Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond in his congressional office. (Public domain photo provided by the House of Representatives.)

Sleeping on the Job: Lawmakers Question Ethics of Capitol Hill Quirk

March 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm 0 comments

Recent Capitol events have given new meaning to the phrase, “sleeping on the job,” and now more than two dozen Congressional Black Caucus members have called for an ethics investigation into the practice of lawmakers sleeping in their office overnight. They argue that this habit is an abuse of taxpayerRead More

The Roberts Court, June 1, 2017.  Seated, from left to right: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer.  Standing, from left to right: Justices Eleana Kagan, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil M. Gorsuch.  Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Supreme Court Declines Trump’s Appeal for DACA Case

March 21, 2018 at 11:49 am 0 comments

On February 26, the Supreme Court declined the White House’s request to make an immediate decision regarding whether or not the Trump administration could shut down the Barack Obama executive action commonly known as DACA. Officially called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,  the immigration policy protects approximately 700,000Read More

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visits Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Maddy Wilford on February 16.  (Public domain White House photo by Shealah Whitehead.)

A Brief Discussion on Arming Teachers

March 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0 comments

In the wake of an unfortunately increasing number of mass shootings, the policy debate over gun control and reform tends to dominate public discourse. When the shootings occur at schools the discussions often suggest arming teachers as a possible preventative measure. Recently even President Trump proposed a gun reform billRead More

Following the February 14, Stoneman Douglas shooting Teens For Gun Reform organized a demonstration in front of the White House demanding gun reform.
(Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Lorie Shaull. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Corporate Responsibility: Some Companies Part Ways With NRA Following Outrage

March 12, 2018 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

After the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in February, a social media campaign calling for a boycott of the National Rifle Association erupted across the nation. Shortly after, many American companies started to pull their support with the interest group. The first company to distance itself from the NRA was theRead More

Protesters in New York City respond to Trump’s plan to repeal DACA protections, September 9, 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Rhododendrites. http://bit.ly/1xMszCg)

Senate Fails to Reach Agreement on Immigration Deal

March 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

The Senate’s effort to reach an immigration deal ended in failure on February 15 as four immigration bills were put to a vote on the floor. None of them passed. This leaves no permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration said wouldRead More

A 2011 NAACP and Occupy Wall Street voting rights march in midtown Manhattan. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Michael Fleshman. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Petition Drive for Felon Voting Initiative Enters Final Month with Momentum

January 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm 0 comments

Throughout the United States, felon voting rights vary state by state but within the past decade Florida has become the national leader in disenfranchising anyone convicted of a felony. Between 1980 to 2017, the percent of disenfranchised felons in Florida has increased from 2.6 percent to 10.4 percent of theRead More

Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Kelli Stargel (Left) and Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Greg Steube (Right.) (Official Florida Senate photos.)

Florida Legislature Set to Debate Gun Laws Following Recent Tragedies

December 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm 0 comments

On November 5, Devin Patrick Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, causing 26 fatalities before exchanging gunfire with Stephen Willeford, a nearby resident and a former NRA instructor. The suspect was hit by Willeford and following a vehicle chase with the resident, Kelley took his ownRead More

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

University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs. (Official photo from the University of Florida.)

Labor Coalition Continues to Push University to Compensate OPS Employee

December 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm 0 comments

The quarrel over wage losses for OPS workers at the University of Florida continued last month with both sides meeting to discuss potential compensation. In September, OPS employees missed a week of work due to Hurricane Irma. Following the missed days, the University of Florida announced that it would notRead More

Marchers at the Not My President March in early 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Opinion: Voters Reject Trump Style Politics in New Jersey and Virginia

December 6, 2017 at 12:30 am 0 comments

Voters came out this past election with the intent of shunning President Trump’s hateful tactics and rhetoric. A wave of Democratic wins swept this election cycle, with historic wins in both New Jersey and Virginia.a Both Democrats and Republicans took to the polls with the hopes of making positive, progressiveRead More