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FL’s Barbara Lagoa will remain on 11th Circuit, but state Republicans happy with Trump’s Scotus pick

Cuban-American judge Barbara Lagoa is not going to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. At least not yet.President Trump announced Saturday that his choice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not Lagoa...

Months into the pandemic, digital divide still leaves poor kids at a disadvantage

Members of the U.S. Senate are pushing for $4 billion in the next coronavirus relief package to help students in rural and low-income areas gain access to high speed internet.A digital divide that emerged...

DeSantis declares Florida open, reopens restaurants but leaves room for local limits

Florida restaurants may resume normal operations immediately, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday, declaring the state is controlling coronavirus well enough to move to the final stage of his reopening plan.However, some locally ordered limits...

Minimum wage or livable wage? Voters will decide about boosting FL’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026

Tandela Blount-Jackson has a baby on the way and works as a certified nursing assistant, earning a meager hourly wage.At 31, she had been earning more money as a traveling nursing assistant in long-term...

Some FL prisons will reopen to visitation; inmate COVID-19 death toll reaches 127

Some of the 86,000+ state inmates in Florida who have been denied visitation for more than six months to mitigate the spread of coronavirus may see friends and family again starting Oct. 2.But not...

Gov. DeSantis plans to loosen COVID restrictions: Let restaurants fully open

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he plans to allow restaurant owners to reopen to the degree they’re “comfortable,” meaning they'll be able to exceed the 50 percent capacity requirement that's been in place...
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This column stinks — and so does the way FL handles its poop

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a big event at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, which is the only government facility in the nation where mermaids work as state employees.The governor wasn’t there to...

FL’s Education Commissioner encourages “everyone” never to read The Washington Post and The New York Times

At a public board meeting, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said he would encourage everyone "never to read" The Washington Post or The New York Times.Those two storied newspapers -- both launched in the...

Grief over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dread for what comes next

Bereft. That’s the only word I can think of that fits how I felt at the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. It’s not just about the loss of a stalwart warrior for equality and...

Amendment 4 leader not granted pardon but can still vote; announces aid to help restore other voters

Desmond Meade, who launched Florida’s felon voting-rights restoration movement, did not walk away from Wednesday’s clemency hearing with a pardon for past crimes, but he will still be voting this fall, he said. And...

At least 1 million Floridians face unpaid utility bills and power cutoffs; attorneys push for relief

Roughly 1 million Floridians have been unable to pay utility bills during COVID 19 and fear power disconnections this month that could shut down air-conditioning, lights and appliances, making homes unlivable.Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental...

Nikki Fried’s PAC launches fundraising appeal citing Gov. DeSantis’s refusal to consult with Cabinet members

Democrat Nikki Fried's PAC is attempting to raise campaign money over what she considers Gov. Ron DeSantis’ highhanded exclusion of Florida Cabinet members, including Fried herself, in making decisions about COVID-19.“I've always put state...

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