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GOP quickly lashes out as Orlando Congresswoman Val Demings announces campaign for U.S. Senate

BY: - June 9, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Val Demings officially announced her run for the U.S. Senate Wednesday, top GOP leaders including rival U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio immediately issued a statement or took to social media with criticism. Demings, an Orlando Democrat, launched her effort to unseat Rubio in 2022 in a video posted in the morning on YouTube. […]

State Sen. Randolph Bracy, Aramis Ayala, pursuing Central FL Congressional seat

BY: - May 26, 2021

State Sen. Randolph Bracy, a Black Democrat representing part of Orange County, had previously hinted at running for governor to unseat Ron DeSantis in 2022. In late March, he created a campaign-like website titled “Bracy for Florida.” But now, Bracy said he’ll focus on filling the seat of U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat […]

Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy and other Central Florida contenders want to unseat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

BY: - May 21, 2021

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat once on the shortlist for vice president and a tough adversary during the U.S. House impeachment inquiry into then-President Donald Trump, is signaling that she’ll take on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022. Media outlets earlier this week posted stories about a Demings v. Rubio race, and Demings tweeted: […]

U.S. Sens. Rubio and Scott join battle to reopen shuttered cruise industry by July 4

BY: - April 13, 2021

Anxious to get one of Florida’s biggest industries afloat, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have introduced legislation to bypass sailing restrictions set in place by the federal government following the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release posted Tuesday, the two Florida senators and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, of Alaska, introduced the “Careful Resumption […]

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U.S. Senate confirms Cardona as education secretary

BY: - March 2, 2021

The Senate on Monday confirmed Miguel Cardona to lead the U.S. Department of Education in a 64-33 vote. Cardona, a longtime educator from Connecticut, will be tasked with helping schools reopen during the pandemic and leading the $68 billion agency. Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio voted for Cardona’s confirmation; U.S. Sen. Rick Scott voted against […]

U.S. Senate confirms Vilsack for a second stint as Agriculture Secretary; FL’s U.S. senators opposed

BY: - February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Senate on Tuesday in a 92-7 vote confirmed former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a second time. Vilsack, 70, also headed the $151 billion agency under the Obama administration, for eight years. But he has garnered criticism from Black and minority farmers for his treatment of them during his […]

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New Gulf of Mexico whale species has same old problem: Us

BY: - February 11, 2021

Nearly two years ago, I stood on the edge of an enormous hole in the sand at Fort DeSoto in St. Pete Beach, trying to remember to breathe through my mouth, not my nose. This was not a contest to build the world’s biggest sandcastle. It was more interesting than that. It was a scientific […]

What U.S. Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Chair of Black male council regarding DeSantis: ‘I don’t think he likes us. I don’t think he likes Black people.’

BY: - December 8, 2020

About a month after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police, as the nation grappled with the aftermath, Gov. Ron DeSantis used his veto authority to cut $150,000 from a council dedicated to improving the lives of Black males in the state. DeSantis vetoed the money for the Florida Council on the Social […]

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This Crisis Won’t Wait, So Neither Should Congress

BY: - July 21, 2020

There are now nearly 370,000 COVID-19 cases in Florida. These are uncertain times, particularly for families with low income and few resources, as the health and economic crisis has disrupted every facet of daily life in the Sunshine State. On May 15 the U.S. House passed the (HEROES) Act, which would help states preserve crucial […]

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Our Gov is hiding in the Mansion trying to figure out how to talk to people of color who appear to be upset

BY: - June 8, 2020

The American Empire is disintegrating before our very eyes, but what the hell? This is Florida: The beaches are open, baby! Still, a little guidance, some stirring words from the white folks in charge, wouldn’t go amiss. The state’s racking up between 600 and 1,400 new COVID-19 cases every day, totally messing up football practice […]

Cut, washed, styled and dyed? Gov. DeSantis supports reopening hair salons — but not just yet

BY: - May 2, 2020

After Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings recently reached out to the Florida governor about reopening hair salons, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that he’s in support, though it won’t be right away. At a roundtable discussion on the issue at a salon in Orlando, DeSantis stressed the importance of proper safety measures in place for […]