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U.S. Senate committee hears testimony in support of boarding school commission

Quality Journalism for Critical Times The genocidal history of federal boarding school policies and the generational impact on Native American communities were presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last week. Lawmakers in the committee are committed to moving a bill to the full Senate floor that would establish a truth and healing commission on the U.S. boarding […] The post U.S. Senate committee hears testimony in support of boarding school commission appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion. Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will approach […] The post Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Aftermath of Roe v. Wade ruling: ‘Millions, millions will suffer because of this setback’

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, protesters rallied Friday evening to support abortion rights and try to figure out what to do about the dramatic change in the abortion landscape. “We must organize or die,” said Barbara DeVane, a longtime Florida lobbyist and a lobbyist […] The post Aftermath of Roe v. Wade ruling: ‘Millions, millions will suffer because of this setback’ appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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FL governor vetoes alimony overhaul, marking its third failure in a decade of ‘reform’ efforts

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday vetoed an alimony overhaul bill that was sponsored by the state chairman of his political party and opposed by the National Organization for Women, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and other critics. It was the third strike in a decade for groups of ex-spouses seeking to […] The post FL governor vetoes alimony overhaul, marking its third failure in a decade of ‘reform’ efforts appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprising eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s […] The post Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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FL Planned Parenthood braces for surge in out-of-state patients following Roe v. Wade ruling

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Abortion providers in Florida that have seen an influx of out-of-state patients for months are bracing for even more, mostly from Georgia but also from neighboring Southern states. “Planned Parenthood centers are busy already. We’ll be even busier, from neighboring states,” said Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “We’ve […] The post FL Planned Parenthood braces for surge in out-of-state patients following Roe v. Wade ruling appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

Quality Journalism for Critical Times President Joe Biden on Friday, “a sad day for the country,” called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved medications. […] The post Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says appeared first on Florida Phoenix.

In Florida, the future of abortion really lies in hands of the state Supreme Court

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has had its say on abortion access, activists and political figures on both sides of that issue are turning their eyes to the Florida Supreme Court. That’s because of a 1989 ruling by the court establishing that the right to privacy contained in the Florida Constitution includes the right […] The post In Florida, the future of abortion really lies in hands of the state Supreme Court appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Will FL have a special session on abortion? The state already has a 15-week ban effective July 1

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Florida’s new 15-week abortion law will go into effect a week from today. But with the Friday decision from the U.S. Supreme Court bringing abortion decisions to state legislators, the Florida House and Senate may — or may not — convene once again for a special session to further restrict, or even ban, abortion access […] The post Will FL have a special session on abortion? The state already has a 15-week ban effective July 1 appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

Quality Journalism for Critical Times This story was updated at about 3:30 p.m. and clarified the ruling. WASHINGTON —The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of […] The post U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are pushing to increase access to abortion for members of the military, concerned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could end the constitutional right will harm troops. The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking […] The post Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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‘A regular person?’ No more. School board members are entwined in DeSantis’ complex political arena

Quality Journalism for Critical Times About two weeks ago, Brevard County school board member Jennifer Jenkins got a call from U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign. It was about a potential running mate for Crist. “They gave me a call and asked me if I would be willing to be placed on that list and considered, and, of course, I […] The post ‘A regular person?’ No more. School board members are entwined in DeSantis’ complex political arena appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

Quality Journalism for Critical Times President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […] The post ‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed appeared first on Florida Phoenix.

Jan. 6 committee hears of Matt Gaetz’s fervor for Trump and request for ‘broad’ pardon

Quality Journalism for Critical Times U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida featured heavily during the congressional Jan. 6 hearings Thursday as part of a video chorus of extremist Republican lawmakers threatening to throw out the results of the 2020 presidential election. Gaetz also figured in evidence that Trumpist members of Congress including himself sought broad pardons for their roles in […] The post Jan. 6 committee hears of Matt Gaetz’s fervor for Trump and request for ‘broad’ pardon appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Gov. DeSantis signs into law Alzheimer’s education programs as more Floridians battle the disease

Quality Journalism for Critical Times With more than 580,000 people in Florida living with Alzheimer’s disease — and thousands more diagnosed by 2025 — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law efforts to educate health care practitioners on disease and dementia-related disorders. The bill, which becomes effective July 1, is called “Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia […] The post Gov. DeSantis signs into law Alzheimer’s education programs as more Floridians battle the disease appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling the […] The post How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a major decision that expands the Second […] The post U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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Call Florida’s governor ‘Developer-Santis’ because he bows to builders’ every wish

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Nicknames can tell you so much about politicians. “Walkin’ Lawton” Chiles earned his for hiking the whole state while campaigning for the U.S. Senate. Bob Graham was dubbed “Governor Jell-O” for his wishy-washy ways when he first took office, but he sh-sh-shimmied out of that one. An angry mob dubbed then-Gov. Rick Scott. “Red Tide […] The post Call Florida’s governor ‘Developer-Santis’ because he bows to builders’ every wish appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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2020 election: Group of FL Democrats braced themselves for interference if Trump lost

Quality Journalism for Critical Times Florida Democratic lawmakers were concerned during the 2020 presidential campaign that if GOP President Donald Trump, a Florida resident and mentor of Gov. Ron DeSantis, lost the popular vote in his home state, Republicans could cast the state’s electoral ballots for Trump anyway. “We long suspected the possibility of such a move if we [Democrats] […] The post 2020 election: Group of FL Democrats braced themselves for interference if Trump lost appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
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U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […] The post U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns appeared first on Florida Phoenix.