Gov. Ron DeSantis

Biden administration took control over distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Will this impact FL?

BY: - September 15, 2021

In Florida’s state capital, the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy appears to be adequate to treat more COVID-19 patients, but shortages elsewhere could be cause for concern as demand rises for the treatments. For weeks now, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been traversing the state to tout the effectiveness of the therapy, and at least 25 […]

A bold move for a struggling FL council on Black males: A request for half million in funding

BY: - September 14, 2021

A council created by the Florida Legislature to improve the lives of Black men and boys has been deterred by fundamental issues: Financial challenges and attendance concerns that stymie members from voting on important matters. The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys — created in 2006 — aims to pursue […]

DeSantis, 2 top-elected Cabinet members got their COVID shots but oppose Biden vaccine mandates

BY: and - September 13, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have been vaccinated against COVID-19,  yet duringa morning press conference Monday, three of the four top politicians in Florida railed against President Joe Biden’s push for federal vaccine mandates. “We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going […]

Biden, DeSantis butt heads but agree on this: Vaccines, antibody therapy save lives

BY: - September 13, 2021

While President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis clash regularly over management of the deadly resurgence of COVID-19, they agree on this: Approved vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapy are the best medical tools for fighting coronavirus and its Delta variant. The Democratic president and the Republican governor who might run against him in 2024 both […]

FL has seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2021

With Florida hospitals experiencing an influx of patients during the past month due to COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant, the state is now seeing a decline in hospitalizations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 12,651 inpatient beds in use for COVID-19 cases, a decrease from a previous report […]

Texas’ restrictive abortion law triggers demonstrations in FL; abortion advocates deliver petition to FL Senate President

BY: - September 9, 2021

Following one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws enforced in Texas, advocates for women’s reproductive rights on Thursday warned state lawmakers that they are prepared to fight for abortion access in Florida, as Republicans are signaling to introduce a similar measure in the 2022 legislative session. The Texas law targets abortions at the point when […]

After state docked pay from board, Broward pushes DeSantis to stop sitting on billions for schools

BY: - September 8, 2021

While state education officials withheld the salaries of Broward County School Board members because of strict mask mandates, the school district has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to distribute billions in federal relief funds to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to the governor, Broward Interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright and […]

FL had been seeing a drop in COVID infections, but daily cases are still the highest in the U.S.

BY: - September 8, 2021

Following a significant decline in daily COVID-19 cases in Florida over the past few days, federal health officials released data on Wednesday showing infections have increased to 13,774, up from 10,162. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the new infections in Florida as of Sept. 7, and data nationwide show that Florida’s […]

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FL students now have 1 to 2 minutes of silence to start their day — but will it make a difference?

BY: - September 8, 2021

Astatula Elementary School in Central Florida’s Lake County already had a daily moment of silence in place long before a new law demanded it. Prior to the current school year, Astatula students would stand for the daily Pledge of Allegiance, and remain standing for another 10 to 15 seconds for a moment of silence. But […]

Vaccine incentives: FL venues offer gift cards, food vouchers; other states promote huge prizes

BY: - September 2, 2021

On the COVID-19 vaccine front, states across the country promote giveaways, scholarships and large cash prizes to urge residents to get the shots. But Florida’s meager offerings can’t compare to other states. California, for example, gave away cash prizes of $50,000 to 15 residents in June, part of a cash prize drawing, according to the […]

Texas enforces restrictive abortion ban; FL advocates say it’s ‘part of a national agenda’

BY: - September 1, 2021

With Texas successfully enforcing on Wednesday an anti-abortion law considered as one of the most restrictive in the nation, abortion rights advocates in Florida are warning that the Texas measure is connected to an overall attempt to block abortions for women nationwide. “The new Texas ban makes abortion everyone’s business but your own,” Laura Goodhue, […]

More school boards face pay cuts and a 5 p.m. deadline to comply with contentious FL mask policies

BY: - September 1, 2021

As tensions rise over punitive measures by the state, several school boards face a 5 p.m. deadline today to comply with state mask policies that some school boards believe are not appropriate to combat COVID-19 amid a surge in Florida. Already, two school boards, Alachua and Broward, have gotten pay cuts from the State Department […]