Florida Goes 'Green'
Not only is the state of Florida flush with “green” cash as a result of not shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also one of the greenest governors in Gov. Ron DeSantis.
You won’t find Gov. DeSantis planting vegetables in the backyard of the Governor’s mansion, but you will find him trying to save Florida’s critical ecosystems like the Everglades. He's doing such a good job at what he's doing, even Florida Democrats have noticed. READ MORE
Wasting Time in DC
With another winter storm just days away, Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have been called back to Washington by Senate Leadership to vote on the doomed measure to get rid of the filibuster. Sens. Manchin and Sinema have already said they would oppose it, but Democrats are moving forward with it.
Marco Rubio-We are paying crazy prices on everything, but lets waste another week on a bill that isn’t going to pass and deals with a votings rights crisis that doesn’t exist
Rick Scott-This is exactly why I asked @TeamUSA.how it’ll protect the safety & security of U.S. Olympic athletes in Beijing. Team USA & the Biden admin must use every tool available to ensure that the Chinese Communist Party cannot steal our athletes’ sensitive information or silence them.
Rep. Ted Deutch-I join in condemning the recent terror attack in Abu Dhabi. The Houthis must be held accountable by the intl community, while we work to end the conflict in Yemen. We must continue to work together with Gulf partners to stop Iranian-backed terror.
"Crist Dubs Himself as the 'Strongest Candidate' Against DeSantis" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Cammack, Rubio Introduce 2022 Keep Kids in Schools Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Sen. Jones Says DeSantis is 'Consistent on Environmental Issues'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When then-Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) was considered one of the most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives just 4 years ago, no one would have thought that he would become the first “Green Governor” in Florida’s history focused on environmental issues."
"Rubio: Democrats Want to ‘Micro-Manage America’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Lawmakers Tie National Anthem to Sports Money" by The Floridian's Jim McCool
"DeSantis, Simpson Said to Support Constitutional Carry Legislation" by the Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A little over a month since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allegedly said that he supported the HB 103 Constitutional Carry measure filed in the Florida House of Representatives, Senate President Wilton Simpson (R) is said to have pledged his “support” for the bill and would urge Republican Senators to present a senate version of the House gun bill.
"Watchdog Predicted Afghan Air Force Collapse Months Before U.S Withdrawal" by The Floridian's Mona Salama
"Florida Lawmakers Take Aim at Critical Race Theory" by Jim Turner of News Service of Florida
"Joe Biden Echoes Nikki Fried on Election Laws" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—With voter rights issues still being debated over a year after the controversial 2020 election, President Joe Biden (D) is now echoing Nikki Fried on comparing Republican election legislation to Jim Crow laws.
"Poll: GOP Overtakes Democrats In Party Preference By 14 Points" by The Floridian's Mona Salama
Florida Jewish Lawmakers Respond to Synagogue Attack" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—On Saturday, a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas faced a hostage situation after three hostages were held for almost 11 hours. The hostages were unharmed, and the perpetrator was killed after a rescue team breached the synagogue. However, there is no word as to whether the perpetrator was killed from a self-inflicted shot or if the perpetrator was shot by law enforcement. In response, prominent Jewish lawmakers in South Florida are responding to the synagogue attack.
"DeSantis Offers Up Prospective Redistricting Congressional Map" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Gov. Ron DeSantis has weighed in the redistricting process on Sunday as his general counsel, Ryan Newman, submitted a plan that appears to mirror the most-recent House plan that Democrats have called a gerrymandered map.
"Gov. DeSantis Outpaces Democratic Field in Donations Ahead of 2022" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—With the 2022 midterm elections less than a year away, Florida's gubernatorial election is poised to be the most hotly contested election this midterm cycle. However, donor data is showing a reality starkly contrasted to the media's portrayal of a tight race. Currently, Governor DeSantis (R-FL) is outpacing the Democrat gubernatorial field in donations by tens of millions of dollars.
"Nikki Fried Reasserts Comparing DeSantis to Hitler" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Less than two days after comparing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to Nazi Adolf Hitler, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) appears to reassert her controversial remarks from last Friday.
"Florida Democrats go Silent as 'Ghost Candidate' Controversy Unfolds" by The Floridiain's Javier Manjarres—Outspoken Florida Democrats protesting “Write-In” or so-called “Ghost Candidates” are suddenly silent about their own apparent ghosts of elections past.
"Iarossi Says DeSantis's 'Free State of Florida' Speech Rallied Floridians" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The 2022 Florida legislative session is now underway, and while Governor Ron DeSantis’s “State of the State” or "Free State of Florida" address invigorated Republican legislators and voters, and Independent voters, Florida Democrats were quick to criticize the yearly address as a mere political play to appease his voting base of support.
"Florida Gov. DeSantis Compared to Hitler by Democrat Nikki Fried" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for governor in the Democratic gubernatorial primary race, recently compared Gov. Ron DeSantis to Nazi Adolf Hitler.
"Wasserman Schultz Says 'SCOTUS Ruling Sets Back our Fight'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
Mast Calls for Controversial Federal Takeover of State Water Rights" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"House Takes Up Ballot Initiative Restriction" by Jim Saunders of News Service of Florida—& Elections Committee is scheduled Tuesday to take up the proposal (HJR 1127), filed by Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Lithia.
"Murphy Secures More than $245M to Rebuild Bridges" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Before her time ends in office, having announced that she would not run for reelection, Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) has secured almost $245 million for the Sunshine State. The effort, a result of a bipartisan infrastructure law, will help repair and build bridges.
"Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Backs Health Worker Rule" by Jim Saunders of News Service of Florida
Former Rubio Legislative Aide Alina Garcia to Run for Florida Senate" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"Florida Republicans Continue Registering More Voters Than Democrats" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The Republican Party of Florida is taking another victory lap around the Florida Democratic Party, celebrating that they have a 45,153 registered voter advantage. This doesn't look good for Florida Democrats.
"Rubio: I Won’t let Biden Hijack Florida’s Elections" by Senator Marco Rubio—Florida Republicans continue to criticize President Joe Biden (D), taking issue with rising inflation among other concerns. Lawmakers like Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) are further hinting that this could lead to the President being voted out of office. Citing reports from the most recent Quinnipiac poll, Rubio said that the findings show that “most Americans think Biden is a disaster.”
"Rubio: 'Americans Think Biden is a Disaster'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Republicans continue to criticize President Joe Biden (D), taking issue with rising inflation among other concerns. Lawmakers like Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) are further hinting that this could lead to the President being voted out of office. Citing reports from the most recent Quinnipiac poll, Rubio said that the findings show that “most Americans think Biden is a disaster.”
"Justices Order New Trials for Death Row Inmates" by News Service of Florida's JIm Saunders—TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered new trials for two Death Row inmates, including for a man convicted in the murders of a Broward County couple after his mother provided key testimony.
"Moody Unveils Initiative Tackling Human Trafficking" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) announced a new human trafficking initiative. Most recently, the AG Moody addressed rising smash-and-grab robberies, but now the new initiative invites business owners to train staff, so they can report instances of human trafficking. Calling it an effort to have “partners in the community,” Moody was joined by several other political figures in unveiling the initiative.
"Casey DeSantis: ‘Freedom is Prevailing in Florida’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida’s First Lady, Casey DeSantis, released a message to supporters, praising Florida and affirming that “freedom is prevailing in Florida.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been fighting several controversies while also facing three gubernatorial challengers. However, Casey DeSantis assured that the state is moving forward, arguing that “Florida is the freest state in the United States.”
"Annette Taddeo Reveals Plans for Florida's Pre-K Programs" by The Floridian's Jim McCool and Javier Manjarres—Tallahassee, FL - Gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-40) revealed her ambitious plans for pre-K programs in Florida ahead of the 2022 legislative session on Wednesday in a press conference to discuss her newly-file SB 1922.
"Consumer Inflation Jumps At Fastest Pace In Nearly 40 Years" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Inflation jumped at its fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years in December, as the surging costs continues to eat into Americans' wages and indicating that inflationary price pressure is showing no sign of easing.
"Democrat Cruises to Win in Hastings District" by News Service of Florida's Jim Saunders—TALLAHASSEE — More than nine months after the death of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, South Florida voters Tuesday elected Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick to succeed him.
"Rubio Campaign Calls Demings ‘Politically Convenient’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
“Florida can use those 1 million expired COVID-19 tests, after all ” by Tampa Bay Times’ Kirby Wilson— “At the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie ran into Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. He had news for her. The federal government has agreed to give Florida another three-month extension to use the nearly 1 million rapid COVID-19 test kits that expired in a state warehouse at the end of December, Guthrie said. Fried,
"Waltz Accuses Olympics Committee of ‘Hypocrisy’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) has penned an op-ed for Fox News, discussing the upcoming Beijing Olympics. The Florida Republican, taking issue with the International Olympic Committee, accused the committee of “hypocrisy,” arguing that “China will use Olympics to camouflage, distort and hide their oppressive authoritarian regime.
“Florida Republicans craft restrictive abortion law Democrats have little power to stop” by POLITICO’s Arek Sarkissian— Republicans who control the Florida Legislature have spent months crafting the proposal after Texas lawmakers in May banned all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and opened up abortion providers to lawsuits from private individuals.
"Democrat Fried Says "Free State of Florida" a DeSantis Dog Whistle" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Tallahassee—In response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s State of the State address, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a press conference to pan all of Gov. DeSantis talking points, especially his use of the terms “Freedom” and “the Free State of Florida,” which she refers to as a “dog whistle.”
“DeSantis: Freedom is good, COVID mandates, lockdowns are bad” by The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington
"Ron DeSantis Reinforces Florida's Ban On CRT" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - Florida has easily been one of the most proactive in shooting down Critical Race theory education almost one year ago. Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) kicked off his State of the State Address further reinforced the state's ban on CRT in the classrooms.
"DeSantis Takes Shots at Fauci in State of the State Address" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - Today's State of the State Address before the Florida House, was always poised to be a politically-charge speech. Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) delivered, opening up his State of the State Address by taking shots at Dr. Anthony Fauci and the federal government.
"RNC Sues NYC Election Officials To Block Law Allowing Noncitizens To Vote" by The Floridian's Mona Salama
“Florida Senate panel backs bill to overhaul students’ annual testing” by Miami Herald’s Ana Ceballos and Tampa Bay Times’ Jeffrey S. Solochek
Both Republicans and Democrats use 'Ghost Candidates" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Two of Florida’s most progressive state legislators, Reps. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith, have joined fellow Democratic legislators, Angie Nixon and Tavaris McCurdy, to pen a letter to the Florida Public Service Commission asking them to conduct an audit into Florida Power & Light (FPL) “to determine whether ratepayer money was used, directly or indirectly, to finance the fake candidate schemes,” or "ghost candidates."
"GOP Immigration Proposal Emerges" by the News Service of Florida's Jim Saunders—TALLAHASSEE — In one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ priorities for this year’s legislative session, two Republican lawmakers have filed a proposal that seeks to ratchet up immigration enforcement. In the state.
"Implementation is Key to Make Progress Monitoring Work for Students" OPINION—When COVID-19 caused the cancellation of state assessments in 2020, it created a rare opportunity to re-evaluate what parts of our public education system were working and which needed changes.
"Progressive Supervisor of Elections in Florida Asks GOP Candidate if He's With 'Proud Boys' (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Progressive Broward Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott has recently been caught on camera appearing to take sides in the contentious special congressional election in Florida’s 20th District by asking Republican congressional nominee Jason Mariner if he was a member of the Proud Boys and if he had “thrown up” hand signs that could be portrayed as racist.
"Senate 2022 Field Officially Set: Thune and Johnson To Run for Reelection" by The Floridian's Mona Salama
"DeSantis Blames Federal Gov. Failures on Lack of Therapeutic COVID-19 Treatment" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Amid controversial accusations of stockpiling COVID-19 tests, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has publicly come blaming the federal government's failures on a lack of monoclonal and therapeutic treatments for COVID-19.
(Exclusive to the Floridian) "Rubio: Biden ‘Doesn’t Enforce the law’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—As President Joe Biden’s (D) Administration nears its first year in office, the President is touting accomplishments while GOP lawmakers are raising concerns. Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), who’s currently running a reelection campaign against Florida Rep. Val Demings (R) , spoke to The Floridian about the Biden Administration’s response to illegal immigration and the border.
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