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GOP voting reforms would hurt FL voters in nursing homes and ALFs, but that could change

Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have long cast their paper ballots on-site, getting help from various people who could bring them blank ballots to be completed and then delivered to authorized sites. But...
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Misleading or paternalistic? FL Supreme Court blocks adult-use of pot initiative from going to voters

The Florida Supreme Court has blocked a proposed state constitutional amendment to allow recreational use of marijuana by adults from appearing on the ballot. Voting 5-2, the court majority concluded that the summary of the...

No unemployment benefits boost yet for the jobless as Legislature winds down; state Senate remains hopeful

The good news is that Floridians who lose their jobs might be able to count on the state's unemployment compensation system not to melt down like it did at the height of COVID-related unemployment. The...
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Would a daily moment of silence help Florida students with stress or just take away instruction time?

Come next school year, all of Florida's public school students might have to walk into their classrooms first thing in the morning, sit down at their desks and prepare for a daily moment of...

For Florida Woman Shannon Estenoz, just appointed to U.S. Dept. of Interior job: Here’s a to-do list

NEWS ITEM: Biden administration nominates fifth-generation Key West native Shannon Estenoz as assistant interior secretary for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service (April 14) Dear Shannon, First of all, congratulations! As a fellow...
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Florida’s Bill Nelson welcomed back to U.S. Senate as NASA nominee

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida returned to a familiar setting on Wednesday — the hearing room of the Senate panel that oversees space policy — where his former colleagues welcomed him...

Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials now face trying to reach Americans unable or unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses within his first...
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More FL students could attend private schools with public dollars. Is that good or bad?

The Florida Legislature is moving toward a more expansive education landscape for students and families to go to private schools with public dollars. The dollars, referred to as scholarships or vouchers, are part of programs...

State House passes unemployment system revamp, but no boost in stingy benefits for the jobless

The Florida House united Wednesday around legislation designed to repair the state’s disastrous failure of the unemployment benefits system, but that does nothing to increase the state’s meager benefits for the jobless. Following impassioned pleas...

Reality sets in: Dems doubtful that FL Legislature will expand Medicaid for the vulnerable

Democratic lawmakers in Florida are renewing calls for Medicaid expansion but the reality is doubtful, with GOP leaders against expanding the health care program for the state's most vulnerable population. With less than two weeks...

Gov. DeSantis mum on George Floyd verdict until he went on Fox News late Tuesday evening

In the hours following the guilty verdicts in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis kept his reaction to himself, offering no comments or press statements about the...

What some GOP lawmakers really think about the unemployed: They’re lazy and don’t want to work

State Rep. Anna Eskamani had heard enough. She and other House Democrats had been advocating for months — even before the Florida Legislature opened its annual session nearly two months ago — to boost...

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