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    Although Democrats generally performed much better than expected in the 2022 midterms, there was a major exception: Florida. The midterms brought Democrats mixed results in Nevada, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, where they lost some key statewide races and won others. And Democratic gubernatorial candidates prevailed in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona. The massive red wave that many pundits were predicting didn’t materialize — except in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis ran a far-right campaign yet was reelected by 19 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio enjoyed a double-digit victory in Florida as well. And Washington Post opinion writer Lisette Alvarez, in her November 24 column, stresses that the Florida Democratic Party has some heavy lifting to do in the months ahead. “While Democrats around the country defied tradition, expectations and naysayers on Election Day, Florida Democrats got crushed,” Alvarez writes. “How bad was it? Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a man whose unironic campaign slogan was ‘Keep Florida Free,’ clobbered his Democratic opponent, Rep. Charlie Crist, by more than 19 points. The rout was a rarity in a swing state known for squeaky-tight...
    HE has been described as “DeFuture”, Trump 2.0 and the de facto leader of America’s Republican Party. But whatever you call him, Ron DeSantis was undoubtedly one of the great success stories of this week’s US midterm elections. 3Ron DeSantis was undoubtedly one of the great success stories of this week’s US midterm electionsCredit: AP 3Donald Trump has yet to announce whether he will run again in 2024, and that could change everythingCredit: Reuters The Florida governor was re-elected, bucking the trend to notch up a 20 per cent margin over his Democrat rival. While some other Republicans struggled to achieve the predicted landslide, he delivered a convincing victory and strengthened his position as a potential presidential candidate. So how was DeSantis able to turn the swing state of Florida into deep red Republican territory? The answer, I believe, lies in his victory speech. He denounced woke ideology and told his ­cheering supporters: “Florida is where woke goes to die.” READ MORE ON US POLITICS'TIME TO VOTE' Meg shows off 'I voted' sticker as she beams in snap shared for...
    CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins and correspondent Paula Reid couldn’t contain smiles as they fact-checked former President Donald Trump’s claim he sent federal authorities to Florida to rescue Ron DeSantis from defeat in 2018. Trump has been lashing out wildly after midterm Election Night results that have widely been seen as a Trump-fueled disappointment for Republicans and have been followed by the ostentatious kicking-around of Trump by members of his own party. Trump’s attacks have been particularly focused on DeSantis, who is the subject of the claim that “I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen.” On Friday morning’s edition of CNN This Morning, a clearly amused Collins summarized Trump’s claim and tossed to an equally-amused Reid for a brutal fact-check: KAITLAN COLLINS: Because there is a claim that Trump is making about saving Florida Governor Ron DeSantis his campaign in 2018. He talked about sending in federal agency, federal agents after that election was conducted. We have CNN’s Paula...
    Former President Donald Trump launched his political career by steamrolling a once-popular Republican governor of Florida in the GOP primaries, assigning him a nickname and embarrassing him in debates. Apparently on the verge of relaunching his political career early next week, Trump appears to be hoping lightning strikes twice. After a brief preelection armistice, Trump has resumed his attacks on the “average” Republican governor he clearly views as his main rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. But there are several reasons to believe what worked against Jeb Bush could fail against Ron DeSantis. BIDEN SAYS IT WOULD BE 'FUN' TO WATCH TRUMP AND DESANTIS RUN AGAINST EACH OTHER DeSantis is ascendant, while Bush was past his prime  By the time Jeb Bush ran for president, he was eight years removed from serving as governor of Florida. His best chance to become president had probably passed 15 years before that, but Bush did not win his initial campaign for governor of Florida in 1994 while his brother was elected governor of Texas. Jeb was the one seen as having presidential...
    During Florida’s one and only gubernatorial debate Monday night, Rep. Charlie Crist hammered Gov. Ron DeSantis on his 2024 presidential ambitions—criticizing him for waging a conservative crusade in the hopes of gaining MAGA street cred. DeSantis’ response was… to spend the entire evening derailing the person this Republican could face in two years: President Joe Biden. “Charlie Crist has voted with Joe Biden 100 percent of the time,” DeSantis began, when first asked about rising gas prices. “We have the worst inflation in 40 years... thanks to the Biden-Crist policies,” he said, when addressing Florida’s surging cost of home insurance. On inflation: “We know that these are the effects of the Biden-Crist policies.” On illegal immigration: “This is all happening under the Biden administration.” The gimmick opened him up to relentless ridicule by Crist, a former Republican governor who switched to the Democratic Party years ago and is now a congressman. “Ron, you talk about Joe Biden a lot. I understand. You think you’re going to be running against him. I can see how you might get confused. But you’re...
    JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Democrats, including President Joe Biden, are not giving up on Florida despite the state’s marquee races becoming insurmountable for the party three weeks before Election Day. Cook Political Report prognosticators this week updated Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) reelection bid against Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) from "lean" to "likely" Republican. Meanwhile, potential 2024 presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has a record $100 million fundraising advantage over his opponent, former Gov. and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL). But that is not deterring Democrats from launching their national get-out-the-vote drive in the Sunshine State. FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM LONE FLORIDA SENATE DEBATE BETWEEN MARCO RUBIO AND VAL DEMINGS From the economy to crime, education, and immigration, Democrats being “out of sync” with the majority of Floridians’ concerns has contributed to their struggles in the state, according to Florida Republican Party Executive Director Helen Aguirre Ferre. “We have an advantage of voter registration over Democrats for the first time in Florida's history,” Aguirre Ferre told the Washington Examiner of Republicans' 2-point edge over Democrats. “We have nearly 300,000 more active registered voters...
    by Reagan Reese   The Florida Board of Education unanimously approved a series of policies Wednesday, including one that disciplines teachers who teach gender identity or sexual orientation to 5-year-olds. Under the policy, teachers could have their license suspended or revoked if they break Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Parental Rights in Education Law, which prohibits lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation from kindergarten through third grade. The board also approved rules requiring schools to alert parents if a biological man will be using women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. “Today we joined to uphold the right of parents to raise their children as they best see fit,” State Board of Education Chair Tom Grady said in a press release. “The rules and amendments we approved will support the safety of students and ensure Florida continues to provide high-quality education to every child.” The rule explains that if a teacher “intentionally” teaches gender identity or sexual orientation before fourth grade, they are subject to “revocation or suspension of the individual educator’s certificate, or the other penalties as provided by law.” The board additionally...
    Q: I just returned to the Bay Area after spending two weeks as a volunteer National Disaster Responder for the American Red Cross. Fort Myers, Florida, was just beginning to recover the weekend after Hurricane Ian hit. Many gas stations were closed. When a gas station was open, long lines of cars waited to fill up, just like during the 1907’s gas crisis. When we finally got to the pump, I was shocked to see the price was $3.04/gallon for regular. How is such an enormous gas price disparity possible between our two states? Tammy Salwasser, Livermore A: According to AAA, the current statewide average price for a gallon of regular gas is about $3.40 in Florida and just over $6 in California. Are we being gouged here? Yes. And there are other factors in play. Florida can get gas from any refinery, while California is limited to a special blend available from only a few refineries. Kudos to you, by the way, for helping with Hurricane Ian clean-up. Q: I read your piece regarding the lack of replacement catalytic converters....
    Many weather forecasters are getting out in front of the story by getting outside during Hurricane Ian as part of a storied tradition of fearless weathermen and women braving the conditions for the sake of good coverage.  The devastating hurricane could potentially become a Category 5 storm as it pummels Florida, warned Governor Ron DeSantis, but that didn't stop these weather forecasters from walking straight into it. One weatherman, Jim Cantore of BNO news, was shown almost being blown away by the severe winds as he covered the storm.  'I can't stand up' Cantore said as the hurricane-force winds force him to hang to a street sign to avoid being thrown over by the wind. WATCH: Weatherman Jim Cantore is nearly blown away while reporting on Hurricane Ian pic.twitter.com/BKV90AFhxG— BNO News (@BNONews) September 28, 2022 A weather forecaster for CNN stands by the water in St. Petersburg, Florida just hours before Hurricane Ian began producing large, unpredictable waves The weather became visibly worse over the hours the forecasters stayed in St. Petersburg, with rain eventually blocking out much of the...
    A University of Tampa student was shot dead by a driver after he accidentally got into the wrong car thinking it was his Uber following a night celebrating his 19th birthday.  Carson Senfield, from Buffalo, New York, was shot dead at 1am on Saturday when he entered the stranger's vehicle by mistake - but so far the unidentified shooter has not been arrested. The sophomore, who was not known to the driver, was shot in the upper body and now the State's Attorney is to decide whether the motorist was justified in killing the teen under Florida's controversial 'Stand Your Ground Law'. Florida's 'stand your ground' law permits people using deadly force to defend oneself if they believe they are in imminent danger. Unlike other states' laws, you are not required to try to run away first before engaging in the deadly force.  The teen was pronounced dead at the scene in Tampa, Florida, and the unnamed driver is co-operating with the police.   Carson Senfield, from Buffalo, New York, was shot dead at 1am when he entered the stranger's vehicle...
    ACTOR and comedian Adam Sandler announced he will be going on a national tour only days after he celebrated his 56th birthday. Sandler is known for his comedic films including The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, and Grown Ups. 1Adam Sandler is going on a comedy tour in October 2022Credit: Splash If you click on a link in this story we may earn affiliate revenue. When is Adam Sandler performing? Adam Sandler's tour will kick off a 15-city tour beginning in the fall 2022. His tour will feature an unannounced surprise guest and will start in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 21. Several of the stops on his tour will take place in cities where he canceled shows in 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be Sandler's first tour since 2019 following the release of his first Netflix comedy special, 100% Fresh in 2018. READ MORE ON ADAM SANDLERIS ADAM OK? Adam Sandler sparks concern after he's seen using a cane to walk in rare picsDRAC ATTACK Why is Adam Sandler not in Hotel Transylvania 4? The tour will...
    North America's rarest snake has been seen for the first time in four years, but this rim rock crowned snake was found choked to death by a giant centipede it attempted to swallow whole. The interlocked creatures were found by a hiker in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida and CT scans showed the arthropod was one-third the size of the snake that had engulfed about 75 percent of it. The team also found a small wound on the snake's side that was likely from the centipede's powerful venomous pinchers, which sparked a debate about whether the snake died from the poison juice or was choked to death. Researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History were 'flabbergasted' by the discovery, which is also the first time humans have observed the rock crowned snake's eating habits. The rim rock crowned snake is only found in Florida, but the last time it was seen was 2018. One was spotted by a hiker in the Keys, but this creature was dead with a giant centipede lodged in its...
    Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers spoke to FanSided on Monday, and explained how anxious he was watching Florida State beat LSU. It’s easier to play than watch. At least most players will tell you that. Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is no exception. The third-year back who hails from Florida State watched his Seminoles take on the LSU Tigers in the Superdome on Sunday night, with the action coming down to the final play. Leading 24-17, Florida State allowed LSU to drive 99 yards for the apparent game-tying touchdown in the final seconds, only for the Seminoles to miraculously block the extra point. For Akers, the anxiety of the final minutes was almost too much, before being replaced by elation. “My anxiety was on 10,” Akers said. “I felt like I was about to have a heart attack. I knew we were going to win, but after the touchdown I kind of had a setback, or a relapse (to) last year when I thought we were going to win a few games, but my Notes pulled...
    A Florida man survived for three days in a swamp after an alligator ripped off his arm while he was attempting to swim in the lake - a move he admits was 'not the smartest decision a Florida boy can make.' Eric Merda, 43, from Sarasota, was visiting the Lake Manatee Fish Camp in Myakka City on July 17 when he got lost. He said he came upon the water, and decided to swim across. 'I look over and there's a gator on my right-hand side,' he told 10 Tampa Bay. 'She got my forearm so I grabbed her like this, she was trying to roll by.' Merda said he was dragged underwater three times, but he fought back, and eventually the alligator left - with his arm.  Eric Merda, 43, is seen talking about the moment an alligator grabbed his arm as he swam in a lake Merda decided to swim across Lake Manatee (pictured) 'She snapped her head so my arm with backwards like this completely,' he said. Merda managed to swim to the shore and yell for...
    STEVIE Nicks announced the tour dates for her fall 2022 Edge of Seventeen tour. Nicks shot to fame in the 1970s as the lead singer for Fleetwood Mac which went on to sell over 120million records worldwide. 1Stevie Nicks is going on tour in September 2022Credit: Getty If you click on a link in this story we may earn affiliate revenue. When is the Stevie Nicks tour? Stevie Nicks announced she is going on tour beginning September 13, 2022. The Edge of Seventeen tour will kick off in Clarkston, Michigan and will end in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 28. Nicks posted the news on her Instagram, writing: "Here we go! I’m so excited to be back on the road and can’t wait to see everyone." Nicks released her first single in six years titled Show Them the Way in October 2020. READ MORE ON STEVIE NICKSHITTING THE ROAD Everything to know about Stevie Nicks' 2022 performancesNOW HERE YOU GO AGAIN The reason why Fleetwood Mack's Stevie Nicks canceled her tour The upcoming tour was originally scheduled...
    As Democrats campaign nationally on abortion access as a key issue in the midterm elections, one Florida politician may have a harder time than most selling his bona fides as an abortion rights crusader. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who won the Democratic nomination this week to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Ron Desantis in Florida's November gubernatorial race, campaigned during the primary on his 100% voting record on abortion in Congress and pledged to oppose any new abortion restrictions approved by the state’s GOP legislature. CHARLIE CRIST WINS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION TO CHALLENGE RON DESANTIS IN FLORIDA GOVERNOR'S RACE But his primary rival, Nikki Fried, sought to emphasize Crist’s apparent shift on the subject, pointing to his past as an anti-abortion Republican. Crist was governor of the Sunshine State for four years, winning the governor's mansion in 2006 on a “pro-life” platform. Crist switched parties — and eventually his stance on abortion. He then ran for governor in 2014, but lost to his successor, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, by a single percentage point. He may face an even...
    A LOTTERY player has revealed he made a last-minute decision that saw him double his winnings. Glenn McDonald, from New Mexico, won a whopping $2million on the Powerball following the August 6 draw. 1Glenn McDonald was left stunned when he found out he had won $2millionCredit: Powerball He has played Powerball for around three years and always buys a Power Play which costs an extra dollar, the New Mexico Lottery revealed. McDonald bought the lottery ticket from a Brewer Oil store in Loving and matched five numbers (8, 15, 46, 56, and 68). He was set to win $1million but doubled his prize money because he bought a Power Play. McDonald was left stunned when the store’s cashier told him that he had to collect his prize from the lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. read more lottery storiesCASH IN I won $20m in the lottery - the day I bought the ticket I did something unusualPRO TIP I'm a lotto pro - this is the best ticket to play and its under $5 He told the New Mexico Lottery that he...
    THOSE who can spot the hidden beast lurking in the water in this image have eyes as good as those of a hawk. The image shows the predator slowly swimming through dillweed in a swamp, and the natural hunter nearly disappears under the water's surface. 2The crocodile in this terrifying video shows camouflage at its most deadly, requiring the keenest eyes in the animal kingdom to spot itCredit: Facebook/AranasNastionalWildlifeRefuge Because of its color palette, the alligator almost exactly matches the dark waters. With dillweed sprinkled on top of its scales, the beast easily becomes near-invisible. Settling into being still as stone, the swamp monster could go unbeknownst to birds, boats, and anything else that may make for satisfying prey or a good game. The video comes from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Austwell, Texas. READ MORE GATORSOUTCASTS Inside the town with gator-infested waters where hundreds of pedophiles liveCANNIBAL GATOR Huge 'dinosaur' alligator filmed eating ANOTHER gator in shock viral vid While their expertise extends to swamp creatures, they are, "best known as the wintering home of the last wild...
    Supporters of former President Donald Trump gathered near his Mar-a-Lago estate for a second day on Tuesday with a message that “they can’t take down 45.” Fans held pro-Trump flags, including ones that touted a 2024 presidential bid, which Trump has yet to announce, as they protested Monday’s FBI raid. “This investigation is another feeble attempt to take Trump down,” Maurice Symonette, 63, who reportedly came to protest with Blacks for Trump, told the Daily Mail. “But they can’t take down 45. The deplorables are taking over.” The crowd of about 100 people wearing MAGA hats and Trump T-shirts reportedly sang rock anthems and honked horns. Law enforcement did not allow the supporters to gather directly outside Mar-a-Lago. Trump supporters Eric He, left, and HaoHao Li stand near Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP) WOUNDED DEMOCRATS WORRY FBI RAID ’STRENGTHENS’ GOP FIGHT AGAINST ‘CORRUPT GOVERNMENT’ “It’s a bunch of bulls**t. They are looking for anything they can find to stop him from running in...
    This is how democracy ends. Or maybe, just maybe, how civil war starts. After the surgically-embalmed octogenarian Nancy Pelosi jetted into Taiwan to proclaim America's enduring commitment to freedom, back home FBI goons were staging a politically-motivated, prime-time raid on the home of her sworn enemy Donald Trump. As events unfolded on live television, it was like watching one of those old conspiracy-theory movies, starring Robert Redford or Gene Hackman. In the latest Hollywood-inspired version, Trump is this year's Enemy of the State. The FBI's stormtrooper tactics at Bad Orange Man's gaudy Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida, could have come straight from the playbook of the Chinese Communist Party. Their risible excuse for this outrageous abuse of Trump's privacy and civil rights was a warrant issued by a federal judge in search of classified documents allegedly taken by the former President when he was evicted from the White House, screaming and kicking about a stolen election. But then again, that makes it sound like a big deal, rather than a technical breach of protocol. And a warrant from a...
    A 31-year-old who moved into a retirement community in Florida as a single woman is opening up about her blissful life in the building, where she can lounge by the pool, do puzzles, and eat homecooked meals with her senior citizen neighbors. Liz White, a lifestyle blogger who is known as @LizWizdom on social media, was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when her job became remote during the pandemic, allowing her to work from wherever she wanted.  After breaking up with a long-term boyfriend, she headed to southwest Florida to stay with her parents in the retirement building — where almost all of the residents are 55 or older — and ended up moving in full time.  'Basically, I am retired in my soul, but not in my bank account that requires me to have a full-time job,' she joked in her latest TikTok video, explaining that her parents and most of her neighbors are 'snowbirds' who spend the winter down south.  Lifestyle blogger Liz White, 31, moved into a retirement building in southwest Florida last year  She was working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when her...
    A HALF-BLIND arctic shark has been spotted in the Caribbean, leaving fishermen left puzzled by the "unusual" creature. This shark species typically lives in Arctic waters but was discovered thousands of miles away off the coast of Belize. 1The half-blind shark was found thousands of miles from its normal habitatCredit: Florida International University / Devanshi Kasana A doctoral candidate at Florida International University's Predator Ecology and Conservation lab made the discovery while working with local fishermen in Belize. Devanshi Kasana told FOX Weather that the shark appeared at the end of one of the fishing lines. The old-looking creature appeared to be sluggish, eliminating the possibility that it was a tiger shark. "At first, I was sure it was something else, like a six-gill shark that are well known from deep waters off coral reefs," Kasana told FOX Weather. READ MORE SHARK STORIESBIGGER BITE Great white shark special airing tonight - see the full Discovery scheduleBATTLE OF TITANS Terrifying video shows pack of Orca whales tearing apart great white shark "I knew it was something unusual, and so did...
    (CNN)The state of Florida is at war with knowledge and information. Jill FilipovicOn the heels of the controversial law opponents dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, the Miami-Dade County school board has rejected two proposed sexual health education textbooks after outcry from conservative groups. Students in Miami-Dade County, the fourth largest school district in the nation, will be denied basic, scientifically accurate information about sexual health, all because a group of right-wing reactionaries deems this information too dangerous for teenagers and young people. As Alejandro Serrano, director of the Miami-Dade chapter of County Citizens Defending Freedom, the right-wing group that mounted a campaign against the textbooks inaccurately put it, "much of the content is not age appropriate, usurps parental rights and is scientifically inaccurate and not factual."We shouldn't expect this kind of censorship to stop at Florida's borders. Just as abortion rights have fallen, conservative school districts in multiple states are banning books (and training their sights on books about race and LGBTQ issues), prayer in public schools is back with a stamp of approval from the Supreme Court and...
    From 1994 through 2004, Maxwell assisted Epstein with grooming and abusing girls as young as 14. Last December, after five days of deliberation, jurors found Maxwell guilty on five of the six federal sex trafficking charges. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Maxwell will be released on July 17, 2037. Earlier this month, Maxwell's lawyer filed paperwork to appeal her conviction, hoping to overturn her 20-year sentence. Maxwell continues to claim that she was a victim of Epstein and not a mastermind behind his sex trafficking ring. During a public statement last December, Maxwell fell short of apologizing to the women she abused, stating only that meeting Epstein was the "biggest regret" of her life.
    GHISLAINE Maxwell has been moved to a low-security prison in Florida where inmates can bake and take up yoga. The disgraced socialite, 60, was last month jailed for 20 years for decades of abuse after grooming dozens of girls for twisted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 2Ghislaine Maxwell has been moved to a low-security prison in Florida after an appeal 2FCI Tallahassee, FloridaCredit: federal bureau of prisons Maxwell was found guilty of luring young girls to massage rooms for Epstein to molest between 1994 and 2004. And she has now been moved to low-security prison FCI Tallahassee in Florida according to the Bureau of Prisons. She will be eligible for release on 17 July 2037. It comes after Maxwell lodged an appeal against the sex trafficking conviction and 20-year sentence earlier this month. She had been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, New York, since her arrest in July 2020. But her lawyers repeatedly complained that conditions at the Brooklyn jail were "reprehensible" and that Maxwell was subjected to invasive surveillance. They also alleged that Maxwell was deprived of water...
    Pete Buttigieg slammed Marco Rubio for calling the bill codifying same-sex marriage into law a 'stupid waste of time', claiming that he has plenty of time to take on the measure. The Department of Transportation secretary went on the defense against his marriage Sunday morning. 'If he's got time to fight against Disney, I don't know why he wouldn't have time to help safeguard marriages like mine,' Buttigieg told CNN's State of the Union. 'This is really, really important to a lot of people. It's certainly important to me.' He added: 'If they don't want to spend a lot of time on this, they can vote 'yes' and move on. And that would be really reassuring for a lot of families around America – including mine.' Buttigieg is referencing Rubio attacking Disney World for public opposition to Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which stops public school teachers from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. The Transportation secretary and former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana has been married to his husband Chasten since 2018. The...
    To: Gov. Gavin NewsomFrom: Columnist with trusty spreadsheet Governor, I see you made an Independence Day TV ad attempting to lure Floridians to the Golden State. “I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight. Or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love,” you say in the 30-second spot. I’ll assume some of this is mere political showmanship. I’ll bet it’s also personal, since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t shy about tossing barbs your way. Yet I’m hoping there’s old-fashioning salesmanship — fishing for relocations — lumped into this message. I filled my trusty spreadsheet with some taxpayer migration data from the IRS for tax year 2020 — the latest available — to check the odds of a Floridian leaving the Sunshine State for elsewhere in the U.S. Governor, my handicapping shows Floridians are more eager to bolt than you might think. But despite all of California charms — natural and manmade — it’s been challenging to get folks...
    Giant snails that can grow up to eight inches long, the size of a rat, have forced an entire Florida town into quarantine. The invasive shelled gastropods, which are native to Africa, are carrying the parasite lungworm that leads to meningitis in humans. This quarantine will last for two years, but unlike the coronavirus lockdowns, residents are just prohibited from moving plants, soil, yard waste, debris, compost and building materials outside the zone.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) confirmed the creature had settled in the city of Port Richey, just north of Tampa, on June 23 and the area was quarantined the next day. The snail is also damaging to the environment, feasting on more than 500 different plants, and has a taste for concrete, which is detrimental to infrastructure. Scroll down for video  Giant snails that can grow up to eight inches long, the size of a rat, have forced an entire Florida town into quarantine The quarantine zone starts at the northwest corner of US Highway 19 and Ridge Road. Proceed east on Ridge Road,...
    AN URGENT warning was issued and thousands of people have been placed under quarantine after a dangerous snail was spotted in the US last month. The Giant African Land Snail can carry meningitis and is known as the "world's most damaging" of its species, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). 1The "killer" giant African snail has resurfaced in Pasco County, Florida placing thousands of area residents into quarantine over a possible fear it could spread meningitisCredit: Getty The invasive mollusk turned up in New Port Richey, located about 38miles to the northwest of Tampa, Florida, along the Gulf Coast last week. A community gardener in the area reported seeing the snail, which is believed to have been first smuggled into the US from Africa by followers of a religious cult based on the traditional African religion Ifa Orisha. Cops say one woman smuggled the snails on a flight from Africa to Miami by hiding them under her skirt. FDACS has warned that the snail poses a threat to vegetation and infrastructure due to...
    Steve Young, 59, is a Florida resident, business owner, husband, father and one of the paying customers set to fly to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. 'They [Blue Origin] have my flight suit made. The date is now set and it will happen this year,' Young told DailyMail.com in a phone interview. 'Why do I want to go to space? Because I can. I am a bragger. I can say I went to space and my friends can't.' 'It [Blue Origin's flights] also intrigued me and I have the funds available to do this.' Those funds come from the sale of Florida's largest telecommunications contractor, Young's Communications or Y-com Young told DailyMail.com that he sold the company when it was generating $100 million annually and it was acquired by Grain Management, which only purchases companies valued between $20 million to $150 million. Scroll down for videos  Steve Young (center), 59, is a Florida resident, business owner, husband, father and one of the paying customers set to fly to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Pictured he is...
    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday granted Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) petition to probe human trafficking networks bringing illegal immigrants across the southern border as well as investigate sanctuary cities that are contributing to the issue. According to the governor’s office, the jury “will examine these networks’ impact on the State of Florida and how they have violated state law” as well as “investigate local governments,” better known as sanctuary cities, “that are aiding this smuggling scheme by intentionally violating state law”: BREAKING: Florida Supreme Court grants Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for a grand jury to probe human trafficking and sanctuary cities that aid and abet the coyotes pic.twitter.com/16CBRIMpUs — Election Wizard ???????? (@ElectionWiz) June 29, 2022 “I’m pleased that the Florida Supreme Court granted Governor DeSantis’s petition to impanel a statewide grand jury,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) said in a statement. “I look forward to our Statewide Prosecutor working with jurors to investigate matters related to human smuggling, trafficking and the unlawful release of dangerous criminals here illegally,” she added. Larry Keefe, Senior Advisor to the Governor...
    A recent college graduate who launched a lucrative career as a 'theme park nanny' gets paid to go to Disney World after turning her unique babysitting service into a full-fledged company.  Cyan Nardiello, 23, from New Jersey, was a senior at the University of Central Florida in 2020 when she founded Once Upon a Nanny, which offers in-theme park childcare for families visiting top attractions in Florida and California, including Disney and Universal Studios.  The CEO and her 'fairy god nannies' charge $40 an hour for their services, which range from helping parents with their children inside the parks to hotel babysitting for couples looking for a date night.  'If the family I'm working for wants an extra set of hands, I'll stay with them through the park,' she told Insider. 'I can also take the children to do age-appropriate activities while parents go on bigger rides or drink around the world at Epcot.'  Cyan Nardiello, 23, from New Jersey, has launched a career as a 'theme park nanny'  She was a senior at the University of Central Florida in 2020...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida doctors will be able to directly order COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 from the federal government, the White House said Friday, after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state would not order and distribute the shots in the state. The state was the only jurisdiction in the nation to decline to place advance orders for the pediatric shots, which received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. Final authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected in the coming days, clearing the way for the last remaining unvaccinated age group to obtain shots. The White House has been sharply critical of DeSantis’ position but in a statement Friday it welcomed the news that he was permitting individual doctors to order vaccines for their patients. While doctors in Florida won’t be able to access a statewide stockpile immediately after final authorization comes through, the state health department says doctors could get the shots within several days or a week. “We are encouraged that after repeated failures by Governor DeSantis to order...
    Eleven people were left stranded when their boat suddenly capsized near Beer Can Island, Florida. Good Samaritans in a boat nearby were able to quickly respond to the incident, that occurred past 5 p.m. on June 14, and rescued the men, women, and children from the ocean, WISTV10 reports. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says their aviation unit arrived shortly after they received the call for help to see several people swimming around a flipped boat and another vessel lifting the victims onboard. It's not clear what caused the boat to capsize.   Good samaritans nearby helped men, women, and children onboard the capsized boat to safety Helpers responded by reaching down to grab the victims onboard Footage shows only two men still left hanging on the side of the capsized boat when the HCSO Marine Unit arrived. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next That didn't age well! As Lizzo ditches 'ableist' term 's**z'... MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell rages at Walmart for 'canceling'... Share this article Share One of the men didn't have a life...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was defiant on Sunday speaking at the Tikvah Fund's Jewish Leadership Conference in New York City amid protests. DeSantis, a Republican whom many in the party consider a potential presidential contender in 2024, cited his accomplishments in the Sunshine State and what he considered a victory over the left.  'They can't cancel me, I'm going to speak my mind,' DeSantis said, according to National Review. 'You know, I saw that there was a little opposition to me coming here. All I can tell you is this: When the left is having a spasm, that just tells you that in Florida we are winning.'  Dozens of LGBTQ rights activists gathered outside New York City's Chelsea Piers on Sunday holding signs like 'Transphobia is not kosher' and 'Say Gay' to protest the venue's hosting of the conference and DeSantis.  But after the Tikvah Fund, a conservative Jewish organization, announced that DeSantis would speak at the event, the Jewish Museum backed out of a tentative rental agreement to host the conference, and Chelsea Piers later agreed to host the...
    SINCE 1971, the members of Steely Dan have rocked their way through award-winning careers. Starting in May of 2022, Steely Dan is hitting the road for a North American tour. 2Steely Dan is a classic rock band formed in the 1970s If you click on a link in this story we may earn affiliate revenue. Steely Dan tour 2022: How can I buy tickets? Steely Dan will head on tour in May of 2022. Tickets for the upcoming shows are available for purchase via TicketMaster. The price of tickets varies depending on the venue. Read More on The US SunON THE ROAD AGAIN Everything to know about rock band Steely DanHIGH ON LOVE Harry Styles Love On Tour: How can I buy tickets? Where is Steely Dan headed in 2022? With their first show scheduled for May 20, 2022, Steely Dan will be visiting several cities across the United States, including: May 20: Portland, Oregon May 21: Auburn, Washington May 25: Concord, California May 27: Hollywood, California May 28:...
    Florida’s move to dissolve special districts and revoke Disney of its self-governance status is not a done deal, according to the entertainment company. Disney told investors it would continue doing business as usual, noting Florida lawmakers overlooked a state agreement that prohibits the government from interfering unless its bond debt has been paid off. Therefore, Florida cannot legally repeal the Reedy Creek Improvement District where Walt Disney World resides, the company argued. “It is hard to imagine a way that the state could successfully argue that this did not violate its own contractual obligations or unconstitutionally impair the contract between Reedy Creek and the bondholders,” wrote Jacob Schumer, a municipal attorney based in Florida. “Florida simply cannot promise to prospective bondholders that it won’t interfere with Reedy Creek, and then dissolve Reedy Creek … However, the dissolution will have to wait until all of its bonds are paid in full.” DISNEY HAS LOST $50 BILLION IN VALUE SINCE WAR WITH FLORIDA BEGAN The GOP-led Florida legislature passed a bill that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed last...
    Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who has used to powers of his office to attack minority populations, corporations that oppose his policies, and even redraw congressional maps to eliminate districts of powerful Black lawmakers, went one step further Monday to shape the electorate in his favor. DeSantis is believed to be laying the groundwork for a 2024 presidential run and is seen as the top Republican nominee unless Donald Trump runs – and possibly even if he does. “There is cause for concern cause if you look at – like Texas would have all these companies move from California over the years,” DeSantis said while speaking to far right-wing host Ben Shapiro. “You’d have companies move from San Francisco to Austin, and they’d bring hundreds of employees with them. and those employees would vote the exact same way that turned San Francisco into the dumpster fire that it is.” “And it’s like the leftism, they will not draw the connection between their leftist ideology and the destruction that’s all around them. And so it is a problem because I do...
    Legend has it that Walt Disney had his body cryonically frozen after his death in 1966, hoping that one day — just like his screen princess Sleeping Beauty — he might be revived. If he came back now, one can only imagine what he would make of his entertainment empire. The king of squeaky-clean family entertainment would surely be horrified to discover that Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and their fun-loving gang have been shoved aside in an increasingly bitter row over racial and gender diversity, and political correctness. He’d surely be puzzled why political leaders in Florida — home of the Disney empire’s biggest theme park — are at loggerheads with his company over the education of youngsters on sexual orientation and gender in schools in the Sunshine State. Uncle Walt might also wonder why Disney World no longer extends its traditional welcome to ‘ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’. If he re-watched his 1941 classic Dumbo, he’d surely be confounded by the recently added warning about its ‘negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures’. If Walt Disney came back...
    Santa Rosa County, Florida, Sheriff Bob Johnson told reporters Thursday his constituents save taxpayers money by shooting intruders. WHIO reports that Johnson used a Thursday press conference to announce that 32-year-old Brandon J. Harris was arrested Wednesday. The Charlotte Observer notes that Harris “has been arrested 17 times” and is now under arrest for alleged break-ins in the neighborhood of Pace. Brandon Harris (Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office) Johnson explained that the time between when police were called and Harris was arrested was approximately 30 minutes. During that time, a homeowner shot at Harris but missed him. The Pensacola News Journal points out that Johnson commented on the homeowner’s actions, saying, “One of the homeowners, he was breaking into their house, and they shot at him. So he continues to run. We finally corner him in a house that he broke into on Tom Sawyer and we cornered him in a bedroom.” Johnson then assured the homeowner that he or she is not in trouble and actually noted that homeowners who shoot intruders save money for other tax-payers: “If someone’s...
    President Joe Biden criticized 'ugly' Republicans for targeting Disney at his two west coast fundraisers Thursday. 'This is not your father's Republican Party,' Biden said Thursday afternoon at a high-dollar fundraiser at the Portland Yacht Club, co-hosted by The New Republic's owner and editor Win McCormack and his political consultant wife, Carol Butler. 'This is the MAGA party.'  The president said the Republican Party is 'not even conservative in the traditional sense of conservatism.' 'I mean it's ugly. I mean, look at what's happening now in Florida. Christ, they're going after Mickey Mouse,' Biden said.    He made similar pro-Disney remarks at his second fundraiser in Seattle, Washington, headlining an affair at the lakefront home of Mary Snapp and Spencer Frazer hosted by Microsoft's President and Vice Chair Brad Smith and his wife Kathy Surace-Smith. 'There's nothing conservative about throwing Disney out of its current posture… over saying gay?' the president mused to the Seattle crowd. Earlier Thursday, Florida Republicans started the process of dissolving Disney's special status that allowed Walt Disney World to act as its own government.  Disney publicly criticized...
    MOST mums use holidays as an excuse to leave the washing pile at home for a week. But then again, most mums aren't Sue Radford. 3Sue Radford can't even escape her family's huge washing needs when on holiday in FloridaCredit: @theradfordfamily/Instagram 3She insisted the washer and dryer in the family's rented villa have been "a godsend"Credit: @theradfordfamily/Instagram The matriarch is away with husband Noel and 14 of their 22 kids, and they have been documenting the amazing holiday on the family's Instagram page. And when they haven't been exploring the local theme parks, the group have been enjoying the pool at their hired villa - meaning that there has been a LOT of washing to stay on top of. In a post on their Instagram Stories on Monday, Sue admitted that the villa's washer and dryer had been a "god send" during the break. However, the machines are somewhat lacking compared to Sue's washing setup at home in Morecambe. Read more about the Radford family HOW MUCH?! Mum-of-22 Sue Radford goes to waterpark &...
    COUNTRY singer, Toby Keith, racked up a number of hits since his ascension to fame during the 1990s. Toby is taking his catalog of songs and hitting the road for another tour, which is why fans are curious to know how to get tickets. 1Fans of the country superstar want to know how to purchase tickets to his 2022 tour How can I buy tickets to Toby Keith's 2022 tour? Toby Keith first embarked on his Country Comes to Town tour in 2021 and is slated to wrap up his list of concert spectacles sometime in 2022. The musician is scheduled to take the stage in several more cities for the 2022 leg of his tour. Fans who would like to secure tickets to see Toby live in person can check out the options available at several live music websites. Concert admission is available through Ticketmaster, as well as the singer's official website. Read More on The US SunPOOL DAY Tim McGraw & Faith Hill's daughter Gracie, 24, poses in sexy bikiniLIKE MAMA LIKE DAUGHTER The Judds Final Tour 2022:...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state would go through a 'Cold War' if Democrat Stacey Abrams wins Georgia's 2022 governor's race.  Speaking at a news conference on Friday, DeSantis likened Abrams' liberal policies to that of communist Cuba, saying Florida would be caught between far-left leaders.  'If Stacey Abrams is elected governor of Georgia, I just want to be honest, that will be a Cold War between Florida and Georgia at that point,' DeSantis said.  'I mean, I can't have Castro to my south and Abrams to my north. That'd be a disaster. So, I hope you guys take care of that and we end up in good shape,' he told Georgia voters.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (at the podium) claimed his state would through a 'Cold War' if Georgians elect Democrat Stacey Abrams as governor this fall Abrams (pictured) launched her second bid for Georgia's governor's office in December after claiming Republican Gov. Brian Kemp 'rigged' the 2018 election Despite DeSantis' reference to Castro - whether he was referring to Cold War leader Fidel Castro (left) or his...
    by Kendall Tietz   Florida’s public colleges and universities can now administer surveys to students and employees asking about their personal political beliefs and their impressions of the campus climate starting Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law in 2021 requiring the Florida Board of Education (BOE) “to conduct an annual assessment of the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” that is “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid” and “considers the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented and members of the college community … feel free to express their beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom.” The results will then be compiled and published, according to the law. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied an emergency request on Friday to stop the survey process, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by nine professors in July 2021 against Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, members of the Board of Governors and the State Board of Education alleging that the surveys would silence their political speech. The surveys...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams is erecting five billboards in major Florida cities criticizing the state's 'Don't Say Gay' law and encouraging people to move to New York. The digital billboards, designed by subsidiaries of advertising giant WPP, will be placed on ad space donated by the company. They'll appear in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach for eight weeks starting Monday. 'Come to the city where you can say whatever you want,' reads one of the ads, surrounded by the word 'gay ' in various font sizes and colors. Another one simply proclaims, 'When other states show their true colors, we show ours,' on a plain black background. They're in response to Florida's 'Parental Rights in Education' law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. The law bans classroom lessons on sexuality, gender identity and sexual orientation 'in a manner that is not age appropriate.'  The legislation has ignited tensions between state Republicans and Disney, which came out against it after employees at the company's theme parks and studios staged walkouts over its lack of...
    John Lamparski/Getty Images Mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday that he is launching an ad campaign in Florida to encourage LGBTQ+ Floridians to come to New York City. Adams said in a press conference that New York will partner with private companies to put up billboards in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. He said the billboards will run for 8 weeks, from April 4 to May 29th. “Come to the city where you can say whatever you want” and “People say a lot of ridiculous things in New York. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ isn’t one of them,” are some of the messages the billboards will say. The ad campaign is targeting Florida’s controversial House Bill 1557, dubbed by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, which was signed into law last month. The bill has ignited a cultural firestorm across the country and led to concerns of rising homophobia on the American right. “We have a message for Florida’s LGBTQ+ community: come to a city where you can be you,” Adams tweeted on Monday, adding his voice...
    The Twitter account known as Libs of Tik Tok featured a video of a Florida first-grade teacher bemoaning how she can possibly proceed with teaching the six-year-olds in her class when the state’s new Parental Rights in Education Act prevents her from discussing personal details about her “marriage” to a “trans-fem person.” Narcissistic Florida 1st grade teacher has breakdown over the thought of not being able to talk about her marriage pic.twitter.com/EZkG80z59U — Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 31, 2022 “As an elementary school teacher in Florida,” the teacher tearfully begins in the video, “this new bill has really been weighing on me a lot.” She continues: I teach first grade, which means my classroom is one of the ones that will be directly affected. For those of you who haven’t been in the classroom for awhile, one of the things that teachers always do at back-to-school night and meet-the-teacher, and things like that, as they like send home this cute, little like “meet the teacher” thing where it has a little bio about us, some of our...