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

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

Rep. Frederica Wilson at a 2012 Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) briefing. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by HAWG. http://bit.ly/RT9dL0)

Representative Wilson Returns to Washington After Death Threats

November 10, 2017 at 2:39 am 0 comments

On the evening of October 31, Representative Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and her famous rhinestone hats returned to Washington D.C. to vote for the first time in Congress since being forced to spend a week at home due to death threats.   The threats were in response to an argument withRead More

Governor Rick Scott with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi presenting a medal at the October cabinet meeting. (Public domain photo by Office of the Governor.)

Scott Proposes Opioid Legislation as Washington Wavers

October 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

Opioid addiction has persisted for centuries as the development and abuse of opium-based drugs have been used by society for thousands of years. The prevalence of this type of drug began with the invention of opium, which has been used to create drugs such as morphine, Percocet, OxyContin and heroin.Read 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

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff being sworn in at the state capital in March. (Public domain photo by Jesse Romimora.)

Florida’s Constitution Commission Continues Work Ahead of Next Year’s Ballot Initiatives

October 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm 0 comments

Earlier this month Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission moved one step closer to finalizing their 2018 ballot measures. The Constitution Revision Commission is a unique feature of Florida and is unlike anything else found in the U.S. Once every twenty years, a commission composed of 37 members is created to examineRead More

Sen. Bill Nelson at Kennedy Space Center ahead of a SpaceX rocket launch which delivered a NOAA weather satellite into orbit in 2015. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo NASA photographer Kim Shiflett. http://bit.ly/1eBd9Ks)

Nelson Puts the Legislative Spotlight on Irma and Maria

October 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm 0 comments

In the wake of one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, state and federal lawmakers have been trying to extend a hand to the victims suffering the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., filed legislation earlier this week to provide tax relief forRead 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

Governor Rick Scott at Miami Dade College to sign education bill HB 477 (Public domain photo by Jesse Romimora.)

Long-Term Bright Futures Reform Deferred Amid Governor’s Veto

July 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm 0 comments

The politics of higher education was in full force during this year’s legislative session and it reached its tipping point when Governor Rick Scott vetoed a new Bright Futures bill which would have brought back the free ride system for some college seeking Floridians. SB 374, or the Bright FuturesRead More