Politics & Law

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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 […]

Is Florida GOP’s tough talk on immigration a winning ticket in November?

BY: - July 6, 2018

Last Saturday in cities throughout Florida, thousands of people gathered to denounce the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration which has resulted in more than 2,000 migrant children being separated from their families when attempting to cross the Mexican border into the U.S. But with the controversy exploding all over the nation, the […]

Eastpoint wildfire victims file for state aid as relief efforts continue

BY: - July 5, 2018

Residents in the wildlife-ravaged town of Eastpoint, south of Tallahassee, have filed 89 claims with the state for aid in emergency living expenses –  for up to $5,000 per household. A controlled burn by a state forestry management contractor went out of bounds two weeks ago, racing over 800 acres and destroying a big chunk […]

State Clemency Official to Black Applicant: How Many Kids Do You Have? By How Many Different Mothers?

BY: - July 5, 2018

About 1.7 million people in Florida cannot vote. Amendment 4 on the November ballot might change that. Erwin Jones, an African-American man, was standing before the governor and Cabinet on June 14 when Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis asked him how many children he had and “how many different mothers to those children?” Jones […]

Planned Parenthood opens new clinic in Florida’s state capital

BY: - July 5, 2018

The facility isn’t easy to find, and you won’t see signs on the building that have anything to do with reproductive services or really anything about health care at all. It’s intentionally nondescript, with the entrance turned away from the street for safety reasons. There’s a vestibule made from bulletproof glass. The building in Tallahassee […]

America’s offshore oil lobby is circling like sharks

BY: - July 5, 2018

In the Crazy Town political atmosphere we now inhabit, you can get whiplash trying to follow the bouncing slime balls. Or, in this case, tar balls. Because when it comes to bizarre politics, look no further than the Florida coast and the prospect of oil rigs offshore. The latest drama started at the first of […]