Working & The Economy

Florida, meet your new Secretary of State

BY: - March 20, 2019

You may not know her now, but if something goes awry in the 2020 presidential election in Florida, Laurel M. Lee may become a household name. Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed her as Florida’s secretary of state in late January. She replaced Mike Ertel, who resigned after a controversy erupted when pictures of him in blackface […]

Florida Capitol

Legislature takes first steps to “clarify” Florida’s felon voting rights law

BY: - March 19, 2019

Democrats and voting rights advocates blasted the first bill introduced in the Florida Legislature Tuesday that seeks to add clarity and definitions to Amendment 4, the constitutional amendment that restores voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million felons in the state. The measure, approved by more than 64 percent of Florida voters last fall, calls […]

Is “telehealth” – with big tax breaks – the answer for Florida’s doctor shortage?

BY: - March 19, 2019

Florida has a a growing shortage of doctors – and lawmakers say “telehealth” is the answer. Legislation proposed by state Rep. Clay Yarborough, a Republican from Duval County, would increase the use of telecommunications – using remote professionals – to provide services where there’s a shortage of medical services. The shortage is so bad, legislative […]

It’s done. Gov. DeSantis signs law to let sick people smoke weed

BY: - March 18, 2019

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis today signed his first-ever bill into law – the medical marijuana bill that allows sick Floridians to legally smoke marijuana. The new law, supporters say, carries out the will of Florida’s voters who overwhelmingly approved a 2016 state Constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana. The law takes effect immediately. But industry officials and […]

State Senator Anitere Flores & former U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Prominent Florida Republicans blame feds for state’s faulty immigration measures

BY: - March 15, 2019

Two prominent Miami-area Republicans say the federal government’s inability to address comprehensive immigration issues is creating a void that’s allowing state lawmakers to push controversial bills like the one now moving through the Florida Legislature. That proposal would ban so-called “sanctuary cities” and compel local law enforcement agencies to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

Constitution

State lawmakers moving to kill off the venerable Florida Constitution Revision Commission

BY: - March 14, 2019

Saying it isn’t representing Florida citizens the way it should, a committee in the Republican-controlled state House voted unanimously on Thursday to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), the state panel that’s supposed to review and propose changes to the Florida Constitution every twenty years. Last year’s CRC placed eight proposed constitutional amendments on the […]

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz does a little procedural protest against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

BY: - March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted 420-0 to approve a resolution to make Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s forthcoming report on Russian election meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election public. But two Florida Congressmen’s votes were absent. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a vociferous backer of President Trump,  was one of four Republicans who voted “present” […]

Fl House votes to let sick people smoke weed – Gov. DeSantis approval is next

BY: - March 13, 2019

The years-long effort to give sick people the right to smoke marijuana is near the finish line. With no debate on Wednesday, the Florida House voted 101-11 for a bill (SB 182) that will let doctors prescribe smokeable marijuana. Now, it’s up to Gov. Ron DeSantis to approve it. DeSantis has already said he supports […]

Neil Volz and Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition on March 12

We voted to give felons voting rights – now the Legislature is involved, so advocates are at the Capitol, keeping watch

BY: - March 13, 2019

Hundreds of advocates for felon voting rights have been meeting with state lawmakers this week in the state Capitol. They have three major concerns: – First and foremost, they want the Legislature to fully implement Amendment 4, the state Constitutional Amendment that more than 64 percent of Floridians supported last November. The measure restored voting […]

Gov. DeSantis’ ride on a billionaire’s plane: Legal and ethical or questionable?

BY: - March 12, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis today defended hitching a ride on a billionaire’s plane late last month to pitch Florida to New York business leaders. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported the Republican governor made the Feb. 28 trip on a chartered jet owned by Jeffrey Soffer, who accompanied the governor. Soffer is the owner of the […]

More details emerge on Trump ties with day spa founder

BY: - March 11, 2019

Mother Jones and the Miami Herald broke new ground over the weekend on the Herald’s story about the ties between President Donald Trump, numerous Florida Republicans,  and the South Florida Asian Day Spa owner that’s at the center of a sex trafficking case. “She runs an investment business that has offered to sell Chinese clients […]

Women spotlight economic disparity, health care on International Women’s Day

BY: - March 8, 2019

The symbolism was impossible to ignore for the activists and Democratic state lawmakers who kicked off a celebration of International Women’s Day at the Capitol on Thursday. As a group of (mostly) men continued to talk on the opposite of the Capitol Rotunda in anticipation of a press conference they were holding, state Rep. Cindy […]