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Diane Rado

Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

How prayers set the stage when Florida lawmakers are in session

By: - December 12, 2022

On the first day of a special session on property insurance reforms and other issues, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo took a few minutes to ask Senate colleagues to send prayers: A state senator’s spouse was undergoing heart surgery Monday. Following those prayers, State Sen. Shevrin, of Miami-Dade, whose religious affiliation is listed as Christian (non-denominational), […]

DeSantis skips over Trump question; responds over national politics, GOP underperformance in midterms

By: - December 1, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis skipped over a Donald Trump question Thursday — What is your take on Mr. Trump being back in the news every day? — but did respond to issues of national politics and underperformance of the GOP in the midterms, during a news conference Thursday. The conference in Key Biscayne in South Florida […]

DeSantis’ local press conference diverts to comments on China’s ‘draconian’ COVID policies

By: - November 29, 2022

What began as a news conference in Jacksonville about a multi-million railway project led to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ international comments on China, where protests have erupted over lockdowns, quarantines and other Zero-COVID policies that aim to eradicate the virus. DeSantis, just reelected as governor this month but considered a top presidential pick in 2024, took […]

President Biden is scheduled to travel to South Florida Nov. 1

By: - October 23, 2022

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden was in Florida to help rebuild the Southwest region of the peninsula following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. In about 10 days, the president is scheduled to come back to Florida, as the Nov. 8 midterm elections loom. This time, President Biden is scheduled to be in South […]

Ian death toll rises: 72 fatalities in 12 counties

By: - October 4, 2022

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 72 fatalities, with 46 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula. In all, there are now 12 counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy […]

Hurricane Ian death toll: 68 fatalities in 11 counties in FL

By: - October 3, 2022

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 68 fatalities, with 45 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula. In all, there are now eleven counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy […]

Hurricane Ian’s death toll is now at 58 fatalities, in eight counties

By: - October 3, 2022

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 58 fatalities, with 42 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula. In all, there are now eight counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy […]

President Biden, First Lady, scheduled to travel to FL on Wednesday following aftermath of Ian

By: - October 2, 2022

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to travel to Florida on Wednesday, as the death toll for Ian continues to rise, hundreds of thousands of residents still have no power and the state faces a monumental task of fixing the damage from the massive storm. The White House did not say […]

Hurricane Ian’s death toll has nearly doubled in one day, with 44 fatalities

By: - October 1, 2022

Saturday morning, there were 23 confirmed fatalities in six counties from Hurricane Ian’s monstrous trajectory across Florida. But by Saturday evening, the figure had nearly doubled to 44 deaths, with 30 in Lee County, where Ian had battered the southwest coast of the peninsula. In all, there are now seven counties with fatalities due to […]

Ian’s death toll: At least 23 fatalities in six counties, mostly older residents

By: - October 1, 2022

UPDATE: There are now 24 deaths related to Ian. The 24th confirmed fatality was a 72-year-old male from Volusia County who drowned. Hurricane Ian’s monstrous trajectory in Florida this week has led to at least 23 deaths in six counties, with a dozen of the fatalities in Lee County, where Ian was battering the southwest […]

DeSantis expands state of emergency statewide as Tropical Storm Ian threatens Florida

By: - September 24, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday expanded a state of emergency statewide in Florida as “Tropical Depression Nine strengthened into Tropical Storm Ian, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour,” according to a more expansive executive order. Tropical Storm Ian is forecasted to become a major hurricane before making landfall along Florida’s West Coast, […]

Despite a slowdown of COVID-19 cases, Florida has reached the 7 million mark

By: - August 29, 2022

Federal data on COVID-19 show 6,998,561 Florida cases, reaching a 7 million mark that only two other states have reached in the United States. California’s cases are at 11,006,684 and Texas at 7,681,476. That said, in the category of case rates per 100,000, Florida’s COVID-19 cases are higher than both California and Texas, according to […]