James Call, Tallahassee Democrat

James Call

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Recent articles by James:

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley follows Gov. DeSantis in Disney attack by targeting Mickey Mouse copyright

"It’s time to take away Disney’s special privileges," says Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley in targeting company's copyrights of Mickey Mouse. → Read More

Taxpayers take DeSantis to court, fearing Disney feud will raise property taxes, cost jobs

While Republicans welcome the Disney fight, the suit argues it is taxpayers who will pay the bill and a trial is the only way to discover the total cost. → Read More

Al Lawson responds after DeSantis upends district: 'My plan right now is to be on the ballot'

Under the direction of DeSantis, Republicans changed the lines of Lawson's district from one that voted Biden 62% into one that voted Trump 54%. → Read More

It's law: In just days, Ron DeSantis dismantles Disney's special tax district operating since 1967

Florida lawmakers debated and approved the Reedy Creek repeal in less time than it took "for the ink to dry on the bill," one Democrat said. → Read More

A smaller world for Disney? Florida lawmakers revoke special self-governing status

After a protest by Democrats over redistricting, Republicans in the Florida House voted to remove Disney's special taxing district. → Read More

Senate votes to strip Disney of power to self govern its Florida empire

DeSantis called on lawmakers to repeal the governing structure of Disney's properties, they responded with what one critic called "political theater" → Read More

With punishment ready, Florida GOP lawmakers tell Disney to rethink 'Don't Say Gay' criticism

Tuesday's committee hearing to review Disney-related bills and Reedy Creek Improvement District turned into a culture war battlefield in Tallahassee. → Read More

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs Mississippi-style abortion ban into law

Physicians who violate the Florida abortion ban would be guilty of a third-degree felony, and face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. → Read More

Rubio campaign swing includes Tallahassee happy hour for grassroots politics

Amidst trays of flatbread pizza and cans of light beer, Rubio explained to a happy hour crowd at World of Beer that Florida is a tough state to win. → Read More

Wakulla Springs State Park boat tours suspended for maintenance

Boat tours at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park are temporarily unavailable as the fleet undergoes maintenance. → Read More

Jeff Brandes willing to bypass leadership to call special session of Florida Legislature

In a letter to legislative leaders, Sen. Jeff Brandes all but said lawmakers went missing in action and left Floridians alone to face an insurance crisis. → Read More

A 'grotesque history': Key excerpts in judge's scathing ruling on new Florida voting law

Judge Mark Walker found Republican lawmakers gave into temptation to gain a partisan advantage at the ballot box by suppressing the Black vote. → Read More

Florida lawmakers looking to make Disney pay after 'Don't Say Gay' bill criticism

Muzzling the Mouse: Some GOP lawmakers are steeling for a fight against the Mouse that roared over the "Don’t Say Gay" bill. → Read More

FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen, the state's top cop, to retire in September

Commissioner Rick Swearingen has served 38 years with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, seven as Commissioner. → Read More

Florida Legislature passes 'Don't Say Gay' bill, sends to Gov. DeSantis for signature

Florida lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill restricting speech in public school classrooms on sexual orientation and gender identity. → Read More

Despite attempts to block it, Florida Senate prepares abortion ban for final vote this week

Florida Democrats submitted 13 amendments and then spent over 4 hours to explain each one in an exchange that sometimes got personal and testy. → Read More

Florida House passes ban on abortions after 15 weeks

If there is a legal challenge, the bill's sponsor anticipates a favorable ruling ultimately from the state's Supreme Court. → Read More

Florida House poised to approve 15-week abortion ban with no rape, incest exceptions

Abortion supporters say what is unfolding in Tallahassee, along with an ongoing Supreme Court case, could knock out abortion rights in Florida. → Read More

Bill to ban abortions in Florida after 15 weeks on fast track to Gov. DeSantis' desk

A group of Catholic leaders were on hand for debates over the bill; the bill would eliminate 2 months of the current period for abortions. → Read More

Tallahassee lawmaker steps into national spotlight after outrage over critical race bill

Kevin Cate, a Tallahassee-based political consultant, tweeted the video of Alexander refusing to stop talking during an attempt to end debate. → Read More