Florida

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and that the […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a potential federal law […]

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image— a practice that’s commonplace […]

Florida and federal government at impasse over fate of cruise industry and vaccines

BY: - June 3, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledged Thursday that the state of Florida is at an impasse with the federal government over the fate of the cruise ship industry and vaccines for travelers. Florida’s lawsuit had been in mediation last month and into early June, and lawyers were engaged in settlement talks, according to court records. The discussions […]

New COVID strains sweeping the nation; FL has nearly 700 variant cases, more than any other state

BY: - March 12, 2021

New more, contagious COVID-19 variants are spreading throughout the country, with nearly all states detecting the variant first identified in the United Kingdom. Florida has the largest number of the U.K. variant cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday evening reported 3,701 cases of the U.K. strain in 50 jurisdictions. Known as […]

New study: FL sees high rates of uninsured children from not expanding Medicaid

BY: - February 19, 2021

Florida is among only twelve states that have not expanded Medicaid for low-income residents, leading to high rates of children without health coverage,  a new study shows. The report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that: “As of December 2020, 39 states (including the District of Columbia) have expanded Medicaid thereby […]

FYI: New, potentially more lethal COVID strain has spread to 22 states; FL now has 50 cases of the variant

BY: - January 22, 2021

Florida now has 50 cases of the more transmissible COVID-19 strain first identified in the United Kingdom — a variant called B.1.1.7 that appears to be  more lethal than originally thought, according to accounts coming from London. Gov. Ron DeSantis, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees and the Florida Department of Health still haven’t been providing […]

An important update on our story about a troubling new strain of COVID; the public needs to know

BY: - January 16, 2021

Following a Phoenix story about why Florida state officials haven’t been alerting the public, here’s an update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A new more, transmissible COVID-19 variant could become the dominant strain by March, triggering a surge in cases across the country, the CDC warned Friday. The variant, emerging from […]

RN says: Wear masks. ‘The governor here in FL, we haven’t heard a peep out of him in I don’t know how long’

BY: - November 17, 2020

Registered nurse Cynthia Butler twice tested positive for COVID-19 and still works at the same health care facility — Fawcett Memorial Hospital in southwest Florida’s Port Charlotte — caring for patients. “I had it back in May. I got it from my job, and I was out for a few weeks, and then I went […]

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]

While the state touts strides, COVID-19 infections and deaths of residents continue to rise in FL

BY: - October 2, 2020

The state is focusing on lowering the percent of people testing positive for COVID-19, but infections overall continue to rise in Florida. As of Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported 711,804 infections, up from 709,144 cases the day before. The death toll of Florida residents rose to 14,544 compared to 14,444 the day before. […]

COMMENTARY

In swing states like FL, young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting

BY: and - August 9, 2020

Most political analysts define “swing voters” as those who swing their support from one party to the other between election cycles – determining winners and losers in the process. According to this conventional wisdom, the “swingiest” voters are working-class whites in the Midwest, who supposedly hold the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, by contrast, pundits often portray […]