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Teachers with guns: Republican-led Legislature a step closer to allowing it

A proposal that would allow teachers to legally carry guns on school campuses is one step closer to becoming law, after the full Florida Senate advanced legislation Wednesday.The controversial measure passed 22-16, with Republicans...

For all you Florida Legislature watchers: We follow the dollars

The Florida Republican and Democratic parties raised more than $6.2 million in contributions in the run-up to this spring’s Florida legislative session, according to the state Division of Elections.The Republicans collected $5.3 million. The...

Meet Florida’s Mean Gang

Along the Panhandle’s Emerald coast, property owners are putting up hostile fences to keep the public off the sugar-sand beaches that everyone has used for generations. At the statehouse in Tallahassee, peevish Republican lawmakers...

Forced Consent is Cause for Concern

As bills restricting young people’s access to abortion are once again being considered by the Florida Legislature, my thoughts turn to my own children. My kids are well versed in sexual health topics. We've...

Kids to state lawmakers: Do something – now – about climate change, please

Juhi Kore experienced first-hand the ravages of our changing climate as a seven-year-old growing up in Mumbai back in July 2005. That’s when her coastal megacity of 10 million people endured 37 inches of...

Short-term vacation rentals are all about property rights. But whose?

Jennifer Riley has lived for the past four years in a residential area a few blocks away from the water in Indian Rocks Beach in Pinellas County.For the first two years she loved living...
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What is the Legislature doing about the dangers of lead in schools? Not much

Five years ago, the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan launched a wake-up call for communities around the country, particularly at schools where children are susceptible to lead poisoning.The public health crisis up north...
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Let us educators pack some decent heat!

Hell, yeah, teachers should be armed. It would totally cut down on the whining about next week’s trigonometry test.And that kid Dwight? Next time he mouths off, I’m going to pull the Glock 9mm...
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Guess who is proposing the most amendments to the Florida Constitution this year?

As the Florida Legislature moves to make it more difficult for citizens to advance changes to the state Constitution, one group remains largely unrestrained in its ability to place amendments on the ballot.It’s the...

The battles over abortion haven’t abated in Florida

(Updated) Abortion rights activists plan to swarm the state Capitol on Monday, hoping to stave off what one progressive website says "could be the end of any abortion access in the South" if lawmakers...
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Amendment 4 issue causing barriers: Money, and what it means to finish a prison sentence

A serious disagreement over what constitutes the completion of a prison sentence continues to be the issue that divides Republicans and Democrats when it comes to allowing ex-felons to vote.Constitutional Amendment 4 was approved...

It’s not just Florida – politicians are trying to restrict citizen ballot initiatives all over the U.S.

The Florida Legislature is pushing hard line measures this year to restrict how citizens get initiatives on the ballot to amend Florida’s Constitution. It turns out that Florida is not the only state clamping...

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