Author Archives: Katy Burnett

Governor Scott Must Veto 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

There were many arguments presented on the house floor to show the multiple flaws in bill HB633, which would mandate a 24 hour waiting period before an abortion could be performed. The heated controversy created headlines and political fodder as the classic debate between woman’s rights advocacy groups and anti-abortion factions played out. This bill […]

Theatre of the Absurd: Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda endorses Guns on Campus

UPDATED: Representative Rehwinkel-Vasilinda did vote for the guns on campus bill, along with Representative Katie Edwards.   The guns on campus bill is one of the more contentious issues being debated this session.  Although this issue has come up before, Senator Thrasher has always managed to defeat the bill.  Now that he is gone to […]

#HB7003 and The Legislature’s Problem with Good Science

Even though most of the headlines this week came from the notorious ‘Bathroom bill’ and the fallout from the passage of blatant discrimination of the transgendered citizens of this state by the Republican members in the house, the passage of the water   #HB7003 was passed , with only 9 Democrats standing against the bill.  Even […]

The FDP Mess and US Senate Hopefuls

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz (also DNC Chairwoman) has been in the news recently, both for hinting that she is considering a Senate run and for her stance on marijuana over a very public spat with John Morgan.  While her Senate aspirations have encouraged some Democrats around the state, who are faced with an almost empty […]

A Progressive’s Guide to the 2015 Legislative Session – Issues: Education

Testing is becoming a big issue on the right and the left, with both sides drawing lines around over-testing.  With the awful debacle of testing around the state this week, everyone is paying attention and parents are angry.  Legislators are demanding the Governor Scott halt the testing, school districts are trying to   What this […]

State of the State: Fluff, Awkwardness, and Mark Pafford’s Rhetorical Questions

Rick Scott tried to prepare us for the rambling speech by opening with a joke about his speaking skills. Unfortunately, it did not help or make it any less painful. The state of the state was flat, boring, and the openly-cued clapping was cringe-worthy.  Rick Scott tried to put forward an idea of “Florida exceptionalism” […]

A Progressive’s Guide to the 2015 Legislative Session – Issues: Water

Everybody is talking about water due in large part to the overwhelming popularity of Amendment 1.  The 75% passage rate changed the dialogue in Tallahassee: now at least the Legislature has recognized this is an important issue for voters on both sides of the aisle.  While there will be huge battles of the allocation of […]