November 13, 2020
President Donald Trump will not be getting a second term in the White House, but the State of Florida was not a factor in that outcome. Trump won Florida and by an even larger margin than he did when he defeated Hilary Clinton in 2016. The president’s popularity in Florida, coupled with strong showings by Republicans in down-ballot state and local races, has some political observers questioning whether it’s still accurate to call Florida a swing state. Blaise Gainey prepared this report.
Florida politicos are crossing over into Georgia as that state faces a critical runoff in two U.S. Senate races. Those seats could decide the fate of the Senate—and Republicans and Democrats are battling to get their candidates across the finish line. Lynn Hatter reports the battle over Georgia, coupled with Florida’s relatively low profile at the moment, is raising a question: Is Georgia, the new Florida?
The next session of the Florida Legislature is several months away, but already, battle lines are forming between two familiar rivals: businesses and the bar. Steve Bousquet reports on how corporations are seeking greater legal protection from lawsuits as a result of the coronavirus
When the Florida House of Representatives meets this coming Tuesday for the first time since March, new leadership will take the helm. This week, incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls published a list of proposed rule changes for the chamber to follow during his two-year term. We get details from Ryan Dailey.
More than two years after Hurricane Michael, residents have complained about a lack of affordable housing. And leaders have cited the need for housing as one of the biggest obstacles to long-term recovery. Valerie Crowder has the latest on what local leaders have been doing to address this issue with the help of state funds.
As more students identify as transgender and gender non-conforming, colleges are changing housing policies to accommodate them. Robbie Gaffney reports in Tallahassee, one student group is pushing Florida State University to be more inclusive.
Among this year’s Florida Veteran Hall of Fame honorees is a member of the legenday Tuskeegee Airmen, Lt. Col. George Hardy (U.S. Air Force retired.) He talks about his combat experiences in three wars and how all-black military units like his led to integration of America’s armed forces after the Second World War.