Concerns About Mental Health on Parkland Campus Raised Long Before Two Students Committed Suicide

Back in early February, parents of Broward students were pushing for Superintendent Robert Runcie to step down for a myriad of reasons; one being that they believed the school district under his leadership did not provide proper counseling to parents, students and faculty who survived the Valentine’s Day massacre that killed 17 people in a Parkland high school last year. Now, two students are dead … Continue reading Concerns About Mental Health on Parkland Campus Raised Long Before Two Students Committed Suicide

Florida’s Push to “Arm Teachers”, Explained

Now that the Florida Legislature has opened their 2019 session, a lot of political debates are coming to a head. Of the most divisive policies the legislators will be voting on, one – if passed – would allow teachers to be armed on campus under certain circumstances. Many columnists in Florida have lamented this policy with headlines like “Oh, Florida! Give all those bad teachers … Continue reading Florida’s Push to “Arm Teachers”, Explained

The Suspension of Officials in Florida Has Become a Form of Political Theatre

It was late in the evening as the orange sunlight peeked through unto the podium. Governor Ron DeSantis approached the podium with his characteristically stoic expression. In front of him was an audience of reporters and citizens. Behind him stood over a dozen critics of the Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel. Israel had been criticized for his handling of the Valentine’s Day massacre which left … Continue reading The Suspension of Officials in Florida Has Become a Form of Political Theatre

Crime Reporters Face a New Norm in Florida

  This past Wednesday afternoon, a young man walked into a Duval county SunTrust and killed everyone inside; four tellers and one customer. The Sun Sentinel called it a mass shooting and while law enforcement agencies have their own definitions of a mass shooting, the massacre is certainly like a mass shooting in this sense: the SunTrust shooter was not trying to rob the bank. … Continue reading Crime Reporters Face a New Norm in Florida

Florida May be the Key to Putting Women’s Rights in the U.S. Constitution

Senator Audrey Gibson missed the play-off games between the Chargers and the Patriots, but it was still significant to her; not because any of the players on the field but because of one, lone ref. That night, Sarah Thomas became the first female to ref an NFL play-off. Gibson wonders why women weren’t considered for the position before. And it not just in the NFL. … Continue reading Florida May be the Key to Putting Women’s Rights in the U.S. Constitution

Controversial Abortion Bill Filed In The Florida Senate

This past week, Representative Mike Hill of Pensacola has gained attention for his aggressively conservative legislation. He finished last year with a controversial bill that in part protected confederate monuments and began started this year with a bill that would undo major portions of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act which passed last year under pressure by parents and students affected by the Parkland … Continue reading Controversial Abortion Bill Filed In The Florida Senate

Florida Politicians Clash Over Who Will Issue Gun Permits

In most states, Law Enforcement oversees the issuing of concealed weapons permits but not so in Florida. In 2002, the Division of Licensing was moved from the Florida Department of State to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This happened in part because the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbied for the change in order to keep the program under the oversight of an … Continue reading Florida Politicians Clash Over Who Will Issue Gun Permits