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A newspaper helped victims get justice when it seemed impossible

If there’s ever any question why journalism matters, look no further than the case of Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Because of dogged investigative work by the Miami Herald - and the courage of...

Here are the Florida citizen ballot measures you just might get to vote on in 2020

Despite moves by state Republican leaders to limit citizen-led ballot measures, more than a half-dozen proposals remain in play with a Feb. 1 deadline approaching.They include efforts to raise the minimum wage, ban assault...

Florida U.S. Representatives are backing marijuana reforms

WASHINGTON – Six U.S. Reps from Florida – Democrats Charlie Crist, Al Lawson, Darren Soto and Ted Deutch, along with Republicans Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube – have signed on to bipartisan legislation to...

Are FL public schools teaching about the Holocaust or not?

In a training meeting before the spring legislative session, state Rep. Geraldine F. “Geri” Thompson raised questions about whether public schools have been teaching required classes such as the history of the Holocaust.That instruction...

Effort to overturn Obamacare could have widespread impact on health coverage in Florida

More than 1.5 million Floridians could lose their health insurance coverage if Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Trump administration are successful in repealing the federal Affordable Care Act.It's troubling news for those...

Mary McLeod Bethune’s statue in the U.S. Capitol will showcase ‘the best of who we are as Floridians’

Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked officials in Washington D.C., to replace a statue of a Confederate general who represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol with one of educator Mary McLeod Bethune – some three...

Wait, you’re not going to drink that, are you? (Or swim in it or even touch it?)

The water is trying to kill you.The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, plus Florida’s rivers and springs and lakes and streams and sloughs and marshes and creeks and sinks, can be–and often...
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A tiny provision slipped into a new election law could block early voting sites on campuses

With the 2020 election in Florida expected to be decided by a narrow margin, everything counts – even college campus parking, believe it or not.That’s why ongoing litigation about early voting sites on Florida’s...
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Florida’s 27,000 ‘Dreamers’ are living their lives in fear and uncertainty

"Dreamer" Adrian Escarate ordinarily wouldn’t need to renew his registration under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, until next June.But now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the...

Medicaid expansion could save FL $200 million a year, but will politicians go for it? And what does the public want?

What if Florida had a way to save money on the prison health-care crisis?Or expand treatment programs for opioid addiction or provide more mental-health services?Or increase health-care services for the poor and disabled?Would state...

We celebrate the birth of our nation but not the latest assault on our principles

Today we celebrate the Fourth of July and the 243rd anniversary of our nation. Ours is a country founded on the principles of freedom and self-determination. It took some time – and the passage...

Jailing the mentally ill: Attorney General Moody looks for solutions

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody tells a story about the intersection of mental illness and law enforcement. It involves someone experiencing a mental breakdown in the middle of a busy street, “clearly causing chaos,”...

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