December 11, 2020
The first of what’s likely to be several coronavirus vaccines will soon be coming to Florida and already various groups are jockeying for first dibs. Lynn Hatter reports on who is slated to get the vaccine first and why others are trying to get in line.
During the upcoming Lawmaking Session, Senator Danny Burgess will be the chair of a new committee focused on pandemic preparedness and response. Blaise Gainey spoke with Chair Burgess to learn his expectations for the committee.
Lawmakers in Congress are debating a second COVID-19 relief bill, including more funds for the Paycheck Protection Program. In Florida, small businesses have exhausted their share of the original program money and are awaiting more aid as we hear from Robbie Gaffney.
A Gallup survey conducted last year indicates only 40 percent of Americans had faith in the elections. Low public trust in the electoral process isn’t new. For the last eight years, the same survey shows less than half of the U.S. population had confidence in the honesty of the country’s elections. As Valerie Crowder reports heated political rhetoric from both sides of the aisle is contributing to this distrust…
Calling it a case of “statewide significance,” U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe has announced federal charges in a scheme to sell test content from Florida’s teacher certification exam. Ryan Dailey has details on the indictments.
This week, the Tallahassee home of former Florida COVID-19 data scientist Rebekah Jones was raided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Security video she released shows officers with their guns drawn. Because of the raid, a lifelong Republican resigned his state position on Thursday. Ron Filipkowski was a member of the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission. He told WMNF’s Sean Kinane he no longer wanted to be part of Florida government because of the raid and because of the way Governor Ron DeSantis has handled the coronavirus pandemic.