Politics & Law

U.S. judge skeptical of elected prosecutor’s suspension by DeSantis but declines to reinstate now

BY: - September 19, 2022

A federal judge refused on Monday to reinstate Andrew Warren as state’s attorney for Hillsborough County, saying he first wants to fast-track a trial to better establish the motivation behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of the elected prosecutor. That sets up the prospect that the governor could be called to the stand to explain himself […]

GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds

BY: - September 19, 2022

Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG for short. Describing these investment criteria as “woke” and “misguided activism”” GOP officials argue that by taking these factors into account when making investment choices, financial institutions are putting ideology ahead of making money. Experts on […]

DeSantis endorses Schmidt’s campaign for Kansas governor, pokes at Kelly’s ties to Biden

BY: - September 19, 2022

OLATHE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis worked to broaden his 2024 presidential foundation Sunday by traveling to Kansas to headline an endorsement rally for Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt. Presence of DeSantis and other conservatives at Schmidt campaign events less than two months ahead of the November election appears to reflect competitiveness of the contest […]

Biden administration targets deep waters near Oregon, Maine for new offshore wind power

BY: - September 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will seek to add deep-water offshore wind energy, a developing technology that isn’t yet widely used, to its mix of renewable energy sources, administration leaders said. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told reporters on a White House call Thursday that their departments would advance efforts to […]

Report: Online trolls are spreading offline hate against LGBTQ Americans

BY: - September 17, 2022

Baseless attacks against LGBTQ Americans by online trolls — whether anonymous or by well-known politicians and public figures — have created a “cascade of … hate, underpinned by dangerous misinformation and outright lies against the LGBTQ+ community,” according to recently released research. That’s the top-line finding of a new report, jointly released by the Center for Countering […]

Crist pivots to abortion rights as DeSantis defends flights to Martha’s Vineyard

BY: - September 16, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist came to Tallahassee Friday to highlight a political issue that he suspects Gov. Ron DeSantis has been trying to play down: abortion rights. And he took a swipe at Attorney General Ashley Moody while he was at it. At the same time, the former congressman from Pinellas County hit the […]

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Complaints: TV station violated ‘vaccine passport’ ban with debate requirement

BY: - September 16, 2022

Florida Republicans are pushing back against a television station’s policy of requiring COVID-19 vaccination to participate in a political debate, filing complaints alleging violation of a state law prohibiting “vaccine passports” and urging officials to open an investigation. Scotty Moore, Republican nominee challenging incumbent Democrat Darren Soto in Congressional District 9 in Central Florida, declined […]

Families suing the state for threatening medical care for their transgender children

BY: - September 16, 2022

Jade Ladue spent last weekend celebrating her son’s 13th birthday with him. And despite the stereotype of his age, when children are said to turn into unruly teenagers — he’s actually thriving, she says. “He has so many hobbies. He loves sports, hanging out with friends, fishing, even going to school,” she said. But she […]

Feds express ‘cautious optimism’ over decline in new U.S. cases of monkeypox

BY: - September 15, 2022

Federal health authorities on Thursday credited vaccination programs targeted to individuals at high risk and other efforts to educate Americans for the decline in monkeypox cases in many parts of the country. But officials also pledged more equity in providing access to the vaccine against the disease spreading in Florida and nationwide. CDC data document […]

U.S. Senate Republicans pan Democrats on crime, say they’ll introduce their own bill

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small group of U.S. Senate Republicans are seeking to draw attention to U.S. crime rates, saying they plan to introduce a bill that would direct more resources to state and local police departments as well as require the Government Accountability Office to study the amount of time it takes crime labs to […]

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On Democracy Day, newsrooms draw attention to a crisis in the U.S. system of government

BY: - September 15, 2022

A recent poll found that 69 percent of both Democrats and Republicans think democracy in the United States is in danger of collapse. Almost two years after Donald Trump falsely claimed that voter fraud cost him the election and inspired a web of supporters and “big lie” candidates to also believe the election was rigged, […]

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress held its first hearing on monkeypox Wednesday, with lawmakers rebuking federal public health officials for their slow response to the outbreak, even though the hearing came four months after the first U.S. case was diagnosed. “By any measure, in fact by every measure, the response from the Biden administration on the monkeypox […]