Jeffrey Schweers, Tallahassee Democrat

Jeffrey Schweers

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Jeffrey:

Bill on soil and water districts now would let only farmers, ranchers sit on boards

Republican lawmaker wants to bring focus of the state’s soil and water conservation districts back to agriculture. → Read More

Senate Democrats walk out as Republicans on panel OK Joseph Ladapo as Florida Surgeon General

The Senate Health Policy Committee voted along party lines to recommend that Joseph Ladapo be confirmed as Florida's Surgeon General. → Read More

Senate Democrats expect ‘fiery’ debate at Florida Surgeon General Ladapo's confirmation hearing

Senate Democrats have 'serious concerns' about Ladapo's ability to lead, despite his degrees from Harvard, they say. → Read More

DeSantis, Ladapo condemn feds’ decision to stop sending COVID-19 antibody treatments

Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the FDA decision to pull authorization of Regeneron and Eli Lilly antibody treatments after studies show they don't work against omicron. → Read More

The latest GOP legislative clampdown: Restricting eligibility for soil & water conservation districts

Legislation would create litmus test, limiting conservation districts to only people in agribusiness. → Read More

In the dark: Florida lawmakers creating new ways to keep public records private

The annual assault on Florida’s public records law continues this session. Here's what lawmakers don't want you to know. → Read More

Judge blasts University of Florida lawyer in row over evidence; promises order in 10 days

A federal judge in Tallahassee slammed a lawyer for the University of Florida for bringing up "new" information in the suit late in proceedings. → Read More

Florida won't be Biden's 'biomedical police,' DeSantis' office says after Supreme Court ruling

Gov. DeSantis' office to evaluate enforcement steps as state law prohibits vaccine mandates for all industries despite latest Supreme Court ruling. → Read More

Florida Democratic lawmakers want quick turnaround on filling legislative vacancies

Florida Democratic lawmakers want to prevent the kind of months-long delay in setting a special election after the death of Congressman Alcee Hastings. → Read More

No classes yet assigned for Surgeon General Ladapo at UF College of Medicine

Ladapo's academic calendar for UF shows nothing scheduled during his first three months, except for two online meetings. → Read More

COVID in Florida: Decoding the data behind state surgeon general's policies

Dr. Joseph Ladapo promised that the Department of Health would draw a distinction between science and opinion. → Read More

Scott Rivkees, former Florida surgeon general, COVID mask advocate, accepts job at Brown University

Former Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees will be heading to Brown University School of Public Health, the Rhode Island private school announced. → Read More

Shielding COVID vaccine complaints 'unconstitutional,' First Amendment expert says

A proposed public records exemption for employee complaints of vaccine mandates goes too far, one expert says. Another says it's not "that far-fetched." → Read More

DeSantis mega-donor, UF Board of Trustees chair supplied Ladapo's resume, fast-tracking surgeon general's hire

University of Florida Board of Trustees Chair Mori Hosseini sent current Dr. Joseph Ladapo's resume to UF Health's president, emails reveal. → Read More

Florida Black leaders to 'denounce' Gov. DeSantis, state officials over COVID-related actions

Black leaders are calling out the governor, surgeon general, and education commissioner for taking punitive action against school boards and local businesses. → Read More

Fact checking the Florida surgeon general: COVID, vaccine comments at odds with CDC

Clearly, Joseph Ladapo, like his boss Gov. Ron DeSantis, is bucking the established thinking. We compare and contrast his comments with accepted federal policy. → Read More

Joe Ladapo, Florida's new surgeon general, receives 52% raise over his predecessor

Dr. Joseph Ladapo will earn $362,000 a year to run state Department of Health and teach at UF, 52% more than his predecessor Dr. Scott Rivkees. → Read More

Representation at stake without special elections for 3 lawmakers running for Hastings seat

Ten weeks have passed since three lawmakers resigned to run for the congressional seat left open by the death of Alcee Hastings. → Read More

Gwen Graham's nomination as assistant secretary of education confirmed by U.S. Senate

Former congresswoman Gwen Graham's nomination as assistant secretary of Education is confirmed by US Senate in a voice vote. → Read More

Florida only state to not submit plan for COVID funds; US Department of Education wants to know why

Federal education officials ask Florida DOE to file plan for remaining COVID money. It is the only state that hasn't done so, holding up some $2.3 billion in aid for local school districts. → Read More