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Gov. DeSantis signs up FL for sweeping legal assault on abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - July 29, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined with the governors of 11 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey, which established and maintained the right to abortion in the United States. The governors filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a 2018 Mississippi […]

‘We all have to do better’: White House urges locals to boost eviction diversion programs

BY: - July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — With a national moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of next month and delays in federal assistance for struggling renters, the Biden administration says it wants to help state and local officials aid Americans on the brink of eviction. To that end, the administration on this week highlighted efforts in Michigan and Philadelphia […]

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ ban, in setback for voting rights law

BY: - July 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act and raising the bar on future voting rights lawsuits. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the Voting […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

GOP Attorney General Ashley Moody fights against “court packing” but she’s also getting some pushback

BY: - June 22, 2021

Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody is strongly opposed to adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s written letters, provided comments and held roundtable sessions, including one Tuesday, about the issue critics call the dangers of “court packing.” Tuesday, Moody got some pushback. Democrat Sean Shaw, a former state lawmaker and candidate for the […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this suit involves admitted […]

Floridians respond to the survival of “Obamacare”

BY: and - June 17, 2021

Millions of Floridians and other Americans concerned about losing their health care can breathe easier today. As the Associated Press writes: “The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions […]

Documents made public: Trump wanted U.S. Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

BY: - June 16, 2021

Documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee showed that former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona and Georgia, to hold new presidential elections and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. On Dec. 29, […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a potential federal law […]

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image— a practice that’s commonplace […]

Proposed civics standards for FL schools don’t mention the word slavery

BY: - May 28, 2021

Following the George Floyd murder and the national discussion over “critical race theory” — which encompasses slavery, segregation and institutionalized racism — Florida’s proposed civics standards for school don’t mention the word slavery. What is mentioned is the famous phrase: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s noted as “God-given rights expressed in the […]

Gov. DeSantis will sign transgender student athletes’ sports bill: ‘Oh yeah, we’re going to protect our girls’

BY: and - April 30, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign legislation that would bar transgender women from participating in women’s sports teams at public schools and universities. He said so on Thursday night during a discussion with GOP governors broadcast on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.” “Oh, yeah, we’re going to protect our girls. I have a 4-year-old daughter […]