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Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in the U.S. House, despite GOP grumbles

BY: - August 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Data from roll call votes show that 171 U.S. House Democrats and 89 Republicans have voted by proxy at least once since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  authorized the pandemic-era practice beginning last year. Pelosi has now announced the extension of proxy voting until Oct. 1 as the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues […]

Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they wanted to unite the party to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP lawmakers in a closed-door […]

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 […]

Democrats unveil resolution to impeach Trump, fearing a self-pardon

BY: - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Among the factors undergirding the new effort by House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump again is a legal theory that doing so could bar him from pardoning himself, according to those involved. The theory is among the many reasons — and there are many, as tempers still flare following an violent and […]

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 […]

Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones and activists discussing “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act”

FL lawmaker wants visa requirements waived for Bahamians following Hurricane Dorian

BY: - September 4, 2019

(Update) Broward County Democratic state Rep. Shevrin Jones is calling on the Trump administration to waive U.S. visa requirements for Bahamian citizens whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Dorian. While the full extent to the damage wreaked in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian isn’t known at this time, the Red Cross said Tuesday that […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Florida Dems sign onto letter demanding an investigation into what led Homeland Security to kill key US immigration program

BY: and - December 5, 2018

Saying that the program has been abused, the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this year it that would be moving to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 300,000 immigrants in the U.S. Under TPS, immigrants from countries that have suffered a natural or man-made disaster are allowed to live and work in the […]