Cynthia Chestnut became the first Black woman elected to the Gainesville City Commission in 1987. Now, after Commissioner Gail Johnson announced her resignation with three years left in her term, she's running again.Read More »
What Keiko Kopp’s story illustrates about pregnancy, healthcare and First Amendment rights in the state’s only prison for pregnant women.Read More »
Gainey and Shalley's resignations follow those of City Commissioner Gail Johnson weeks ago and former Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion Teneeshia Marshall in April.Read More »
‘The Silent Return Of Debtors’ Prison’: Poor Parents Face Jail Time For Failing To Pay Back The State For Child Support
How Florida child support enforcement creates ‘a perfect storm of debt for disadvantaged parents’ and nine changes that could help them weather it.Read More »
Commissioner Gail Johnson announced her intention to resign at a special city commission meeting on Monday afternoon, saying she no longer wishes to be associated with the decisions of the commission or of City Manager Lee Feldman.Read More »
Commissioner Gail Johnson said she’s been working on developing this challenge since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced HB 1 as his first priority back in September of last year. She was joined in her vote to sue by Commissioners David Arreola, Desmon Duncan-Walker and Mayor Lauren Poe.Read More »
Gainesville would be the first city in Florida to sue.Read More »
Gainesville Doesn’t Meet Criteria To Be Certified As ‘Welcoming City’ To Immigrants. Two Proposals Could Help Change That.
In December of 2016, Mayor Lauren Poe proclaimed Gainesville a "Welcoming City" — Florida's first. But when criteria was developed the next year for cities to become certified as welcoming, local immigration advocates discovered the city was far from meeting them.Read More »
The ordinance would prohibit the relocation, removal, renaming, or any other disturbance to memorials of U.S. veterans and presidents.Read More »
Putnam Board Of County Commissioners Voted To Move A Confederate Monument. Now They’re Considering An Ordinance To Protect It.
On Confederate Memorial Day in 1924, the cornerstone was laid for a monument that, nearly a century later, has caused a twisting, emotional, yearlong debate in Putnam County with no clear end in sight.Read More »