Ben Montgomery
Jan 26, 2022 - Politics

DeSantis fumes over FDA interference

Illustration of a shield with a monoclonal antibody image in the center
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Gov. Ron DeSantis is blasting the Biden administration after the FDA revoked the use of two different monoclonal antibody treatments, forcing Florida to shutter treatment clinics across the state.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 24, 2022 - Politics

Steps to safer Florida highways

Data: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Florida is failing miserably compared to other states when it comes to enacting laws to make driving safer and reduce traffic deaths.

Why it matters: Urgent action is needed to make roadways safer as traffic deaths climb at record rates despite fewer miles being driven, according to a new report from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 20, 2022 - Politics

Bill to ban under-21 sales of kratom advances

A pile of kratom leaves.
Kratom leaves. Photo: Vachira Vachira/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A bill that would ban the sale of kratom to anyone younger than 21 and regulate the industry advanced in a Florida Senate committee this week.

  • A mild stimulant that comes from a tree, kratom is typically brewed into a tea or taken via gel capsule.

DeSantis courts conservative influencers as Trump feud grows stronger

Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump speaking at rallies, the images side by side
Photos: Joe Raedle/Getty, Mario Tama/Getty

Tensions are rising between Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump.

What's happening: DeSantis has been courting conservative influencers who recently moved to Florida and is pushing back against Trump's criticism to add more fuel to the 2024 fire, per Politico.

Ben Montgomery
Jan 13, 2022 - Politics

Bill cutting customers' savings from solar advances in Florida

Former President Barack Obama tours the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia in 2009.
Former President Barack Obama tours the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia in 2009. Photo: Mandel NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Florida senators on a panel were apprehensive but voted 6-2 to advance SB 1024, a bill intended to restrict the expansion of rooftop solar in Florida.

  • SB 1024 would lower utility savings for Floridians using rooftop solar panels by reducing how much utilities pay solar users to buy back their excess energy.

Florida Republicans propose abortion ban

State Sen. Kelly Stargel answers questions during a legislative session on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
State Sen. Kelli Stargel answers reporters' questions during a legislative session on Tuesday in Tallahassee. Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

Republican lawmakers in Florida are once again fighting to ban abortion.

What's happening: Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) filed Senate Bill 146 and House Bill 5 on Tuesday, the first day of the Florida legislature.

  • Both would ban doctors from giving abortions after 15 weeks unless the health of the patient is at risk, or if there is a "fatal fetal abnormality."
Ben Montgomery
Jan 11, 2022 - Politics

Sarasota-based Cyber Ninjas dissolves

A contractor for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate transports ballots from the 2020 general election on May 1, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
A contractor for Cyber Ninjas transports general election ballots in 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Sarasota's Cyber Ninjas, the inexperienced firm that drew national attention after being picked to audit presidential ballots in Arizona, has dissolved after a disastrous week, its CEO told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Ken Welch is St. Petersburg's first Black mayor

Ken Welch holds his right hand up as he is sworn in, with his daughter next to him holding the Bible. Both wear masks.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch is sworn in Thursday, with his daughter, Kenya Welch, holding a Bible. Photo courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg

Ken Welch is officially St. Petersburg's first Black mayor, and he's ready to start tearing down boundaries.

What's happening: In his acceptance speech Thursday, Welch recalled his days as a student in the last segregated classes at Melrose Elementary and how it felt to revisit students at that school as the city's mayor-elect.

  • "That's a story of progress," Welch said.
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