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Past articles by Steven:

Pat Schroeder, a pioneering female member of Congress, dies in Celebration. She was 82.

Pat Schroeder, a Colorado congresswoman, presidential candidate and longtime Central Florida resident, dies at 82. → Read More

Florida GOP lawmakers take aim at defining sex and gender

Republican bills aimed at preventing transgender children from transitioning have led to a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and the LQBTQ community. → Read More

DeSantis, House Speaker Renner oppose Brodeur’s blogger bill

Sen. Jason Brodeur’s blogger registration bill appears to be dead after both Gov. Ron DeSantis and state House Speaker Paul Renner voiced opposition. → Read More

Florida ditches voter-fraud detection system amid Soros conspiracy theory

Florida pulled out of a nationwide system used to help maintain voter rolls and detect voter fraud Monday after it became the subject of right-wing conspiracy theories. → Read More

Gingrich joins critics blasting Brodeur’s blogger bill

Republican state Sen. Jason Brodeur defended his controversial bill to require bloggers to register with the government as the backlash against it intensified, with former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich calling it “insane.” → Read More

Brodeur bill would force political bloggers to register with state

Journalists and First Amendment experts slammed the latest media-related bill from state Sen. Jason Brodeur, which would require “bloggers” of all backgrounds and political persuasions to register with the government if they write about Florida elected officials or else be fined. → Read More

Brodeur files ‘softer’ but still sweeping defamation bill aimed at news media

A defamation bill introduced in the Florida Senate by Republican Jason Brodeur waters down some of the language in the House version, but still keeps most of what would be a major overturning of media outlets’ first amendment rights. → Read More

DeSantis isn’t going to CPAC but hits the ground running with book tour

Gov. Ron DeSantis may not be officially running for president, but his packed schedule this week sure looks like someone laying the groundwork for a campaign. → Read More

Florida Democrats elect Fried as party chair after dismal 2022 election

Former agriculture secretary Nikki Fried will be in charge of the state party as Florida Democrats attempt to pull themselves out of their worst political position in years. → Read More

Meade keeps up battle to help Florida felons vote again

More than four years after Amendment 4 was approved by Florida voters, confusion reigns for ex-felons who have no simple way to find out if they’re eligible to vote. → Read More

DeSantis wants to boost E-Verify, restrict immigrants

Gov. DeSantis he wants a fully binding E-Verify program to prevent companies from hiring undocumented workers. → Read More

Christian Ziegler selected as new Florida GOP chair in Orlando

Ziegler will oversee what could be a tense few years for the state GOP, with Gov. Ron DeSantis widely expected to challenge former president and current Florida man Donald Trump for the party’s nomination for president in 2024. → Read More

Orlando group behind restoring felon voting rights nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The Orlando organization that spearheaded restoration of voting rights to Florida felons has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. → Read More

‘Wouldn’t you like to know? DeSantis says about presidential bid

Gov. Ron DeSantis still isn’t ready to announce any presidential plans despite yet another Republican jumping into the race. → Read More

Nikki Fried launches bid for Florida Democratic chair

Former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is the latest Florida Democrat to announce a bid for state party chair. → Read More

McConnell sides with Biden on what he calls Scott’s ‘bad idea’

GOP leader Mitch McConnell said Rick Scott’s controversial “12-point plan” could cost him reelection after President Biden used it as a weapon against Republicans over Social Security and Medicare. → Read More

Florida fines WESH $10K for requiring COVID vaccine at congressional debate

The Florida Department of Health fined TV station WESH-2 Orlando $10,000 for barring a GOP candidate and a staffer from a debate because of the station’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. → Read More

George Santos spent 9 months in Orlando, but doing what?

Infamous New York Republican congressman George Santos is caught in the middle of seemingly endless lies and investigations into his background, businesses, and campaign spending. But one of the biggest question marks is his time in Orlando. → Read More

DeSantis decries ‘smear’ after Trump posts alleged photo of governor partying with teens years ago

Gov. Ron DeSantis angrily reacted Wednesday to former President Trump posting on social media a photograph of what is purported to be DeSantis as a young teacher partying with teenage girls. → Read More

Jeffries rips freshman Mills, calls out GOP ‘double standard’ on tweets

The Democratic House Minority Leader slammed the GOP for their alleged hypocrisy when it came to tweets, and Florida Republican Cory Mills’ joke about the attack on Paul Pelosi was exhibit A. → Read More