Politics & Law

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced Thursday a public health emergency for the monkeypox virus, which means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns. “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, […]

transgender rights

Nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group opposes FL health officials’ efforts to restrict transgender medical care

BY: - August 4, 2022

A day before the Florida Board of Medicine considers potential restrictions on certain medical care for transgender Floridians, a nationwide advocacy group has condemned policies that could endanger trans kids and adults. The Human Rights Campaign, a nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group based out of Washington, D.C., has declared such restrictions as a “transparently political move […]

With limited monkeypox vaccine, Southern Decadence is a concern for Louisiana

BY: - August 4, 2022

Louisiana is headed into one of the largest gatherings of gay and bisexual men in the country next month without nearly enough monkeypox vaccine to meet the demand – and with a shortage of vaccine nationwide during a growing outbreak of the virus. Any person, regardless of gender or sexual history, can contract monkeypox, health officials […]

DeSantis suspends elected state prosecutor; cites refusal to enforce abortion, transgender laws

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended elected Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, accusing him of nullifying state laws through refusal to prosecute violent offenders and to enforce criminal penalties against doctors providing abortions or gender-affirming care. In Warren’s place, the governor named Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez Thursday to serve pending a vote by the […]

Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

Florida Capitol

Crist vs. Fried: Primary candidates held a ‘conversation’ but much was retreaded territory

BY: and - August 4, 2022

The two major gubernatorial primary candidates Wednesday evening did little to move the needle on some of the most significant political issues related to their platforms, from the economy, education reforms and assault weapon bans. But both Democratic candidates, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, had some differences. One of them was […]

COMMENTARY

Florida’s python hunt promotes politician, fails to eliminate invading reptiles

BY: - August 4, 2022

My kids frequently drag me to the theaters to see the latest superhero movie. As a result, I have discovered a fondness for what the comic book people call “origin stories.” You know, like how an illegal alien using a phony name became Superman. Or how Batman is just a rich orphan with anger issues […]

Showdown: LGBTQ+ rights vs. state ban on transition-related medical care for trans kids

BY: - August 3, 2022

With LGBTQ+ rights in the crosshairs of conservative groups across the country, Florida is doubling down in its crusade against transgender and gender-nonconforming kids and adults. Gov. Ron DeSantis highlighted his administration’s anti-LGBTQ+ efforts on Wednesday during a press conference in Brevard County. The conference was centered around a new initiative to provide treatment for […]

The dizzying realities of battling cancer: First Lady announces launch of FL cancer resource site

BY: - August 3, 2022

First Lady Casey DeSantis on Wednesday announced the launch of Florida Cancer Connect, an online resource site for cancer patients to hear from survivors and access information to help navigate the dizzying realities of battling cancer. At a press conference at the Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, she noted that while some cancer-focused non-profits are […]

DeSantis scorns idea of monkeypox emergency; sees other states’ declarations as power plays

BY: - August 3, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out at big blue-state governors who’ve declared emergencies over monkeypox, accusing them and the news media of attempting to stoke fear as a way of controlling people. The governor was asked about the matter during a news conference he called in Brevard County to announce an opioid treatment initiative. “Any of […]

Kansas voters defeat abortion amendment in unexpected landslide

BY: and - August 3, 2022

OVERLAND PARK — Kansas voters in a landslide Tuesday defeated a constitutional amendment that would have stripped residents of abortion rights, defying polling and political observers who expected a close result. The ballot measure was failing by a 60-40 margin late Tuesday after voters responded to an intense and costly campaign marked by dubious claims by amendment supporters and […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S., witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising rents mean […]