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U.S. military has left Afghanistan; evacuation of Americans and Afghans moves into next phase

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Even as the last military planes left Kabul, members of Congress were still trying to facilitate the evacuations of more Americans and Afghans. Reps. Jason Crow (D-Co.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.) and Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) are leading efforts to supply names and contacts of Afghans who helped the U.S. in the last 20 years […]

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A short sighted move? DeSantis vetoed $1.35 billion in federal funds that could have benefited Floridians

BY: - June 3, 2021

Advocates for the disadvantaged say Gov. Ron DeSantis was short sighted in creating certain reserve funds that weren’t eligible for federal relief money, and then he vetoed $1.35 billion as part of the 2021-22 budget. “These funds should have been used for things that directly benefit Floridians, like fixing the broken unemployment insurance system or […]

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: […]

Las Vegas and Florida tourism leaders push for help from feds for sputtering travel industry

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—Witnesses on a Senate panel Tuesday stressed the need for a continued vaccine rollout effort by the federal government as a vital part of helping the tourism economy recover from the pandemic. “We need to get to the point where socially distancing is no longer necessary,” Steve Hill, the CEO and president of the Las Vegas […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Biden pledges massive vaccine uptick as states struggle with confusion over dosage numbers

BY: - January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday sketched out his proposal for overhauling the country’s slow and uneven effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, pledging to open more centers for administering those shots, boost the public health workforce, and improve the information flow to states so they can better plan. Biden has called for administering 100 […]

A polarizing start to the U.S. Judiciary hearing on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: and - October 12, 2020

Democrats and Republicans spoke passionately and provided far different views Monday morning as the U.S. Committee on the Judiciary launched its hearing on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I think this hearing is a sham,” said Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a former candidate for president in 2020. In addition […]