Articles by: John Lievonen

Richard Spencer speaking in November 2016. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by V@s.

University of Florida Holds Free Speech Forum Amid Rising Tensions

October 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0 comments

Ahead of Richard Spencer’s highly controversial speech on Oct. 19, the University of Florida hosted its first planned event Thursday in an attempt to alleviate the mounting questions surrounding the circumstances of the planned speech. The event, A Conversation on the First Amendment, covered why Spencer and his organization areRead More

Adam Putnam (left) alongside Rick Scott at the March 2017 Florida cabinet meeting. (Public domain photo by Jesse Romimora.)

Adam Putnam Officially Launches Campaign for Governor

May 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm 0 comments

On Monday, seasoned political figure and Florida’s current Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam finally put to rest the rumor of his 2018 Florida gubernatorial candidacy. Republican Adam Putnam officially filed paperwork with the state and announced via statement his intentions to vie for Florida’s highest office after Rick Scott steps downRead More

Andrew Gillum discussing the issues facing Florida at the Gainesville Tower Technology Park on April 25, 2017. (Photo by John Lievonen/FPR)

Gillum Outlines Bold Message During Local Discussion

April 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm 0 comments

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of two declared candidates in Florida’s 2018 gubernatorial race, spoke and listened to a group of community representatives Tuesday afternoon regarding the future of Florida. The roundtable event, which was designed to provide an outlet for locals to discuss issues pressing to them, allowed theRead More

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado at a 2015 WWII veterans tribute. (Unmodified photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney used under a Creative Commons license.

Airbnb Faces Its Toughest Review Yet

April 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm 0 comments

The Sunshine State is known for attracting a wide array of tourists whose interests span from enjoying the award-winning beaches of Clearwater to dancing in the vibrant clubs of South Beach to visiting the family-friendly locales of Orlando. But whatever the draw every visitor needs one thing in common: aRead More

Trump offered a new tone in comparison to his inaugural address. (Public domain photo by the United States Marine Corps Photographer Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo.)

In Joint Address to Congress, Trump Offers His Vision for America

March 1, 2017 at 3:02 am 0 comments

On a rain-soaked Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., President Trump expanded on his ‘America First’ message in a joint session of Congress address that included the hallmarks of past presidential speeches but stayed true to Trump’s populist leanings. President Trump, in a noticeable shift from his “American carnage” inauguration speech, highlighted theRead More

Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Richard Corcoran (R-Lake O'Lakes). (Photo via @richardcorcoran on Twitter)

Debate Over Funding for FL Tourism, Economic Organizations Heats Up

February 20, 2017 at 12:10 am 0 comments

With the governorship and both houses of the state legislature under Republican control, intraparty fighting has grown into an all-out battle as the fight for funding of Florida’s tourism and economic development organizations heats up ahead of the legislature’s March 7th opening. At the heart of this battle is theRead More

The Florida Supreme Court. (via

Florida Supreme Court Rules Against 2015 Abortion Law

February 17, 2017 at 1:57 am 0 comments

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a 2015 Florida law which imposed a 24-hour waiting period on abortions. The lawsuit, which was filed after the implementation of the law, was brought by Gainesville women’s health provider Bread and Roses, the ALCU and Medical Students for Choice. The 2015Read More

Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe delivers the 2017 State of the City Address. (Photo by Ben Lima)

Mayor Poe, City Leaders Reflect on ‘State of the City’

February 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm 0 comments

“The state of our city is strong”, exclaimed Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe as he concluded the 2017 State of the City address, delivered at the Gainesville Police Department on Tuesday afternoon. The event, which included speakers from City Hall, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), and the University of Florida, focused on the ambitious goalRead More

The 2017 Florida legislative session will begin on March 7th. (Photo by Michael Rivera, CC BY 3.0

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session: A Preview

February 9, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

All eyes will be on the Florida Legislature this week and in the coming months as policymakers in Tallahassee begin taking up important legislation on topics ranging from education reform to open carry laws. While Republicans will have lost three seats in the house and one in the senate when theRead More