Florida Committee That Investigated LGBTQ People Is Back In The Spotlight
More than 60 years ago, a committee was formed in the Florida legislature with the purpose of identifying and removing LGBTQ students and professors on Florida college campuses. Over the course of a decade, investigators with the Johns Committee - so named because former Florida state lawmaker and governor Charley Johns led it- stalked and interrogated hundreds of suspected gay individuals, leading to the firing or expulsion of at least 200 people from their schools. The state of Florida still hasn’t formally recognized the actions of the committee and the harm caused on many lives. There are proposals in the state legislature now from Democratic Representative Evan Jenne and State Senator Lauren Book to have the legislature formally apologize for them. Yet the generation of victims to the committee’s actions is aging out and many have left the state. The Vox mini-series Missing Chapter examined the history of the Johns Committee and spoke with one of the remaining individuals who was
Florida Republicans Hold Voter Registration Drive At Gun Show
Republicans working to re-elect President Donald Trump sent volunteers to a voter drive at a gun show in Pembroke Pines over the weekend.
Proposal Could Allow Unaffiliated Voters To Participate In Florida Primaries
This week, 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls debated the issues—and each other. Under Florida’s ‘closed’ primary system, only registered Democrats can vote for any of them during the primary election next March. But that could change in future primary seasons. The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow all registered voters in Florida—including the 3.2 million who are unaffiliated—to cast ballots in a primary election. Attorney General Ashley Moody sent the measure to the Supreme Court last week without raising any objections. The proposal would give Florida blanket primaries, commonly known as ‘jungle’ or ‘top-two’ primaries. Under such a system, all candidates would run against each other regardless of political affiliation and the top two would advance. Supporters hope to get the proposal on the November 2020 ballot, but Florida Democrats have mixed feelings. Historically, fewer Democrats vote in primary elections than Republicans
Report From Lake Worth Facility For Unaccompanied Girls: Rep. Lois Frankel Tours Rinconcito Del Sol
U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel visited Lake Worth's facility for immigrant girls Monday. Frankel, who has also visited detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, said the 37 girls housed in Lake Worth are "the lucky ones," compared to those staying in border facilities. "I found it very welcoming, very spacious, very clean," she said. "All the girls were in classrooms, some were learning English." Frankel said she spoke with many of the girls. The facility is called "Rinconcito del Sol," or "little corner of sunshine." Frankel called it an apt description. "I think right now it is a little corner of sunshine for these young girls who are here," she said. The facility is run by the nonprofit U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants , under a grant with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . It is not operated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which operates the facility in Clint, Texas that has recently made headlines for not providing soap and other essentials
The Art Of Politics: How The Arsht Center Got Ready For The Democratic Presidential Debates
Miami is at the epicenter of U.S. politics this week. Zoom in closer, and it's the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The Democratic presidential debates are there Wednesday and Thursday.