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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office still won’t release public records about Israel trip

BY: - June 6, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office still has not released public records for a trip that he and 98 people from Florida, including Florida’s three elected Cabinet members, took to Israel in May. The Florida Phoenix requested the records nearly seven weeks ago. The Phoenix asked on April 16 about how much the May 24-31 expedition would […]

Gov. DeSantis says FL Cabinet may not meet monthly anymore

BY: - May 30, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis was pleased enough with the Florida Cabinet’s meeting in Jerusalem this week to suggest hitting the road more often. That won’t mean convening once per month, as has long been the practice. DeSantis acknowledged “a little hiccup at the start” of the meeting Wednesday, but said he was glad the Cabinet could […]

Judge rejects bid by First Amendment Foundation, media companies, to block FL Cabinet meeting in Israel

BY: - May 28, 2019

Update: Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey has declined to block the meeting between the governor and Cabinet planned for Wednesday in Jerusalem. Dempsey cited the fact that the First Amendment Foundation and media companies couldn’t serve the governor and Cabinet members with a summons. “The court declines to enter any emergency relief on an ex parte […]

98 people joining Gov. DeSantis and Cabinet on Israel trip starting Saturday – here are the details

BY: - May 22, 2019

Update: DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré has issued the following statement regarding travel expenses: “All co-chairs, business, academia, religious leaders, legislators, and members of Miami consular corps are paying their own way.” That would leave the taxpayers covering costs for 24 state officials, including the governor and Cabinet. Three days before takeoff, Gov. Ron […]

Public may be able to “attend” May FL Cabinet meeting in Israel via video, Attorney General Moody says

BY: - April 29, 2019

Next month’s meeting of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet – 6,600 miles away in Israel —  will be a formal proceeding, complete with an official agenda and possibly public participation via a video link, Attorney General Ashley Moody said Monday. The combined Cabinet meeting and trade mission is scheduled for May 25-31 and will […]