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
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.
Miami City Commission Wants To End 'One Way Cultural Exchange' By Banning Cuban Performances
In a move to end a "one way cultural exchange" with Cuba , the Miami city commission unanimously passed a resolution last Thursday asking Congress to allow states and local governments to ban contracting with Cuban artists and performers who do business with or are funded by the Cuban government. The commission seeks legislation that would prevent Cuban artists from performing in city-owned venues as a reciprocal response to Cuba’s policy of prohibiting American artists or Cuban expatriate artists from performing on the island. “Freedom of expression applies to all, not just to some,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Until that right is restored for all Cubans, and not just a few select artists, we must not allow this practice to continue.” The mayor and fellow Cuban-American commissioners Manolo Reyes and Joe Carollo stated that they sponsored the resolution to denounce the lack of democracy on the island. The consensus of the commission is that the city must cease allowing Cuban