Gina Jordan

Gina Jordan reports from Tallahassee for WUSF and WLRN about how state policy affects your life.

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StateImpact Florida
8:38 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Why The ACLU Is Challenging Single-Gender Classes In Florida Schools

The ACLU is worried single-gender classes might reinforce stereotypes of the 1950s.
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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed federal complaints against school districts in Broward, Hernando, Hillsborough and Volusia counties over the use of all-girls or all-boys classes. The ACLU wants the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to investigate the programs.

StateImpact Florida’s Gina Jordan spoke with Galen Sherwin, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, about the complaints.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Adrian Wyllie: I'm More Than A Spoiler In Governor's Race

44-year-old small business owner Adrian Wyllie is making his first run for governor.
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The Libertarian candidate for governor of Florida is getting some attention in a race where there's little excitement about the front-runners. 

Adrian Wyllie is former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida and a former syndicated radio host. Aside from campaigning, he owns an IT consulting firm.

Wyllie may not get a lot of votes, but he might impact the race. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows incumbent Republican Gov. Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, are virtually tied. Wyllie is getting about 8 percent of voter support.

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News
11:23 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Wooden Ark Tours Florida To Promote Threat Of Climate Change

This 22-foot-long ark belongs to NextGen Climate, a political committee founded by California investor Tom Steyer.
Credit NextGen Climate

Scientists say much of Florida will be underwater within a century if nothing is done about climate change. Now, a wooden ark is taking that message on a tour around the state.

The ark is 22 feet long and 8.5 feet tall. It belongs to NextGen Climate, a political action committee taking aim at Gov. Rick Scott for not taking action against climate change. 

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News
6:33 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Florida Lawmakers Among The Richest And Poorest In Congress

Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan is number 11 on the list of wealthiest members of Congress.
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Florida has some of the richest – and poorest – members of Congress, according to a review by the political website CQ Roll Call.

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Living Wage
4:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Report: Florida's Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be

A new report says Florida's minimum wage is significantly less than what it takes to live in the Sunshine State.
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Just in time for Labor Day, a new report finds that Florida’s minimum wage is less than half what workers need to cover basic expenses.

The report, titled “Families Out Of Balance,” comes from the Alliance for a Just Society, a Seattle-based advocacy group. It finds that a single adult in Florida should make about $16.98 an hour to pay for necessities like rent and utilities. That’s more than double the state’s minimum wage of $7.93.

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Education
6:04 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Undocumented Students Get Help With In-State Tuition

Undocumented students blanketed the halls of the Capitol last spring pushing a law that grants them in-state tuition.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

As colleges and universities begin the fall semester, some undocumented students are paying the same tuition rate as Florida residents.

A handful of schools like Miami Dade College have been doing this for a while, but now the cheaper tuition is being offered statewide.

A law that went into effect July 1st grants in-state tuition to those who meet certain requirements.

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Climate Change
4:28 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Florida Should Get Rid Of Coal-Fired Power Plants Now, Climate Scientists Say

Florida scientists were given 30 minutes with Gov. Rick Scott to explain climate change.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott sat down for half an hour this week with climate scientists who want him to take immediate action to deal with climate change.

A few of those same scientists took their message to the Internet Thursday.

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News
11:09 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Scientists Give Governor Scott Crash Course In Climate Change

FSU oceanography professor Jeffrey Chanton explains sea level rise projections to Gov. Rick Scott.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

Scientists from South Florida flew to Tallahassee Tuesday for a 30-minute meeting with Gov. Rick Scott.  They went to explain how and why the climate is changing.

The group tried to convince Scott that climate change is real, and humans are at least partly responsible.

Harold Wanless is a professor of geological science at the University of Miami. He says the sea level is rising fast.

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News
6:36 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Florida Starts First Human Trafficking Council

Florida is among the busiest states for calls to the Human Trafficking Hotline. The number is 888-373-7888, and it's free.
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Millions of people around the world are being forced into sex and hard labor. It's even happening here. 

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Study: Florida Among The Worst States For Gerrymandering

Florida ranks as one of the worst states for gerrymandering.

  Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. 

Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.

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Politics
9:33 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

House Speaker: We'll "Get It Right" On Redistricting

The special session will continue until August 15th. It may end earlier if lawmakers approve a new congressional map.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The Florida Legislature met for less than 15 minutes on the first day of the special session on redistricting. Lawmakers are back in Tallahassee after a circuit judge tossed out the map they drew two years ago of Florida’s 27 congressional districts.

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News
6:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning

Dr. John Gorrie's ice machine is on display at John Gorrie Museum State Park in Apalachicola, FL. An 8-by-10-inch block of ice would be stored inside it.
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Like every other state, Florida has two statues in the U.S. Capitol that honor notable people in the state’s history. Dr. John Gorrie is one of them, because he pioneered a contraption in the mid-1800s that changed our lives: Air conditioning.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change

Dr. Ben Kirtman is a University of Miami professor who sees the impact of climate change happening now in Miami Beach and other areas of South Florida.
Credit Carla Javier/WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott has been repeatedly quoted as saying "I'm not a scientist" when asked whether he believes in man-made climate change.

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News
3:47 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?"

The NRDC thinks a shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy is the best way to protect Florida from climate change.
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The federal government released the third National Climate Assessment in May.

The report found that global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century and is projected to rise between one and four feet this century. 

It names Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels. 

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Politics
6:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax

Integrity Florida's Dan Krassner found a study that shows each Floridian pays a "corruption tax" of more than $1000 a year.
Credit Florida Department of State

The Florida Division of Elections says 18 people have qualified to run for governor. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.

The two frontrunners, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, disclosed their financial records when they filed papers to run earlier this month.

So did Democrat Nan Rich, the former minority leader of the Florida Senate who is struggling to get any attention ahead of her primary race with Crist. 

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