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Florida Small Businesses Fear Targeting by an Expanded IRS

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–On Aug. 16, small business owners and independent contractors across Florida became fearful of their futures as Gov. Ron DeSantis questioned the sanity of Washington. On that day, President Joe Biden signed into law the “Inflation Reduction Act,” giving the IRS nearly $80 billion, with $45.6 billion going towards “enforcement,” which requires hiring…


Florida Confirms Its First Case of Child Monkeypox

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–A Florida child under the age of 4 has been identified as the first pediatric case of monkeypox in the state, according to The Florida Department of Health. The child tested positive in Martin County on Florida’s Treasure Coast, which has a total of six reported cases, according to the health department’s Reportable Disease…


DeSantis Calls on Military Vets and Retired First Responders to Serve–in the Classroom

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–To address Florida’s teacher shortage, Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking a three-pronged approach to recruitment—bring retired first responders out of retirement, put military veterans on a fast track to certification, and help teachers get advanced degrees in order to teach dual enrollment courses. The governor made his pitch at a press event in…


Quiet Start to Hurricane Season May Be Due to Saharan Dust Phenomenon

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—The new hurricane season in Florida has been quiet so far in 2022, with the tropics seemingly sleeping at the moment. Forecasters are predicting no tropical development for the next 10 days and that may be attributed to a phenomenon known as Saharan Dust. It is a large plume of Saharan dust that travels…


Florida Rolling Out ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ License Plate

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–Florida is taking orders for a new state license plate that Gov. Ron DeSantis says “sends a clear message to out-of-state cars”—Don’t Tread on Me. The governor put out a Tweet on July 30, announcing that the Gadsden flag specialty plates were in “pre-order” status, with the Florida Veterans Foundation, a veterans’ advocacy group, to…


Florida’s Ag Commissioner Challenges DOJ Reply in Cannabis Patients’ Gun Rights Suit

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner took issue with a recent Department of Justice memo attached to a move to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges disqualifying the state’s medical cannabis patients from legally owning firearms. The memo characterized marijuana users as “dangerous.” “The DOJ’s argument is as offensive as it is inaccurate,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki…


Polk School Board Reinstates 16 Books to Library Shelves, Some Parents Believe it May Violate Florida Law

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—On Aug. 10 Polk County Schools will be in session and so will 16 book titles that some parents found “objectionable” at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Some parents believe that the books violate Florida law. In February, the school board voted to pull the 16 titles from the shelves of…


Florida Firefighter Arrested on Multiple Counts of Possession of Child Porn

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–A captain with the Polk County Fire Station was arrested on Aug. 7 on more than 25 counts of possession of child pornography at the fire station where he was on duty. At the time of his arrest, Brian Steger, 40, told deputies that he had set up an internet account in his…


Florida Board of Medicine Moves to Ban Transgender Treatments for Minors

UNTA GORDA, Fla.–The Florida Board of Medicine voted on Aug. 5 to advance a plan that would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers to youth under the age of 18. Florida Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Joseph Ladapo acknowledged at the public hearing in Broward County, that there…


Biden Administration and Florida Agriculture Commissioner to Approve Christian School Lunches

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—The Biden administration and Florida’s agriculture commissioner say they intend to approve applications for funding to continue to serve free meals for low-income children at Grant Park Christian Academy—just days before the school was to begin a new school year and a lawsuit was to be heard in federal court over the lunch…