Politics

Advisory committee kicks off redistricting process in Orange County with a January deadline

Advisory committee kicks off redistricting process in Orange County with a January deadline

An Orange County advisory panel kicked off the first in a series of public meetings Monday night with the aim of redrawing county commission district lines to account for massive population growth over the last decade.

The politics of sex ed leave a lot untaught

The politics of sex ed leave a lot untaught

Sex education policies vary widely across the country, and several states are debating new policies to expand or restrict access to comprehensive teaching

In strained debate, Ocoee city commissioners split on giving themselves a pay raise, resulting in failed effort

In strained debate, Ocoee city commissioners split on giving themselves a pay raise, resulting in failed effort

The Ocoee City Commission split on a proposal — essentially doubling salaries that have been unchanged for more than two decades — which resulted in failure. The debate boiled down to views over what it means to be a public servant versus attracting future candidates to the commission.

CDC issues limited eviction moratorium until early October for U.S. counties experiencing ‘substantial and high levels’ of the coronavirus

CDC issues limited eviction moratorium until early October for U.S. counties experiencing ‘substantial and high levels’ of the coronavirus

The CDC issued a limited moratorium that prevents evictions of tenants behind on their rent for another 60 days. Order affects counties where Covid-19 transmission is high. President says it buys time to disperse emergency rental assistance.

Feeling the squeeze: With the federal eviction moratorium expiring Saturday, thousands of residents across Central Florida face homelessness and uncertainty

Feeling the squeeze: With the federal eviction moratorium expiring Saturday, thousands of residents across Central Florida face homelessness and uncertainty

With the federal eviction moratorium expiring Saturday, housing advocates, government officials, community activists and others expect it will have a devastating impact on thousands of residents in Orange County and across Florida unable to pay their rent — potentially forcing many out into the streets or into substandard housing.

FDLE: ‘Concluded all tasks’ in Groveland Four investigation for exoneration, ‘judicial circuit’ will now review

FDLE: ‘Concluded all tasks’ in Groveland Four investigation for exoneration, ‘judicial circuit’ will now review

Four African American men wrongly accused of a crime 70 years ago were pardoned two years ago but their families want exoneration. They may be one step closer: the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Wednesday it will forward information in its investigation to a judicial circuit for review.

Florida's Fighter

Florida's Fighter

As Florida's League of Women’s Voters' first Black president, civil rights attorney Cecile Scoon has arrived at the perfect moment in time. Voters have never needed her more.

Celebrating Freedom: May 20 Florida Emancipation Day

Celebrating Freedom: May 20 Florida Emancipation Day

VoxPopuli talks with Orange County NAACP President Tiffany Hughes about their mission to have Orange County cities issue proclamations that mark the day Florida's Black enslaved population was freed.

The FCC wants to pay your Internet bill. Really.

The FCC wants to pay your Internet bill. Really.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit aims to close the digital divide with $50-a-month payments for Internet service, plus $100 toward new computer equipment.

CDC’s eviction moratorium may end next week

CDC’s eviction moratorium may end next week

VoxPopuli talks with Jeffrey Hussey from Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida about what comes next.

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Brave New Films' new documentary (free on YouTube) examines how the misdemeanor system grew out of post-Civil War Black Codes laws and is still disproportionately controlling Black and Brown lives today.

 Controversial GOP voting bill passes Florida Senate; heads to House

Controversial GOP voting bill passes Florida Senate; heads to House

Passed largely along party lines, the GOP-backed bill curbs voting by mail and drop box use; imposes more ID requirements and makes it a crime to hand out water.

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