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Florida Immigrant Coalition

Republicans pushing hard-line anti-immigration measures in Legislature

With a national backdrop of anti-immigrant fervor whipped up by President Trump, Florida Republicans are intent on passing laws in the upcoming 2019 legislative session to crack down on undocumented immigrants. They’ve tried and...
One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

Drug smuggling, organized crime and now, education: A statewide grand jury is a novel approach to keeping kids safe at school

Once upon a time a Florida governor decided to create a Statewide Grand Jury so the good guys could eliminate drug smuggling.That governor was Reubin Askew and we all know how that ended.Gov. Ron...
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An unprecedented expansion of school vouchers across Florida? Lawsuits are likely to follow

Setting up the potential to reverse a 13-year-old court ruling that blocked the expansion of school vouchers, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday outlined a dramatic new “scholarship” program that would allow thousands more students...
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As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled

As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast...
Florida Supreme Court

DeSantis petitions for statewide grand jury over “systematic failures” in school safety

The mass shooting a year ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has now escalated to the level of a large-scale criminal investigation, with Gov. Ron DeSantis petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to impanel...
Gaetz on Fox News

Conservative firebrand Matt Gaetz: Fox News regular “not afraid to be hated”

In early January, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared on the Fox News show “Outnumbered,” where four female panelists discuss news headlines on a long couch, with one male panelist seated in the center....
Madison County Courthouse

An unbelievable odyssey: Trying to access court records, for free and on the spot, at your local courthouse

For many years, Florida’s public records law made it easy to look at court files - in person, at the courthouse or online.Not any more.The Circuit Clerks who guard this gate have imposed some ridiculous...

Here’s what’s happening on gun laws, a year after South Florida high school mass shooting shattered a community

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary that a troubled ex-student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, shooting 31 people and killing 17.The tragedy ranked among Florida’s worst mass shootings, behind...
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Getting rid of Common Core: Huge undertaking to help kids or political move for adults?

This is one of those grade-school math problems about fractions:Isabel lives 3/4 mile from school.  Janet lives 2/3 mile from school. How much farther, in miles, does Isabel live from school than Janet?Is there...

Maybe this year the Legislature will stop swiping the money earmarked for Florida’s affordable housing

Scrambling to pay rent or find affordable housing is a daily reality for many of Florida’s poorest residents.According to 2017 data from the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing studies:--Over 1.94 million low-income...

Really, Matt Gaetz? Congressman gets aggressive with dad who lost son to Fla. mass shooter a year ago

Pro-gun Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Northwest Florida created an uproar this week in a Washington hearing about gun control, pointing his finger aggressively at a parent who lost his 17-year-old son last year...

Nobody likes going to the dentist. But imagine you couldn’t find one at all

Millions of Floridians live in places where it’s hard to find a dentist, and the problem is even worse if you are poor.Everyone knows there is stigma attached when people have to live with...

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