A lot of people don’t understand this right now, but American democracy is in shambles. Most people are still walking around going on about their daily lives blissfully unaware of the changes that have gone on since the January 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol alone.
Since then, the Republican Party has not only doubled down on its insistence that the Capitol riot wasn’t a big deal, telling us we should “just move on,” but they’ve even stonewalled any attempts by the Senate to investigate what happened and who was involved.
In a move that infuriated centrist and democrats alike…
Today, June 1st of 2021, is the first day of Pride Month, a month where LGBTQ people celebrate diversity and culture, as well as the gains made over the years encompassing a span of LGBTQ rights. Also today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial law that’s been debated hotly among political pundits and basically everyone paying attention for months now: the one that disallows transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports statewide. It’s called the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, and Governor DeSantis views it as a way to keep the playing field even and sports competitions.
This Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took aim at tech companies when he signed into law a piece of legislation that gives the Florida Elections Commission to fine social media companies $250,000, per day, for banning political candidates. In what’s been described as “the first of its kind,” the legislation will take aim at what Governor DeSantis and many other Republicans see as tech company overreach.
The law says that suspensions for up to a maximum of 14 days are permitted, but permanent bans will no longer be allowed.
You may remember back in October of 2019, as we were all getting ready for Halloween, President Trump took the stage late at night and delivered a message to the nation. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man who’d led the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS, had been killed. American forces descended upon his location and killed the leader of the terrorist organization in a raid in Syria.
At the time, President Trump said that Mr. al-Baghdadi had, “Died like a dog,” and, “Died like a coward.”
I held my head low as I moved my mouse and wondered my pointer over to the drop-down menu. I hesitated for a moment before I clicked, “Unfriend.” I was tired. My feelings were also mixed about what I had just done. We’d started hanging out through a circle of mutual friends where we’d met a decade ago. We’d spoken, we’d hung out, we’d shared laughs, and had some pretty great times.
But I was at my breaking point.
Over the past several years, I’ve watched people go off the deep end with political movements that turned them into an…
I woke up this morning to the loud and unmistakable sound of a woodpecker thwacking away against a tree. Opening my eyes as I stretched myself awake to greet the day, a cardinal began to sing outside of my window. It was the perfect way to start my day, with the sunshine pouring in from my Southeast facing window, raining through the sheer white sheets I’ve set up for this very purpose. The first thing I did, of course, was to check my phone.
Once my iPhone unlocked, it took me directly back to the place I’d left off. The…
It was announced two weeks ago that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Army Corps of Engineers have reached an agreement to help restore the Everglades, a beloved staple of the Florida landscape that’s been embattled by environmental crises.
The Everglades span over 1.5 million acres of South Florida and is home to countless wildlife species. Many of those species, like our beloved alligator, who might as well be the Florida state mascot, reside in the watery swamps that span the southern portion of the state.
At noon today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference with an unmistakable sign out in front of the podium, facing the cameras and audience, a sign that read, “Defund the Police,” with the red strikeout symbol around the “De” portion of the “Defund.” The sign was clever, if not tacky. Don’t “Defund” the police, it suggests, but “Fund” the police. It was then that the governor announced a bonus that will be paid to police officers to the tune of $1,000.
The $1,000 bonus will be issued to every single sworn police officer in Florida.
The Florida Governor…
The law extends the current deadline for voter registration from 48 hours to 14 days. This is very good.
Former Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law several years ago that levied fines for anyone who turned in their voter registration and it arrived at the Supervisor of Elections later than 48 hours after the voter filled out the application. Thankfully, assuming Governor DeSantis signs the bill into law, that deadline will be raised to a much more reasonable 14 days instead of 48 hours.
The fine is $50 for individuals and $250 for organizations, such as local…
It was the case to end all cases, a year’s worth of justice wrapped up into a few short weeks of testimony and a few short hours of jury deliberation. All of us remember the chaotic mixture of feelings that welled up inside of us last year, in May of 2020, when we watched the video that appeared to show the murder of an unarmed black man under the knee of a police officer named Derek Chauvin. We all now know that man’s name is George Floyd.
It was horrific to watch. It seemed to anyone that this was the…
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