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Voting-rights advocacy groups are the latest to file a legal challenge to FL’s new voting law

A new Florida law imposing limits on voting by mail has attracted another lawsuit, this one by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Fair Elections Center. The groups, which litigate in support of constitutional...

Race for Charlie Crist’s U.S. seat intensifies with State Rep. Michele Rayner confirming candidacy

Michele Rayner, a civil rights attorney and Democratic state lawmaker who could become one of the first openly queer Black women to serve in Congress, announced Monday that she is running to fill the...

Troubled Maryland plant told to toss part of the J&J vaccine ingredient it manufactured

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators have instructed Maryland’s Emergent BioSolutions to scrap some batches of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substance manufactured at the company’s troubled Baltimore plant, while clearing a small portion to...

Gov. Ron DeSantis approves property insurance reform but some FL homeowners could see a spike in rates

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a property insurance law aimed to reduce lawsuits and prohibit contractors from encouraging residents to file claims for roof damage. But critics say part of the new property insurance...

Sexism + socialism: The Republican line on Democratic women candidates — do-nothings — is emerging

“Do-nothing.” “Delusional.” That’s the way Republicans are talking about Nikki Fried and Val Demings, the top Democratic women running for governor and U.S. senator in next year’s elections. By contrast, Gov. Ron DeSantis was relatively...

Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among U.S. House Democrats

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday faced a backlash from Democratic colleagues and leaders in the House after she tweeted a video of a virtual exchange she had with Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

Some cruise ships are mandating vaccines for guests, despite FL and TX ban on vaccine passports

As Florida seeks to dismantle safety protocols and regulations from the federal government through an ongoing court case over the fate of the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Line plans to comply with the feds...

State Board of Education approves rules allowing college athletes to earn money off of their own images

Florida is one of five states to allow college athletes to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness through legislative efforts. Now, Florida's State Board of Education has approved a set of rules...

“Let teachers teach”: Heavy pushback on rule forbidding Critical Race Theory, indoctrinating students

With controversy continuing over what students should learn about the past, Florida's Board of Education meeting was interrupted Thursday when a man giving public comment started a chant while at the podium: "Let teachers teach,"...

FL Legislature, longtime enemy of conservation funding, OKs creating wildlife corridors

Eight years ago, I talked to a nature photographer named Carlton Ward Jr., an eighth-generation Floridian, about a crazy idea he had. To me, it sounded both heroic and quixotic, but I didn’t tell him...

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their...

Local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating certain toxic chemicals as hazardous materials

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards. In addition, two Democratic U.S. senators from Michigan,...

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