Politics & Law

Muslims Getting safety training at mosque

Bolder Bigotry: Florida Muslim residents face uptick in hate crimes, harassment

BY: - July 12, 2018

It was a Saturday evening in early May when the leader of a mosque in South Florida checked a 40-second voicemail on his cell phone from an unidentified number. He was out of town but was the emergency contact for the Masjid Jamaat ul Muttaqeen mosque in Pembroke Pines. That evening, the mosque was expecting […]

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Stigmatizing kids? New law forces families to disclose student’s mental health treatment

BY: - July 11, 2018

Registering a student for public school involves submitting everything from proof of immunizations, health exams and birth certificates to details about gender, race, emergency contacts and more. But the newest registration requirement this upcoming school year is a little-noticed provision that is now drawing concern, confusion and criticism as administrators grapple with Florida’s new school […]

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What’s in our food? Florida congressman calls federal GMO labeling plan “grossly inadequate.”

BY: - July 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced this week that he has filed a formal objection letter with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, calling its food labeling plan for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) “grossly inadequate.” “As you work to issue a final rule later this year, I would urge you to go back to the drawing board […]

No scheduled public debates among candidates for Florida’s top legal job? That’s weird.

BY: - July 10, 2018

It’s July already, and polls say most people don’t yet know who they will vote for in the August 28 Republican primary for Florida Attorney General – the state’s top legal job. Anyone looking to learn more about the two Republicans and two Democrats vying for Attorney General through a public debate is out of […]

Shooter Cruz’s mom was an “enabler,” Pinellas sheriff says

BY: - July 10, 2018

Accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooter Nikolas Cruz had a series of behavioral and anger issues dating back to preschool, and his mother was an “enabler,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission said today. Looking back at Cruz’s behavior, “It is death by a […]

COMMENTARY

The boy lawmaker from the family farm grows up — into a sellout

BY: - July 10, 2018

It’s shocking how Adam Putnam doesn’t get the respect he so richly deserves. The man has something like $37 million in his campaign account. As Commissioner of Agriculture, he’s got name recognition less accomplished politicos can only dream of, what with “Adam H. Putnam” emblazoned on every gas pump from Chumuckla to Miami Beach. He […]

Confederate monument in St Augustine

Update: St Augustine votes for Confederate monument with “context”

BY: - July 9, 2018

Update: The St. Augustine City Commission voted 4-1 on Monday evening to advance the recommendation by a local committee to add “context” to the city’s controversial Confederate monument and keep it standing, despite recent protests. Before voting on the matter, the city commission heard from the public for more than two hours, with supporters of […]

Can we trust polls these days?

BY: - July 9, 2018

According to the most recent polling in Florida, it’s looking like we could have an Adam Putnam-Philip Levine showdown in November on who will become the next governor. But when it comes to polls, should we trust the most recent public opinion surveys when others earlier this year had different candidates leading –  Ron DeSantis […]

Patronis’ Democratic opponent calls him “unfit to serve” over comment to African-American clemency applicant; Patronis releases meeting transcript

BY: - July 6, 2018

The campaign for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has released a statement in response to criticism from two Democratic candidates – CFO Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring and Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw (a member of the Florida House of Representatives) in response to a recent Florida Phoenix story. The story, published Thursday, highlighted a moment during […]

State Rep. Sean Shaw demands apology from CFO Jimmy Patronis for “racially biased” questions

BY: - July 6, 2018

In response to a Florida Phoenix story, Florida State Representative Sean Shaw, who is running for Attorney General,  is calling for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis to apologize for his “racially biased” questioning of an African-American applicant at the June 14 clemency hearing in Tallahassee. “It is one thing to try to determine the good […]

Florida governor candidate Gwen Graham on abortion rights

BY: - July 6, 2018

With a new seat opening up on the U.S. Supreme Court, women everywhere are thinking about the Roe v. Wade decision that made it possible for American women to have access to legal abortion. The Tampa Bay Times’ Lawrence Mower has a story about how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham – the only woman in […]

Florida felon rights restoration a national story

BY: - July 6, 2018

We’re not the only ones talking about Florida’s flawed voter restoration process for felons. Our Florida Phoenix story, written by CD Davidson-Hiers, covered the lack of standards for the Governor and Cabinet’s arbitrary decisions to either restore or withhold felons’ civil rights and includes some pretty weird public questioning by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy […]