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As COVID cases surge, FL Senate Dems call for state mask mandate, GOP rep sues to strike local mask ordinances

Florida Senate Democrats called on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week to require the use of face coverings in public statewide to curb the state’s surging pace of coronavirus infections.On Thursday, the Florida Department...

Killing the Kirkpatrick Dam? The tale of Florida’s longest-running environmental wrangle

This happened 20 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.I was on a boat, floating along a muddy shoreline. A handful of ibises, egrets and wood storks foraged near a stand...

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment,...

Amid unrest and turmoil across the country, FL’s private historically black colleges get a major boost in state dollars

At a time of protests, concerns about racism and an evolving Black Lives Matter movement across the nation, three private historically Black colleges in Florida are getting millions more to propel achievement and help...

Controversial toll road project funding is still intact amid $1 billion in state budget cuts

While shaving $1 billion worth of projects from the Florida Legislature’s 2020-21 state budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis could not touch funding for future construction of three controversial toll roads through rural Florida.That's because the...

A push to make Black history classes a college graduation requirement in FL is mostly talk but no action

Amid ongoing racial tensions over the killing of George Floyd and other racial injustices, questions have been raised about whether colleges and universities should mandate courses on African American history or racism that would...

DeSantis signs bill prohibiting Florida cities from banning any sunscreens — even those that threaten corals

With summer at hand, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill prohibiting Key West and all other Florida cities from banning any sunscreens, even those that damage coral reefs off the coast.The...

Conference of Mayors joins fight to implement Equal Rights Amendment

A national push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment nearly 50 years after it was proposed by Congress grew stronger Monday with a legal boost from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and pro-ERA organizations...

State budget transparency? How bringing home the bacon can become a sneaky legislative maneuver

Like many lawmakers who work to bring home the bacon for constituents, State Sen. Travis Hutson pushed for $10 million in the new state budget for Manatee County road projects.He secured the funding, even...

Gov. DeSantis trims new state budget by $1 billion, including some of his own programs

Note: This story has been updated to add details, comments from the governor's press office, and reaction.Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that he’s used his line-item veto authority to carve out more than $1.3...

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s four liberal judges in striking down Louisiana abortion law

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the...

This heritage isn’t worth preserving

NASCAR banned the Battle Flag. Quaker Oats fired Aunt Jemima.Jeff Davis has been run off Monument Avenue.There was a time America would have defended her heritage, from the racing that got its start in...

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