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Legislature mounts new attack on home rule

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on Jan 15, 2022. OUR POSITION: The Florida Legislature is at it again — trying to rob counties and cities of home rule. The 2022 legislative session was just getting started when Republicans introduced two Senate bills that once again attack home rule for county and city

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Florida Legislation

Legislature must look for common ground

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 11, 2022. OUR POSITION: As the Florida Legislature convenes for 2022 we should be able to expect our representatives to look for bipartisan issues that could help all Floridians. As legislators open up the 2022 lawmaking session in Tallahassee today, there is a lot

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Florida Legislation

Here is the FL Democratic agenda for the 2022 session and all Floridians: Be healthy, prosperous and safe

By IMANI THOMAS , The Florida Phoenix, Jan 11, 2022.  Democrats respond to the governor’s State of the State address, Jan. 11, 2022. Credit: Imani Thomas. With the 2022 legislative session underway, Florida Democrats have an agenda and they’re not losing sight of their goals. Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, House Democratic

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Florida Legislation

Florida state legislators & community leaders will hold a virtual rally to demand people-centered policies in the 2022 legislative session

TALLAHASSEE — With Florida’s 2022 legislative session set to begin on January 11th, State Representative Angie Nixon (D-Jacksonville), along with her Democratic colleagues and advocates from throughout the state, will host a virtual rally on Monday, January 10th, at 12:00pm. Together, they will demand that people centered policies be put first this year instead of concerns

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis’ 2022 wish list for his Republican lawmakers

By Jim Turner, NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA, Dec 30, 2021. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released a $99.7 billion budget blueprint for the 2022 legislative session and has touted a series of other proposals. Here are 10 of DeSantis’ priorities, big and small, for the annual 60-day meeting of lawmakers. This year’s session starts January

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Florida redistricting plans include a surprise – praise from Democrats (so far, so good)

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, Nov. 27, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – With Florida’s political future riding in the balance, lawmakers and analysts predicted a bitter, partisan clash over the state’s unfolding attempt to redraw state House, Senate and congressional boundaries. But the first redistricting plans emerging from the Republican-controlled Legislature have been greeted calmly, maybe even welcomed by

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DeSantis brings back Florida lawmakers to crack down on pandemic mandates

By Lori Rozsa,  The Washington Post, November 14, 2021. TALLAHASSEE — A special legislative session dubbed “Keep Florida Free” began Monday at the behest of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wants lawmakers to pass more measures to block coronavirus vaccine mandates by public and private employers. The four bills being considered would ratchet up the penalties for businesses,

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Call to Action

DeSantis has called the Florida Legislature into Special Session next week!

Democrats are outraged!  Where was the Special Session when Floridians were desperate, suffering from illness/loss, food/housing/employment insecurities, and more? Where was the direction? DeSantis’ motives are clear, self-serving, and dangerous. While pandering misinformation to his base, he furthers the divide amongst Floridians with an anti-medical science, anti-vax, anti-big government message. Meanwhile, he is putting our

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Florida Legislation

‘Anti-riot’ law backed by Florida Gov. DeSantis blocked by federal judge

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Sep 10, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Another of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policy priorities has been blocked, with a federal court Thursday stopping enforcement of his so-called anti-riot law that opponents said was riddled with constitutional defects. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed with arguments made by several civil rights

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Elections

Local legislators ready for state abortion ban

Editor’s note:  Both Michael Grant (R) and Ben Albritton (R) are up for re-election in 2022.  Currently, there are no Democratic candidates. Please consider running against them. Click HERE for more information. By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Sept 4, 2021. Local state legislators expect to try again in 2022 to enact a

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Analysis

After past ‘mockery’, Florida GOP to begin new high-stakes redistricting effort

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK–FLORIDA, July 24, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – The last time Florida’s ruling Republicans were tasked with redrawing the state’s political districts, a judge concluded they turned it into a “mockery” by secretly and illegally working to enhance their command of the state. Fast-forward to this summer, and an even more powerful GOP-led Legislature

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Seminole Indians hit the jackpot with controversial Florida gambling deal

The tribe, already a financial powerhouse, has signed a ‘historic compact’ with the state that will generate billions of dollars By Craig Pittman, Washington Post, July 11, 2021 TAMPA — The cavernous Seminole Hard Rock Casino rocks around-the-clock with 5,000 noisy slot machines; a couple hundred poker, blackjack and baccarat tables; and superstar artifacts such as

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in Miami on May 4.
Florida Legislation

DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state

Universities may lose funding if staff and students’ beliefs do not satisfy Florida’s GOP-run legislature By BRETT BACHMAN, Salon,  June 23, 2021 Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students on their political beliefs and viewpoints, with the institutions at risk of losing their funding if the responses are not satisfactory to the state’s

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Florida Legislation

Here are the new Florida laws that will take effect July 1

By Jim Turner – News Service of Florida,  WUSF Public Media – WUSF 89.7, June 28, 2021 More than 100 new laws passed during the 2021 legislative session will hit the books this week, ranging from a record $100 billion state budget, a requirement for out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by

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Amid praise from conservatives, Florida Gov. DeSantis also drawing lawsuits

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, June 13, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – While Gov. Ron DeSantis is drawing praise from conservatives and pulling in campaign cash from across the nation, he also is attracting a crush of lawsuits spurred by the polarizing legislation he signed into law. Opponents say the outcome of the courtroom challenges will be pivotal not just

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis signs transgender athlete ban on first day of Pride Month

Editor’s note: just a coincidence?  I don’t buy it! By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday a controversial ban on transgender athletes participating in women’s sports at the high school and college levels, seizing on a trend coursing through conservative states. The Republican governor enacted the measure on

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Gov. DeSantis takes on how racial history is taught in Florida schools

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, May 28, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to declare victory on another front in what critics call a culture war  – with his administration expected to approve new limits on how racial history is taught in Florida schools. The Republican governor has spent weeks ridiculing “critical race theory,”

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