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    President Joe Biden has promised to visit both Puerto Rico and Florida next week in the wake hurricane's Fiona and Ian which both struck within the last ten days.  Biden will visit Puerto Rico on Monday before heading to Florida on Wednesday.  The White House has not yet provided specific details for the visit but Biden had previously said he expected to visit both locations in part to reassure residents that the federal government will assist in recovery efforts. Biden will meet with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in what will be the first encounter between the pair since clashing over transgender rights, abortion and immigration - all likely to be big issues for next month's Midterms. The pair have managed to steer clear of political attacks in the last week.  When asked by a reporter how Biden's relationship with DeSantis was, he was particularly positive   President Biden together with and the first lady will travel to Puerto Rico on Monday to survey the damage from Hurricane Fiona. The president is pictured on Saturday night  'In fact, very fine. He complimented...
    President Joe Biden chafed at what he considered to be a political question about his “relationship” with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis amid the devastation of Hurricane Ian. President Biden and Governor DeSantis have been in regular contact and enjoyed good cooperation before and during Hurricane Ian, and both men have taken pains to shoot down any suggestion that political disagreement has in any way reared its head. On Thursday afternoon, Biden spoke at FEMA headquarters about the federal response to Hurricane Ian before mingling with the agency’s personnel for awhile. At one point, a reporter asked about DeSantis in a way that rubbed Biden the wrong way, while another reporter was rebuffed for going off-topic: REPORTER: Thank you. How would you describe your relationship and your conversation with Governor DeSantis? PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: It’s totally irrelevant, but I’ll answer. Okay. If I verified he complimented me. He thanked me for the immediate response we had. He told me how much he appreciated it, said he was extremely happy with what’s going on. This is not about whether or not anything...
    Joe Biden will call Ron DeSantis after the president received a slew of criticism for failing to reach out to the GOP governor ahead of Hurricane Ian hitting landfall in Florida. The president will speak on the phone with DeSantis at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Florida governor's daily schedule released Tuesday evening. Biden will make the call while he is en route by motorcade to a Democratic Governors Association reception in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening. Hurricane Ian was upgraded to a category 3 storm on Tuesday and by the time it hits the Gulf Coast of Florida on Wednesday night, it could reach category 4. Winds have already surpassed 125 miles per hour. Biden spoke with the mayors of three Florida towns on the western coast of the Sunshine State on Tuesday, two Democrats and one Republican, raising questions over why he had not engaged in a conversation directly with DeSantis. His administration dodged questions on why the call hadn't happened yet during Tuesday's press briefing. President Joe Biden will call Republican Governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday...
    Joe Biden still hasn't spoken with Governor Ron DeSantis as a Category 3 hurricane heads for Florida, and his administration dodged questions on why the call hasn't happened ahead of the storm hitting landfall. The president made separate calls to three Florida mayors, two Democrats and one Republican, but did not call the GOP governor as his state braces for Hurricane Ian to hit land this week. Biden spoke with Republican Governors Kay Ivey of Alabama, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Greg Abbott of Texas when they were all also facing weather-related emergencies.  'In the past, President Biden has made calls to governors in situations like natural disasters,' a reporter noted when questioning FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell at Tuesday's White House press briefing.  'Can you articulate how these determinations are made and why it hasn't been made in this case to have the president call the governor?' they asked.  Criswell dodged the question, noting that she spoke with DeSantis on Friday and has placed senior members of her team with the governor to help with meeting the needs created by the impending...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flying a group of nearly 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard has “annoyed” Texas Republicans — who weren’t even given a heads up — according to a new report from the New York Times. Times reporters Michael Bender and J. David Goodman reported the stunt, in which DeSantis paid for the migrants to be flown from Texas to the wealthy liberal enclave, has annoyed Republicans from the Lone Star state, including aides to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, for effectively ripping off their idea: Publicly, Mr. Abbott has not criticized Mr. DeSantis’s migrant flights from his state. “Every state that wants to help, I’m happy for it,” said Dave Carney, Mr. Abbott’s top campaign strategist. But privately, the Florida governor’s gambit stung Mr. Abbott’s team. No one in the Texas governor’s office was given a heads-up that Mr. DeSantis planned to round up migrants in San Antonio, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Abbott had spent months — and millions of state tax dollars — methodically orchestrating a relocation program...
    A Democratic Florida commissioner has publicly backed Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his bid for re-election.   Dave Kerner, 39, who has himself been reelected four times in heavily Democratic Palm Beach County in the south of the state, delivered an enthusiastic endorsement on Fox News where he defended suggestions that he had turned on his party. 'I've been a registered Democrat since I registered to vote at the age of 18. I don't really see it as going against my party. I'm a Floridian, an American first. But there's a confluence of reasons,' Kerner began, before reeling off a list of reasons why DeSantis had secured his vote. 'The trajectory of our state, which I spoke about in my endorsement, his support for law enforcement, his management of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a host of reasons why I endorsed him,' Kerner explained. Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, 39, has endorsed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' re-election bid
    The White House is upping its rhetoric against Ron DeSantis after he sent a flight full of migrants to Martha's Vineyard and a media frenzy ensued at a small airport in Delaware – but a plane of displaced immigrants never landed. Governor DeSantis is now being accused by the Biden administration of playing a 'political scam' with human lives and causing further 'chaos' to the immigration system after a plane of migrants never landed in Delaware on Tuesday despite reports one was incoming.  The Florida Republican sent a plane full of migrants to the Martha's Vineyard wealthy island off the coast of Massachusetts last week, where former President Barack Obama has a home. Reports emerged that DeSantis was using the same private plane to send more migrants to the airport closest to President Joe Biden's vacation home in Rehoboth Beach this week – but the aircraft never arrived at Delaware Coastal Airport on Tuesday. A large number of press, volunteers, members of the local and state government and even priests and bystanders gathered at the small airport in Delaware on...
    Florida governor Ron DeSantis received a standing ovation during a speech in Kansas City after mentioning the stunt where he sent two plane-loads of migrants to Martha's Vineyard. 'This is a crisis. It's now getting a little bit more attention,' DeSantis said during the speech on Sunday, while talking about how he felt the move had succeeded in generating the type of attention he hoped it would. 'This border is now an issue in these elections,' he said. 'And I think it's something that our candidates need to take.'  As the crowd rose to their feet to applaud the Republican governor it became clear the move did far more than force border security front and center, but that it also secured DeSantis' position as a potential candidate to rival Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential ticket. That momentum converged with a record-breaking fundraising effort for DeSantis' gubernatorial campaign, which saw him raise $177.4million as of September 9, according to a report from Open Secrets.  DeSantis is up for reelection in Florida's gubernatorial race this fall, after a term which saw him...
    "I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name the time before Election Day," he added. It wasn't the first time DeSantis mocked California. As the state was suffering from a debilitating heatwave that threatened to shut down the power grid, the Florida governor fired off a quip. "I hear a lot of people chirping about Florida from California," DeSantis said. "They’re so worried about Florida. They can’t even keep the power on in California, are you kidding me?” The migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard were given food and housing for two nights before the governor arranged for a shelter at a military base away from the island. Here's more about the feud of the governors: Gavin Newsom challenges Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to debate www.youtube.com
    (CNN)By arranging to fly two planes of migrants onto the tony island of Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis has thrust Florida into an escalating battle between red state leaders and the Biden administration over the US-Mexico border and once again put himself at the forefront of a political cause that is animating Republican voters two months before the midterm elections. For months, DeSantis has been plotting out loud his plans to get Florida involved in redirecting migrants from the border in a way that would maximize heartburn for Democratic leaders. His administration secured $12 million in the state budget to pay for migrant relocation and he has repeatedly threatened to use the money to send them to President Joe Biden's home state of Delaware, among other liberal strongholds.DeSantis claims credit for sending 2 planes carrying migrants to Marthas Vineyard in MassachusettsStill, as the maneuver played out in real time -- with jarring images of an estimated 50 people, some who fled a brutal South American dictatorship, wandering an unfamiliar Northeastern vacation spot unprepared for their arrival -- it...
    The View co-host Ana Navarro confronted Charlie Crist, a Democrat, saying she’s “not thrilled” with the choice between him and incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s gubernatorial race. “Charlie, you and I have known each other for 25 years,” said Navarro during Friday’s show. “That’s right,” said Crist, who was the Sunshine State’s governor between 2007 and 2011. “We’ve got history. I was very disappointed with you as governor. I’ve been a very harsh critic of yours, and so I too give you credit for showing up and sitting next to me because I’m not going to go easy on you,” said Navarro, taking a shot at DeSantis for declining to appear on the show. “Okay, that’s fair,” said Crist. “I wouldn’t expect you to.” “Fasten your seat belts, everybody,” said co-host Joy Behar. “I think I’m like a lot of Floridians who, frankly, are not thrilled with either candidate and I have to choose one,” lamented Navarro, followed by her doing the sign of the cross. Navarro is Catholic. “God bless you,” said Crist. “May the force be...
    AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will appear at a rally in Pittsburgh for Pennsylvania’s GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano on Friday, sparking outrage from Jewish groups in DeSantis’ home state. DeSantis is one of the few GOP politicians who comes close to former president Donald Trump in terms of popularity among conservative voters, and his fundraising is on a record-breaking pace. But Mastriano is considered to be much further on the extremist fringes of the political spectrum—even for a Republican.  Mastriano, who easily won the GOP primary earlier this year, is facing Democrat Josh Shapiro in November and is currently trailing by a sizable margin. In fact, Mastriano may owe some of his success in the primary to a Democratic effort to back the candidacy of someone so far to the right, he would defeat moderate GOP candidates who might have been more palatable to voters. Mastriano, often described as a Christian-nationalist, supports a total ban on abortion, expanded gun rights, and...
    Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is coming through western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio on Friday, August 19, to speak at two rallies, one for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano and the other for Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance.  The conservative activist organization Turning Point Action is hosting the events. In a statement, Turning Point founder and President Charlie Kirk expressed his gladness to facilitate the rallies and his hope that DeSantis’s endorsement will “unite conservatives” around Mastriano and Vance. “Governor DeSantis is America’s Governor and one of the most popular leaders in the country,” Kirk said. “He has become the model for a new conservative movement that is willing to stand on principle and to actually fight on behalf of the values of his voters. That he is willing to throw the full weight of his support behind Doug and JD tells you everything you need to know about these incredible candidates who I endorse and support 100 percent.” The first of the two “Unite and Win” rallies, featuring Mastriano, will take place at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh at 4:30 p.m....
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that 20 people across his state have been charged with voter fraud.  The governor did not say in what election they had voted but said they had come from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties and had been arrested for voting 'because they were convicted of murder or sexual assault.'  Floridians passed a constitutional amendment restoring felons' voting rights after they've after they've served their sentences and paid all fines, fees and restitution, but those convicted of a sex offense or murder are banned from voting forever unless they are granted a pardon to do so.  'They did not go through any process. They did not get their rights restored and yet they went ahead and voted anyways,' DeSantis said. 'That is against the law and now they're going to pay the price for it.' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that 20 people across his state have been charged with voter fraud The governor did not say in what election they had voted but said they had come from Broward, Palm Beach...
    According to a report from the Guardian, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is taking his show on the road and visiting five swing states as he mounts a low-key campaign to be the GOP presidential candidate in 2024. As the Guardian's Adam Gabbatt wrote, this puts the rising star that is DeSantis on a "collision course" with Trump at a time when the former president is consumed with dealing with civil lawsuits and criminal investigations. Noting that Trump reportedly now says he "hates" DeSantis, who he once championed, Gabbatt wrote, "The Florida governor – who must walk the tightrope of being both ally and rival of Trump – is hotly tipped to run for president, and this outwardly benevolent campaigning trip will further swell his profile," before adding, "Trump was key to getting DeSantis, who has been dubbed a 'mini-Trump', elected governor in 2018, but bad blood between the pair – particularly from Trump’s side – has been brewing for some time." According to the report, while Trump is buffeted daily by bad news as multiple investigations lurch toward possible criminal...
    At the time of the press conference, Warren said he had not yet read the official order suspending him, but said he "heard it contains a lot of conjecture and lies." "I woke up to do my job today, and that’s exactly what I did," Warren said. "Just based on the governor’s track record with unconstitutional orders, I have a feeling that this is going to be just as unconstitutional." Warren, however, did not explain what is unconstitutional about DeSantis' order. That did not stop him from accusing DeSantis of engaging in a politically motivated decision meant to boost his presidential aspirations. "I think the governor is trying to make a good impression on the Iowa caucus voters," Warren accused. And although he has vowed not to follow state laws, Warren defended himself from charges levied by DeSantis. According to Warren, he has not yet had a case involving abortion or child sex-change operations come to his office. "We’ve had none. None of those cases have been brought to us. We’re not anticipating those cases being brought to us," Warren...
    Governor Ron DeSantis had his office issue a scathing response to ABC’s The View after the talk show asked him to appear as a guest. The daytime show reached out to the Republican governor of Florida to invite him on the show. The governor declined the invitation in a blistering email that detailed at least four occasions that the woke show hosts and guests, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behard and Sunny Hostin, had openly slammed the governor and his policies.  DeSantis' team declined to allow him to go into the lions den with the liberal ladies, instead opting to take the row to Twitter.  DeSantis' deputy press secretary Bryan Griffin claimed that he received the request on Friday asking to arrange the appearance, with the show saying they ‘would be honored’ to have the governor. Posting his email online, Griffin wrote: ‘Thanks for the invite. I understand that you are sending this request on behalf of your team. ‘But are the hosts of the View really interested in hearing from Governor DeSantis about all of the important work he is doing on...
    FLORIDA families are being warned not to throw out a letter from the governor along with a check. Some think the one-time payment of $450 per child is a scam but Governor Ron DeSantis' office says not so fast. 1Gov. DeSantis' spokeswomen tweeted the money is not a scam Christina Pushaw, spokeswoman for Governor DeSantis, explained in a tweet the letters are real. The direct payments are part of the governor's new budget plan. The money is going out to eligible Florida families. In the letter sent from Governor DeSantis, he said the money can be, "...used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump." Read more on direct paymentsDIRECT SUPPORT Americans set to get up to $500 in direct payments and $310 child benefitFREE MONEY Thousands of families can claim up to $6,000 expenses in direct payments Who is eligible? The money is intended to help families affected by rising inflation. They must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible: Foster parents Relative caregivers Non-relative caregivers Families receiving TANF cash assistance Guardianship...
    Much has been reported on Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s attacks on far-right Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, fueling speculation on Newsom’s motivations — including a possible presidential run in 2024 if President Joe Biden doesn’t seek reelection. Polls of Republican voters find that DeSantis’ popularity with the GOP’s MAGA base continues to grow, and more and more of them would prefer DeSantis over former President Donald Trump in 2024’s GOP presidential primary. And some pundits are envisioning a possible Newsom/DeSantis battle in 2024, or perhaps 2028. Now, another Democratic governor, Illinois’ J.B. Pritzker, is also going after DeSantis with a vengeance, according to Politico’s Gary Fineout. In a report published on July 13, Fineout observes, “Well, look who’s headed to Florida: a blue-state governor who’s emerging as a potential presidential contender. lllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is running for reelection this year, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Leadership Blue Gala that Florida Democrats will hold this Saturday in Tampa.” READ MORE: 'You should join my class': Law professor schools Josh Hawley over 'transphobic' line of questioning...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) seemingly became a household name overnight during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, challenging the mainstream media’s narratives and norms and forging his own approach — blocking out the critics and pursuing freedom-centric policies that have continued to send members of the corporate media and Washington bureaucrats into state of disarray. And he is not showing any signs of stopping. DeSantis took the helm as Florida’s governor in January 2019. Little did he know that the next year would spiral America into one of the most unconventional situations in modern American history, as fears of the Chinese coronavirus spread like wildfire, leading to millions of Americans locking down and radically changing their way of life. But as more information came out and officials showed no signs of halting unscientific rules, regulations, and mandates, DeSantis took action, taking the bold step of reopening the state despite anger and warnings from critics. The following months were filled with micro battles as the mainstream media continually upheld former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) New York as the gold standard for proper...
    The Manhattan Museum of Jewish Heritage has banned Ron DeSantis from speaking at an event because he 'doesn't align' with their values after signing the so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill. Elliott Abrams and Eric Cohen, the CEO of Tikvah and co-chairmen of the Jewish Leadership Conference, called out the institution for canceling the June 12 conference where the Florida Governor was due to speak. They slammed bosses in a May 5 Wall Street Journal piece that claimed staff would not air views of someone who did not align with their 'message of inclusivity'. But on Friday the museum hit back and claimed the story was 'a factually inaccurate opinion piece about a proposed rental event'. It blasted the Tikvah Fund for 'trying to create a fight where none exists', adding it was a 'contractual and logistical decision' rather than a 'free speech or censorship' one. It comes after DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which forbids discussing homosexuality or transgender issues for children in Florida. The Manhattan Museum of Jewish Heritage bans Florida Governor Ron DeSantis from speaking at an...
    The Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson has broken ranks with fellow GOP Governor Ron DeSantis saying it is a mistake for Republicans to 'go after businesses and punish them because we disagree with what they said.'  Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Hutchinson was referring to the 'revenge' political attack on Disney carried out by the Republican Governor of Florida. Hutchinson said that DeSantis' opposition to the 'don't say gay' law violates the GOP's very mantra of both limited and restrained government.  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Florida Governor Ron DeSantis went against the Republican principle of restrained government by dissolving a 55-year-old tax law the benefited the company Governor @AsaHutchinson breaks with his fellow GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, telling @DanaBashCNN it’s a mistake for Republicans to “go after businesses and punish them because we disagree with what they said.” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/bkId37Bw13— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 1, 2022 'I don't believe that government should be punitive against private businesses because we disagree with them,' the Arkansas governor said. 'That's not the right approach… to me it's the...
    Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is going into his November re-election bid having racked up more than $105 million in donations, the most recent campaign data show.  The popular GOP official has been floated as a potential 2024 presidential nominee, and his massive war chest at the end of March is more typical of a national candidate than one running for state office.  He's the first gubernatorial candidate in Florida history to pull in nine figures through donations alone -- 138,221 of them, according to campaign filings. DeSantis' name has dominated headlines in recent months amid a heated ideological battle with the Walt Disney Company over his 'Don't Say Gay' bill, and signing legislation making sweeping conservative reforms to abortion access, election security and education.  That includes a bill banning Critical Race Theory from being taught in public schools and his Parental Rights In Education law -- which Disney publicly opposes -- that prohibits instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade and mandates it be 'age-appropriate' otherwise.  DeSantis' campaign saw nearly 950 donations that brought in...
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist described Gov. Ron DeSantis as a threat to the state's economy because of his war with Disney. The Democrat, a current member of Congress who is seeking a second nonconsecutive term as governor, took aim at his 2022 rival in a tweet sharing an interview with the Orlando Sentinel about him defending the entertainment company from the governor's now-successful push to dissolve Walt Disney World’s private government with significant tax implications. "Attacking Disney, threatening to harm our state’s economic powerhouse that creates so many jobs and brings in so many tourism dollars is a boneheaded move however you look at it. Ron’s a threat to our state’s economy and he’s gotta go in November," Crist said. After Disney came out against the state's recently passed parental rights bill, DeSantis called on the GOP-controlled state legislature to reconsider Disney's Florida resort’s de facto self-government status, a call to action lawmakers heeded. DeSantis signed the bill on Friday. DISNEY CHOSE WAR WITH GOP ON BEHALF OF A PARTY THAT HATES IT ...
    (CNN)Republican legislative leaders in Florida have given up trying to draw new congressional boundaries that can win Gov. Ron DeSantis' signature and, in an unprecedented move, announced Monday that they intend to essentially cede this constitutional power to the executive branch.In a joint statement, state House Speaker Chris Sprowls and state Senate President Wilton Simpson said legislative staff will not draft a new map for lawmakers to consider when they convene in Tallahassee next week for a special session on redistricting. Instead, the legislative leaders announced they intend to let DeSantis decide how to reapportion the state's 28 congressional districts for the next decade."We are awaiting a communication from the governor's office with a map that he will support," they said.DeSantis' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Last month, DeSantis vetoed the new district boundaries approved by lawmakers -- a rare public display of contention between the governor and a state legislature controlled entirely by his own party. DeSantis has demanded the legislature join his fight to eliminate two districts where Black residents are a plurality.Read MoreFor...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is daring Disney to escalate as the politically confident Republican brawls with his state’s most recognizable corporate citizen over a new law regulating discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools. After Disney pledged support to repeal the Parental Rights in Education law, DeSantis expressed interest in undoing a unique statute that grants the entertainment giant governing authority over its central Florida theme parks. That the governor signed H.B. 1557, denounced by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, was not surprising. But DeSantis’s enthusiasm for conflict, with a company that employs nearly 60,000 Floridians and draws 20 million-plus visitors to the state annually, is unusual. Governors tend to prefer de-escalation with corporations whose activities are vital to their states’ economies, even if compromising or backing down are nonstarters. DeSantis has taken the opposite approach with Disney — in an election year, no less. The episode reveals the governor’s comfort with cultural combat, keen eye for issues driving the Republican base, and confidence in his political standing as he vies for a second term...
    Although Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by far-right MAGA extremists, more traditional conservatives have often praised him as an example of the type of moderate conservative who can win a statewide race in a blue state. And Hogan, during a recent CNN appearance, was critical of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for picking a “crazy fight” with Disney over the state’s new “Don’t Say Gay” law. Hogan didn’t get into the specifics of the law on CNN, but he defended Disney’s right to criticize it. And he cited Disney as only one example of DeSantis picking fights with businesses that disagree with his political agenda. The Maryland governor told CNN’s Dana Bash, “I didn’t actually see the details of the legislation, but the whole thing seems like a crazy fight…. DeSantis is always talking about, that he was not demanding businesses do things but he was telling the cruise lines what they had to do, he was telling schools what they had to do. Mandating! And now, wants to criticize Disney for expressing how...
    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan attacked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a fellow Republican, on Sunday over the Sunshine State's new law placing limits on discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom. Hogan dismissed the Parental Rights in Education bill -- dubbed the 'Don't Say Gay' bill by critics -- as 'absurd' and criticized DeSantis for getting into a public spat with the Walt Disney Company over the matter. 'I didn't really actually see the details of the legislation, but the whole thing seems like just a crazy fight,' Hogan told CNN's State of the Union.  Critics of the bill say it unfairly targets LGBTQI+ youth and represses their ability to be themselves at a critical time in kids' development. After mounting pressure to act, Disney -- which accounts for the majority of Florida's tourism industry -- publicly condemned the legislation. In response, DeSantis said last week that he would be 'receptive' to revoking a more than 50-year-old law granting the entertainment giant power to self-govern its Disney World property. During his Sunday interview, Hogan called out Florida's governor...
    DeSantis called out Disney for issuing the statement, declaring on Tuesday that Florida is run based on the interests of Floridians, not by business executives. "This state is governed by the interests of the people of the state of Florida. It is not based on the demands of California corporate executives. They do not run this state. They do not control this state," DeSantis declared. DeSantis: Disney 'crossed the line' over so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill | LiveNOW from FOX www.youtube.com The debate over the legislation highlights a deep cultural chasm. Disney's statement sparked backlash from some on social media. But leftists have been publicly decrying the Florida legislation. Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, falsely claimed on Monday that the Florida governor had signed legislation to make recognizing the "existence" of LGBT people unlawful. "Every LGBTQ student, teacher, parent, nurse, astronaut, mechanic, soldier, etc in Florida is still LGBTQ. The governor can sign a bill making it illegal to acknowledge their existence, but he can’t make them disappear with a pen. Love...
    Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the Biden administration for conversations with leaders of Venezuela, as reports detail Biden is considering purchasing oil from the South American country. The U.S. is looking to ease the impact of the decision to ban the purchase of Russian oil and has turned to countries like Venezuela and Iran—instead of producing energy in America. “Many Americans and a lot of Floridians are very angered by the Biden administration‘s recent attempts to legitimize the brutal Maduro regime in Venezuela,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This is part of a familiar pattern of the Biden administration thumbing its nose at millions of people here in Florida, just like when it took FARC off the terrorism list and didn’t lift a finger to help the democracy protesters in Cuba. Now, Biden is going hat in hand to legitimize Nicolas Maduro, who is responsible for countless atrocities and has driven Venezuela into the ground.” Furthermore, Venezuela, which is closely aligned with Russia, is reported to have committed multiple human rights violations under leader Nicolás Maduro. According to the United Nations Human...
    Disney CEO Bob Chapek informed shareholders at the company’s annual meeting Wednesday that Disney opposes the Parental Rights in Education legislation. DeSantis spokesperson, Christina Pushaw,  recently said that the “bill that liberals inaccurately call “Don’t Say Gay” would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill.” If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children. Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn’t make the rules. — Christina Pushaw ???????? (@ChristinaPushaw) March 4, 2022 Critics of the bill – which passed the Senate and the House and awaits action by Governor DeSantis – have repeatedly mischaracterized provisions in the legislation while using the “Don’t Say Gay” moniker to rally opposition among progressives and the LGBTQ community. Disney has been criticized in the national media and by progressive elected officials in Florida for not publicly opposing the legislation. Florida Representative Anna V. Eskamani, who represents parts of Orlando, called on “the Walt Disney Company to STOP donating to the campaigns of...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A measure that calls for creating individualized plans to care for students who have epilepsy or seizure disorders is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill (HB 173), after the House gave unanimous support last month. The proposal would require schools to create “individualized seizure action” plans at the request of parents, with the plans providing guidelines for caring for students with epilepsy. READ MORE: Need A Job? BSO Looks To Hire Dozens Of 911 OperatorsThe plans would have to be developed and signed by medical professionals in consultation with the students’ parents. Plans also would be required to include information like the students’ symptoms, emergency contacts and details about medications and how to administer them. READ MORE: Florida Senate On Verge Of Passing Controversial 15-Week Abortion Limit BillSchool employees who have “regular contact” with students who have individualized plans would be required to complete training on caring for students with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Senate bill sponsor Ileana Garcia, R-Miami, said epilepsy has affected...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis in yet another ill-fitting suit. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis really wants to be president of the United States in 2024. But, the model he’s following—that of a failed, twice impeached, mean-spirited, one-term president—feels outdated and tired now. It’s the model of an authoritarian politician who bullies and performs. In fact, it’s all a performance for DeSantis, especially when it comes to COVID-19. He knows exactly what he’s doing when he rails against vaccines and masks and bitches and complains when he doesn’t get more money for his unfounded treatments.  So when he strode out to the podium for a press conference at the University of South Florida Wednesday, it wasn’t a big surprise when he bullied seven high school students standing on stage wearing masks.  “You do not have to wear those masks,” the governor said in front of a slew of the press. “I mean, please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything and we’ve gotta stop with this COVID theater. So if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.” DeSantis is one to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has quickly become a favorite of the Republican base. DeSantis has been brandishing a national image as a hard-charging fighter against coronavirus precautions and a big-state executive who doesn’t shy away from cultural clashes. READ MORE: One Person Shot In Pembroke Park Robbery“America’s Governor,” he was dubbed by Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, in a tweet announcing DeSantis’ addition to the CPAC lineup. Already, there is chatter that DeSantis could be destined to run for president, perhaps as soon as 2024. DeSantis’ swift rise has not gone unnoticed by his most famous constituent: the aforementioned former President, who will address the annual gathering of conservatives Saturday on its final evening. In the months leading up to the biggest conservative gathering of the year, Trump has privately groused that DeSantis, a former protege, hasn’t done enough to tamp down the speculation about his political future. The bookend appearances of DeSantis and Trump — from the opening act to...
    Orlando (CNN)For the first time since 2017, the hottest name at the Conservative Political Action Conference might be someone other than Donald Trump.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, scheduled to help open CPAC here on Thursday afternoon, has quickly become a favorite of the Republican base, brandishing a national image as a hard-charging fighter against coronavirus precautions and a big-state executive who doesn't shy away from cultural clashes."America's Governor," he was dubbed by Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, in a tweet announcing DeSantis' addition to the CPAC lineup. Already, there is chatter that DeSantis could be destined to run for president, perhaps as soon as 2024.DeSantis' swift rise has not gone unnoticed by his most famous constituent: the aforementioned former President, who will address the annual gathering of conservatives Saturday on its final evening. In the months leading up to the biggest conservative gathering of the year, Trump has privately groused that DeSantis, a former protege, hasn't done enough to tamp down the speculation about his political future.The bookend appearances of DeSantis and Trump -- from the opening act...
    Even with his own low approval numbers, President Joe Biden is leading both former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a pair of direct match-ups long ahead of the 2024 election. Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points – 43 to 33 – in a new Marquette Law School poll released Thursday.  That poll has 16 percent backing 'someone else.'  It comes even as Trump has been hammering Biden throughout his presidency, and stepping up his own activity with a rally last week in Arizona and another planned for Texas this coming Saturday. Biden's lead over DeSantis, who has been in the news as he challenges the administration on vaccine mandates and school policy, is slightly narrower. Biden leads DeSantis 41 percent to 33 percent. In that matchup, 18 percent back 'someone else.'  President Joe Biden leads former President Donald Trump 43 to 33 in a Marquette Law School poll His lead, even in a poll taking even before he makes it through the mid-term elections, underscores that despite his own severe struggles to maintain a...
    Former President Donald Trump said media reports of a conflict between him and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., were "totally fake news" on Thursday, saying he intended to have a good relationship with him for the foreseeable future. During Trump's phone interview on "Hannity," host Sean Hannity relayed that DeSantis said there was no conflict or bickering between the two when he met recently with one of Hannity's friends. "Is he right?" Hannity asked. (AP) "Well, he is right," Trump said, praising DeSantis for his work when he served in the House combating the Russia collusion narrative that dominated coverage of his presidency. TRUMP REACTS TO BIDEN'S FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE: ‘I WANT HIM TO DO WELL’ BUT AMERICA IS ‘IN TROUBLE' "The Republicans really stuck together, and it was a great thing, and Ron was one of them, and Ron wanted to run [for governor], and I endorsed him, and that helped him greatly, and he went on, and he's done a really terrific job in Florida," Trump said. "Ron has been very good. He's been a friend...
    Former President Donald Trump hit back at reports of a bitter rift with Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, insisting they had a good relationship. DeSantis has emerged as a heavyweight contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. The result has been a number of unnamed advisers trashing DeSantis to journalists amid reports that Trump is furious that the governor will not say he will stand aside if the former president decides to run again. 'Well, I have a very good relationship with Governor DeSantis,' said Trump on a conference with a small number of reporters when asked about the issue. The call was to promote his coffee table book, 'Our Journey Together,' but Trump fielded questions on everything from the January 6 investigation and impeachment to whether he had plans for another book during the 20-minute conversation. He did not say whether DeSantis was featured in his book, but said that the 43-year-old owed his political rise to Trump's endorsement In a call with reporters, former President Trump insisted he still had a good relationship with...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been courting conservative influencers at the governor's mansion as his feud with former President Donald Trump grows.  Politico reported that DeSantis' team has been reaching out to conservative media and online personalities to get them face-time with the Republican governor.  On January 6, for instance, DeSantis invited social media stars to Tallahassee for a stop at the governor's office, dinner at the governor's mansion and drinks at Level 8 Lounge, a popular rooftop bar near the Florida statehouse, Politico said.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is inviting conservative social media influencers to spend time with him in Tallahassee On January 6, DeSantis invited a group to his office, to dinner at the governor's mansion and then to drinks at Level 8 Lounge, located near the Florida statehouse  The group included Fox News' Lisa Marie Boothe, Turning Point USA's Benny Johnson, Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer, The Rubin Report's Dave Rubin, New York Post and FoxNews.com columnist Karol Markowicz, Claremont Institute fellow David Reaboi and conservative writers Jordan Schachtel and John Cardillo.   Hammer shared photos of the group surrounding DeSantis at his...
    One of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Democratic rivals compared the Republican to Hitler 'in a lot of ways.'  Florida's Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is trying to oust DeSantis in this year's gubernatorial race, was asked by WJCT reporter Melissa Ross for NPR's The Florida Roundup Podcast on Friday about previously calling DeSantis an 'authoritarian dictator.'  'He is doing everything possible to take power away from local governments, taking away people's abilities to protest, making it harder to vote, talking about, you know, banning books,' Fried said. 'That’s what dictators do.'  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) was compared to Hitler 'in a lot of ways' by Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried (right)  'Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he is trying to govern over the people, and, you know, that, I’m sorry, I’m a student of history, too. I saw the rise of Hitler,' Fried continued.  Ross stopped Fried and asked her if she was comparing DeSantis to the Nazi leader.  'In a lot of ways, yes,' Fried responded. 'I have studied Hitler and how...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) team is trolling Democrats, highlighting the mounting successes of the governor’s approach to the Chinese coronavirus with campaign merchandise inviting Americans to “Escape to Florida” and highlighting the hypocrisy of Democrats who have flocked to the state for freedom. “Escape to Florida,” the shirt reads, mocking Democrat policies by highlighting the “Lockdown Libs Tour.” The back of the shirt showcases the blatant hypocrisy of several well-known Democrats who have recently visited Florida —  including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), CNN’s Don Lemon, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — alongside their destinations, much like a traditional band tee. “We don’t blame you… We like freedom, too,” the shirt reads, ending with the governor’s signature: Deeming Florida “America’s liberty outpost,” during last week’s State of the State address, the governor highlighted the accomplishments of his administration. Perhaps most significantly, he noted that Florida stood against the “biomedical security state that curtails liberty, ruins livelihoods, and divides society.” “Florida has become the escape hatch for those chafing under authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly never-ending mandates and...
    Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images. Former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone tore into Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Monday after an Axios report detailed former President Donald Trump’s frustrations with the governor. Axios reported Sunday night that Trump is “irked by DeSantis’ popularity and refusal to rule out running against him” in 2024. The report cited sources close to Trump, saying the former president has been “trashing Ron DeSantis in private as an ingrate with a ‘dull personality.’” Stone took the criticism a step further, writing on social media, “Trump sometimes President Donald Trump hits it right on the nose. Ron DeSantis Yale Harvard fat boy can’t get out of his own way. Not smart. Not honest and not going to be president.” Stone, known for his conspiratorial rhetoric, added that DeSantis was “An unknown congressman with a bad haircut and an ill-fitting suit until Donald Trump made him governor.” Stone, who has been a Republican political consultant dating back to the 1970s,  continued, “I know where he was when he was missing. Ask Emerald Robinson.” The idea that DeSantis was missing...
                 Weeks after being arrested and charged with perjury, two Republican Sumter county commissioners were suspended from office Thursday by Governor Ron DeSantis in the first two executive orders of 2022 (EO 22-01 and EO 22-02). Until their cases are settled, Governor DeSantis ordered the immediate suspension of commissioners Oren Miller of District 5, and Gary Robert Search of District 1, who were arrested on December 15th and charged for lying during an investigation into possible violations of Florida’s Sunshine Law. Florida’s Sunshine Law – short for the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law – are a set of statutes that establish a right to public access to governmental proceedings at both the state and local levels that are of two or more members of the same board to discuss some matter which will foreseeably come before that board for action, according to the Office of Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody. Arrest affidavits provided by the Fifth Circuit State Attorney’s Office and reported by the Associated Press, say they received three complaints last year regarding Miller and Search communicating meeting issues through Miller’s...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis thanked his constituents for their 'outpouring of love and support' alongside a photo of his family posed on the steps of the Governor's Mansion this Thanksgiving, weeks after revealing his wife's breast cancer diagnosis.  '@FLCaseyDeSantis and I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, the outpouring of love and support from people across our great state, three beautiful, healthy children, and the bright future before Florida,' DeSantis wrote in a 9 am tweet. 'Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don't burn the turkey!' The message was accompanied by a holiday photo reminiscent of the Kennedy family in which Casey, 41, and Madison, 4, gaze up lovingly at DeSantis as he embraces them while the two younger children, 3-year-old Mason and 18-month old Mamie, look straight into the camera.   Last month on October 4, the Florida governor announced that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis thanked Floridians for their 'outpouring of love and support' alongside a photo of his family posed on the steps of the Governor's Mansion this Thanksgiving,...
    The governor of Florida has accused Joe Biden of having blood on his hands for flying undocumented migrants to his state after one them lied to stay in the country and then murdered a man in Jacksonville. Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, 24, told immigration officials that he was 17. As a result, he was allowed to stay in the country. On October 7 he was arrested in Jacksonville, having arrived in Florida around two months earlier, and charged with the murder of 46-year-old Francisco Javier Cuellar, with whom he lived. Ulloa called Cuellar his uncle, although it is unclear if they were biologically related.  It was also unclear how Ulloa got to Florida, but Ron DeSantis, the governor, has suggested that Ulloa was brought to the state on a controversial migrant flight, sending immigrants away from the border and inland into the country.  'They don't tell us when these flights are coming in,' said DeSantis, speaking on Wednesday night to Fox News host Sean Hannity.   Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, on Wednesday held Biden responsible for the death of a man...
    MIAMI (CNN) – Almost six months ago to the day, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive voting bills. “Me signing this bill says: Florida, your vote counts, your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency and this is a great place for democracy,” DeSantis said in a signing ceremony that was broadcast live on “Fox & Friends.” READ MORE: Miami Weather: Lingering Showers Give Way To Cooler WeatherAmong other things, the bill made it more difficult to vote by mail, allowed more partisan observation of the vote-counting process, and limited the number of ballot drop boxes in the state. That was, apparently, not enough. Because DeSantis this week has said he wants to go further — cracking down on so-called “ballot harvesting” and pushing election officials to purge their voter rolls more often. “We’re going to do another package of election integrity reforms that are going to make Florida way No. 1 by a long shot anywhere in the country,” DeSantis promised. What, you ask, prompted this second bite at the apple? Presidential politics,...
    (CNN)Almost six months ago to the day, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law one of the nation's most restrictive voting bills."Me signing this bill says: Florida, your vote counts, your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency and this is a great place for democracy," DeSantis said in a signing ceremony that was broadcast live on "Fox & Friends." (Yes, that really happened.) Among other things, the bill made it more difficult to vote by mail, allowed more partisan observation of the vote-counting process and limited the number of ballot dropboxes in the state.That was, apparently, not enough. Because DeSantis this week has said he wants to go further -- cracking down on so-called "ballot harvesting" and pushing election officials to purge their voter rolls more often. "We're going to do another package of election integrity reforms that is going to make Florida way No. 1 by a long shot anywhere in the country," DeSantis promised. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve...
    There has been an outpouring of well-wishes for 41-year-old Casey DeSantis, even from some individuals on the other side of the political aisle. "I'm praying for @CaseyDeSantis and the DeSantis family. I wish her a speedy recovery during this difficult time," Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida tweeted. "@FLCaseyDeSantis As a #breastcancer survivor also diagnosed at 41 and a 14 year survivor, I'm wishing you the strength you need to fight and win this battle. The breast cancer survivor sisterhood knows no party. Please reach out if I can help in any way," tweeted Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. "Our hearts go out to FL's First Lady, Casey DeSantis. We pray for her full & complete recovery. May God surround the DeSantis family with peace during this time," GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona tweeted. "Crushed to hear the news about Casey DeSantis having breast cancer. Godspeed with prayers for full recovery. She's a terrific, kind-hearted woman all around," TheBlaze's Daniel Horowitz tweeted. Crushed to hear the news about Casey DeSantis having breast cancer. Godspeed with prayers for...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife Casey has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 'I am saddened to report that Florida's esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady,' the governor said in a statement.  'As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state. Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up.'  The governor did not say at what stage the cancer was detected. Casey DeSantis, 41, and her husband are the parents of Madison, 4 years old, Mason, three years old and Mamie, 18 months.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife Casey has been diagnosed with breast cancer Casey DeSantis, 41, and her...
    (CNN)Casey DeSantis, the wife of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the governor announced Monday."As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady," the Republican governor said in a statement in which he called the first lady a "true fighter." "As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state," he said.This story is breaking and will be updated.
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