Politics & Law

Our governor’s secret job

BY: - July 27, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott — and the governors before him — has a job. That job is a public job, not a secret job. Yet voters who hired Scott for the top political and government job in Florida for the most part aren’t being told what the governor is doing and where he is all day, […]

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New “Love Vote” website promotes poignant stories of Floridians who can’t vote

BY: - July 27, 2018

In Florida’s last midterm general election in 2014, nearly half of the state’s registered voters (49 percent) chose – for whatever reason – not to come to the polls. Meanwhile, more than a million people in Florida are legally ineligible to vote. Now, a New York City-based filmmaker and school teacher has created a website to align the disenfranchised […]

Will controversial education amendment get kicked off the ballot? An answer is coming soon.

BY: - July 27, 2018

A Leon County circuit court judge is expected to rule Aug. 17 on whether a controversial education amendment should get kicked off the Nov. 6 ballot. But the stakes are so high that the case likely won’t end that day. “I anticipate that this case will ultimately be decided by the Florida Supreme Court,” said […]

Florida Phoenix

Florida adjunct professors to kick off five-city tour to promote tuition-free college, student-loan forgiveness and the need for a union

BY: - July 26, 2018

Fresh off their efforts to organize as a union call for union certification at two more colleges this month, a group of adjunct professors, students and community members are set to kick off a state-wide tour through five different cities in Florida this week. They will  advocate for tuition-free college, student loan forgiveness, a minimum […]

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BY: - July 26, 2018

Florida Phoenix

Southern Poverty Law Center sues ICE & Customs and Border Protection for withholding documents in Florida immigration cases   

BY: - July 25, 2018

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed lawsuits against two federal government agencies on Wednesday, saying that the government is withholding public information about Florida’s undocumented immigrants. The social justice group, which is based in Alabama but has been working in Florida in recent years, sued the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for failing to […]

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Conservative student group that hosted AG Jeff Sessions, chanting ‘Lock her up,’ has 23 Florida chapters

BY: - July 25, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed a crowd at a high school leadership summit Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C., when the audience began chanting the phrase “lock her up.” Sessions laughed and joined in once. He was there to speak to Turning Point USA, a national student-centric conservative group that’s growing in Florida. The group […]

Advocacy group challenges Florida’s “fake” concern over women’s health

BY: - July 25, 2018

Pro-choice advocates will be in Tallahassee next week to petition Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health to demand more accountability for how a state-funded network of women’s clinics spends taxpayers’ money – and whether clinic workers peddle religious views. The network of not-for-profit women’s clinics – known as the Florida Pregnancy Care […]

Florida Phoenix

Federal court overturns Florida prohibition of early voting locations on college campuses

BY: - July 24, 2018

College campuses can be used for early voting sites in this year’s elections, a federal judge ruled today Judge Mark Walker granted a preliminary injunction against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s interpretation of the state’s early voting law, which he claimed prohibited public college and university campuses from hosting early voting sites The League […]

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Traffic gridlock: Critics say pricey, exclusive toll lanes (“Lexus Lanes”) hurt the poor. Will it change with a new governor?

BY: - July 24, 2018

Vexing traffic congestion seems to be an issue in all of Florida’s major urban regions, yet it has not received much attention from the seven major candidates for governor this campaign season. Plenty of people have criticism for Gov. Rick Scott’s approach, which saw the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) over the past eight years […]

Activists call for Tampa Bay prosecutor to file charges in shocking ‘Stand Your Ground’ shooting case

BY: - July 23, 2018

In the wake of the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton last week in Pinellas County, a coalition of activist groups are calling on Pinellas/Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe to file charges against the shooter, 47-year-old Michael Drejka. Drejka, who is white, shot and killed McGlockton, a 28-year-old African American man, outside a convenience store […]

Florida Phoenix

New political effort to let independent voters – not just Dems and GOPs – participate in Florida primaries

BY: - July 23, 2018

Though there is considerable interest this summer in who the next governor of Florida will be, the fact is that more than three million people –  a quarter of all registered voters in the Sunshine State – are banned from participating in the Aug. 28 primary election. That’s because they’re a part of the fastest […]