Articles by: Stephanie Strickland

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the House Budget Committee in July 2014. (Public domain Department of Defense photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt.)

Tax Reform Nears Its Final Leg After Concessions and Controversy

December 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm 0 comments

On Friday, the House and the Senate compromised on the final version of the most significant tax reform legislation in decades details ahead of next week’s all but certain vote and signature by President Trump. The bill which narrowly passed the senate in a 51-49 vote last month with onlyRead More

Rep. Byron Donalds on the House floor in April 2017. (Public domain photo from the Florida House of Representatives.)

Possible Solution for Bullying Victims Sees Political Roadblocks

November 20, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Naples Republican Rep. Byron Donalds introduced The Hope Scholarship program in early November, to expand Florida’s voucher system to students who have been bullied in public school programs. The scholarship is slated to be paid for by taxpayers who make a tax-credit applicable contribution up to $20 when they purchaseRead More

Florida Governor Rick Scott at the West Palm Beach Emergency Operations Center before Hurricane Irma. (Public domain photo by Jesse Romimora.)

Red Flags Raised Amid Nursing Home Tragedy

October 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm 0 comments

Eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on September 13, 2017, sparked an outcry from Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and attracted the attention of Governor Rick Scott, R-Fla., as calls for legislation to prevent similar deaths mount. “These deaths may have been preventable. It is an abomination thatRead More

President Trump meets with the House Ways and Means Committee on September 26. (Public domain photo by The White House.)

Senate Republicans Pass Budget With Eye on Tax Reform

October 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm 0 comments

Trump’s push for tax reform may become reality as Republicans unify over a proposed plan that aims to sharply reduce tax rates by the end of 2017. During a Thursday night vote-a-rama session, the Senate voted 51-49 to pass the fiscal 2018 budget, with only Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joiningRead More

The Mandalay Bay seen in 2011. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Jakechamp.

Trump Responds to Deadly Las Vegas Mass Shooting

October 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm 0 comments

Late Sunday evening, Las Vegas was devastated by gunman Stephen Paddock as he fired into a country music festival killing 59 and wounding over 525 people. President Trump promptly responded to the tragedy by offering his condolences to those affected, as well as praise to the emergency responders involved inRead More

On September 7, Equifax revealed one of the most shocking data breaches in U.S. history. (Photo by Marco Verch used under a Creative Commons license.

Major Data Breach Rattles Both the Private and Public Sector

September 29, 2017 at 1:02 am 0 comments

Equifax credit agency claimed on September 7, that sensitive information including the social security information and driver’s license numbers of nearly 143 million Americans was compromised in a data breach.   Political scientists and economists alike are being critical of the way Equifax handled the breach, as well as theRead More

Flooded Airwaves: Assessing the Government’s Response to Irma

Flooded Airwaves: Assessing the Government’s Response to Irma

September 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

Twenty-six people have died in Florida and another 60 perished in the Caribbean and the Southeast as a result of Hurricane Irma’s destructive path which started over a week ago. Millions more were left without power during this massive storm, however, the actions taken by Governor Rick Scott and localRead More

Texas National Guardsmen help the rescue effort during Hurricane Harvey in Houston. (Public domain photo by Army National Guard Lt. Zachary West.)

Trump Moves in as Harvey Moves out of Texas

August 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm 0 comments

Despite a rising death toll and more than 30,000 displaced evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, President Trump and his administration have responded optimistically to the disaster through social media and press conferences since Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, late Friday night. Thousands of rescues have been made throughoutRead More