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Report says women pay on average $300 more than men for auto coverage in Florida

BY: - February 21, 2023

A new study on auto insurance rates across the country finds that there is a very real gender gap in Florida, with women motorists paying more than $307 annually than men in their auto premiums. That’s the second biggest gender disparity gap in the nation, according to a report from Quote Wizard by Lending Tree, LLC. The […]

Christian Ziegler elected as new chair of the Republican Party of Florida

BY: - February 18, 2023

Christian Ziegler has been elected to chair the Republican Party of Florida. Ziegler defeated Leon County Republican Executive Committee Chair Evan Power in a vote taken during the Florida Republicans’ annual meeting in Orlando on Saturday. Power was elected as vice-chair. Ziegler has served as the RPOF’s vice-chair for the past four years. He’ll succeed […]

Andrew Warren asks FL Supreme Court to reinstate him as state’s attorney

BY: - February 16, 2023

Andrew Warren, a twice-elected state prosecutor suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis, has taken his case for reinstatement as Hillsborough County state’s attorney to the Florida Supreme Court. In a motion filed with the court on Thursday, attorneys for Warren cited a federal judge’s Jan. 20 ruling that DeSantis violated the state and federal constitutions by […]

Measure legalizing fentanyl test strips advances in Florida Senate

BY: - February 14, 2023

Fentanyl test strips — capable of detecting whether drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines have been adulterated with that powerful and sometimes deadly synthetic opioid — would be decriminalized under legislation advancing through the Florida Senate. Existing Florida law defines these paper strips as drug paraphernalia. Fentanyl, an opioid, is similar to morphine but […]

Is DeSantis running? ‘Wouldn’t you like to know?’

BY: - February 14, 2023

Was Ron DeSantis about to be goaded by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement that she is running in the 2024 Republican presidential primary into revealing his own plans? “Wouldn’t you like to know?” the Florida governor responded to a reporter who asked him about it on Tuesday. He even kind of giggled, eliciting […]

FL House approves state control over Disney’s special tax district

BY: - February 9, 2023

The GOP-controlled state House passed legislation Thursday to assume state control over Disney World’s special tax district, with the governor able to make all board appointments. Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orlando attempted to ensure that the five-member board would include local elected officials, but that failed. “Of the concerns of myself and other […]

DeSantis on proposal to control Disney’s Reedy Creek tax district: ‘There’s a new sheriff in town’

BY: - February 8, 2023

Amid a legislative special session and committee meetings this week in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner traveled to Ocala, in Central Florida, to discuss tax relief efforts — though the governor also talked about the fate of Disney’s special tax district. Flanked by the GOP legislative leaders […]

DeSantis: ‘They come after me and they do a lot of slander, but I fight back’

BY: - February 7, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday hosted another roundtable discussion that resembled a television show, lamenting over people who were allegedly victims of defamation by major media platforms. DeSantis, who is a lawyer, welcomed several guests including Nicholas Sandmann, a former high school student from Kentucky who went viral years ago after a confrontation with a […]

GOP lawmakers push for the state to take control of Disney’s special tax district; DeSantis would pick the board members

BY: - February 6, 2023

A legislative proposal introduced Monday in the Florida Legislature would rename the Reedy Creek Improvement District that has been controlled by Disney World in Central Florida for more than 55 years and replace it with a new board selected exclusively by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The 189-page proposal (HB 9B) is being sponsored in the Florida […]

House Democrats ‘cannot see any logical reason’ for a special session catering to Gov. DeSantis

BY: and - February 6, 2023

State lawmakers are convening this week for yet another special session on a variety of issues that are priorities for Gov. Ron DeSantis — but not to Floridians who need help with other urgent needs such as affordable housing and health care, Florida House Democrats said on Monday. Those Democratic legislators will be compelled to […]

Florida lawmakers still awaiting proposal to dismantle Disney’s special tax district

BY: - February 6, 2023

A bill that would end Disney World’s designation as a special tax district is poised for introduction in the Florida House and Senate but had yet to be filed as of noon on Monday, an hour before the Legislature was to convene in a special session. The Legislature voted last April to eliminate the district, […]

President Biden to appear in Tampa next week

BY: - February 3, 2023

President Biden is returning to the Sunshine State next week. The White House announced on Friday afternoon that the president will travel to Tampa next Thursday (Feb. 9) to discuss “his plan to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare and lower healthcare costs.” The time and location has yet to be announced. This will […]