More than one out of every five Florida households has responded to the U.S. Census, data shows

BY: - March 24, 2020

A little over one in five Florida households has responded to the 2020 U.S. Census survey, with most responses  filed online, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Some 20.9 percent of the Florida households had responded through Sunday, with 16.9 percent of the responses filed online, the data show. Other responses are being […]

COVID-19 cuts into Florida’s presidential primary turnout; some poll workers fail to show

BY: - March 17, 2020

Voting in Florida’s presidential preference primary on Tuesday started off with sparse crowds and few polling workers at precincts around the state amid fears stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. In Broward County, with more than 1 million active registered voters and the most COVID-19 cases in the state, in-person voting was definitely slim. That very […]

New coronavirus case, in Broward County

BY: - March 10, 2020

The latest update on coronavirus cases in Florida: A 69-year-old female in Broward County is the latest to contract the China-born illness and is under isolation, according to the Florida Department of Health. The new case, reported early Tuesday, is connected to Metro Cruise Services, a company that operates at Port Everglades, state health officials […]

Why haven’t FL officials told the public that a patient was tested for coronavirus at a South FL hospital?

BY: and - February 6, 2020

At Surgeon General Scott Rivkees’ confirmation hearing Tuesday, state senators asked the doctor about the deadly coronavirus that has spread to the United States from China. “Are we prepared and are you prepared for what could be a coronavirus outbreak in Florida?” State Sen. Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat, asked Rivkees. Rivkees, the state’s chief […]

‘It’s not fine.’ Black mothers and babies are dying in Florida

BY: - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in Florida and throughout the United States.   The national statistics are alarming: black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. American Indian women are also more […]

Bipartisan Senate panel: It’s time to get low-level drug offenders out of state prison

BY: - January 16, 2020

Florida lawmakers on a key Senate panel want to keep low-level offenders out of state prison, particularly drug offenders who need treatment, not incarceration. The panel — the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee — voted unanimously to reform criminal sentencing guidelines to accomplish that goal, with both Republicans and Democrats supportive of the measure. The concept […]

A year ago in January, Ron DeSantis became FL Gov. DeSantis: What do you think about his first-year record?

BY: - January 7, 2020

At an inaugural ceremony in Tallahassee on Jan. 8, 2019, former congressman Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida’s governor. We’ve heard what DeSantis thinks of his first year in office – it was “an incredible year for Florida” with “historic accomplishments that are of the utmost importance to Floridians,” according to an assessment released […]

Workplace protections for medical marijuana users: FL lawmakers, advocates hope to pass 2020 law

BY: - January 6, 2020

As medical marijuana use continues to gain popularity in Florida, advocates and lawmakers want to ensure that qualified patients in the workplace won’t get in trouble if they use the drug as a treatment. Patients who need the drug could be considered fearful of personnel action if marijuana is found in their system. That’s why […]

Policy analysis: FL ranks low on infant health, especially among minorities

BY: - December 17, 2019

Florida ranks poorly among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in infant health, especially among African Americans and native Americans, and it underutilizes programs that could help more children, according to an Early Childhood Policy analysis by the Center for American Progress. For infants born at low birth weight – a key risk […]

Coalition says Florida Forever should be top funding priority

BY: - December 16, 2019

Sensitive lands throughout Florida, including natural springs, prairies and the iconic Florida Everglades, deserve greater funding, say conservation leaders and business people who held seven public events over the weekend to underscore their ongoing efforts. Florida Forever Days of Action events were coordinated in Fort Myers, Gainesville, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Fort Walton, Gulf Breeze […]

Reducing reliance on foreign oil: State lawmakers promote electric vehicle options in FL

BY: - December 13, 2019

Predicting a surge in the use of electric vehicles in the Sunshine State, Florida lawmakers are sponsoring various bills to promote transportation technologies and specifically electric vehicle charging stations. “Experts believe that by 2030 up to a third of new cars sold will be electric,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas County Republican. He announced […]

Tens of thousands rally around the world for climate action

BY: - December 7, 2019

Many thousands of people around the world held rallies and marches Friday to demand climate action, as world leaders and non-government parties from 200 countries convened in Madrid for the United Nations conference on climate change. The Miami chapter of “Fridays For Future,” an international youth movement for climate action, was among the American cities […]