Nikki Fried

Fried urges Floridians: Demand Gov. DeSantis seek all federal aid to help struggling families

BY: - September 17, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is letting billions in federal COVID-19 relief go unspent as the pandemic continues and working families struggle to pay bills, Florida’s top Democratic officeholder and other critics said Friday. During a Zoom conference call with people who help administer food and other assistance to the working poor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer […]

Nikki Fried calls on DeSantis to declare state of emergency, accept fed help

BY: - August 16, 2021

Citing new state and federal COVID-19 statistics, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried called on Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday to declare a state of emergency and draw down federal disaster assistance. In her daily announcements of updated COVID data, Fried said Monday that conditions in Florida are becoming dire, yet DeSantis has shown […]

COMMENTARY

Some GOP governors are finally getting a clue on COVID, but not ours

BY: - August 6, 2021

Gold! Florida stands on the top tier of the coronavirus podium: 12,888 in the hospital as of Thursday. We’ve broken our own July 2020 record.  Florida now leads the nation in per capita hospitalizations. We’re Number One! Sure, Louisiana beats us in the sheer rate of COVID-19 infections in recent days, but on Thursday, we […]

DeSantis angrily defends his COVID policies during an impassioned diatribe

BY: - August 3, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out Tuesday at critics of his COVID policy — especially questions about infections among school-age children. DeSantis last week issued an executive order allowing families to decide whether children should wear masks at school, essentially ignoring local school board decisions. However, most if not all districts across Florida are mask optional […]

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 […]