The headline outcome is that Florida’s Covid death toll relative to its population was 34% higher than California’s.
— Read on english.aawsat.com/home/article/3633841/justin-fox/california-versus-florida-covid-reckoning
Josiah Ingalls is engaging in perhaps the boldest—and most literal—embodiment of the “Yes in My Backyard” philosophy by letting 19 homeless people live on his land.
— Read on www.vice.com/en/article/jgm3qx/texas-banned-homeless-encampments-so-a-guy-made-one-on-his-property
“Secure transport services,” a shadowy corner of the teen-treatment industry, are almost entirely unregulated. Parent-hired transporters can pull kids from their beds, handcuff them, hold them down or blindfold them. In Utah, a legislator who recently sponsored a bill that brought regulatory reform to the state’s booming teen-treatment industry said he wants to take a closer look at how kids from all over the country are getting to the state for treatment.
The Republican senator hates unions so much that he has said he won’t fight to win key manufacturing jobs for his own state. Democrats think that should cost him his seat.
— Read on www.thenation.com/article/politics/ron-johnson-workers/
The Florida Senate education committee has the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussions about LGBT+ identities in the classroom.
— Read on www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/02/08/florida-dont-say-gay-bill-education-committee-sb1834/
Rep. Destin Hall, the House Redistricting Committee chairman, admitted in court this week that he used secret maps, drawn privately by his aide, as a guide when he drafted the new House districts.
— Read on www.heraldsun.com/opinion/article257127777.html
The day after the January 6th attack on the Capitol—some six weeks before his death—Rush Limbaugh logged on for his first show of 2021. He managed to find a way to throw some blame at the Democrats for the previous day’s violence
— Read on www.thebulwark.com/the-gops-attempt-to-memory-hole-jan-6th/
The GOP Senator previously voted against disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Sandy.
— Read on www.newsweek.com/rand-paul-opposition-previous-disaster-relief-resurfaces-he-seeks-aid-kentucky-1658537
Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to lure New York police to Florida, though some have troubled pasts. DeSantis is for second chances for police but not for ex-felons
— Read on www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article256096697.html
Republicans have been looking to schools as a prime battleground for the many culture wars they’re waging.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/virginia-school-board-members-call-for-books-to-be-burned-2021-11
A federal judge in Texas ruled Wednesday that Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools discriminates against students with disabilities and violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/judge-rules-texas-gov-greg-abbott-s-ban-school-mask-n1283702
When these commissions solicit public input, both parties, as well as special interest groups, look for additional opportunities to have a say.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/how-michigan-republicans-are-trying-sway-state-s-independent-redistricting-n1283296
Utah’s Legislative Redistricting Committee voted to adopt its own voter districts, even after the Independent Redistricting Commission proposed different, nonpartisan maps. Frustrated Utahns spoke for hours against the new maps.
— Read on www.deseret.com/utah/2021/11/8/22770759/utah-redistricting-lawmakers-select-own-maps-over-independent-ones-voter-districts-gerrymandering
Rachel Maddow slammed Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo in a segment that questioned both his ethics as a doctor and experience treating Covid patients.
— Read on www.mediaite.com/tv/maddow-blasts-vaccine-skeptic-florida-surgeon-general-after-former-colleagues-claim-he-never-treated-covid-patients/
The initial decision to block three political science professors from testifying prompted an uproar
— Read on www.salon.com/2021/11/06/florida-professors-can-testify-against-voting-rights-after-university-backs-down_partner/
Republican Matt Krause is asking schools for an accounting of any book that “might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress.”
— Read on www.npr.org/2021/10/28/1050013664/texas-lawmaker-matt-krause-launches-inquiry-into-850-books
The lawsuit alleges the law will “disenfranchise eligible Texas citizens who seek to exercise their right to vote.”
— Read on www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-voting-law-justice-department-lawsuit/
After the University of Florida blocked testimony in a voting rights lawsuit against the state, critics made accusations of political meddling. The governor denied the claims.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/us/florida-professors-lawsuit.html
Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial race will come to a head on Tuesday as voters go to the polls in an election that will likely set the tone for next year’s midterm elections.
— Read on thehill.com/homenews/campaign/579521-five-things-to-watch-in-the-virginia-governors-race