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DeSantis Rival to Emerge From High-Stakes Florida Primary
2022 Elections
DeSantis Rival to Emerge From High-Stakes Florida Primary

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to learn the identity of his general election opponent on Tuesday as Democrats choose between a man who spent a lifetime in politics — much of it as a Republican — and a... Read More

In The States
Florida’s Restrictions on Instruction About Race and Sex Hit Legal Obstacle
2022-08-21 13:12:32
by Tom Ramstack

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suffered setbacks Thursday when a federal judge blocked part of a controversial state law that bans employers from promoting some sex- and race-based concepts during training sessions. The same day, the American Civil... Read More

2022 Elections
Once the Nation’s Swingingest Swing State, Florida’s Primary a Test on How to Challenge the Right
2022-08-20 00:05:34
by Dan McCue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It once was the state people wrung their hands over. A generation ago, political conversations around the dinner table come the final weeks before an election usually landed somewhere around here:  “Your candidate might have all this... Read More

Political News
Trump v. DeSantis: Young Conservatives Debate GOP's Future

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When former President Donald Trump took the stage before a crowd of more than 5,000 young conservative activists in Tampa this weekend, he received the rock star's welcome he’s grown accustomed to over the seven years in which... Read More

Social Media
Appeals Court Hands Gov. DeSantis a Loss
2022-05-24 19:07:12
by Madeline Hughes

ATLANTA, Ga. —  A Florida law intended to punish social media companies from allegedly barring conservative politicians from their platforms is unconstitutional, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. “Put simply, with minor exceptions, the government can’t tell... Read More

Redistricting
Florida Judge Declares DeSantis Map Unconstitutional
2022-05-11 23:44:10
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida judge declared a congressional district map approved by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis unconstitutional Wednesday because it intentionally “Diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representative of their choice.” Leon County Circuit Court Judge Layne Smith... Read More

Redistricting
Florida Legislature Advances Congressional District Map Proposed by DeSantis
2022-04-21 17:49:08
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida House of Representatives on Thursday voted to advance a redistricting plan proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that will likely place the state’s representation on Capitol Hill further into the Republican column while eliminating a district... Read More

Local Government
Florida Gov. DeSantis Pushes to End Disney Self-Government

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday asked the Legislature to repeal a law allowing Walt Disney World to operate a private government over its properties in the state, the latest volley in a feud between the... Read More

In The States
Florida Governor Pushing Envelope With Redistricting Map Move
2022-04-19 19:00:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Activists from across the state were expected to rally outside the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee Tuesday as legislators convened for a special session at which they’re expected to approve a controversial redistricting plan proposed by Republican Gov. Ron... Read More

Redistricting
DeSantis Pushing Controversial District Map Ahead of Special Session
2022-04-18 16:03:03
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature was supposed to take up congressional redistricting during a special session that begins Tuesday, but the Republican leaders of both chambers have already punted the process back to the governor’s office. The back and... Read More

Health
Abortion Ban After 15 Weeks Signed into Law in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law Thursday as the state joined a growing conservative push to restrict access to the procedure ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could roll... Read More

Florida
‘Don’t Say Gay' Bill Signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue it... Read More

Political News
Anti-Trump Republicans Lining Up For 2024 Shadow Primary

NEW YORK (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is considering a rough timeline for a potential presidential announcement. And allies of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., are openly talking... Read More

Tourism
‘Freedom First’ Approach Sees Florida Tourism Grow Beyond Pre-Pandemic Levels
2022-02-22 18:43:24
by Kate Michael

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida tourism is rebounding exceptionally well and even surpassing pre-pandemic levels according to a recent announcement from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Sunshine State welcomed 30.9 million visitors between October and December 2021, and nearly a full 118... Read More

In The States
CMS Vaccine Mandate Passes With Some Resistance
2022-01-19 16:54:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care workers who serve Medicaid and Medicare recipients. The mandate says, get vaccinated or lose funding from the U.S. Centers for... Read More

Elections
Eleven Candidates Vying to Replace Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th CD
2021-11-01 11:37:32
by Dan McCue

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Eleven candidates will appear on the ballot in Florida's 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Nov. 2, facing off in a primary allegedly delayed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help stymie policy gains by Democrats in the U.S.... Read More

Litigation
Florida Sues Biden Over Contractor Vaccine Mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White House. The lawsuit, announced by... Read More

In The States
Florida Governor Appeals Ruling on Masks in Schools

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge's ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by ordering school boards not to impose strict mask requirements on students to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The... Read More

In The States
Circuit Judge Rebukes DeSantis Order Prohibiting Masks In Schools
2021-08-27 20:44:19
by Reece Nations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that blocked public schools from imposing mask mandates in the classroom was struck down by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper. DeSantis’s order had been challenged in... Read More

Education
Education Secretary Warns Politicizing Masks Could Disrupt Student’s Return to Class
2021-08-06 20:38:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Education Secretary Miguel Cardono warned Thursday, Americans should not allow adult politics -- particularly the politicizing of the wearing of face masks -- to prevent students from returning to school safely and without future disruptions.  “You know what I’m... Read More

In The States
Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
2021-04-30 18:47:49
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a sweeping election overhaul bill on Thursday that established a wide range of new voting restrictions in one of the nation’s key battleground states. The bill makes Florida the first major swing state... Read More

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