. In some of those jurisdictions, […]

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Rush job on school safety law causes mental-health conundrum for families, no help from state

BY: - July 20, 2018

In the rushed, traumatic days following the February shootings at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, lawmakers scrambled to approve broad gun reforms and new laws to make schools safe. But quick legislation doesn’t always equate to good legislation, says Kenneth Trump, a well-known school security expert and consultant who has testified before Congress. Case […]

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What’s it like being a Muslim running for office this election year?

BY: - July 19, 2018

If Saima Farooqui wins the Aug. 28 primary in her South Florida district, she will make history as one of the first American Muslims to hold a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. The 42-year-old Broward County resident is one of about eight Muslim candidates on local or state ballots this year in Florida. […]

Tom Steyer’s NextGen America ground troops begin their march into Florida for Andrew Gillum

BY: - July 18, 2018

As he frequently says on the campaign trail, Andrew Gillum is the only non-millionaire running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Now, he’s trying to make up for that with grassroots support and big bucks from millionaire liberal San Francisco philanthropist Tom Steyer. Steyer endorsed Gillum last month, contributing $1 million to his campaign as […]

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National Rifle Association gives Adam Putnam its top rating

BY: - July 18, 2018

It’s that time of year in Tallahassee, when the National Rifle Association weighs in with its annual grades of every candidate on the ballot in the August 28 primary. The top dog for the NRA is Adam Putnam, the self-described “NRA sellout” who has seemingly regretted making that remark in the wake of the Parkland […]

Koch brothers set up new political committee to funnel cash in governor’s race, Politico reports

BY: - July 18, 2018

Politico reports this morning that a political group backed by Republican mega-donors the Koch Brothers is setting up shop in Florida, presumably to funnel cash into the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. – a Trump favorite. The new committee is chaired by Mark Holden, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of […]

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Even more charter schools in Florida? Fall ballot could be “game changer”

BY: - July 18, 2018

Some two decades ago, Florida introduced a new type of public school – the “charter” – designed to be free from bureaucracy and run by private groups. Today, that sprinkling of new schools has grown into one of the largest charter movements in the country, with tens of thousands of Florida students flocking to charters […]

Green groups sue to block Trump’s offshore drilling plan in Gulf of Mexico

BY: - July 17, 2018

Four environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for its decision to open more than 78 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. The groups – Earthjustice, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity – issued a press release announcing the lawsuit and […]