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Righting a Florida wrong: Groveland Four pardoned after nearly 70 years

In a travesty of justice that has marred Florida’s history, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s clemency board gave pardons Friday to the “Groveland Four” –black men wrongly accused of raping a 17-year-old white...

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s moment

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor has represented Tampa in the House of Representatives for the past dozen years, but her national profile has suddenly gone up. That’s because she’s the chair of a new key...
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DeSantis issues broad directive on water pollution, but something big is missing

UPDATED to include South Florida Water Management District board resignationsGov. Ron DeSantis got headlines and photo opportunities Thursday for a major executive order he issued on the environment, but it’s missing a key component:...
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Gov. Ron DeSantis disappoints the LGBTQ community

Relations between the LGBTQ community and the Rick Scott administration were rocky, to say the least, over the past eight years. Will it be any different in the Ron DeSantis era?The question really didn’t...

Gov. Ron DeSantis takes the reins

Gov. Ron DeSantis distinguished himself from his predecessor Rick Scott by emphasizing a clean environment in his Tuesday inaugural speech, but the two biggest audience cheers he earned were about traditional conservative hot button...

Advocates for Maine’s poor say Florida’s new health care chief slashed needed help

Advocates for the needy say Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’s pick to lead the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is a hardline conservative who fought expanding Medicaid for people who are too poor to afford...

Fighting for a future that doesn’t suck

When Florida’s newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried take office tomorrow, one group of young Floridians will be keenly interested.They have a court case against Florida’s governor, the state Department...
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From campaigning to governing: Inauguration frenzy hits Tallahassee

After all the campaigning, debating and vote counting last fall, Ron DeSantis will be sworn in as Florida’s 46th governor on Tuesday and start governing the third-most populous state in the nation.Whether voters supported...

Florida’s biking problem

No state has been more dangerous than Florida for bicyclists over the past decade, according to federal statistics. Just ask Alan Snel, a man whose frustration over the way Florida drivers endanger bicyclists led...

Don’t want antibiotics sprayed on your citrus? Sorry – it’s about to expand, big-time

The Trump administration has given the go-ahead for agricultural operations to spray antibiotics on nearly a half-million acres of Florida citrus, a move some scientists warn could increase the problem of antibiotic resistance in...

Dumbing down Florida education

Florida Republicans have once again demonstrated their contempt for education by making former House Speaker Richard Corcoran Commissioner of Education. It’s not merely that he’s grossly unqualified, he’s hell bent on wrecking our public...

Crossing the aisle: Florida congressmen help craft bipartisan bill to combat global warming pollution

The Trump administration is thumbing its nose at international efforts to combat the pollution that causes global warming, but three Florida congressmen – all from low-lying areas where sea level rise is already impacting...

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