Alcee Hastings

Voting-rights and civil-rights advocates call for veto of GOP-driven election reforms

BY: - May 5, 2021

Twenty voting-rights and civil-rights organizations told Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday that he should veto elections-reform legislation sent for his signature by the Republican-led Florida Legislature. The group includes the Fair Elections Center based in Washington, D.C, and Florida chapters of All Voting is Local, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Faith in Florida, […]

U.S. House Democrats say they have enough votes to impeach Trump

BY: - January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — At least 214 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to a measure to impeach President Donald Trump that was introduced Monday, charging him with inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Supporters of the impeachment effort said they would have enough votes to send charges against Trump […]

Capitol incursion didn’t deter these FL Republicans from voting against certification of Biden-Harris election

BY: - January 7, 2021

A dozen Republican lawmakers representing Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against certifying Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, notwithstanding the riot at the Capitol on Wednesday that disrupted a joint session in Congress. Two Republican representatives from Florida voted against objections filed against results from Arizona and Pennsylvania — Vern Buchanan […]

Florida universities get millions they can’t share with DACA students

BY: - May 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Florida colleges and universities will receive nearly $740 million in emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the state’s most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month — can’t […]

Florida Dems fume as Bernie Sanders gains steam

BY: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — South Florida Rep. Donna Shalala was quick to lash out against Bernie Sanders on Twitter. It was Sunday night, and Sanders — fresh off a decisive win in the Nevada Democratic caucus — said it’s “unfair” to contend that everything was bad about the late Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. “When Fidel Castro came […]

Florida lawmakers in D.C. aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match. The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened […]

Florida Democratic activists want Trump impeached, but the state’s Congressional delegation isn’t so sure

BY: - August 8, 2019

At a town-hall meeting in June, Boca Raton-based Congressman Ted Deutch was ready to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump — but he wasn’t ready to fully back an effort in Congress. Instead, he offered a PowerPoint presentation with excerpts from special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report, and took an extensive number of questions from […]

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Bob Graham & Bill Nelson lead list of Florida Dems endorsing Joe Biden for president

BY: - July 29, 2019

Early polls show Joe Biden to be the favorite in Florida’s Democratic presidential primary next year, and the former vice-president is continuing to lock up more big endorsements in the Sunshine State going into this week’s debates in Detroit. Former U.S. Senators Bob Graham and Bill Nelson head a list of 13 Florida Democrats who […]

Some college kids need food stamps. FL U.S. Rep. Al Lawson teams with Elizabeth Warren on legislation

BY: - July 18, 2019

Tallahassee-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation Wednesday that would make low-income college students eligible for food stamps. According to a federal Government Accountability Office report published in December, more than 30 percent of college students might face what’s called “food insecurity” – not being able to afford […]

Eight Florida U.S. House Democrats push for reproductive rights measure

BY: - June 10, 2019

South Florida U.S. Rep Lois Frankel is the most recent member of the Florida House Democratic delegation to sign on as a co-sponsor to a measure that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 law which bans federal funding for abortion. Eight of the 13-member Florida House Democratic delegation are co-sponsors to the bill, called […]

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33 state attorneys general urging Congress to solve marijuana banking mess – but not FL AG Ashley Moody

BY: - May 9, 2019

(UPDATED) A bipartisan group of 33 state attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them to pass legislation to allow states that legalized marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system. But Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is not among them. Even though dozens of states – including Florida – […]

Two U.S. Reps from FL sponsor federal legislation to make sure vote-by-mail ballots count

BY: - May 7, 2019

With vote-by-mail issues still problematic, Democratic U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch are introducing their own bill to help voters make sure their votes are counted. At issue are problems with vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots that may or may not be eligible, and the South Florida Congressmen want to bolster voters’ rights at […]