DeSantis refers to Florida as free state, speaks against COVID mandates in State of the State speech
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made clear in his State of the State speech that he likes teachers, first responders and freedom and he doesn’t like Dr. Anthony Fauci, critical race theory, abortion, illegal immigration and Burmese pythons.
Twitter's suspension of fired Florida data scientist marks a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis
Twitter suspended the account of Rebekah Jones earlier this week — a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Washington Post reports.What happened: Jones, a fired health department worker whom the state recognized as a whistleblower last month, had her account suspended for violating "spam and platform manipulation" rules.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Representatives for DeSantis' office told the Post that the suspension was "long overdue," calling Jones "thenews.yahoo.com
Debate brews in Florida about parental consent over sex education
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Culture-war politics over sex education could again erupt in Florida’s statehouse, as a Senate Committee advanced a measure Tuesday that would require public school boards to hold hearings on what should be included in sex education curricula. The move sets up a potential clash with a House bill that seeks to require school districts to first get parental permission before a student can be taught about human reproduction and its consequences. AdComprehensive sex education is not mandated across Florida, but state law does not bar school districts from offering such instruction in their classrooms. “We are in a time when our basic values are up for debate,” said state Sen. Dennis Baxley, a Republican. Sex education has long been an area of fierce debate.
Sunshine State dims for Dems amid election losses, cash woes
And that was despite $100 million spent by Michael Bloomberg to help Democrats in the state. When the spending tally is complete, the last election cycle in Florida is expected to rank as among the most expensive in state history. Ad“I don’t know anybody who’s happy with investing $100 million and not winning,” said Manny Diaz, the new chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Meanwhile, Florida’s Democratic Party ran up debts of up to $860,000 and had to cancel health insurance coverage for party employees late last year — prompting the national party and other states' party organizations to provide some assistance. Diaz, the state party chairman, is trying to reverse the slide in its voter registration advantage over Republicans.
The Latest: New Zealand opens 1st big vaccination clinic
New Zealand has opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scales up efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. (New Zealand Ministry of Health via AP)WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scales up efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. Gordon cites Wyoming’s declining number of COVID-19 cases and its success in distributing vaccines as reasons to lift the restrictions. AdThe nation of 1.3 million has seen a rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases n the past few weeks. Italy’s total virus cases surpassed 3 million last week, with a new surge powered by the highly contagious variant that was first identified in Britain.
Florida vaccine site overrun after false rumors said all could come
A woman receives Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Paris, Saturday, March 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – A Florida vaccination site had so few eligible takers Saturday that it started inoculating any adult who wanted a shot rather than let the vaccine on hand go to waste. Word spread and on Sunday the Florida City site was overwhelmed, particularly after local state Sen. Annette Taddeo incorrectly tweeted that the federally run site would again take all comers. According to the Miami Herald, a Florida City police officer through a megaphone told 200 people waiting in line, “If you do not meet the criteria, you will not be vaccinated today." AdSocial media spread the news Saturday and people came from miles to the small town on the Florida peninsula’s southern tip to get their shots.
Sunshine State dims for Dems amid election losses, cash woes
Democrats hope to make deeper strides in changing their fortunes in a state that has become friendlier place for Republicans. And that was despite $100 million spent by Michael Bloomberg to help Democrats in the state. When the spending tally is complete, the last election cycle in Florida is expected to rank as among the most expensive in state history. Ad“I don’t know anybody who’s happy with investing $100 million and not winning,” said Manny Diaz, the new chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Diaz, the state party chairman, is trying to reverse the slide in its voter registration advantage over Republicans.
Bill Would Require Regular Florida Cabinet Meetings
Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, wants the governor to call Cabinet meetings at least once every two months. The Cabinet officer calling the meeting would also get to propose the agenda. Cabinet meetings are set for Feb. 2, March 9, May 4, June 15, Aug. 10, Sept. 21, Oct. 26 and Dec. 14. They had planned eight Cabinet meetings for 2020 before schedules were changed because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, the Cabinet held nine meetings, including two teleconferences.flaglerlive.com
With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing
As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Perhaps only in Florida is a loss by fewer than 4 percentage points considered a public drubbing. Democrats zeroed in on two clear explanations: Biden didn't connect with the state's Latino voters, performing particularly poorly with Cuban voters in South Florida. Some Democrats also give Republicans credit for registering thousands of new voters and narrowing the voter registration advantage Democrats have long had. For Taddeo, the Democratic state senator, it means going back to basics.
Trump visiting Florida during a pandemic, hurricane threat
With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. In Florida, Trump also participated in a meeting to review the response to COVID-19 and the states preparedness for Hurricane Isaias, which was centered in the Bahamas on Friday and expected to move near South Florida on Saturday. Asked if the rising COVID-19 death toll could diminish his chances in the state, Trump told reporters that he had confidence in his adopted home state. Democratic supporters of Biden in Florida criticized Trump for coming to the state to fundraise during such a critical time for the state and nation. President Trumps leadership on coronavirus has put us in a strong position to protect vulnerable Americans and rebuild our economy, he said.
State senator wants to make the day after Halloween a school holiday
Students would get a day off from school to come down from their Halloween sugar highs, under a bill filed Monday by Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami.The proposal ( SB 1462 ) says that each school district would designate the day after Halloween as a school holiday, unless Halloween lands on a Friday or a Saturday. Taddeo filed the bill after requests from students and parents in her district, but she said there were similar requests across the state. "It went viral," she said.Student-driven Change.org petition drives have drawn support from across Florida for a holiday. Nearly 118,000 people had signed a petition to establish the holiday in Broward County. Another 20,000 signatures had been posted for Polk County students to get the day off.orlandoweekly.com
How Russian intelligence officers interfered in the 2016 election
There was a lot of testimony during this past week's impeachment inquiry about foreign interference in our 2016 election, including the president's assertion that Ukraine was involved. All have access to the underlying intelligence, and have no doubt the Russians interfered in the 2016 election. 60 Minutes Extra: Department of Justice senior official on 2016 Russian election hack effortPosing as Guccifer 2.0, the Russians offered up stolen documents to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks and self proclaimed "dirty trickster" Roger Stone. Will you make a commitment not to use any of these stolen materials in the-- in the campaign, or in the 2016 election?" Nevins posted the stolen documents on his website, organized in files, and alerted Florida journalists who couldn't resist publishing the Democrats' secrets.cbsnews.com
Florida state senator decries being targeted by 2016 Russian election hacking
Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday to decry the Russian hack of the 2016 elections. Department of Justice officials say those files were hacked and dumped by a Russian military intelligence units. Florida State Senator Annette TaddeoTaddeo speaks to Bill Whitaker for a report that explains in detail how the Russians stole the critical information and disseminated it to undermine political candidates in 2016. Robert Anderson, who played leading roles in the FBI's counter intelligence and cyber security divisions, tracked Russian intelligence operatives for years. He warns in an interview with Whitaker that the Russians will be back for the 2020 election.cbsnews.com
Some Florida lawmakers late in disclosing their finances
TALLAHASSEE Florida's Democratic lawmakers are proving to be much worse than their Republican colleagues in complying with a state law that requires they disclose their finances. More than five weeks after the July 1 deadline and more than a week after late notices were sent out to lawmakers, 25% of the 64 Democratic state senators and representatives failed to comply with the law, compared to only 3% of the 96 Republican lawmakers. By law, the forms had to be at least postmarked by July 1, but the state gives officials a grace period before automatic fines kick in. "They shouldn't give us the grace period, because we all take advantage of it!" But that's not what's going on here with me ignoring a deadline because I know there's a grace period."ocala.com
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cites racist 'recesses of the Internet' in recent attacks
Ive seen it for years and years, said DeSantis, an ally of the president. A separate mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, left 10 people dead, including the shooter, who had opposed Trump in online postings. Instead, Schenone said Moody made the filings to carry out her obligations under Florida law.DeSantis said delving into every word said by a politician as a way to find fault for a mass shooting only makes it harder to have discussions about preventive measures. Obviously, the Pulse nightclub (mass shooting in Orlando in 2017) was militant Islam. And then you have some people who are just crazy, theres not necessarily a clear motivation, DeSantis said.orlandoweekly.com
Miami Democrat calls for more Senate hearings on Florida's SunPass toll collection system
click to enlarge Photo via Formulanone/FlickrSen. Annette Taddeo, a Miami Democrat, wants more Senate hearings on the SunPass toll-collection system and its contractor, now that state transportation officials have said they won't renew its current contract.Taddeo, who serves on the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security, asked Chairman Tom Lee to continue probing the problems of the SunPass system conversion, which last summer lasted months longer than planned.The magnitude of their multiple breakdowns cannot be ignored, Taddeo wrote to Lee. Thibaults comment came after theoutlined problems involving SunPass at Florida airports, such as late reimbursements for parking fees.In March, state transportation officials imposed a $4.6 million fine on Conduent, and announced internal changes to how the states toll-collection system is managed. We are in a time when there is an unprecedented level of distrust in government and its ability to fill a basic pothole. And these kinds of things just give rise to that frustration and concern. They give a black eye to the department, a black eye to members of the Senate.Committee weeks in advance of the 2020 legislative session begin in September.orlandoweekly.com
De Blasio shouts Cuban revolutionary slogan at Miami rally
De Blasio said he would stand by the workers "every step of the way." __ or "Until victory, always" __ a phrase most associated with revolutionary leader Che Guevara. How can anyone wanting to be the leader of the free world quote a murderous guerrilla - in Miami no less!" The strike was to protest what workers called hazardous working conditions and was first reported by CBS Miami in April. "There will be voices that tell you there is not enough money to treat working people right," de Blasio told the strikers.chicagotribune.com