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COVID-19 infections in FL are closing in on 2 million cases; resident deaths at nearly 32,000

As the focus widens on vaccines, instead of testing, the Florida Department of Health still is tracking COVID-19 infections during the pandemic, and that figure is closing in on 2 million cases.As of Sunday,...

FL House delivers a big win for GOP in voting to restrict COVID-related lawsuits; opponents won’t give up fighting the bill

The Legislature’s GOP leadership scored their first major achievement of the 2021 legislative session on Friday when the House voted, 83-31, to make it harder to sue businesses for exposing customers and workers to...

Survey: Floridians concerned about schoolkids falling behind; some families oppose state testing this year

A February survey of parents and non-parent voters show wide concern about students struggling academically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than half the respondents agree with canceling state testing this spring.In a Friday...

New more infectious COVID-19 strain now detected in almost every state in the nation; FL has the most cases

About two months ago, federal officials warned of a new, more transmissible COVID-19 variant potentially becoming the dominant source of infection in the nation by March.Now that it's March, the COVID-19 variant that was...

Sen. Baxley’s Big Idea: Let’s take scholarship money away from college kids who want to major in useless subjects like art, history, philosophy

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Republicans in possession of both legislative chambers, must mess with higher education in Florida.Controlling unruly universities was a lot easier back in Olden Times, when the state...

Top FL Democrats ask feds to look into ‘potential wrongdoing’ related to vaccines and donations to DeSantis

Top Florida Democrats on Thursday called on two federal agencies to look into reports that question whether select vaccines for wealthy residents were related to campaign donations to Gov. Ron DeSantis.DeSantis denies any wrongdoing.Florida's...

One more hurdle to go, and the House will pass legislation to protect businesses from COVID lawsuits

Democrats in the Florida House struggled Thursday to soften legislation that would shield businesses from COVID-exposure lawsuits, but the Republicans who control the chamber overruled any and all objections.The move prepared the bill —...
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GOP Senate chairman of health policy committee warns of socialized medicine but Dems disagree

A push for a Constitutional amendment to protect Florida residents' private health insurance is gaining traction in the Legislature, though Democrats are opposed.State Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr., a Republican representing part of Miami-Dade County...
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Regardless of age, FL teachers and staff can get vaccines under a Biden administration plan

Florida's K-12 teachers and staff of any age, as well as childcare workers, will be able to get COVID vaccines under a plan by the Biden administration.Those vaccines are connected to a federal plan...

U.S. Senate panel advances Deb Haaland’s historic nomination to lead Interior Department

WASHINGTON — Deb Haaland has moved a step closer to becoming the first Native American to serve as a federal Cabinet secretary, with a Senate committee on Thursday advancing her nomination to lead the Department of...

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no...

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of...

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