Nikki Fried

The politics of Surfside: Disaster exposes Gov. DeSantis to risk, but also to opportunity

BY: - July 16, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has won bipartisan praise for his response to the Surfside condominium disaster (for the most part). He is credited for spending time on the scene comforting family members of the dead and missing and coordinating the state’s response. But with multiple investigations into the collapse of the Champlain Towers South structure, including […]

Nikki Fried accuses Trump ally Sidney Powell of operating an unregistered charity in FL

BY: - June 18, 2021

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried filed an administrative complaint on Friday against an organization tied to former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, alleging it is soliciting donations without registering as a charity with Fried’s agency. Fried’s department alleges multiple violations of Florida charities law against Defending the Republic Inc., including failure to register […]

DeSantis, Cabinet approve pardons for people facing prosecution for defying COVID mask mandates

BY: - June 16, 2021

The Florida Cabinet’s GOP majority backed Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday in granting pardons to people facing criminal charges for failure to observe local mask- and social-distancing guidelines intended to block transmission of COVID-19. Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis voted with the governor to ratify his promise last month to pardon […]

A DeSantis-Fried debate breaks out during Florida Cabinet meeting

BY: - June 15, 2021

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried suggested Tuesday that she’d take Gov. Ron DeSantis to court if he doesn’t comply with laws on appointing state agency chiefs. During a meeting of the governor and the Florida Cabinet, DeSantis indicated that he’ll bypass the three Cabinet officials when appointing a new top state environmental regulator. That means […]

Sexism + socialism: The Republican line on Democratic women candidates — do-nothings — is emerging

BY: - June 11, 2021

“Do-nothing.” “Delusional.” That’s the way Republicans are talking about Nikki Fried and Val Demings, the top Democratic women running for governor and U.S. senator in next year’s elections. By contrast, Gov. Ron DeSantis was relatively mild when Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary, joking about Crist’s history of switching […]

COMMENTARY

FL Legislature, longtime enemy of conservation funding, OKs creating wildlife corridors

BY: - June 10, 2021

Eight years ago, I talked to a nature photographer named Carlton Ward Jr., an eighth-generation Floridian, about a crazy idea he had. To me, it sounded both heroic and quixotic, but I didn’t tell him that. Ward’s idea, cooked up with bear biologist Joe Guthrie, was to lead a small group of people on a […]

Governor

When public business becomes a campaign stop: DeSantis rips Fried

BY: - June 2, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis injected sharp campaign rhetoric into a public bill-signing for the new state budget on Wednesday, unloading on Democrat Nikki Fried one day after she launched her campaign to unseat him. It happened when a reporter asked the governor about another topic: The entry into Fried’s party primary — she’s Florida’s Commissioner of […]

Democrat Nikki Fried makes it official, files paperwork to run for FL governor in 2022 race

BY: - June 1, 2021

Democrat Nikki Fried filed papers on Tuesday as a candidate for governor following months of positioning herself via Twitter and fundraising appeals targeting the Republican incumbent, Ron DeSantis. Fried, Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has yet to make a formal announcement, but Florida Division of Elections records reflect that she has formally entered […]

Gov. DeSantis remains coy about any run for president

BY: - May 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been building his national profile ahead of a possible presidential campaign through appearances on national conservative media platforms, demurred Tuesday when asked about his ambitions. “Everything I’m doing is for the 2022 cycle,” when he’ll be up for reelection, the governor said when asked about his plans during a bill […]

COMMENTARY

Big Sugar burns fields, bends DeSantis and FL Legislature to do its bidding

BY: - May 6, 2021

When my kids were younger and in Boy Scouts, I enjoyed going camping with them around the state. We’d splash in the springs, paddle the rivers, tromp through the swamps. The day’s adventures would always end with a campfire – and a problem. Campfires are essential to making s’mores, but oh, that smoke! Somehow the […]

Looks like the 2022 FL governor’s race is underway: Democrat Charlie Crist throws hat in the ring

BY: - May 4, 2021

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is the first Democrat to formally announce for his party’s nomination to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis next year. Crist made the announcement on Tuesday via his Twitter feed ahead of an appearance in St. Petersburg. “Florida should be a place where hard work is rewarded, justice is equal, and opportunity […]

Florida reacts to guilty verdicts in cop killing of George Floyd

BY: - April 20, 2021

The long-awaited verdicts — guilty as charged — in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin prompted swift reaction Tuesday from around the state of Florida. But as of 9 p.m., no statements had yet been issued by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who, the day before, proudly signed a controversial anti-protest law sparked by nationwide protests […]