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

Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson speaking at CPAC 2011. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

Upcoming Tax Reform Vote Faces Some Unlikely Opponents

November 30, 2017 at 10:15 am 0 comments

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed tax reform legislation, which includes provisions to cut taxes on the richest people in the country. This is based on the idea that wealth will “trickle down” from the rich to ordinary Americans in the form of wage increases and rising economicRead More

Rep. Jackie Speier listening to Tom Perez at a 2014 Department of Labor event. (Public domain by the Department of Labor.)

Congresswomen Lead Sexual Harassment Reform Effort

November 27, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Sexual assault and harassment allegations have grown to national prominence impacting Hollywood, the media and now extending all the way to Washington. As more and more victims come forward to speak about their instances of dealing with sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement has grown to allow victims to speak candidlyRead 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

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue meets with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in May 2017. (Public domain USDA photo by Preston Keres.)

NAFTA Negotiations Continue With Increased Discord in Trump’s Base

November 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

In the 2016 presidential election, farmers across the heartland states—among many other factors—helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Although Trump’s anti-trade platform would have normally turned off those in the agricultural sector, the agricultural lobby believed that Trump’s promised renegotiation of NAFTA would leave agricultural trade untouched. Now,Read More

President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Seema Verma in March 2017. (Public domain photo by White House photographer Shealah Craighead.)

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis Public Health Emergency to Mixed Reactions

November 13, 2017 at 11:03 am 0 comments

On Thursday, Oct. 26, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The declaration has been met with controversy since many believe the declaration conflicts with what the president has promised in the past. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 people a dayRead More