States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly instead of daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota marked a notable shift duringContinue reading “States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge”

Ron DeSantis’ Anti-Fauci Florida Merchandise Prompts Outrage: ‘This Is Madness’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been criticized online after it emerged he is selling merchandise mocking Dr. Anthony Fauci and the U.S. coronavirus restrictions. A variety of items are available to purchase via the governor’s official website. They include hats, flags and T-shirts featuring the slogan “Keep Florida Free” as well as beverage coolers and other clothing emblazoned withContinue reading “Ron DeSantis’ Anti-Fauci Florida Merchandise Prompts Outrage: ‘This Is Madness’”

Human Rights Campaign brings suit against Florida over transgender athlete ban

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Wednesday announced it filed a lawsuit to challenge legislation passed in Florida that bars transgender student athletes from playing on sport teams that align with their gender identity.  The lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida, argues that the “Fairness in Women Sports Act,” signed by Gov. RonContinue reading “Human Rights Campaign brings suit against Florida over transgender athlete ban”

Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools

The school board of Virginia’s wealthy Loudoun County had planned to hold a routine meeting to close out the school year. Instead, it was pandemonium. Many of the hundreds of parents who flooded the auditorium in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night were there to accuse the schools of teaching their kids thatContinue reading “Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools”

Republicans defeat critical voting rights bill as White House warns ‘democracy is in peril’

Senate Republicans block vote on For The People Act while GOP lawmakers launch partisan campaign to undermine ballot access A civil rights bill central to expand voting rights across the US – and Democrats’ best chance of an antidote against a wave of restrictive voting laws proposed in nearly every state – has failed inContinue reading “Republicans defeat critical voting rights bill as White House warns ‘democracy is in peril’”

DeSantis cheers Twitter suspension of critic after slamming the site for banning Trump

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis complained just months ago that Twitter and other social media sites were ‘enforcers of preferred narratives.’ Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday hailed Twitter’s decision to suspend the account of Rebekah Jones, a former employee of the Florida Department of Health who criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. But overContinue reading “DeSantis cheers Twitter suspension of critic after slamming the site for banning Trump”

Military personnel block Democratic activist from Ron DeSantis public event

Military personnel blocked a Democratic activist from a public event held by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday. Thomas Kennedy, a Miami-based activist and member of the Democratic National Convention, said he was stopped by uniformed service members at a press event held at a National Guard armory. “Just tried to get into a Ron Desantis pressContinue reading “Military personnel block Democratic activist from Ron DeSantis public event”

Florida Gov. DeSantis Strips LGBTQ+ Funds From State Budget

After kicking off Pride Month by signing transphobic legislation, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed all LGBTQ+ programs and projects from his state’s budget. That included $150,000 for the LGBT+ Center Orlando. The money was earmarked for the Orlando United Assistance Center, which provides mental health services for survivors of the 2016 mass shooting at theContinue reading “Florida Gov. DeSantis Strips LGBTQ+ Funds From State Budget”

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