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FL Congressional Reps furious about single vote dooming disaster aid

WASHINGTON -- Florida lawmakers expressed outrage that key federal disaster aid package needed to help Hurricane Michael victims was held up in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday by a single vote.The bipartisan $19.1...

98 people joining Gov. DeSantis and Cabinet on Israel trip starting Saturday – here are the details

Update: DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré has issued the following statement regarding travel expenses: "All co-chairs, business, academia, religious leaders, legislators, and members of Miami consular corps are paying their own way." That...

Here’s who is going with Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet to Israel Saturday

Gov. Ron DeSantis office released a list Wednesday of more than 90 people going on a trip to Israel that begins on Saturday. Here they are:Business Development Mission Leadership and DelegationCo-ChairsEllyn BogdanoffSenator Ellyn Bogdanoff...

Florida’s attack on young people’s access to abortion care aims to topple key Roe v. Wade court decision

This year, abortion opponents across the country have doubled-down on their efforts to attack Roe v. Wade, passing ban after outright ban on abortion care. This comes after decades of anti-abortion politicians chipping away...

Stop! Just stop playing politics with Hurricane Michael victims

Ever been to Seaside, the “New Urbanist” community in Walton County? It’s  gorgeous: front porches, picket fences, bike paths, glossy magnolia trees, and even glossier people.I spent a week there earlier this month and...

Gov. DeSantis, FL Cabinet fly out Sat. on 80-person trip to Israel: Who’s paying? Who’s going? His office won’t say

Five days before Gov. Ron DeSantis and an entourage of as many as 80 people undertake a trade mission to Israel, his office has yet to release more than a bare-bones itinerary.DeSantis and his...
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Health care and religion entwined: New Trump policies stoke fear in Florida’s transgender community

Florida’s transgender community already struggles with obstacles and flat-out prejudice when it comes to accessing quality health care.But now there’s more to fear: The Trump administration is rolling back health care protections for transgender...
Immigration activists

Feds’ immigrant ‘dumping’ catches Gov. DeSantis off guard

UPDATE: The Miami Herald now is reporting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection "has no imminent plans" to send the undocumented immigrants, but has been preparing "contingency plans" to that end.Seeming rattled by reports that...

Roads vs. pristine Florida? Gov. DeSantis signs massive toll road bill

Despite pleas from two former state governors and at least 90 environmental and community groups and businesses, Gov. Ron DeDantis on Friday signed a multibillion-dollar plan to build long stretches of toll roads across...

The governor’s new plane, coming soon

Following mechanical problems, an emergency landing, rides on private planes, and questions about the governor’s whereabouts in the sky, Gov. Ron DeSantis appears actively in the market for a fully functioning executive jet.Before adjourning...
Algebra formulas on board

Not many people noticed, but lawmakers just changed Florida’s graduation requirements in math – for better or worse

Students, parents, and even math educators probably don’t know about a little-noticed paragraph in a bill the Legislature approved this month: It changes graduation requirements in math, helping or hindering students and potentially “dumbing...

On abortion, “No vote about women without women,” Florida Democratic lawmaker pledges

With the Alabama Legislature passing what is being called America's most restrictive abortion ban, Florida Democratic state senator Lauren Book says she will draft a bill to ensure that the Florida Legislature doesn’t go...

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