Politics & Law

Guess what? Voters themselves can try to expand Medicaid by putting an initiative on the ballot in 2020.

BY: - October 25, 2018

Floridians may be able to take on the question of expanding Medicaid on their own in 2020, according to health policy and analysis group Kaiser Health News. The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion went into effect in 2014 and in 2015, with the Florida Legislature voting against participating in the expansion, denying health coverage to […]

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After all the hard work to register young people to vote, will they?

BY: - October 25, 2018

Election Day is right around the corner and groups that have been hard at work for months motivating young people to register to vote are now thinking about what lies ahead: Will all those efforts pay off?  Will registering to vote lead to voting? Will young people really leave their dorms or their houses or […]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s South Florida Congressional office evacuated after delivery of suspicious package; other prominent officials get suspicious packages too

BY: - October 24, 2018

(Updated) Suspicious packages that could be explosives have been sent to several prominent officials Wednesday, from billionaire George Soros – a big donor to progressive causes – to Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In Wasserman Schultz’s case, the suspicious package was originally sent to former U.S. Attorney General […]

Stakes will be high in the final DeSantis-Gillum debate

BY: - October 24, 2018

Republican Ron DeSantis continues to trail Democrat Andrew Gillum in every public poll released in the race for governor, less than two weeks before Election Day (including an online survey released Wednesday that has Gillum up by 11 points). Gillum’s campaign has been rocked by new revelations in a state ethics complaint, putting the Democrat […]

More racist robocalls attacking Gillum: When will it end?

BY: - October 24, 2018

As Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum tries to become the first black governor in Florida, a white supremacist group has been “sending out an extremely racist robocall” against Gillum, according to HuffPost. The news outlet obtained an audio recording of the call: “Speaking in an exaggerated minstrel dialect, an actor pretends to be Gillum, saying: […]

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Could turmoil over new ethics revelations cripple Gillum’s campaign?

BY: and - October 24, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces new revelations from an ethics complaint stemming from national and international trips with lobbyists and questions about who paid for pricey tickets for the blockbuster Broadway show Hamilton, records show. Those revelations come on top of recent Republican attack ads against Gillum that reference a “corruption probe.” The turmoil […]

Health care a top issue for how Florida voters cast their ballots

BY: - October 23, 2018

Health care is a number one issue for Florida voters casting ballots in the Nov. 6 election, according to a recent poll from Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy analysis and journalism group. The poll says that 26 percent of voters in Florida rank the issue as most important, followed by the economy and jobs […]

Gainesville becomes the 5th city in Florida to commit to 100% clean energy future

BY: - October 23, 2018

The Gainesville City Commission has voted unanimously to become the latest Florida city to commit to 100 percent renewable electricity sources – though not until 2045. The resolution is nonbinding, meaning it’s not mandated – but it’s a goal and a start. The city, home of the University of Florida, currently uses an average of […]

Ethics complaint against Gillum won’t be concluded until after Election Day

BY: - October 23, 2018

Florida’s ethics commission has not finished its work into a complaint against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor, and the case won’t be resolved until after the general election, according to AP. The ethics complaint is separate from an FBI investigation into Tallahassee government. Gillum has repeatedly said he is not the […]

Activist group delivers thousands of petitions calling on Gov. Rick Scott to enact protections for LGBTQ state workers

BY: - October 23, 2018

The civil rights organization Equality Florida dropped off nearly 3,000 signed petitions to Gov. Rick Scott’s office in the Capitol on Monday, calling on Scott to sign an executive order banning discrimination against LGBTQ state employees. “The governor has said that Florida doesn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation,” says Jon Harris Mauer, public policy director […]

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The most contested U.S. House races in Florida: Will the Republicans keep their seats – or not?

BY: - October 23, 2018

Furious and fired up for nearly two years, national Democrats have vowed to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and end Congress’ one-party hold on Washington, D.C. They’d need to flip 23 Republican House from red to blue across the country, and have circled a handful in Florida. But as the Nov. 6 […]

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More financial controversy connected to FL Gov. Rick Scott

BY: - October 22, 2018

Public documents reveal that yet another financial controversy has emerged in connection with Gov. Rick Scott, according to a Tampa Bay Times story. The article highlights Scott’s financial ties to a vendor operating Florida’s  SunPass toll-collection system. “Scott’s financial link to the SunPass vendor is at least the seventh reported example of the wealthy governor’s […]