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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of...
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Trying to flip from Red to Blue: Andrew Gillum endorses 21 Democratic candidates

A day after Andrew Gillum announced efforts to reengage voters and upend a GOP-controlled Legislature, the former Tallahassee mayor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate endorsed 21 state legislative candidates across Florida.The candidates, all Democrats, either...

Trump rule to end food stamp access for some 700,000 nationwide; in FL, ‘a lot of damage has already been done’

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that’s expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamp benefits nationwide. It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to...

Toll-road opponents launch ‘No Roads to Ruin’ campaign

A coalition fighting fast-tracked plans to build three major, tolled highways through rural parts of Florida calls the plans a “sham” to accommodate new development under the pretense of helping rural Floridians.Meanwhile, a few...

Each year lawmakers forgo Medicaid expansion, state residents pay the price

Thirty-seven states have recognized the numerous benefits of increasing access to health care through Medicaid expansion.In expansion states, all adults with income up to 138 percent of the poverty level have access to things...

The whiney martyrdom of pale American males led by bellyacher-in-chief Donald Trump

White men!I know the world is a scary place, with people saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” and certain women – your AOCs, your Ilhan Omars, your Gabrielle Unions –refusing to recognize your...

FL’s Matt Gaetz gets aggressive with constitutional scholars during impeachment hearing in Judiciary Committee

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida attorney, rhetorically attacked constitutional law experts who testified against President Trump Wednesday as impeachment hearings moved to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.Gaetz, who represents the far western Florida...

Climate conference: Host country’s leader calls climate-change deniers ‘fanatics’

The conspicuous absence of top White House officials from the international climate conference underway in Madrid is being reported around the world and drew pointed reactions this week from conference leaders who view climate...

Florida man collapses in tears, falls to the ground, after Gov. Ron DeSantis denies pardon

When Roy Allen Helmick Jr., 61, approached the podium during Wednesday's Executive Clemency meeting, he appeared hopeful that Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Cabinet members would grant him a pardon for his past crimes. But...

Meet the Florida lawmakers who’ll participate in U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings

Florida will be well represented on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee when it convenes Wednesday for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, with three Democrats and two Republicans tying with Texas for the second-biggest...

A kidnapping, an international mystery, a family’s grief and a lawsuit aimed at stopping Iran from seizing and torturing Americans

Imagine you are a stay-at-home mother, with seven children and a husband who has spent a lifetime chasing criminals all over the world.Go another step and imagine that someone kidnaps your husband in a...

Government isn’t ensuring safe housing for military families — watchdog report

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is failing to ensure that all military families have access to safe, quality housing, according to a  government watchdog report.The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) oversees private-sector developers who build,...

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