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Rep. Fentrice Driskell makes history as first Black woman to become House Democratic Leader

Florida House Democrats have elected its new leader, Fentrice Driskell, the first Black woman to serve in the role of House Democratic Leader in the Florida Legislature. Driskell, an attorney, was unanimously selected by the House Democratic Caucus as the Leader Designate of the Florida House Democrats. A Democrat representing part of Hillsborough County, she …

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Florida House approves CRT, ‘don’t say gay’ bills

The Republican-sponsored measures will head to the Senate for consideration. Opponents of the bill said teachers already teach the material in a fair and impartial manner. They suggested proponents offered no Florida examples of such attempts to indoctrinate children. “This bill is sending a clear message that we don’t trust our teachers,” said Rep. Travaris …

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Florida House passes “Don’t Say Gay” and “Stop WOKE” bills

What they’re saying: “Today is a very dark day in Florida’s history,” Rep. Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa) told reporters after the vote. “We did everything we could but today was a day when politics won over policy. Politics won over people.” Equality Florida spokesperson Brandon Wolf wept as he told his story of surviving the Pulse …

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Fentrice Driskell’s bill addressing abandoned Black cemeteries will head to House floor

The bill represents three years of work addressing a plethora of Black cemeteries erased from history. Rep. Fentrice Driskell Wednesday came one step closer to realizing the fruition of three years’ hard work and a racial reckoning nearly a century in the making. Driskell’s Abandoned African American Cemeteries bill (HB 1215) cleared its final panel with a …

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USF will house center that tracks nursing shortages in Florida

Revived state funding will try to solve a problem that is plaguing the nursing profession. Florida officials on Wednesday celebrated the revival of a center that will anticipate and try to prevent nursing shortages around the state, an effort that now will be headquartered at the University of South Florida. “I think it’s really important …

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Polk native Fentrice Driskell prepares to lead Florida House Democratic Caucus

Lake Gibson grad is first Black woman elected to role State Rep. Fentrice Driskell first debated in the Florida House chamber when she was 17 and a student at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland. Driskell went to Tallahassee the summer before her senior year to participate in Florida Girls State, an educational program for …

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