James Call, Tallahassee Democrat

James Call

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Recent articles by James:

The Mouse that need not roar: How Disney World at 50 shapes Florida, wields influence

Disney World can remain silent when lawmakers discuss taxes, employment issues, or how to pay for schools and clean water due to its economic prowess. → Read More

Sens. Rubio, Scott sign on to naming Tallahassee federal courthouse for Judge Hatchett

All 29 members of the Florida congressional delegation want the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee named as a tribute to the late Judge Joseph Hatchett. → Read More

Free speech survey of Florida college students continues to rile critics, even 'Doonesbury'

An "intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity assessment" is in the works to investigate political speech on Florida's campuses. → Read More

Casey DeSantis, Florida First Lady, has breast cancer

"Casey is the centerpiece of our family," said the governor. "Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up." → Read More

Out of the nest: Lawmaker wants mockingbird ousted as state bird of Florida

State Sen. Jeff Brandes wants the northern mockingbird removed as the official state bird of Florida. Here's why. → Read More

Rocky Hanna says COVID-exposed students must still wear masks, adds he feels 'bullied' by DeSantis

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna says he'll recommend to School Board members that they continue rejecting Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates in schools. → Read More

Leon Schools head asks for more time to respond to state's COVID demands

There will be no change to Leon County Schools' COVID rules, procedures and protocols, at least until the next School Board meeting on Tuesday. → Read More

Bank error causes pandemic bonus checks for some Florida teachers to bounce

A Jackson County educator is one of several teachers and principals around the state whose $1,000 pandemic bonus check bounced. → Read More

FSU to help Florida legislature discern 'intellectual diversity,' campus free speech

The Florida Board of Governors survey of students, faculty, and staff about free speech on campus is on schedule to begin in the Spring of 2022. → Read More

Republican lawmaker files Texas-style heartbeat bill to restrict abortion in Florida

Rep. Webster Barnaby's bill would rely on civil action seeking damages to identify violators rather than law enforcement. → Read More

Women warn Florida lawmakers about proposing any Texas-style abortion ban next year

Led by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, about 200 women gathered outside Florida’s old Capitol to warn against abortion restrictions. → Read More

What to watch when lawmakers return to Tallahassee to begin work on 2022 session

Lawmakers on Monday will begin to set the stage for the Florida Legislature's 2022 session with the start of committee meetings. → Read More

Divided by pandemic and politics: 20 years after 9/11, America has lost its sense of unity

Twenty years after 9/11, political scientists, educators and philosophers say the American public faces a big divide. What happened? → Read More

Union members to hold 'Labor Day of Service' at Lake Ella legion hall

Union members will observe Labor Day by collecting supplies for homeless military veterans 10am-2pm at Lake Ella in Tallahassee. → Read More

Democrats hit back after Florida GOP leaders promise Texas-style abortion restrictions

Two House Democrats said they were mobilizing for a women’s rights fight that will continue until the 2022 election. → Read More

GOP legislative leaders 'already working' on Texas-style abortion restrictions in Florida

Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature said they will pursue tighter abortion restrictions in 2022. → Read More

Florida jobless lose in court: Judge rules for Gov. DeSantis rejecting extra federal money

A judge Monday ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis has the authority to block additional federal unemployment benefits to jobless Floridians. → Read More

Judge to decide whether to reinstate federal unemployment benefits suspended in June

The lawsuit contends DeSantis violated state law in June when he stopped providing $300 a week in federal assistance. A judge now will decide. → Read More

Parents in court over school mask mandates as more school districts buck Gov. DeSantis

Lawyers squared off over the governor's executive order against mask mandates in public schools. → Read More

DeSantis taps high-profile Republicans to Florida Elections Commission, including Marva Preston

DeSantis appointed three notable fellow Republicans to the board that investigates violations of state elections law. → Read More