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Florida Dems fume as Bernie Sanders gains steam

WASHINGTON — South Florida Rep. Donna Shalala was quick to lash out against Bernie Sanders on Twitter.It was Sunday night, and Sanders — fresh off a decisive win in the Nevada Democratic caucus —...

Environmentalists wonder what went wrong with chief resilience officer’s job

Florida’s first statewide resilience officer, appointed to protect the state from the ravages of climate change, has left after a short stint.Environmentalists, who had high hopes early this year about the state at last...
Florida wetlands

No dang wetland should ever interfere with the pursuit of profit!

OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE — Stop worrying your pretty little head. The state of Florida knows what’s best for that ecosystem thingamajig, so sit back, relax, maybe have one of those craft beers the kids are...

Republican Sen. Tom Lee to governor’s office: “Shame on them”

Republican Sen. Tom Lee blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis' office Thursday for what Lee described as a stealth amendment he found tacked onto clean-water legislation – an amendment that would further consolidate DeSantis’ power over...

Polluted waters: Will FL lawmakers insist on tough cleanup measures?

Toxic algae blooms, red tide, chronic sewage spills and agricultural runoff are fouling Florida waterways, creating hazards to humans and marine life and making a smelly mess of waterfront communities once renowned for clean...

Federal appeals court sides with ex-felons on enforcing voter rights

A federal appeals court has rejected Gov. Ron DeSantis' defense of a state law that blocks ex-felons from voting unless they have paid all court-ordered fines, fees, and restitution.A three-judge panel of the U.S....

The fate of seriously ill prisoners: shackled to a hospital bed and rarely let out, even to use a bathroom

Felicia Harvey wanted to help her big brother who was very sick.Brian Harvey was dying from colon cancer. His younger sister, who goes by the nickname Lisa, wanted to bring her brother home to...

Lawmakers concerned: FL Surgeon General won’t disclose suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus

Amid concerns about what residents know and don’t know about the deadly coronavirus, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees appeared before a state Senate committee Tuesday and told lawmakers he can’t provide information about suspected...
High school graduates

Beyond the spin is a grim reality: Nearly half of FL grads who took rigorous AP exams failed

Florida officials raved last week when statewide results were released for the tough advanced placement exams that can help high school kids earn credits for college classes.Overall, 56 percent of Florida graduates in 2019...
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How sneaky amendments get slipped into innocuous FL legislation (and bad things usually happen)

In a shocking attack on the sovereignty of his own hometown’s government and the will of local people, Republican State Sen. Jeff Brandes has sneakily added language to an otherwise innocuous elections bill (SB...

U.S. Senate approves bipartisan measure to curb Trump’s military power

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate issued a rare bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump Thursday when it approved a resolution that would curtail his ability to take military action against Iran without first securing...

State health officials confirm that CDC has sent kits to Florida, to test for deadly coronavirus

The state Department of Health has confirmed that Florida is one of the select states issued kits to test people for the deadly coronavirus. Florida health officials told the Florida Phoenix on Friday that the...

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