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FL Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy offers empathy to Capitol Police officer: ‘I listened to you struggle’

BY: - July 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy on Tuesday empathized with a U.S. Capitol Police officer who offered testimony on the deadly Jan. 6 attack by a mob of Donald Trump supporters. Murphy, a Democrat, shared a chilling video that showed officers at the Capitol attempting to block rioters from storming the building during the first hearing by […]

State Democrats relate their experiences on the front lines of the voting-rights struggle

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year alone, […]

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Some countries are better than others at confronting their dark histories

BY: - June 8, 2021

LONDON — The United States is not alone in struggling with the endemic racism of its past — and present. The United Kingdom is also trying to reckon with the way much of its empire was built on slavery. Britain has its own Black Lives Matter movement and, even during the coronavirus pandemic, this diverse […]

Regarding critical race theory: Can we talk about American history like grown ups?

BY: - May 28, 2021

Florida State University’s new president will be Richard McCullough of Harvard. Probably. The state Board of Governors must still ratify his selection when they meet in late June, and while it’s unlikely they’ll put forth another candidate, it’s not impossible. They are political animals, and higher education in Florida — as in other red states […]

Bill-signing for Gov. DeSantis’ Big Tech crackdown features atmosphere of a campaign event

BY: - May 24, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Monday penalizing “Big Tech” for alleged censorship of conservatives in a ceremony featuring many of the hallmarks of a political campaign appearance, including frequent outbursts of applause by an enthusiastic audience. He did so while flanked by a crowd of state legislators plus exiles from Cuba and Venezuela — […]

Hinson, Scalise support ouster of Liz Cheney from U.S. House GOP leadership

BY: - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson of Iowa said Thursday that she backs a move to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House GOP, after Cheney called out fellow Republicans for spreading lies about the 2020 presidential election. Hinson and top House Republican leaders including Louisiana’s Steve Scalise are advocating for Rep. Elise Stefanik, […]

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DeSantis and his confederates in FL’s GOP Legislature: They don’t care about bettering the state

BY: - May 7, 2021

Every year, I think the Florida Legislature can’t get any worse. Every year, I’m wrong. Let’s start with the hypocrisy. Republicans used to embrace local government, piously insisting that government closest to the people is best, and that “Tallahassee” doesn’t know what St. Pete, Palatka, or Palm Beach need. But now that city and county […]

Getting ‘deplatformed’ could mean big bucks in fines for social media companies; Legislature approves bill

BY: - April 29, 2021

Donald Trump got kicked off social media services and now the Florida Legislature has done something about it. On the second-to-last day of the 2021 session, GOP lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday that would impose substantial fines for such actions against political candidates and everyday Floridians. The bill now goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis for […]

Debate over social media ‘censorship’ of conservatives is coming to a head in FL Legislature

BY: - April 28, 2021

Legislation imposing substantial financial penalties against social media platforms that “censor” political candidates and private citizens is nearing a final vote in the Florida Legislature and likely will soon be on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. How will this affect private citizens? They’d be able to sue Twitter, Facebook, and other […]

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U.S. Rep Gaetz epitomizes the present state of the state of FL: cocky, clueless, and in a heap of trouble

BY: - April 12, 2021

Matt Gaetz is not a prince among men. OK, maybe since he’s been accused of having sex with a 17 year-old, you might call him a Prince Andrew. Definitely not a Prince Charming. But even Prince Andrew didn’t go around showing naked pictures of women (one reportedly deploying a hula hoop) and bragging about bedding […]

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz under federal investigation, New York Times reports

BY: - March 30, 2021

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz is under Justice Department investigation over a possible sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, The New York Times reported Tuesday evening. The newspaper cited “three people briefed on the matter” and reported that the probe began during the final months of the Trump administration. The sources said investigators are looking into […]

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Feds said manatees weren’t endangered — now they’re dying in droves

BY: - March 18, 2021

Two months ago, everybody got pretty excited when a Citrus County boat captain snapped photos showing some prankster had scraped out five letters in the algae growing on a manatee’s back. The letters spelled out the name of a certain former president now residing in Palm Beach. Amid the widespread outrage, people suggested various punishments […]