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The political cost of rising gas prices is mitigated by the GOP’s success and denial

BY: - July 9, 2022

There is no question that President Joe Biden and Democrats will pay a political price in November for the rising cost of gas. According to the American Petroleum Institute, there are more than 145,000 gas stations in the United States, and gas prices are plastered like political billboards for all to see daily. Aside from […]

How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

BY: - June 23, 2022

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling the […]

Jan. 6 panel says Trump, far-right groups responsible for insurrection

BY: - June 10, 2022

A widely anticipated hearing Thursday by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol alleged two groups supporting then-President Donald Trump planned the riot to stop the transfer of presidential power — while Trump tacitly endorsed the insurrection and was indifferent to calls to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence. […]

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Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Tuesday’s massacre was the nation’s second-deadliest mass school shooting since another at Sandy Hook Elementary […]

DeSantis trashes press association, says no thanks to a Twitter move to Florida

BY: - May 2, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis put the kibosh Monday on talk of luring Twitter Inc. to Florida after Elon Musk takes control of the company — presuming the deal goes through. He also commented on a Twitter tweet by David Smiley, D.C. editor for the Miami Herald, that his name appeared on a program for the White […]

Biden asks Congress for $33 billion for Ukraine aid, pleads again for COVID funds

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $33 billion more to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion that has lasted more than two months and claimed thousands of lives. Biden also asked U.S. lawmakers to make it easier for the federal government to sell off assets seized from sanctioned Russians […]

U.S. Senate strikes bipartisan agreement on $10 billion in COVID-19 funding

BY: - April 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate reached a bipartisan deal on pandemic aid funding Monday, settling on $10 billion for added testing, treatment, and vaccines. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney released separate statements Monday afternoon announcing the compromise, although Schumer was disappointed negotiators didn’t reach an […]

U.S. Senate panel bickers over Supreme Court nomination but sets vote next week

BY: - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reopened partisan disagreements Monday as members scheduled a vote for April 4 on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Republicans’ criticisms of Jackson’s record and responses were either untrue or disingenuous. Meanwhile, ranking Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa again raised process concerns. Jackson […]

U.S. Supreme Court’s Wis. redistricting case could shape FL’s congressional map

BY: - March 23, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — In a ruling with possible implications for Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected legislative maps Wednesday that were drawn by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, sending the maps back to the state Supreme Court that had approved them. The 6-2 unsigned ruling states that the state high court erred in how the majority […]

Gov. DeSantis boosts teacher pay but FL’s average teacher salary lags well behind other states

BY: - March 21, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday touted big raises for starting and veteran teachers for 2022-23, but Florida’s average teacher salary still lags well behind other states, national data show. Over the last three budget years, DeSantis has pushed for increasing starting teacher salaries, with a goal for starting pay for teachers at $47,500 across Florida’s […]

Paid work could be an option for Bright Futures requirements but myriad questions remain

BY: - March 11, 2022

For years, the Bright Futures scholarship program to help kids save on college tuition involved  community service, among other requirements. But now, the Legislature has approved paid work as an option to qualify for the scholarships. The fundamental change came in the form of a bill during the 2022 legislation session. The House and Senate […]

FL Legislature imposes 12-year term limits for school board members

BY: - March 10, 2022

The Florida Legislature is imposing 12-year term limits for school board members in 67 school districts, a new standard for locally elected board members who currently don’t have term limits. The term-limit legislation, HB 1467, is on its way to the governor’s desk. At issue is whether the bill may overstep local authority or Constitutional […]