Juan Fernandez-Barquin safely poised to repel Primary challengers in HD 118

He holds the advantage in experience, legislative achievement, name recognition, fundraising, party support and political nuance.
0 10min

Progressive club rescinds Nikki Fried endorsement, backs Charlie Crist

The Sanibel Democratic group cited media reports on the Agriculture Commissioner’s regulatory record.
11 3min

Ryan Morales fires comms director after ‘insensitive’ ‘Nazi’ tweets about J.R. Gaillot

‘I’m taking JR’s concerns very seriously, and have removed Mr. Henville from his post.’
2 7min

Gov. DeSantis announces charges against 20 voter fraud suspects

‘This is the day we begin taking fraud seriously.’
34 6min

Video shows Val Demings’ security pushing man to ground outside event

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
95 7min

Retailers back Jimmy Patronis for re-election

‘Under his leadership, we’ve maintained a fair, free and open marketplace, where businesses can compete and prosper.’
1 3min

Anna Eskamani committee targets high schoolers in latest voter registration drive

‘We are committed to help them convert their anger into action.’
10 4min

New poll finds Marco Rubio with 11-point lead over Val Demings among likely voters

Center Street poll finds Rubio’s lead has grown since a July survey.
17 5min

Nikki Fried hopes ‘blue wave’ can save Dems in Ag Commissioner race

‘Look, no candidate is perfect,’ Fried said of flawed Democratic field.
4 4min

2022 – Congressional

CD 1 Republican Primary a referendum on Matt Gaetz

Have Mark Lombardo and the media convinced Gaetz in the court of public opinion?
1 7min

Democrats scrambling for open seat in Dem-friendly CD 10

Randolph Bracy, Maxwell Frost, Alan Grayson, Terence Gray battle for the open Democratic stronghold.
0 9min

Jared Moskowitz dominates competitors in fundraising, endorsements to fill open CD 23 seat

In fundraising and endorsements, Moskowitz has dominated the Democratic field in the blue district straddling Broward and Palm Beach counties.
0 9min

CD 13 Republican Primary: A Donald Trump loyalty contest

A June poll found that Trump remains popular with 85% of Republicans in the district.
3 7min

Laurel Lee paints Primary opponents as cartoon villains in fresh ad

Comic-style video suggests Kelli Stargel and Jackie Toledo are masquerading as conservatives.
1 4min

2022 – Legislative

Juan Fernandez-Barquin safely poised to repel Primary challengers in HD 118

He holds the advantage in experience, legislative achievement, name recognition, fundraising, party support and political nuance.
0 10min

Michele Rayner takes on Wengay Newton in HD 62 Primary

While the pair are considered the front-runners in the race, Democrat Jesse Philippe is also running.
0 5min

Former pro wrestler makes Travis Hutson work in Primary

Gerry James says ‘RINO’ Hutson has ducked him all campaign.
1 7min

Primary clashes near for coastal HD 106 in Miami-Dade County

Former Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Jordan Leonard is by far the front-runner in terms of fundraising, endorsements and political experience.
0 15min

Culture Wars

Stranger thing: Judge blocks workplace training portion of ‘Stop WOKE Act’

‘If Florida truly believes we live in a post-racial society, then let it make its case,’ Walker wrote in his ruling.
16 6min

Hospitality unionization trend partially due to new political culture, experts say

The sort of activism in the marketplace that gave fuel to organizing drives isn’t going to go away.
3 5min

So-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law confuses some Florida schools

The law attracted widespread attention and condemnation earlier this year.
3 10min

LGBTQ groups denounce Florida AHCA plan to limit transgender care

‘AHCA’s actions … are morally and legally wrong, as well as medically and scientifically unsound.’
6 4min

Legislative, Influence & Policy

Millions of Florida residents reap health benefits from Inflation Reduction Act, feds say

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says its ‘one of the most consequential laws of our lifetime.’
1 8min

Senate review of Andrew Warren suspension on hold as lawsuit moves forward

Senate’s review of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of the Hillsborough County State Attorney is frozen until Warren’s lawsuit challenging the suspension plays out.
16 3min

State proposes new hospital licensure rule

Broward Health and Tampa General Hospital have previously challenged proposed changes.
0 4min

Survey shows the start of a new school year stresses out kids, parents

Parents and students who are feeling increased stress and anxiety should seek help, FAME Executive Director Natalie Kelly said.
0 4min

South Florida

Star-studded ¡Vamos Florida! weekend backs Annette Taddeo, primes Miami women for Primary Election

The two-day event featured dozens of Latino celebrities supporting progressive, climate-minded candidates like Miami state Sen. Annette Taddeo.
1 6min

Ivette Arango O’Doski launches Coral Gables Commission campaign targeting smart growth, government transparency

‘This is something I’ve taken to heart, and I’ll hold this to the highest level of character and integrity.’
1 10min

South Florida farmers hit 66% phosphorus reduction in previous year, beating 25% benchmark

Farmers have averaged a 57% reduction in phosphorus each year sin 1996, when compared with the 1979-1988 base period.
1 4min

Broward County school district tries to fix bad Spanish translation on ballot

The Spanish version of a question translated ‘one mill’ into ‘one million,’ among other issues.
3 4min

Jorge Fors Jr. ad for Miami-Dade Commission campaign errantly runs on Coral Gables website

He blames the city’s recently renovated website for the oversight, which has since been corrected.
1 9min

America in Crisis

Some Capitol rioters try to profit from their Jan. 6 crimes

A few rioters are writing books about the attack or marketed videos they shot during the riot.
2 16min

Rick Scott argues Dems don’t ‘give a damn’ about inflation

‘Biden and the other so-called “leaders” in Washington right now haven’t got a clue.’
12 4min

Marco Rubio says FBI sowing more discord than Russia after Donald Trump raid

The Senator claims actions by the FBI and Putin will ‘foment’ political division.
14 4min

Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

‘It’s not lost on the court that it was the kind of trial that Ahmaud Arbery did not receive before he was shot and killed.’
2 9min

Latest from Bill Day


Inflation Reduction Act is the law, but partisan politicking continues

Democrats tout the health benefits while Republicans warn of Biden’s ‘IRS Army.’
2 6min

Ron DeSantis: IRS expansion is ‘middle finger’ to Americans

‘They just stuck you with 87,000 new IRS agents, and they are going after you.’
32 5min

Feds encourage vaccination after community-transmitted polio discovered in New York

It is the second discovery of community transmission of poliovirus identified in the United States since 1979.
0 6min

What’s in the big Joe Biden bill? Health, climate goals become law

Republicans deride the 730-page bill as big government overreach.
4 13min

Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘mild’ symptoms

An Orlando visit later this week to speak at Walt Disney World has been canceled.
0 3min

AARP Florida applauds Congressional delegation for Inflation Reduction Act passage

The bill includes several provisions to lower the prices of prescription drugs — a priority of AARP Florida. 
2 4min

Foreign Affairs

Marco Rubio plans social media push to fight China’s threat

China is the real threat to U.S. interests, the state’s senior Senator plans on explaining further.
3 4min

Iranian operative charged in plot to murder John Bolton

Shahram Poursafi is wanted by the FBI on charges related to the murder-for-hire plot.
1 4min

Ex Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez charged with bribery

Charges against Wanda Vázquez seen as a blow to her party’s pro-statehood movement.

Marco Rubio blames ‘woke’ Pentagon for China moves on Taiwan

The Senator said today’s military was a ‘woke social experiment organization.’
12 4min

Speaker Pelosi defies China, visits Taiwan

Chinese official says she’s ‘playing with fire’
4 2min

Florida Democrats — and most Republicans — applaud killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri

Across the partisan divide, Florida’s pols applauded the drone strike killing of Osama bin Laden’s successor.
6 6min

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UF has No. 2 ROI among public universities nationwide

It had the No. 4 return on investment among all universities, public and private.
1 3min

UCF researchers secure $4.5M in funding to prepare for next health crisis

‘It is very difficult to prevent pandemics, but what we can do is we can help communities be better prepared.’

UCF removes anti-racist statements from department websites

Critics are tying the decision to the “Stop WOKE Act,” pushed by Gov. DeSantis.
9 5min


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