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Feds said manatees weren’t endangered — now they’re dying in droves

BY: - March 18, 2021

Two months ago, everybody got pretty excited when a Citrus County boat captain snapped photos showing some prankster had scraped out five letters in the algae growing on a manatee’s back. The letters spelled out the name of a certain former president now residing in Palm Beach. Amid the widespread outrage, people suggested various punishments […]

DeSantis paints a positive picture of FL, and a scary one too, as 2021 Legislature convenes

BY: - March 2, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis gave two starkly different views of Florida during his State of the State speech on Tuesday, one part scary and the other, in his mind, rejuvenating. Opening the 2021 session of the Florida Legislature, DeSantis portrayed a state under imminent danger from street mobs, Chinese spies, threats to election integrity, and the […]

Gov. DeSantis opens conservative conference with praise for Limbaugh, no mention of Trump

BY: - February 26, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis opened the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC conference in Orlando on Friday by urging delegates to follow the example of the late Rush Limbaugh in fighting for conservative policies. However, during a stemwinder that drew vigorous applause, he never mentioned Donald Trump, his political mentor, who is scheduled to address the conference […]

Asked about Trump’s culpability for U.S. Capitol riot, Gov. DeSantis dodges

BY: - February 2, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis refused to say Tuesday whether he believes Donald Trump bears any responsibility for the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack or agrees with Trump that the election was stolen from him. Asked about the matters during a press conference, DeSantis changed the subject to Russian interference in the 2016 election. “How many people […]

Gov. DeSantis pushing to punish ‘Big Tech’ companies that ‘censor’ political speech (such as Trump speech)

BY: - February 2, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican legislative leaders intend to pursue legislation to impose hefty fines and civil liability on “Big Tech” companies that “deplatform” political speech by candidates for office in Florida. The move follows decisions by social media and other technology companies to withdraw services from President Trump after his conspiracy claims that Democrats […]

Gov. DeSantis defends his COVID vaccine strategy as Biden administration takes on pandemic

BY: - January 26, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis faces a difficult period of adjustment to the new administration in Washington, particularly regarding priorities for administering the COVID-19 vaccines. Or, perhaps, President Joe Biden’s team is having trouble adjusting to him. During a news conference in Vero Beach Tuesday, the Republican governor, who’d been one of the strongest backers of Donald […]

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‘The 1776 Report’ feeds the Republican Party’s politics of delusion

BY: - January 25, 2021

Slavery in America was not America’s fault. The rich white colonial gents who made their money from enslaving Africans, importing them, selling them, and forcing them to work on the plantations didn’t really mean to do it. But all the rich white gents in the French and English colonies were doing it, too. And what […]

Seventh FL man arrested for alleged role in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot

BY: - January 20, 2021

Federal authorities have arrested another Florida man — the seventh thus far — on charges that he participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6. Jesus Rivera, of Pensacola, was taken into custody at his home Wednesday morning, according to a written statement released by press aides to U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe in the […]

No sign of trouble at Florida Capitol as Biden prepared to take office

BY: - January 20, 2021

Calm prevailed at the Florida Capitol as Joe Biden prepared to take the oath of office as president of the United States on Wednesday. The FBI had warned of potential trouble at the hands of Donald Trump’s supporters at state capitals as the Democrat’s inauguration neared. However, a Phoenix reporter in Tallahassee saw no demonstrators […]

Here’s what Biden plans to do on his first day as president

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled the list of executive orders, memos and directives he will make when he assumes the presidency later in the day, reversing a slew of Trump administration actions and laying out new policies of his own. “These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s […]

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Opinion poll: As legislative session looms, FL’s mostly GOP leadership might be out of step with voters

BY: - January 20, 2021

A statewide survey of Florida voters, conducted following the attack by Donald Trump’s supporters on the U.S. Capitol, suggests a distinct lack of support for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to ramp up criminal penalties for what he considers “disorderly” protests. Asked to rate their support for “protecting our constitutional right to free assembly and free […]

FDLE prepares to defend FL Capitol amid warnings of ‘possible protests and violence’ by Trump supporters

BY: - January 11, 2021

State police are bracing against a repeat in Tallahassee of last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol amid reports that Trump supporters plan similar attacks in all 50 states through Inauguration Day. However, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement isn’t saying much about the preparations because of security considerations. “We are aware of the information […]