Democratic Leader Gibson Demands Gun-Control Bills Get Heard This Time
By: JOHN HAUGHEY THE CENTER SQUAREDate: August 17, 2019 – 8:15amFlorida Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson is pushing for gun control legislation to be included in Senate President Bill Galvano’s call for lawmakers to find ways to “better understand the various factors involved in mass shootings,” including “white nationalism,” during the 2020 legislative session.
Reform the Endangered Species Act by Respecting Property Rights
By: Jonathan WoodDate: August 17, 2019 – 8:15amThe Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the nation’s most popular and powerful environmental law. There has been much discussion (and disagreement) over whether the law is a success or failure. On the one hand, almost no protected species have gone extinct since the ESA was enacted. On the other hand, equally few species have fully recovered. In fact, less than 3 percent of protected species have achieved recovery. So why have so few animals recovered under the ESA? Too little regard for property rights.
Weekly Roundup: Drill, Baby, Drill
By: Ana Ceballos News Service of FloridaDate: August 17, 2019 – 8:15amAs classes throughout the state kicked off again this week, the topic of safety was a heated one. A state school-safety panel grew frustrated with charter schools that don’t have a long-term plan for having armed guards on site at all times, as required by Florida law. The issue grabbed most of the spotlight during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s two-day meeting in Sunrise. But “drilling fatigue” was also a big concern for the commission, and for local officials. The question that emerged: How much safety prep is too much?
Unemployment Rate Slipped Slightly in Florida During July
By: Sunshine State NewsDate: August 16, 2019 – 10:30amThe unemployment rate in Florida dropped slightly in July, moving from 3.4 percent in June to 3.3. percent, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday. DeSantis announced more than 28,000 jobs were created across Florida in July and more than 218,000 were added to the Sunshine State in the past year. The private sector job rate in Florida stands at 2.8 percent, above the national average of 1.7 percent. Florida remains under the national unemployment rate which stood at 3.7 percent in July.&nbs
Ted Yoho Teams With Top Democrat to Back Hong Kong Protests Against Chinese Regime
By: Kevin DerbyDate: August 17, 2019 – 8:15amThe Florida congressman who leads Republicans on Asia issues in the U.S. House teamed up with a top Democrat to sound the alarm on China’s handling of protests in Hong Kong. This week, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., the chairman of the U.S. House Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, paired up with U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who leads Republicans on the subcommittee, on the continued protests. The protests, which started over an extradition policy that could lead activists in Hong Kong to be deported to mainland China, have resulted in the shutdown of the Hong Kong airport.