Politics & Law

Amendment 12

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 12

BY: - October 3, 2018

AMENDMENT 12: lobbying and abuse of office by public officers BALLOT SUMMARY: “Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal […]

Rick Scott in Tampa

The political battle for Florida’s Latino vote

BY: - October 3, 2018

Two events invoke the importance of capturing the Latino vote in Florida this election year – and specifically from the burgeoning Puerto Rican community. The first took place on May 1 in West Tampa, where a crowd of local Republicans squeezed into the main dining space of a local restaurant called La Casona. They were […]

Equality Florida goes to rule making process to try to enact nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ state workers

BY: - October 2, 2018

Two years ago, Governor Rick Scott promised to sign an executive order that would protect Floridians from discrimination on the basis of their for sexual orientation or gender identity, LGBTQ activists say. Scott never delivered on that promise, and now a civil rights group is going through the state rulemaking process to have the non-discrimination […]

Welcome to the election: More than 2.5 million vote-by-mail ballot go out to voters starting today

BY: - October 2, 2018

Although the general election doesn’t take place for five more weeks, voting in the Nov. 6 election effectively begins this week as more than 2.5 million vote-by- mail ballots are being sent out to registered voters up and down Florida. Overseas ballots were mailed out last week. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election […]

Fl Capitol

Tallahassee Democrat newspaper teams up with PR firm as “sponsor” and right-wing think tank alum to “fact check” media reports about city

BY: - October 2, 2018

Well, here’s a what-the-heck headline for this week: The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper is so concerned about how Florida’s capital city will be portrayed in the media now that Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is the Democratic nominee for governor that it is teaming up with a PR firm and a conservative pundit to offer “fact checks” […]

COMMENTARY
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Florida’s racist legacy and today’s throwback politics

BY: - October 2, 2018

Florida pretends it’s not part of the South. Florida pretends it’s some Neverland of palms and pastels, beaches and theme parks full of talking animals and plastic princesses, a place where the past exists merely as a roadside attraction. You know that’s crap. It’s 2018 and the state only recently decided to exchange the statue […]

Amendment 11

A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 11

BY: - October 2, 2018

AMENDMENT 11: property rights; removal of obsolete provision; criminal statutes BALLOT SUMMARY: “Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime […]

Florida Dems note DeSantis vote 5 years ago to shut down federal government

BY: - October 1, 2018

It was five years ago today that a group of hardline House Republicans who opposed the Affordable Care Act were able to shut the federal government down for 16 days. The shutdown left nearly 800,000 federal employees out of work without pay and was extremely unpopular with the public. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis was […]

Obama endorses Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum for FL governor.

BY: - October 1, 2018

Former U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor Monday morning. “Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something – to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” the […]

Let it bee so: Among new laws that go into effect Oct. 1, one hopes to protect beehives.

BY: - October 1, 2018

There’s a distinct buzz in Tallahassee as a new law goes into effect Monday that makes it less worthwhile to steal beehives. It’s no joke: In recent years, Florida has seen a dramatic increase in theft of beehives, according to an analysis of the bill which is now law. The increase in beehive thefts is […]

The ground game is happening to mobilize black voters for the November election

BY: - October 1, 2018

As part of its effort to organize young voters to go to the polls this year, the voter outreach group NextGen America has been organizing on college campuses in swing states for the past year, including an emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. That work paid dividends in Florida for the group in August […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 10

BY: - October 1, 2018

State and Local Government Structure and Operation BALLOT SUMMARY: “Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices. Changes annual legislative session […]