Ron DeSantis

AG Moody files for reelection in 2022; she’s the only candidate thus far

BY: - September 14, 2021

Attorney General Ashley Moody publicly opened her campaign for reelection next year, becoming the first and thus far only candidates in the race. “I am proud to announce that I will be seeking re-election as Florida’s attorney general, to continue building a stronger, safer Florida by prosecuting human trafficking, protecting our seniors, and combating the […]

University of Florida

DeSantis touts UF #5 ranking among the nation’s top public universities; ceremony was maskless

BY: - September 13, 2021

The University of Florida ranks No. 5 on the 2022 U.S. News and World Report ranking of public universities and No. 28 when ranked among high-caliber national universities in the United States. The new list places UF with such esteemed public institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles; the UC Berkeley; the University of […]

DeSantis gets a win: Appeal court allows mask policy that lets parents decide

BY: - September 10, 2021

A state appeal court has freed the DeSantis administration to punish school districts that insist on strict face-masking policies against COVID-19 in defiance of the governor’s insistence that parents be allowed to opt out for their children. A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal voted unanimously to overrule Leon County Circuit Judge […]

U.S. judge blocks DeSantis, sheriffs, from enforcing governor’s anti-riot law

BY: - September 9, 2021

A federal judge has barred enforcement of one of Gov. Ron DeSantis signature legislative achievements this year — HB 1, his Black Lives Matter-inspired crackdown on protests —ruling that its redefinition of “riot” is vague enough to cover perfectly legal behavior. In another major courtroom defeat for the governor, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in […]

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Gov. DeSantis loses again in lawsuit over his schools mask-mandate policy

BY: - September 8, 2021

A state trial judge has cleared Florida school districts to enforce strict mask mandates for students until a state appeals court can decide whether the DeSantis administration holds authority to enforce a parental veto over masks. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper had ruled last month that the governor abused his authority in ordering the […]

‘Pro-life’ DeSantis hasn’t committed to following Texas example on abortion

BY: - September 7, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court’s acquiescence in Texas’ de facto ban on abortions has given Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis another chance to burnish his “pro-life” bona fides ahead of next year’s gubernatorial  election and a possible run for the presidency in 2024. It’s not clear whether he will take that chance. During a news conference last […]

COMMENTARY

Abortion foes play a dangerous game in encouraging vigilantes to snoop on neighbors

BY: - September 7, 2021

Americans like to say we don’t leave Americans behind. We don’t abandon people to be oppressed and victimized by a bunch of gun-toting yahoo zealots who hate freedom and hate science and think they have a direct line to God. So, when do we start evacuating women and girls from Texas? Women and girls in […]

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Ruling imminent on Gov. DeSantis’ policy on masks in schools and parents’ rights

BY: - August 26, 2021

The fate of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ school-masks policy is now in the hands of a trial judge who conceded Thursday that he’s struggling to reconcile the competing arguments in a lawsuit brought by parents who oppose the policy. “This issue presents a lot of sophisticated legal issues,” Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper told attorneys […]

Judge: Lawsuit over DeSantis schools mask-policy tests uncharted legal waters

BY: - August 25, 2021

The trial pitting parents critical of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ school masking policies against the administration will extend into Friday. The attorneys presented their last witness on Wednesday, but the judge said he needs to review the evidence before hearing closing arguments. The reason, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper said during a Zoom hearing, is […]

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DeSantis adviser takes (virtual) stand in lawsuit testing school masks policy

BY: - August 24, 2021

Lawyers for the DeSantis administration spent much of Tuesday afternoon trying to undermine the credibility of its key witness in the state court lawsuit challenging the governor’s policy against mask mandates for children in public schools. The witness is Jay Bhattacharya, a researcher specializing in the economics of medicine at Stanford University. He is not […]

Trial opens in parents’ legal challenge to DeSantis ban on mask mandates in schools

BY: - August 23, 2021

A trial judge suggested Monday that there may be limits to the state law that Gov. Ron DeSantis argues justifies his insistence that parents decide whether children inside public school buildings wear masks to prevent COVID-19 transmission. That law is the Parental Bill of Rights, which places health care and other decisions about their children […]

COMMENTARY

Hey, GOP: There’s a museum up in Montgomery y’all really ought to see

BY: - August 23, 2021

MONTGOMERY — You walk out of the fierce summer sun into a shadowy forest of rectangular steel columns, row upon row of them, six or seven feet tall, covered in rust the color of dried blood. It takes a minute to adjust to the dim light. Then you begin to see the names inscribed on […]