Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage

Recent Posts

Capitol News Service Channel

Gérer votre historique de visionnage

RSS Capitol News LIVE

  • Oysters Still Hurting 1, May26, 2015
    Florida oysters from the Apalachicola Bay on the gulf coast have seen a disastrous decline – leading to litigation among Florida, Georgia and Alabama over freshwater use. As Matt Galka tells us, a new federal plan aims to help water flow into the area…and restore livelihoods and oyster production in the state. It wasn’t a […]
    Matt Galka
  • Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins 1, May22, 2015
    In addition to being the traditional beginning of beach season, Memorial Day is also the start of turtle nesting season in Florida. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, hundreds of dedicated volunteers protect nesting areas that would otherwise go unnoticed and likely be damaged by unsuspecting beach goers. As the sun rises most mornings, you’ll find […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Audubon Urges Caution for Beach Goers 1, May22, 2015
    Florida Audubon is urging beach goers to stay out of areas posted as bird nesting areas. Unlike many species sea birds lay their eggs directly on the sand and are often invisible to the untrained eye. Julie Waithmell of Audubon Florida says disturbing the birds could be catastrophic.   “Most people don’t even realize that […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Memorial Day Travel Heaviest in Ten Years 1, May21, 2015
    More Americans are expected to travel this weekend than anytime in the last ten years. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, expect more traffic and a bigger police presence this weekend. The weekend traffic has already started flowing. ”33 million people”  Thats the number of Americans AAA says will be traveling this weekend. Can you guess […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Disaster Ready 1, May21, 2015
    Florida has been lucky since 2005 when it comes to avoiding hurricanes, but every year could be *the* year the state gets hit again. As Matt Galka tells us, state officials are always at the ready. Florida’s emergency operations center was a flurry of action Thursday. Two hurricanes had just walloped Florida. Luckily it was only […]
    Matt Galka
  • Hope for the Developmentally Disabled in Special Session? 1, May20, 2015
    The hopes of thousands of parents of children with learning disabilities were dashed when state lawmakers went home early. The kids were promised brighter futures by top lawmakers, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us Governor Rick Scott may be rekindling some of that hope. Senate President Andy Gardiner is the father of an 11 year […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Rick Scott’s Money Machine 1, May20, 2015
    Governor Rick Scotts Lets Get to Work Committee has raised more than two million dollars since last years election. The fundraising continues. Scott was asked why. “I think its important to continue to talk about what’s important to our state. You know, education funding tax cuts, to continue to grow jobs and bring companies here, […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Rick Scott’s Political Future 1, May20, 2015
      Governor Rick Scott has hinted that he is considering a run for the US Senate in 2018 or perhaps a Presidential run in 2020. In tallahassee today, Scott was asked about his future political plans, and responded like most political figures thinking about a higher office. “I got three years and seven or eight […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Standing Up for the Flag 1, May20, 2015
    Viral videos of people disrespecting the American flag have caused one patriotic Floridian to take action. Matt Galka tells us about the Panhandle woman launching her stars and stripes campaign in the run up to Memorial Day. This video from Valdosta State University, a Georgia school about 20 miles north of the state line, showed […]
    Matt Galka
  • Budget Showdown Produces List of “What if’s” 1, May19, 2015
    State agencies are raising a myriad of things government would not be able to do if July first comes and goes without a new state budget. As Mike Vasilinda tells us the list of what state government would stop doing is 65 pages long. The Department of Revenue says child support payments would stop because […]
    Mike Vasilinda

RSS Quote of the Day

Categories

Archives

Declining Civic Involvement

January 17th, 2012 by Mike Vasilinda

A new report shows Florida’s 18 to 29 year olds vote less often, are less engaged in their communities and volunteer less than young adults in other states or other age groups in Florida. The study was published by the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. As Mike Vasilinda tells us a new voting law may make it harder to turn the situation around.

Florida’s millennial generation, those 18 to 29 are voting less than the same age group nationally and are less involved politically and in civic endeavors than young adults in other states or older age groups in Florida.

The Florida Civic Health Index is a study by Former US Senator Bob Graham’s Center for Public Service and the Lou Frey Institute of Politics, among others.

“We found that Florida was 46th out of the 50 states in terms of its indicators of good citizenship,” says Graham.

The Report shows that besides voting, political action among Florida’s young adults is almost non existent. Involvement by students at Florida State runs the gamut: We talked to five students with five very different responses:

“Just this weekend there was a show with a bake sale going on, bringing people together.
“for this girl with Leukemia. We made about nine hundred dollars this weekend.”
“Ah…do I have to answer the question.”
Do you volunteer, do anything else? “ah…no.”
“I join clubs.”

But New legislation under court challenge makes it harder to register to vote or work to register others. Bob Graham says the law won’t encourage millennial’s to get more involved. “I think that’s going in the wrong direction. And that bill, unfortunately, particularly will affect the 18 to 29 year olds,” says the former Governor and US Senator.

One bright spot in the Report: Race is not as significant in determining civic engagement among 18 to 29 year olds as it is in older age groups.

The four levels of involvement measured in the latest study include. registering to vote, voting, non electoral political engagement such as going to meetings or meeting with elected officials, joining a group, and volunteering in the community.

Posted in Education, Elections, Ethics, Voting | 12 Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2013 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com