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House Ethics launches inquiry into Gaetz following sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House panel has opened an ethics investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican who is already facing a Department of Justice investigation over sex-trafficking allegations. Federal investigators are reportedly examining whether...

Biden’s budget aims to fight climate change, promote conservation, aid Native Americans

President Joe Biden’s first budget request laid out on Friday reflects the administration’s commitments to advancing conservation and combating climate change, proposing new money across federal agencies to address those issues. Like most domestic programs...

Crowds of advocates, organizers demanding justice on anti-protest legislation

Hale Morrissette, a north Florida organizer, traveled from Pensacola to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, to join her group in opposing an anti-protest bill that has shaken Floridians who value the...

Anti-protest bill: Pledged study would reveal racial impact before 2022 elections

Black Democrats in the Florida Senate won a concession Friday in tense debate over proposed anti-riot/anti-protest legislation that several described as fundamentally racist. Sen. Bobby Powell, chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, won a...

Breathing expert testifies in Chauvin trial: “That’s the moment the life goes out of his body”

A diminutive Irish doctor captured the attention of the jury deciding Derek Chauvin’s fate, explaining in simple terms Thursday how he believes three Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd when they handcuffed and put...

FL Legislature approves major cuts in dollars for affordable housing, amid COVID-19 and housing crisis

Residents from Florida’s most vulnerable populations rely on affordable housing programs to buy a home, pay rent, and afford costly home repairs and construction. But those programs are now threatened by state lawmakers who have...

Bill phasing out retirement pensions for state and local workers passes FL Senate

The Florida Senate voted, 24-16, along party lines on Thursday to stop offering the state's traditional pension plan to new hires beginning next year, waiving aside warnings that the shift would leave the pension...

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month...

Showdown: History repeats as Black Lives Matter supporters plan to protest hearing of GOP anti-protest bill

Racial tension and partisan rancor coloring the 2021 Florida legislative session is likely to be on full view Friday, when civil-rights advocates and their supporters expect to protest an anti-protest bill being fast-tracked by...

FL House tees up $1 billion tax break for business at expense of consumers, unemployed workers

This may not be the year that Florida’s unemployment system — which failed epically under the weight of the COVID joblessness surge — undergoes a revamp. Prospects seem dim, too, that Florida will boost joblessness...

Lawmakers approve surveys to measure “intellectual freedom” on campuses. But what does that entail?

Responding to concern that college campuses are suppressing intellectual freedom and conservative voices, the Florida Legislature has passed legislation requiring public colleges and universities to be surveyed to ensure that campuses are promoting “viewpoint...

FL Senate dials back prison-closing plan following warnings about prisons in crisis

Following recent warnings that Florida’s prison system is in crisis due to understaffing, the state Senate voted Wednesday to pull back from its proposed corrections cutbacks – agreeing to close only one prison rather...

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