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An attorney/politician will lead Florida’s massive education system — and it won’t be easy

Former House Speaker Richard Corcoran – a lawyer and astute politician with no education credentials – will be Florida’s new Education Commissioner, taking on a complex role encompassing school finance, education policy, academic standards,...
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Critics want Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis to kick off 2 members of education advisory committee

Controversy is stirring over picks on Governor-elect Ron DeSantis's education advisory committee, with critics calling on DeSantis to remove two members accused of being "radical idealogues."The two men, Keith Flaugh and Rick Stevens, are...
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A tribute to T.K. Wetherell

T.K. Wetherell was one of a kind.A few days shy of his 73rd birthday, the former house speaker, former president of Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College entered Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House, signaling...

The core cause of pervasive discrimination and sexual harassment

Anti-feminist politicos and talk show yakkers try to ridicule the reality that women in our rich and advanced society might endure any "oppression." America isn't Afghanistan, they snort. Women here get to vote. Girls...
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Uproar over FL Education Commissioner: Critics push for a national search and a candidate with an education background

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’s controversial pick for Florida Education Commissioner has sparked angry tweets, petitions and protests as critics call for a national search and a candidate with a background in education.When the State Board...
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Will Florida try again for state tax incentives to attract the film industry?

Eight years ago, Florida kicked off a program to try to attract the film industry – and the jobs and publicity that come with it – to the Sunshine State.But the state program had...
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Voter suppression, nasty politics and stealing an election

Most of us learn from early in life that politics is a grimy, dirty business. It is.There was a time, however, when politicians engaged in unsavory activities and hatched backdoor deals in the shadows,...
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Taking on the status quo: Freshman Democratic lawmaker says no thanks to attending exclusive corporate-sponsored event

Newly-elected Orlando Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani says she plans to fight for her constituents in Tallahassee, and that means the battle has begun in the status-quo world of Florida's capital.The 28-year-old, independent-minded Eskamani is...

The haves and have nots in state worker pay: Disparity looms large in Florida’s capital.

Tens of thousands of state workers earn an annual salary below the state average of roughly $43,500, but some high-echelon public employees earn six-figure salaries and can be eligible for public pensions as well.In...
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Justice in jeopardy – the reshaping of Florida’s Supreme Court

Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ looming appointments of three Florida Supreme Court justices bring into stark relief the urgent need to institute a fair, nonpartisan, and merit-based selection process for judicial nominations in our state.The process...
Conor McBride

Beyond crime and punishment: A movement to stop Florida’s endless prison cycle and heal communities

Florida has an incarceration problem that is unsustainable, according to criminal justice reform advocates. The Sunshine State locks up people who commit a crime at a rate above the national average, and Florida is...
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The strange world of banned books in Florida prisons

More than eight years after it was published, author Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow continues to reap praise for its depiction of the racial impacts of contemporary criminal justice policies, with some book...

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