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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 2

BY: - September 20, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

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Environmentalists file new legal action to force state to spend conservation money the way voters directed four years ago

BY: - September 19, 2018

A coalition of environmental groups says Florida’s algae outbreaks and subsequent marine life die-offs are so severe that the Leon Circuit Court should immediately act to make sure Florida spends land conservation money the way voters directed it to four years ago. They filed a motion in court Wednesday to make that happen. In 2014, […]

ACLU report says young and minority voters have more vote-by-mail ballots rejected

BY: - September 19, 2018

More Floridians are voting early by mail, but a greater percentage of the mail-in ballots cast by young people and people of color are rejected compared to ballots cast in person, a new study says. Why are they rejected? Mostly due to missing or mismatched signatures, says the “Vote-by-mail Ballots Cast in Florida” report, co-authored by the […]

Florida helps victims of crime; Some rules apply.

BY: - September 19, 2018

When someone is the victim of a crime and has to miss work, the state of Florida has a program to help out. The state will also offset the costs of a funeral and grief counseling for people who have been victimized and will handle relocation when someone is fleeing domestic violence. But Florida won’t […]

Latest poll in governor’s race shows Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis

BY: - September 19, 2018

The latest poll of Florida’s governor race shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis by six points, 50 percent to 44 percent. The online poll has a margin of error of four percentage points (actually, the poll lists a “credibility interval” of four percentage points. Learn more about that here). Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 1

BY: - September 19, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]

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Focus on public education: DeSantis releases school policy plans; Gillum stands by his $1 billion proposal

BY: and - September 18, 2018

In his first major policy plan on public education in Florida, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis released details Tuesday that would tackle everything from potential wasteful spending, political biases in textbooks and a “complete review” of academic standards to ensure that the federal government isn’t dictating standards to Florida. In terms of education spending, a […]

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Tom Steyer’s “Black Lives Rising” to concentrate on increasing young black voter turnout in Tallahassee and Daytona Beach

BY: - September 18, 2018

A new campaign called Black Lives Rising launched Tuesday with $1 million and a goal to increase turnout among young black voters in 13 U.S. cities for the Nov. 6 general election, including Tallahassee and Daytona Beach. The effort is backed by NextGen America, a political action committee led by San Francisco billionaire philanthropist Tom […]

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Rick Scott takes shot at Dianne Feinstein as he comments on Brett Kavanaugh

BY: - September 18, 2018

Florida Governor Rick Scott is weighing in on allegations that Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a California woman back in the 1980’s. Scott, who is challenging Democrat Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate this November, says the Senate Judiciary Committee “needs to seek the truth here.” “Truth is not partisan, and truth […]

Florida’s economy is booming, but not for everybody. How will that affect the governor’s race?

BY: - September 18, 2018

On the campaign trail, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, and their GOP allies paint a rosy picture of the state’s job growth and economy. To hear them tell it, we Floridians are all doing a lot better than we were eight years ago. But that’s only for some people, particularly those […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says hearings should happen to hear Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser – Sen. Rubio laying low

BY: - September 17, 2018

Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said today that he believes that there should be an investigation into the allegations that surfaced over the past few days from a California woman who says  that U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. “I agree there should be an investigation of the […]

What taxpayers may not know about Florida’s charter schools

BY: - September 17, 2018

Florida’s booming charter movement – one of the largest in the country and now more than 20 years old — has increasingly moved away from independent, nonprofit “mom and pop” charter schools and nonprofit chains. Today, nearly half of the charters are run by for-profit private companies, “which earn profits from tax money in a […]