Donna Shalala

Leon County

FL Democrats confront a hard truth: ‘We need a whole new direction’

BY: - November 4, 2020

Florida Democrats on Wednesday were absorbing a stunning rebuke: President Donald Trump carried Florida with 51.24 percent of the vote to Biden’s 47.85 percent, a difference of nearly 400,000 votes out of 11 million cast, according to unofficial Florida Division of Elections data. Trump claimed Florida’s 29 electoral votes. Moreover, his party added five seats […]


It was a good night for Republicans in FL legislative, congressional races

BY: - November 3, 2020

Two Democratic members of the Florida Congressional Delegation were trailing in reelection bids Tuesday evening as a number of competitive state legislative seats were trending Republican. In Congressional District 26 in far South Florida, Democratic incumbent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was trailing by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez — he had 52 percent to her 48 percent. […]

By popular demand, climate change was added late to presidential debate agenda, confirming candidate divide

BY: - October 1, 2020

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night he wants “immaculate” air and water but conceded he has rolled back automobile fuel economy standards, withdrawn from the 2015 global climate accord, and cut Obama-era plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants that cause climate change. After years of calling climate change a hoax, Trump also conceded […]

Gov. DeSantis takes a dive in approval ratings, but join the crowd: Many govs in the pandemic see declines

BY: - July 31, 2020

Some 32,000 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19 — more than any other state — yet 67 percent of registered voters polled say Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing a good or excellent job. In Ohio, with more than 3,400 dead, GOP Gov. Mike DeWine recently scored a favorability rating of 75 percent. In Florida, […]

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 […]


FL’s Wasserman Schultz hears death knell for Iowa caucuses

BY: - February 4, 2020

The meltdown of the Iowa caucuses Monday night probably spells the end of that state’s status as the first in the nation to judge presidential candidates, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said Tuesday. “Iowa’s probably on its last breath of remaining as the first state using the caucus system,” she said during a […]

Team Democrat: Trump abused his office and to protect the Republic must go

BY: - December 18, 2019

Update: U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a South Florida member of the Judiciary Committee, walked through the the evidence against Trump. “Some say this impeachment is about eight lines in a call transcript, but there is so much more,” Deutch said. “This was about a scheme that lasted months and it involved dozens of Trump administration […]

Trump rule to end food stamp access for some 700,000 nationwide; in FL, ‘a lot of damage has already been done’

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that’s expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamp benefits nationwide. It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to limit eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The administration has portrayed the effort as a push to boost […]

Donna Shalala’s office next stop for GOP-backed anti-impeachment rallies

BY: - October 10, 2019

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters hosted an anti-impeachment rally outside Orlando area Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s office on Thursday – part of a national GOP effort to put Democrats in competitive districts on the spot. “Stop the madness! Time for Rep. Stephanie Murphy to go to work on behalf of her district instead […]

FL Congresswoman: It’s ‘outrageous’ that U.S. won’t help Venezuelans fleeing crisis

BY: - August 22, 2019

With an economic crisis in Venezuela causing refugees to flee to Florida and other parts of the U.S., Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala of Miami says a decision may be coming soon on whether to grant special legal status for Venezuelan immigrants. Shalala was among those in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives that voted last […]

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Congresswoman seeks open access for lawmakers visiting detention centers

BY: - July 23, 2019

Last month, a group of Democrats running for president made well-publicized visits to the Homestead detention center in South Florida to investigate the conditions where migrant children are being held. But they weren’t actually allowed inside the facility to investigate first-hand the conditions there. That’s because, unlike Florida lawmakers who can visit state prisons without […]