Grand Jury on COVID-19 vaccine should probe governor for possible pay-to-play; Donors who got fat, no-bid contracts stuffed his political war chest

By Dan Christensen Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide Grand Jury to investigate “crimes and wrongdoing committed against Floridians related to the COVID-19 vaccine.” But if the 18 grand jurors and the prosecutors who will shepherd them do an actual investigation, the governor’s request should backfire … Read more

Here’s how Florida’s huge GOP delegation is fighting to shape the next Congress

When Republicans finally captured control of the U.S. House of Representatives last week, Florida’s GOP delegation, with 21 members, emerged as one of the most powerful, naturally formed voting blocs in the upcoming 118th Congress. Only Texas, with 25 Republican members, has a larger delegation. But despite the outsized influence, the Sunshine State remains woefully … Read more

Gubernatorial debate skipped key questions about Florida’s worsening environmental problems

Manatees gather during winter in warmer waters, but they are finding too little seagrass on which to feed, causing mass starvation. Credit: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Quality Journalism for Critical Times I watched the one and only Florida gubernatorial debate Monday night. I admit that I yelled at the TV set. No, I … Read more

Abortion isn’t a dirty word in Florida, but DeSantis and the GOP act like it is

“Abortion” is not a dirty word in Florida. Most voters in the state support abortion rights. Florida has one of the highest abortion rates in the country. And clinics here serve as a haven for out-of-state women now barred from getting an abortion by their own state governments. Florida even boasts something unique — a constitutional right to privacy that protects abortion under … Read more

Solar ‘Caveat Emptor’ – Buyer Beware

Florida is known as the Sunshine State for good reason. There is sunshine all year round. When filtered through solar panels, the sunlight produces electricity, which can be good. But there is a dark side to solar, particularly, the risk and unknown problems that come with solar panels. And folks who sell these products don’t … Read more

Florida veterans empowered to begin next tour of duty in the classroom

The Florida State Board of Education recently unanimously passed a rule that allows military veterans to receive a temporary teaching certification while working to attain their bachelor’s degree.  Unfortunately, this commonsense action has been met with skepticism, rumors and flat-out falsehoods intended to serve political agendas. The president of the Sarasota County Teachers Association went … Read more

Ron DeSantis’s genius plan to solve the teacher shortage crisis

While much of cable news is still fixated on the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, there are two joint crises happening that most journalists are ignoring: the shortages of police officers and teachers, which threaten America’s public safety and education system. In New York City, for example, more than 1,500 police officers have handed in their … Read more

The US has a ruling class – and Americans must stand up to it | Bernie Sanders

In the year 2022, three multibillionaires own more wealth than the bottom half of American society – 160 million Americans. This is unsustainable Let’s be clear. The most important economic and political issues facing this country are the extraordinary levels of income and wealth inequality, the rapidly growing concentration of ownership, the long-term decline of … Read more