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    Can Ron DeSantis take a punch? This was the focus as the Morning Joe panel considered the 2024 Republican presidential primary race.  Joe Scarborough thinks  it probably doesn’t matter, as the Florida Governor sees how former President Donald Trump treats his opponents and will opt to see out his term as governor and instead run in 2028, The boxing metaphor was apt and started after Al Sharpton shared a story about Mohammed Ali, who, when told a challenger could throw a punch, replied, “but can he take a punch?” The idea here is that no one is better at effectively belittling their opponents than Trump. Former RNC chair — turned MSNBC pundit — Michael Steele noted that he didn’t see anyone in the Republican party calling for Nikki Haley to run (despite news of her exploring a 2024 bid) and that only the “business class” appeared to be into a DeSantis run, which those in coach don’t seem terribly interested. Then Scarborough buttoned up the segment quite well, using his own political experience from the Florida panhandle. But first, he...
    The former Disney exec who lasted only four months on the job had made $119,505-a-day before resigning amid fallout over Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill.  Geoff Morrell, 57, who served as the company’s chief corporate-affairs officer for 70 workdays, made a total of $8,365,403 in total compensation, before quitting on April 29, 2022, the Wall Street Journal reports.   Along with the massive salary, Disney also paid him about half-a-million dollars to move from London to Los Angeles with his family, and then dished out another half when he quit, according to the company's security filing on Tuesday. Morrell left the company after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed the Parent's Bill of Rights last year, leading to a public relations disaster where employees protested the company's initial silence on the issue that pitted the House of Mouse against state lawmakers.  Geoff Morrell (pictured), 57, who served as the Disney's chief corporate-affairs officer for 70 workdays last year, made $119,505-a-day before resigning During his brief tenure, Morrell oversaw a public relations disaster following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (above) push for the controversial...
    A new poll shows Donald Trump topping the list of likely 2024 Republican nominees, reflecting his enduring control of the GOP despite rising stars like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other new party leaders who are likely to challenge him for the White House.  Multiple federal investigations and the tax fraud conviction of his real estate empire have failed to dissuade a plurality of likely Republican voters from siding with Trump, according to a new Morning Consult survey published on Wednesday. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they want the former president to top the GOP ticket for a third time. He beats out DeSantis, who is the runner-up with 31 percent support, by a wide 17-point margin. Donald Trump is the favorite for the Republican nomination in 2024, according to 48 percent of GOP voters who responded to a new Morning Consult survey He beats out Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, now a leading figure in the GOP, by some 17 points It comes after multiple polls suggested DeSantis could edge out Trump as the Republican favorite - though it's still...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has become well-known for his efforts to incite culture wars and influence the politics of education across Florida as he considers running in the 2024 presidential election. In doing so, the potential GOP candidate has violated the First Amendment in numerous ways over the course of his gubernatorial reign, Vox Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser reports. Millhiser offered an analysis of the ways DeSantis consistently violates the U.S. Constitution by enacting laws that blatantly challenge and disregard freedom of speech and expression. During his reelection victory address in November, DeSantis promised Floridians that he would “fight the woke in the legislature,” “fight the woke in the schools,” and “fight the woke in the corporations,” which is what he’s already actively tried to achieve as governor. READ MORE: How a determined Ron DeSantis is trying to seize ideological control of education in Florida: journalist With that, “DeSantis, in other words,” Millhiser wrote, “does not seem content to simply enact policies that hew to a right-wing economic or social vision. He wishes to use the sovereign powers of...
    by Madeleine Hubbard   Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed conservative activist Christopher Rufo and five other people to the New College of Florida Board of Trustees with the goal of restructuring the university’s curriculum to a “classical liberal arts model.” Rufo, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and filmmaker known for his activism against Critical Race Theory, was appointed on Friday along with Hillsdale College Professor Matthew Spalding, Claremont-McKenna College Professor Charles Kesler, former Emory University Professor Mark Bauerlein, Inspiration Academy founder Jason Speir and attorney Debra Jenks. The New College of Florida, based in Sarasota, has more than 700 students and over 90 full-time faculty members. The new board members’ goals include abolishing the school’s “just, diverse, equitable and inclusive community” values and replacing it with “equity, merit and colorblindness,” Rufo said. The board will also work to shift “the university to a classical liberal arts model,” form a “new core curriculum and academic master plan” and restructure the administration and “academic departments to reflect the new pedagogical approach,” according to Rufo. “We are recapturing higher education,” he said. The appointees still have to be approved by...
    Ron DeSantis hosted 4,000 people for his Inaugural Ball in Tallahassee, Florida where he danced with his wife Casey to the song Sweet Florida and guests enjoyed extensive h'ordeuvres and an elaborate brass band. First lady Casey DeSantis stunned guests in a gold embellished ballgown reminiscent of Disney princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast – with one attendee calling her a 'class act'. Florida's first couple, according to several attendees and later confirmed by DeSantis' team, danced on stage to Sweet Florida, a song written by the band Van Zant as an ode to DeSantis, and Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me to the Moon.' Sweet Florida's first verse says DeSantis 'stands up for what he believes' and warns people not to 'come down here trying to change things.' The DeSantis' three children, Madison, Mason and Mamie, also danced on stage at the start of the ball. The couple's daughter's donned white puffy dresses and their son matched dad in a mini-version of a tuxedo.  Governor Ron DeSantis twirled his wife and first lady Casey DeSantis, who donned a gold tea-length...
    An influential Republican donor and close ally to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who died by suicide was under active investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officials said. “This investigation remains ongoing at this time and will continue until its completion. As with all active investigations, there is limited information available to release at this time,” Jacksonville Sheriff T. K. Waters told the Florida Times-Union of Kent Stermon’s death. “However, as soon as this investigation has been completed, all applicable information will be available for release to the public.” Sources close to the office told the Times-Union the investigation involved alleged sexual misconduct. Stermon was found dead in a truck at an Atlantic Beach, Florida, post office parking lot on Thursday, though foul play is not suspected. Stermon’s death marked a confounding moment within Florida politics because of his close kinship with a myriad of political figures including DeSantis, whose political operations have received more than $60,000 of his and his family’s funds. When DeSantis was iced out of his congressional district in 2016 after redistricting, he moved into a condo...
    Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dismissed Donald Trump's recent spate of angry attacks against him as 'noise' and touted his own strong endorsement record in the 2022 midterm elections during a press conference on Tuesday. DeSantis fired back at the former president hours before Trump is expected to announce another campaign for the White House at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Tuesday night. It's the latest hit in the two GOP giants' Sunshine State turf war, and a larger fight for control of the Republican Party. DeSantis has enraged Trump by refusing to rule out a primary challenge against him in 2024. The former president has responded by calling the governor 'disloyal' amid a flurry of other insults. Asked about that criticism on Tuesday, DeSantis suggested he was unfazed - but went out of his way to target 'the corporate media' more directly than the former president.  'When you're leading, when you're getting things done, yeah you take incoming fire - that's just the nature of it,' DeSantis said. 'I roll out of bed in the morning, I've got corporate media...
    Donald Trump took credit for Ron DeSantis' rising political career and blasted Fox, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post for embracing the Florida governor, while blaming the GOP's subpar midterm performance on the ex-president.  In a long-winded statement sent out by his PAC Thursday evening, Trump pointed out that the trio of News Corp media brands are 'all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious' who he called 'an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations.'  Trump suggested that DeSantis' 19-plus point breeze to reelection Tuesday was helped by the fact that the Florida governor didn't have to shut his state down during the coronavirus pandemic because of the 'SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!'  And then Trump said it was his 2018 endorsement of DeSantis in Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary that made him.  'Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017 - he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great...
    Ana Navarro claimed that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis cruised to re-election because he “gamed the system” and suppressed the vote to stack the contest against former Gov. Charlie Crist (D). The CNN commentator and co-host of The View joined Erin Burnett on Wednesday to discuss the broader implications of the midterm election results. Navarro argued that the narrative about Florida was being “completely misread,” so Burnett clarified that Navarro was referring to the media and sociopolitical intrigue DeSantis has received amid disappointing results for the rest of the GOP. After establishing that she expected DeSantis to “win bigly” in Florida, Navarro made her argument that it wasn’t a fair fight. Ron DeSantis barely won in 2018 by 35,000 votes, by the skin of his teeth against a black, progressive, little-known mayor from Tallahassee, Florida. Yesterday, he won by 20 percentage points. Why? Because he gamed the system. Because he turned Florida into an unlevel playing field. They changed election laws, making it harder to vote by mail. They paraded a bunch of people, black people that they arrested for voting...
    MSNBC co-anchor Joe Scarborough ridiculed Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) over a recent campaign in which he suggested he was sent by God to govern. During Monday’s Morning Joe, there was a discussion about the intersection of Christianity and midterm politics. A soundbite was played of a pastor praying for Herschel Walker at a Sunday rally for the Georgia Republican Senate nominee. “Sweet Jesus,” said Scarborough as co-host Mika Brzezinski sighed. “That’s how Georgia’s Republican senate candidate Herschel Walker was introduced yesterday at a bus stop around the state.” “What has happened,” asked Brzezinski repeatedly. “Also, there was this Ron DeSantis ad,” mentioned Scarborough, who said in a deep voice, “And G-d created a man.” The ad was released last week. Back to his normal voice, Scarborough blasted DeSantis. “Seriously, Ron, don’t throw Jesus under the bus,” he said. “Yeah,” said Brzezinski. “You do your thing, but I’ve never heard, I literally never heard anything like that before in my life,” said Scarborough. “To say that G-d made me be governor of the state of Florida.” “So I could take people...
    Newt Gingrich served as the 50th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999 This is a Big Choice election for America. There is no question that Republicans are poised to win races across the country in a red wave. But the magnitude of the victory and how it washes across the American political landscape will have profound implications for the parties, the major players, and the future of the country. Here is what I will be watching and thinking about on election night, as the results roll in: If the Democrats manage to hold on to control of the U.S. Senate and lose the U.S. House of Representatives by only a small number of seats, there will be a sense in the Biden White House – and among their left-wing allies – that things can continue as usual. They will feel vindicated that despite everything that has gone wrong, the American people still trust them more than they trust Republicans. They will feel that their strategic decision to emphasize abortion, perceived threats to democracy, and the...
    DeSantis previously claimed the Biden-backed bill, which allocated billions to Florida, was ‘Washington at its worst.’ In a press release issued on Oct. 28, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his administration's allocation of infrastructure grant funding in the state — while omitting the fact that it was made possible by Democratic members of Congress and President Joe Biden's administration. The grants are the latest spending commitments in Florida that are a result of federal spending DeSantis opposed. This time around, DeSantis announced an award of $1.3 million for the city of Marathon to make improvements to road and highway infrastructure. "This investment in Marathon will improve infrastructure, create jobs, and drive the state's economy forward," he stated. The release did not mention the American Rescue Plan, federal legislation that Biden signed into law in March 2021 that has provided much-needed economic assistance to the states. In total, it has allocated $350 billion to state, local and tribal governments across the country. The funds allocated to Marathon came directly from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's Job Growth Grant Fund, described as an "economic...
    When Democratic Tampa-era prosecutor Andrew Warren declared he wouldn’t carry out any prosecutions having to do with either abortion or transgender care, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded by suspending him. And Warren has filed a lawsuit against the far-right Republican governor. Warren discussed his suspension and his decision to sue DeSantis’ office during an interview with the Daily Beast, stressing that he isn’t simply suing to get his job back but rather, because he believes DeSantis has crossed a dangerous line by suspending an elected official. The Hillsborough County prosecutor wasn’t appointed to that position by DeSantis, but rather, was chosen by voters. Warren told the Beast, “Can a governor just overturn elections in the state of Florida? If the governor has the power to do so, then what’s left of democracy?.... There’s so much more at stake than my job. This is a fight to stop the erosion of our democracy. It’s to ensure our democracy has meaning, so we have elected officials and not a king — so no governor can steal the people’s vote and silence...
    The View co-host Sunny Hostin conceded that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is “brilliant” — before slamming recent moves made by the Republican. “What I did admire about DeSantis is that he finally talked about climate change, right?” Hostin said during Thursday’s show, referring to the GOP governor talking about the issue in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which ravaged throughout parts of the Sunshine State. “He, like, sort of said, ‘Wow. This is a climate change issue.’” It is unclear what comments Hostin was referencing to. She continued: And I think what’s always disappointed me about DeSantis is he’s a very different political candidate than let’s say a President [Donald] Trump. I firmly believe that President Trump is just not the smartest guy. I really — I think he’s educated, but I just don’t think he’s that smart, and I think he’s a racist, and I think he’s a homophobe, and he’s just a person who was raised that way. When you look at DeSantis, he graduated from Yale University, he went to Harvard Law School, he earned a commission...
    Joe Biden will fly to Florida to meet with Ron DeSantis as Florida continues to recover from the damage left behind by Hurricane Ian, including at least 100 dead – but no one is expecting the face-to-face to be a warm affair. Joining Biden in Florida on Wednesday are two of his most prominent Republican critics: Republican Governor DeSantis and Senator Rick Scott. DeSantis will give Biden a briefing with state and local officials on the storm response after the president surveys the hurricane's destruction in Fort Myers via helicopter on Wednesday. While Biden plans to focus on the victims of Hurricane Ian and not politics, despite all eyes turning to the Sunshine State for a potential clash between the Democratic president and GOP governor. 'There will be plenty of time, plenty of time, to discuss differences between the president and the governor - but now is not the time,' White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during her Tuesday briefing. She told reporters: 'When it comes to delivering and making sure that the people of Florida have what they...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points with Republicans after a stunt that sent migrants from Texas to wealthy Martha's Vineyard.  A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that in a hypothetical 2024 matchup DeSantis led the former president 48-40 percent. That's a reversal from January, when the same poll found Trump leading 47-40 percent.  Florida's prized 30 electoral votes are key for any Republican to make it to the presidency.  'This doesn't necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,' David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today. 'But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters away from Trump and toward DeSantis from Republicans who know both potential combatants quite well.' In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP 2024 primary were held today, 19 percent DeSantis.  Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points...
    Attorneys who are representing the 30 of the 48 Venezuelan asylum-seekers who were flown from Texas to Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts are looking to open a criminal investigation, claiming the victims were 'induced to board airplanes and cross state lines under false pretenses'. Boston-based group Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) who are representing the asylum-seekers pro-bono say the group, which includes women and toddlers, were duped in a coordinated political stunt that targeted vulnerable people based on their race and country of origin.  'Individuals, working in concert with state officials, including the Florida governor, made numerous false promises [to the migrants] – including of work opportunities, schooling for their children, and immigration assistance – in order to induce them to travel,' the lawyers state. The lawyers are now urging US attorney Rachael Rollins and the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, to open up criminal investigations into those who behind the transportation of the group.  'We strongly believe that criminal laws were broken by the perpetrators of this stunt,' LCR wrote in a letter. Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker made the decision to move the illegal immigrants just 48 hours...
    More than two million undocumented immigrants will be arrested trying to cross into the U.S. in 2022. And Democrats don't bat an eye. But fly 50 migrants to one of the wealthiest places in America, spotted with multi-million dollar mansions, surrounded by the mega-yachts of the rich and famous and Democrats lose their minds? What a joke! I am a Democrat and the former Majority Leader of the California State Senate. The first woman to ever hold that position. I am also a proud Latina. I am telling you that if the Democratic party thinks that Latinos are outraged by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard – they are dead wrong! On Friday, the governor of Massachusetts dispatched the National Guard to whisk away these 50 migrants to a military base in Cape Cod that once housed hurricane disaster victims. But what about the hundreds of migrants sleeping on the street of El Paso, Texas? Or the countless other migrants, sleeping outside in cities and towns across the U.S./Mexico border? This Democratic stronghold - where the Obamas...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has no interest in appearing on The View. His office expressed such in response to an invitation to be on the ABC talk show. Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’ deputy press secretary, tweeted this week that the Florida governor had received an invitation to be on the show. “‘We would be honored,’ they wrote,” Griffin tweeted. .@TheView emailed our office on Friday asking for us to arrange an appearance from Governor DeSantis on the show. “We would be honored,” they wrote. Thoughts? https://t.co/lhcTxfB4TN — Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) August 1, 2022 Fox News Digital obtained images of the email referenced by Griffin and claimed they were from Todd Polkes, the show’s supervising talent producer. “I hope you’re having a good summer. I am reaching out to invite Gov. Ron DeSantis to be our special guest on THE VIEW next season, which starts Sept. 6. We would be honored to have him join us in studio sometime in the Fall,” the email reads. Mediaite reached out to The View independently and can confirm that DeSantis...
    The Florida Bulldog revealed that the documents filed for a state Supreme Court Justice position in Florida were made a false statement on the official document. Judge Renatha Francis lied on her application for the state supreme court in the question asking if she'd been on the receiving end of an ethics investigation. Francis, who was promoted by former President Donald Trump to Gov. Ron DeSantis as a good candidate for a federal judge, answered "no" when asked if she has ever had "a complaint about you ever been made to the Judicial Qualifications Commission?" If she had, Francis would have had to add details about the specifics. The comment could even fall under a Florida crime for lying on an official document because she signed the document, saying she answered all questions “truthfully, fully and completely.” She's actually had three complaints filed against her. One is in a divorce case, where lawyer Margherita Downey said publicly about the judge, “When I appear in her court, it’s like watching a judge burn our flag." In another case,...
    (CNN)While there is no equivalency between the laws passed in Russia criminalizing calling Russia's war just that, a war, and what's happening in Florida as the government there seeks to restrict speech, it's striking nonetheless to see freedom of expression under assault in the United States.We've spent a lot of time focused on Russia, but the controversy in Florida is worth considering.What they're passing in FloridaIn their quest to become the party of "parental rights," Republicans in Florida and in other states are attempting to muzzle discussion of gay and civil rights in school. People protest in Miami after the passage of Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, Wednesday, March 9, 2022.One bill that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed -- titled "Parental Rights in Education" -- has been dubbed by critics the "Don't Say Gay" bill because it seeks to ban discussion of gender and sexuality issues with younger students. Read MoreAnother bill that passed Florida's Senate recently would prohibit instruction that says certain races or sexes are privileged or oppressed. While the legislation doesn't specifically mention critical race...
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) was harshly criticized for bigotry on Friday as the far-right gathers in Orlando for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "In Florida, the competition for Bigot of the Year is tight — and, as if there weren’t enough candidates in the running with Gov. Ron DeSantis and the GOP members of the Florida Legislature acting to suppress minorities — here comes Sen. Rick Scott, presenting from Washington his own brand of social engineering," Fabiola Santiago wrote for the Miami Herald. "The first-term, Boomer senator and former Florida governor, 69, calls his idea of what the United States of America should look like — and how patriotic Americans should act, democracy be damned — 'An 11 Point Plan to Rescue America.'" Santiago felt the need to apologize to the rest of the country for the Florida congressman's plan. "It’s an attention-seeking gimmick, timed to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando this weekend, but it’s worthy reading because the document is also a stand-in of sorts for what the Republican Party platform is shaping up to...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' newest anti-woke legislation would bar schools and private businesses from making students or employees feel 'guilt' or 'any form of psychological stress' because of their national origin, sex or race. Specifically, the bill would outlaw teachings that assert certain individuals are 'inherently racist [or] sexist] - or 'morally superior' - or that characterize individuals' status as 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their race, sex or national origin.  'No individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, solely by the virtue of his or her race or sex. No race is inherently superior to another race,' said Republican Sen. Manny Diaz, the bill's sponsor. It is not about ignoring the 'dark' parts of American history, but rather ensuring that people are not blamed for sins of the past, Diaz said. 'Senator Diaz's bill makes clear that no Floridian—student, worker, or anyone else—should be made to feel inferior on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin,' said DeSantis' press secretary, Christina Pushaw Newsweek. 'These immutable characteristics have no bearing on an individual's character. It is...
    Ron DeSantis accused Joe Biden of keeping a 'stranglehold' on antibody treatments for COVID-19 as he slammed the president for going on vacation to Delaware during the midst of the massive holiday spike in cases. Critics have gone after the Florida governor recently, forcing him to defend taking his wife for chemotherapy treatments, even though Biden got away to Delaware during the Omicron surge. 'I guess I should've been at the beach in Delaware, right, and then they woulda been really happy with that,' DeSantis told a reporter during his press conference Monday when asked about people accusing him of being MIA. DeSantis announced in October that Casey DeSantis, his wife and mother of their three children, was diagnosed with breast cancer. None of the critics of DeSantis have mentioned his 41-year-old wife's diagnosis. He went on to explain during his Monday briefing that he and his advisers released his public schedule last week that did not have any public events or meetings listed for Wednesday, when Casey was scheduled to undergo a chemotherapy appointment. 'It's true, Wednesday there was...
    Florida will hash out its own abortion restriction bill after the Texas heartbeat bill was not blocked by the Supreme Court, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is not necessarily looking to follow suit of the Lonestar State by incentivizing abortion lawsuits. DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw emphasized that 'nothing is off the table' in terms of what the 'best option might be in terms of legislation to protect life,' but the governor does not seem keen on following Texas' footsteps in enforcement.  'The type of enforcement action is being considered carefully to avoid any unintended consequences,' Pushaw told DailyMail.com. 'It is the case that Governor DeSantis does not want to turn citizens against each other, generally speaking.' Florida is expected to take up new abortion legislation in the next legislative session, early next year.   The Texas law, championed by Gov. Greg Abbott, in addition to banning abortions after six weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest, allows any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who violate the law, as well as anyone who 'aids or abets' a woman getting...
    We begin this morning’s roundup with an op-ed by Margaret Renkl in The New York Times detailing the failure of many Republican governors to protect Americans during public health emergencies: [I]n every case our leaders have responded with disinterest and disinformation at best. In many cases they have worsened the emergency in every way imaginable. Instead of taking concrete measures to limit climate change, they send up prayers for rescue workers. Instead of making it possible for poor women to get quality medical care, they limit reproductive options for everyone — though the poorest, of course, will suffer most. Instead of espousing common-sense gun laws that keep citizens safe, they ally themselves with the gun lobby. (Tennessee’s governor, Bill Lee, actually signed this state’s new permitless-carry bill in a ceremonial event at a gun factory.) Instead of trying to keep people safe during this pandemic, our leaders offer ludicrous platitudes on the subject of freedom. Of course, the poster child for deadly mismanagement of a public health crisis is Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis. In an editorial, The Miami Herald unloads on DeSantis as a...
    MSNBC network contributor Charlie Sykes said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that “more and more people are getting disgusted by the selfish and the stupid refusing to get vaccinated.” Host Joy Reid said, “We have to put you in this segment because for these governors, Texas, South Dakota, all these guys, to them, I don’t get it, but I wish you would explain to me. The good politics is let COVID freely run wild through my state and back it up by having some pop-up clinics for people to get treated. They think that’s good politics. Do you agree?” Sykes said, “No. In fact, I think we have an inflection point where more and more people are getting disgusted by the selfish and the stupid refusing to get vaccinated. You see this in the public opinion polls. I agree with you that the private companies that are mandating this will change behavior. The politics of this is interesting. You have Governor Abbot in Texas, Governor DeSantis in Florida who are all thinking they are handling of this is their ticket to...
    Ron DeSantins, governor of Florida, was sued by 27 families of some students in the state for preventing the imposition of masks in schools. The lawsuit was filed in early August by a group of lawyers representing the 27 families, who dared to challenge the executive order that was approved in July. Miami Dade prepares to return to face-to-face classes Parents comment that DeSantis is not providing a safe environment for their children, and that is why the governor’s order is unconstitutional and does not allow school authorities to work calmly. On the other hand, Judge John Cooper ruled in favor of the plaintiffs against the state governor, on the executive order that grants the authority to parents to decide whether or not their children should use the protective article against covid-19 . Judge Cooper for more than three hours supervised the case and listened to the arguments of both attorneys, as well as that of the families who made the lawsuit. “Parents and their children have the right to have their case heard in court, in order to present...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is railing against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) mask guidance as the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly across the country. On Wednesday, July 28, DeSantis delivered a 15-minute speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council in Salt Lake City, Utah. Speaking to a crowd of unmasked attendees, the Republican governor boasted about his decision to decline a mask mandate and school closures amid the alarming uptick in cases, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. "It is very important that we say unequivocally no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions, and no to mandates," DeSantis said. Although 20% of the new COVID cases have been reported in the state of Florida, alone, DeSantis has waved off the severity of the Delta variant insisting the country is facing "a summer COVID season." DeSantis' remarks come as COVID misinformation continues to circulate on television and social media. While many people are frustrated with conservatives' pushback against masks, Republican lawmakers have flipped the script to blame the CDC. ...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earned a standing ovation after promising to put on the "full armor of God" to fight against leftism. "It ain't going to be easy," DeSantis said about taking a stand against the Left at last weekend’s Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference. "You got to be strong. You got to put on the full armor of God. You got to take a stand, take a stand against the Left's schemes. You got to stand your ground. You got to be firm. You will face flaming arrows but take up the shield of faith and fight on." "So, I look forward to joining with you in the battles to come," he said. "I can tell you that in the state of Florida, I'll be holding the line, I'll be standing my ground, I won't back down, and I have only begun to fight." DeSantis received a standing ovation from those in attendance during the remarks, which come as the Florida Republican has continued to gain popularity in conservative circles. ALL EYES ON DESANTIS While...
    A panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" could not contain their surprise following the results of a 2024 straw poll of conservative voters that put Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in first place, referring to him as a "conquering king" in the GOP. DeSantis won the straw poll at this year's Western Conservative Summit in Colorado with 74% in approval as a possible 2024 candidate, topping former President Donald Trump, who came in second with 71% approval. The rest of the field was far behind, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas coming in third place at 43%. Before viewing the results, co-host Joe Scarborough referred to DeSantis as a "rock star" and a "conquering king" in the GOP based on the response he received at a separate conservative gathering at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Kissimmee, Fla.  "But then, this one person said, 'But my God, you should have seen the response for Ron DeSantis," Scarborough said, quoting one of his sources who was at the event. "He was like a conquering king. And this person who’s been in Republican...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci's COVID-19 "lockdown policies were not justified by the scientific data," claiming the White House chief medical adviser "fear mongered about schools" and "did not support Florida" when students returned to in-person learning. DESANTIS: I think he's somebody who if you followed what he said, he said you did a good job. For example, he said New York has the best response to COVID. Obviously, in terms of the numbers, I don't see how you could possibly say that both for COVID and all the destruction that's happened. And so in Florida, we chose freedom over Faucism and we're much better off for doing that. I think his lockdown policies were not justified by the scientific data. He was somebody that fear mongered about schools. He did not support Florida when we had our kids in school in person. I think he was wrong about masks and asymptomatic spread. And then obviously he does so many interviews that it was pretty clear to me, after a pretty short...
    At a a press conference in Panama City, Florida on Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said that he’s not letting it go this time. The “it” in this case is the widely criticized attack on his vaccine program aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday. CBS is standing by the story, claiming that it was not “deceptively edited” but that instead, they cut out the entire answer he gave to the question they asked to increase “clarity.” DeSantis says that the network “cut out everything that proved their narrative was a piece of horse manure.” In his Tuesday remarks, DeSantis not only blasted CBS News and 60 Minutes for what he says was a calculated smear, he promised to hold them “accountable.” “They went for the smear. They’ve been caught red-handed,” said DeSantis. He expanded the criticism to include the media at large. “Now, see all of these corporate media people, they scratch each other’s back, so a lot of them are just pretending it didn’t happen; they’re not going to really police their own. But we’re going to have...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis likely won't win many awards, from Hollywood or otherwise, for his handling of COVID-19 despite the fact that his state has arguably weathered the pandemic far better than nearly any other in the country. Despite the best efforts from Democratic politicians, activists, like one who donned a Grim Reaper outfit and patrolled the state's beaches, and many in the media, Florida has emerged as an indisputable leader in balancing public safety with economic security during an unprecedented health crisis. The facts speak for themselves: Florida's coronavirus death rate sits at 136 per 100,000 people, the 27th lowest in the country and substantially lower than states such as New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. That rate has recently spiked due to a surge of cases in January and February. From August until the end of December, Florida was witnessing a seven-day death rate as low 12 per 100,000 in some instances. Unlike other states, however, Florida was uniquely challenged by COVID-19 due to over a fifth of its population being over the age of...
    Screengrab via Fox NewsFlorida is under the national spotlight after long lines and struggling registration systems put a black stain on the opening days of the vaccine rollout. But Gov. Ron DeSantis stands by his decision to let local county health departments and hospitals lead vaccine distributions rather than let the state dictate the rollout process. And on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Governor spoke more broadly about the criticism that has come his way throughout the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m happy for the criticism because, you know what, I don’t seek validation by the media. What I seek is supporting the citizens of my state,” DeSantis said. “I can tell you, as this pandemic has warn on, the number of times someone has come up to me with tears in their eyes saying, ‘If it wasn’t for you, my kid would not be in school and I would not have my job. Thank you.’ That is why I’m in this job.” Fox News has frequently pitted the Governor’s response against that of New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, frequently siding with DeSantis while other media sides with...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Ta ta, 2020. Don’t let the door hit your keister on the way out. Each December, the advent of the new year carries a chance of renewal, a glimmer of hope, and an opportunity for redemption. But bidding good riddance to a year plagued by perpetual political, health-care, and cultural conflicts packs even more promise than in Decembers of the past. This exhausting year comes to a close as the first Floridians began receiving highly-anticipated vaccinations considered a critical step on the path toward a return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The first doses of vaccines offered welcome respite, but the relief is tinged by gaping holes in family trees, soul-ravaging isolation and anxiety, and for some, insurmountable rifts in a bitterly divided nation. With Inauguration Day just around the corner, President Donald Trump seems to have intensified the country’s collective angst. The Republican president is refusing to acknowledge that President-elect Joe Biden will move into the White House on Jan. 20. Politics aside, Biden delivered a grim forecast...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Floridians appear to be digging themselves deeper into the COVID-19 crisis, with the state reporting more than 13,000 new cases Thursday. As cases climb in South Florida and more vaccine arrives statewide, local leaders said they’re still being left in the dark by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The office of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber confirmed he hasn’t heard from the governor, even after several letters sent to his office. City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez also gave an update. “Trying to get ahold of the governor. I haven’t been able to get through to him, both directly and indirectly. My message to him would be what it’s always been, ‘We need to have as much local control as possible,’” he said. But the push to protect people continues. The state’s next goal, after frontline workers and long-term care staff and residents, is to focus on vaccinating seniors 65 and older all throughout Florida. “If we can vaccinate those people, then by the spring, and moving into the summer, we can start to see some normalcy by the...
    Armed state agents, with guns drawn, raided the home the Florida’s former Covid-19 dashboard chief analyst, Rebekah Jones, on Monday morning. Jones, who now maintains an independent version of the tracker, had been fired by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year when she publicly criticized the state’s transparency and official numbers about the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of tweets posted on Monday afternoon, Jones gave a brief account of the raid, including a short video that showed her answering the door and several armed law enforcement agents then entering her home, where her husband and young children were present, and aggressively calling for her husband to come down a staircase as one officer pointed his weapon up the staircase. “At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech,” Jones wrote. “They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH filed a complaint. They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids.” 1/ There will be no update today. At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says billionaire Michael Bloomberg is “discriminating on the basis of race” by helping to pay fines for black felons so they can vote in the state this November. Last month, the Washington Post reported that Bloomberg — a donor to Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden — had helped raise $16 million to pay the fines for thousands of black and Hispanic American felons in Florida for the sole purpose of ensuring that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming election. A day later, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced that her office was investigating Bloomberg’s donations and had referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), mostly because Florida has strict rules that make “vote selling” illegal. DeSantis told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily that Bloomberg’s donations are effectively racial discrimination. LISTEN:  Breitbart · Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – October 2, 2020 “So what [Michael Bloomberg] wants to do is pay off the fines that the felons owe, but he’s only doing it, he’s basically discriminating on the basis of race, he will not...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – State tax revenues showed little improvement in May as the economy continued to suffer heavy damage from the coronavirus pandemic, a new report shows. The monthly revenue report from the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research said the state’s net tax revenue during May fell $779.6 million below an earlier forecast. That followed April revenue being off $878.1 million, as Florida businesses shut down or dramatically scaled back to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. “The presence of coronavirus in Florida presented its most serious threat to the sales tax forecast, especially to those taxes collected from tourists,” said the May report, released Thursday. “In addition, critical supply chains were already interrupted by the impact to other countries and retail sales displaced as a result of social distancing and crowd-avoidance behaviors.” The biggest hit was to sales tax collections, which were down $695.4 million, or 31.7 percent, from the forecast amount. “A large part of this loss is attributed to declines in the tourism and hospitality-related industries, but the impact...
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