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On the two-year anniversary of the fall of Roe

Formerly anti-choice, Congressional candidate Barbie Harden Hall shares what the Dobbs decision could have meant for her high-risk pregnancies and why she’s campaigning to keep abortion legal now.

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Barbie Harden Hall

Monday, June 24, 2024

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No (other) commissioners allowed

D1’s Lisa Bennett doesn’t want D2’s Ron Mueller promoting events in her district. This petty territoriality is embarrassing.

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Joseph Richardson

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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What happens when Mayor John Rees violates the city charter?

We don’t know if Commissioner Ron Mueller violated the city charter. But we do know that in repeatedly not fulfilling a job responsibility listed in the charter, the mayor violated it. That warrants consideration.

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Norine Dworkin

Friday, November 17, 2023

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We need to change the way we think about crosswalks

Whether we’re driving, walking, scooting or skateboarding, we’re all responsible for crosswalk safety. It’s time Florida statute is changed to reflect this.

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Linda G. Sibley

Friday, September 1, 2023

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The public comment period is open on the proposed ban on gender-affirming care for teens, and I have some thoughts

Trans teens’ emotional health improves on puberty-blockers and hormones, and those treatments should not be curbed by politics, argues one mom/advocate.

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Jen Cousins

Monday, November 28, 2022

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Orange County Public Schools and the New Pornography

The Orange County Board of Education wants to re-define “pornography” to circumvent longstanding procedures for removing controversial books from school library shelves.

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Stephana Ferrell

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Say his name: Jean “Samuel” Celestin

On this third anniversary of his death, keep the hope of justice alive

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Norine Dworkin

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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Florida Bound

Banning abortion after 15 weeks, GOP lawmakers show the bill is about controlling women. They won’t stop there.

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Cindy Marie Jenkins

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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The casualties are piling up from the Republican Party’s War on Knowledge

The GOP has adopted a strange definition of ‘freedom’ by proposing legislation that would essentially restrict the freedom to learn real history.

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Diane Roberts

Monday, January 31, 2022

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OCPS and the censoring of middle and high-school libraries

One man grabbed the spotlight at a fall school board meeting. Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins caved. Now LGBTQ and certain BIPOC books can’t be found in school libraries, and bills to make that permanent are under consideration in the Florida Legislature.

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Stephana Ferrell

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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$25 is a gift card — not a cost of living increase

With inflation, OCPS’ proposed teacher contract doesn’t even cover the costs for teachers to live in our communities.

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Eric Grimmer

Monday, December 27, 2021

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What Kwanzaa means for Black Americans

Kwanzaa is not just any Black holiday — it's a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile.

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Frank Dobson

Sunday, December 19, 2021

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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