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    Ron DeSantis laid out what he plans to tackle during his next four years as Florida governor – but it's possible the remarks could double as an outline for a presidential run. The governor, after taking his oath of office on Tuesday afternoon, claimed credit for the strides that led to families flocking to Florida over the last few years and dubbed his state a 'promised land of sanity.' He detailed that his second term as governor of the Sunshine State will make education and family issues a top priority. DeSantis also warned 'woke' people not to come to Florida. 'We seek normalcy, not philosophical lunacy,' DeSantis said during his approximately 20-minute speech. 'We will not surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die.' Florida Governor Ron DeSantis laid out his plans for his second term in an approximately 20-minute speech that many saw as a blueprint for a presidential run in 2024 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next A dress rehearsal for 2024? All eyes on Florida as Ron... Ron DeSantis...
    President Joe Biden is kicking off the final week before the midterms on Tuesday with a trip to Florida as Democrats brace for a potential Republican red wave in next week's election.  He'll appear in Donald Trump's home state to blast 'MAGA Republicans,' who he claims want to cut social programs and increase taxes for the wealthy.  Biden will be campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Senate hopeful Val Demings in the Sunshine State even as he avoids some of the bigger battleground contests like Georgia, Nevada and Arizona. Crist is trailing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seeking a second term. And Deming is down against GOP Senator Marco Rubio in a contest that will help decide which party controls the Senate next year. The president, who is battling low approval ratings, is trying to contrast how his Democrats will govern versus Republicans as voters prepare to head to the polls on Nov. 8.  He will make his closing argument at stops in New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Maryland over the next seven days.  He's not the only...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Florida Power and Light allies to the utility oversight commission, which later approved the company's rate hike. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' reelection campaign has reportedly taken millions of dollars in donations from the largest utility in the state at the same time as the utility has implemented unprecedented rate increases. Florida Power and Light Company serves more than 12 million people, according to its website, and is the largest utility company in the country. In a video posted by the nonprofit media website More Perfect Union, Alissa Jean Schaffer, research and communications manager at the Energy and Policy Institute, said: "FPL is also one of the biggest political spenders in the state. And that is how FPL has been able to gouge working-class Floridians over $1.5 billion in rate increases over the next couple of years." The Florida Public Service Commission regulates utilities in the state. DeSantis, who is running for reelection against Democrat Charlie Crist, appointed four out of five of the current members of the commission, which in October 2021 agreed to...
    Most voters say that if a candidate pushed Donald Trump's claims that the 2020 election was rigged, they are less likely to cast their ballot for them in the 2022 midterms, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll reveals. Meanwhile, 72 percent of Republicans are more interested in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis having influence over the future of the GOP than the 64 percent who want former President Donald Trump to maintain that power. Closely behind Trump is Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with 63 percent of Republicans surveyed saying they want him to have a 'great deal' or 'good amount of influence' over the party and South Carolina Senator Rick Scott came in fourth with 52 percent. More than one-third – 36 percent – of registered voters from all affiliations said whether a candidate pushes claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump will not affect the way that they will cast their ballots. A new poll shows that more Republicans wants to see Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have influence over the future of the GOP than former President Donald Trump...
    Biden's Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus President Joe Biden's border chief skips White House gatherings, falls asleeps in meetings and badmouths his colleagues, his critics told Politico in a damning report published on Monday.  Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus was charged with caring more about reforming the agency's culture - including charges of racism and violence - instead of addressing the influx of migrants along the southern border. Magnus also sought to blame other federal agencies for the high number of border crossings, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement. CBP secures the border while ICE is responsible for arresting and detaining undocumented people that cross over. 'He's not in the game,' one of the five administration officials cited as sources in the story told the news outlet. 'Every time there's a meeting and he's in it, we'll get to a conclusion and Magnus will have some sidebar issue that he wants to raise and we're all like 'What the f*** is that about?' Mangus defended his tenure, saying in a statement: 'I've always been someone who aggressively questions the status...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has challenged Ron DeSantis to a debate over his decision to send 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard as the Florida governor doubles down on sending more migrants to Democratic 'sanctuary cities.'  Earlier this week, DeSantis mimicked his Texas and Arizona counterparts in sending over groups of migrants to Democrat-led cities up north in protest of the Biden Administration's border policies.  Newsom and other Democratic leaders have slammed the move as playing with people's lives, with the California governor challenging DeSantis to a debate ahead of the midterm elections.  'Hey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you're struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people's lives,' Newsom tweeted on Friday.  'Since you have only one overriding need - attention - let's take this up & debate,' Newsom said in response to a tweet from Dan Rather asking CNN to set up a debate between the two governors.    'I'll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray,' he added, referring to DeSantis' quip earlier that day that Newsom's 'hair gel is interfering with his brain function' when the California governor criticized...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis called President Joe Biden 'quasi-senile' in a radio interview where he also repeatedly called the president 'Brandon' in code for an expletive-laden chant. DeSantis, who is consider a leading potential Republican presidential candidate for 2024, particularly should former President Donald Trump not run – picked up an attack Trump used in 2020, when he repeatedly called his rival 'sleepy' and not up to the task of office. DeSantis referenced clean-up efforts that White House aides undertook after Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin 'cannot remain in power.' 'The contrast between a doddering, quasi-senile President who has to have his press team clean up his remarks after every time he opens his mouth, versus somebody like me who’s out there — I’m very direct, I mean what I say, I lead, and I get things done,” DeSantis told the 'Guy Benson Show on Fox News Tuesday.   Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis called President Biden 'doddering, quasi-senile' in a new radio interview. He also repeatedly called him 'Brandon'
    Florida Governor Ron ReSantis has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife while his liberal critics like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Joy Reid accused him of going 'missing' during the Omicron surge that rocked the Sunshine State and the nation at large.   Fox News reports that a DeSantis spokesperson said the Republican governor joined his wife, Casey, to a cancer treatment on December 19, on the same day a handful of leftist pundits criticized the governor for going 'missing' when the state would have needed him the most. In October, DeSantis revealed his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, with the 43-year-old had told the outlet that '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.'  Florida Governor Ron ReSantis, right, has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife, left, while his critics like AOC and Joy Reid accuse him of going 'missing' during the Omicron surge 'Seriously, where is Ron Desantis? It’s genuinely concerning and odd. Florida is clearly...
    Although far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn a great deal of criticism from health experts for downplaying the severity of COVID-19 in his state, none of that criticism has inspired him to change course. And when a press conference on vaccines was held this week, DeSantis failed to push back against false claims promoted by an anti-vaxxer. The anti-vaxxer, according to Washington Post reporter Timothy Bella, was Darris Friend, a 22-year-old employee of Gainesville, Florida's city government. Friend is a plaintiff in a right-wing lawsuit challenging Gainesville's requirement that employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. At the press conference, Friend claimed, "The vaccine changes your RNA; so for me, that's a problem. We don't want to have the vaccine. It's about our freedom and liberty." DeSantis, according to Bella, "appeared uncomfortable" when Friend made that false claim but didn't correct him. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, however, gave Friend a fact-check and tweeted: Christina Pushaw, a spokesperson for DeSantis, defended the Florida governor — telling the Washington Post, "The governor has never said the vaccine changes your RNA, and...
    On Tuesday, CNN's Brianna Keilar interviewed transgender former Olympian and Republican California recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner about several key issues in the election and around the country. In the interview, Keilar asked if Jenner had "any regrets" about jetting off to Australia for a TV shoot during the campaign, which led some to speculate the entire campaign was a stunt to boost her acting career. "None whatsoever," said Jenner. "I signed on to do that months before I even thought about this campaign. And unlike most politicians, I actually honor a contract." The conversation then turned to Larry Elder, the GOP frontrunner in the recall and longtime talk radio host who recently came under fire for accusations of sexual harassment. "Is it disqualifying, these accusations against him?" asked Keilar. "I don't know if it's disqualifying. There's just questions about Larry Elder that I think need to be answered. And it has given the Democrats an enormous amount of ammunition." On the topic of Texas' extreme new abortion ban, Jenner sought to have it both ways, claiming she supported women's rights...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis responded to what he called the White House's "obsession" with his state, as the CDC corrected an inflated coronavirus positivity count, telling "Tucker Carlson Tonight" President Joe Biden is welcoming and then dispersing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants across the country without regard for public health. RON DESANTIS: Tucker, it was standard data entry and they took three days of data, put it over two, obviously made it look like it was a massive increase. I do not know exactly what happened. I do not know what the motivation is. But as you alluded to, the White House – they are more concerned about trying to attack me than actually dealing with the problems of the country. I don’t see them dealing with the border crisis. I don’t see them dealing with inflation. Obviously, energy prices are out of control. Yet they have this obsession with Florida and, look, obviously, we are cutting against the grain, and we are standing up the federal overreach, we are proud of doing that. But, they should really...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, Jr. are racking up high approval ratings among Republicans as the party sorts through a bevy of figures seeking to lead the party amid a polarized electorate and fierce GOP opposition to President Biden. Donald Trump Jr., a favorite at Trump rallies dating back to 2015 and 2016, scored the highest approval ratings in a new survey by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates.  His approval rating stood at a net positive rating of 55 per cent among Republicans. He was running essentially even with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has rallied his party against coronavirus lockdowns.  Donald Trump Jr. has a net positive approval rating of 55 percent in a new survey among Republicans DeSantis has been among several figures mentioned as possible 2024 Republican presidential candidates. Trump Jr. has frequently been seen as a potential heir to his father's political legacy, although he has never held public office and has turned down opportunities to pursue statewide elective office.  He helped run the Trump Organization while his father was in the White House, although the...
    President Joe Biden called communism a 'failed system' on Thursday after he faced criticism from conservatives and some Florida Democrats for not showing strong enough support for the protesters in Cuba. 'Communism is a failed system, universally fail system. And I don't see socialism as a very useful substitute,' Biden said at the White House during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The White House had given a more measured response to the protests that took place over food shortages and power outages on the island nation, refusing to call out the 'communist' government but denounced the 'authoritative regime' instead.  Biden said there were a 'number of things' his administration could to help the Cuban people but he expressed concern the communist-led government would take control of any aid sent there, such as remittances or COVID vaccines.   He also acknowledged his administration is doing something about the lack of internet access in Cuba. Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis wrote Biden on Wednesday, asking him to do something about the problem.   'We're considering whether we had the technological ability...
    The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has said it only took him a few weeks to realize enforcing coronavirus restrictions was doing more harm than good in his state and wishes he'd have acted sooner. Speaking to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, DeSantis, who is a Republican, explained that he felt the extreme restrictions were not particularly effective with many other states simply 'blindly' following the advice of the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.  'If I had more data, I would have had the ability to say, 'Wait a minute. Why would we need to close a gym for two weeks?' he asked. 'These are younger people going to work out. If you're healthy, you're going to end up dealing with the virus better.''  Florida has taken heavy criticism for DeSantis' more relaxed approach to social and business restrictions in the pandemic 'And so I think that it took me a few weeks, March and into April, to get enough data to say, 'Okay, we're not doing Faucism, we're going to make sure our states open,'' he...
    Florida saw a spike in coronavirus cases Thursday, with 1,419 new instances reported, according to the Florida Department of Health -- the highest daily increase since reporting started in early March. Florida has had more than 60,000 coronavirus cases, and has seen a three-day trend in increases as it pushes to initiate phase two of reopening its economy. Forty-one deaths were also confirmed Thursday, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll to morethan 2,600. “Florida’s targeted and data-driven approach to fighting COVID-19 and our actions to protect the most vulnerable have flattened the curve in Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement Wednesday. GOV. DESANTIS BELIEVES FLORIDA WILL BE ABLE TO HOST REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN A 'SAFE WAY' DeSantis is still moving forward with phase two of reopening, set to begin Friday. Bars and restaurants are allowed to operate with a greater capacity, retail stores and gyms are allowed to be opened at full capacity, and personal services like tattoo parlors and spas are allowed to partially reopen. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach -- which have had the highest coronavirus case counts --...
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