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Here’s who is going with Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet to Israel Saturday

Gov. Ron DeSantis office released a list Wednesday of more than 90 people going on a trip to Israel that begins on Saturday. Here they are:Business Development Mission Leadership and DelegationCo-ChairsEllyn BogdanoffSenator Ellyn Bogdanoff...

Gov. DeSantis, FL Cabinet fly out Sat. on 80-person trip to Israel: Who’s paying? Who’s going? His office won’t say

Five days before Gov. Ron DeSantis and an entourage of as many as 80 people undertake a trade mission to Israel, his office has yet to release more than a bare-bones itinerary.DeSantis and his...
transgender rights

Health care and religion entwined: New Trump policies stoke fear in Florida’s transgender community

Florida’s transgender community already struggles with obstacles and flat-out prejudice when it comes to accessing quality health care.But now there’s more to fear: The Trump administration is rolling back health care protections for transgender...
Immigration activists

Feds’ immigrant ‘dumping’ catches Gov. DeSantis off guard

UPDATE: The Miami Herald now is reporting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection "has no imminent plans" to send the undocumented immigrants, but has been preparing "contingency plans" to that end.Seeming rattled by reports that...

Roads vs. pristine Florida? Gov. DeSantis signs massive toll road bill

Despite pleas from two former state governors and at least 90 environmental and community groups and businesses, Gov. Ron DeDantis on Friday signed a multibillion-dollar plan to build long stretches of toll roads across...

The governor’s new plane, coming soon

Following mechanical problems, an emergency landing, rides on private planes, and questions about the governor’s whereabouts in the sky, Gov. Ron DeSantis appears actively in the market for a fully functioning executive jet.Before adjourning...
Algebra formulas on board

Not many people noticed, but lawmakers just changed Florida’s graduation requirements in math – for better or worse

Students, parents, and even math educators probably don’t know about a little-noticed paragraph in a bill the Legislature approved this month: It changes graduation requirements in math, helping or hindering students and potentially “dumbing...

On abortion, “No vote about women without women,” Florida Democratic lawmaker pledges

With the Alabama Legislature passing what is being called America's most restrictive abortion ban, Florida Democratic state senator Lauren Book says she will draft a bill to ensure that the Florida Legislature doesn’t go...
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“All Voters Vote:” The campaign for open election primaries in Florida

There has been a real Washingtonization of politics in Florida. Gridlock, hyper-partisanship, corruption, favors for moneyed interests -- politics in Florida have become toxic. So many promises have been broken and commitments betrayed, all...
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State agents may have known of 2016 elections breaches in FL

Russian hackers breached elections computers in two – not one, as previously reported – Florida counties before the 2016 elections. And, apparently, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents knew it but didn’t inform superiors,...

Playing to the party base for a 2020 Trump Florida win? Gov. DeSantis and the FL Legislature set the stage

In a fundraising email sent a few days before President Donald Trump’s May 8 campaign rally in Panama City Beach, Gov. Ron DeSantis laid out a political roadmap for Florida Republicans:“Not only is Florida...
Cigarettes

Did Big Tobacco influence FL lawmakers on smoking legislation?

The Florida Legislature failed to raise the state smoking age to 21 this year, at a time when more teens are "vaping" with flavored electronic cigarettes.But while the smoking-age bill was a setback, anti-smoking...

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