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FL Supreme Court advisory opinion on Amendment 4 is a win for governor, GOP; voting rights advocates vow to fight on

The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative Republicans in an advisory opinion issued Thursday in which the court said 2018’s Amendment 4 requires ex-felons to pay any fines, fees, or...

U.S. House votes to torpedo DeVos student loan rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a resolution Thursday that would overturn a Trump administration rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers.The resolution expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower...

FL Surgeon General defends past “reports about sexual harassment and some impropriety,” as senators weigh his confirmation

With state senators weighing his confirmation, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees strongly defended his background Wednesday, saying “what has been reported truly is mischaracterization of the facts.”Rivkees, who also heads the Florida Department of...

Uh oh. Gov. DeSantis forgot to mention stuff in his state-of-state speech, like affordable housing, Medicaid expansion, climate change

OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE — Some people around here just don’t appreciate the orgy of bright ideas, altruism and statesmanship that is the annual Florida legislative session.Unkind people have even likened the yearly arrival of lawmakers...

How a powerful lawmaker belittled a young, female reporter — a cautionary tale from a Phoenix affiliate

Editor’s note: In light of the Florida Phoenix’s recent report about the lack of female leadership on legislative committees, we share this story from the Michigan Advance, a Phoenix affiliate, about bad behavior aimed...
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Florida will buy 20,000 acres in Everglades to block oil-drilling plan

The state will buy 20,000 acres of wetlands in the Florida Everglades for no less than $16.5 million to block the possibility of oil-drilling there, officials announced Wednesday.It’s not a certainty that the owner,...

U.S. House votes to send impeachment articles to the Senate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that sends impeachment articles to the Senate and names seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the upcoming Senate trial against President Donald...

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi picks Florida’s Val Demings to make case for ousting President Trump

WASHINGTON — Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings often discusses her resume as she describes her unlikely rise to Congress. She’s the daughter of a maid and a janitor who climbed the ranks of the Orlando...

‘Greener’ GOP still stalling on clean energy and climate change in FL

Florida Republicans belatedly acknowledging climate change and its harm to the state are looking ‘greener’ than they have in decades, but critics say it takes more than an awakening to make up for long-term...

Dems respond to Gov. DeSantis: What about Medicaid expansion, affordable housing, higher wages for workers?

Shortly after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered his second state-of-the-state address on Tuesday, Florida Democrats and their allies gathered to raise issues that they say are being ignored by the Republican majority.Heading into the...

There’s plenty to cheer conservatives in Gov. DeSantis’ State of the State speech

Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered a State of the State address Tuesday that mixed progressive rhetoric with conservative priorities including a hard line on taxes, a new barrier to undocumented workers, and abortion restrictions for...
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The FL Legislature is a male bastion: Several committees that create state laws have few, or even zero, women

Senator Annette Taddeo is the only female on the Florida Senate’s Banking and Insurance committee, a big-money committee that deals with financial regulations and weighty insurance matters.That’s it. No other female is sitting with...

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