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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening to fine counties and cities if they impose vaccine mandates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to fine local governments if they follow the guidance of Biden's vaccine mandate and insist that employees get the COVID-19 shot. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing back against the Biden administration's vaccine mandate. DeSantis threatened to slap $5,000 fines on county and city governments if they require employees to be vaccinated. DeSantis said this would open up local govern...
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10 Things in Politics: Cruzworld eyes 2024

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Programming note: We're off for the holiday on Monday, but will be back first thing Tuesday. Here's what we're talking about:Meet 11 loyalists ready to help put Ted Cruz in the White HouseJoe Manchin said Democrats should "hit the pause button" o...
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Top Stories this PM: Florida, Arkansas plan versions of Texas abortion law; FAA grounds Virgin Galactic plane

Good afternoon. Here are the top stories so far today.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What happened today:Hurricane Ida death toll reaches 26. Ida left 26 people dead from Maryland to New York, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. At least 12 people died in New York City. NY Gov. Kathy Hochul said, "This is the first time we have a flash flood of this proportion in the city of New York." Follow Insider's live coverage here.Biden slams SCOTUS. Presi...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, News, Nbc, Maryland, Supreme Court, Newsletter, Trends, Joe Biden, Arkansas, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Associated Press, Biden, Abba


GOP lawmakers in Florida and Arkansas considering own versions of Texas' restrictive anti-abortion law

Protesters against abortion restrictions gathered at the Texas State Capitol on May 21, 2019. Eric Gay/AP Florida is working on its own version of the newly passed Texas abortion law, Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, told the local NBC affiliate WFLA. The Supreme Court did not block Texas' new heartbeat bill which went into effect on Wednesday and prohibits women from getting an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert announced he ordered a ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, News, Nbc, Trends, Gop, Arkansas, Abortion, Simpson, WFLA, Arkansas State, Texas State Capitol, Jason Rapert, Breaking, REBECCA COHEN


DeSantis feuds with Biden as COVID cases rise in Florida

By Will Weissert and Brendan Farrington | Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It didn’t take much for the White House to set Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis off. As coronavirus cases rise across the Sun Belt, President Joe Biden asked GOP governors to “get out of the way” of efforts to contain the virus. DeSantis fired back that he did not want to “hear a blip about COVID from you, thank you,” adding, “Why don’t you do your job?” The exchange was unusually direct and bitter, particularly for politici...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, California, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, Miami, Fox News, Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump


A Florida city has banned casinos in an apparent attempt to stop Trump building one there

The Trump National Doral golf resort owned by U.S. President Donald Trump. Joe Raedle/Getty Images The city of Doral in South Florida has banned casinos striking a blow to Trump's reported plans to establish one there. It comes after Trump ally Gov. De Santis struck a deal laying the foundations for the former president to build a casino at Trump National Doral Miami. Doral city council voted by 4-0 to ban gambling and casinos unless they were approved by the city's residents in a ...
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Val Demings, who rose to national prominence as a Trump impeachment manager, will challenge Marco Rubio in the 2022 Florida Senate race

Rep. Val Demings of Florida in February 2019. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Rep. Val Demings will take on Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race next year, Politico reported. Demings is a high-profile, top-tier candidate for Democrats in a politically-tricky state. As a former police chief, she could offer a compelling perspective on issues of policing reform. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida, a former Orlando police chief who r...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Congress, Kentucky, Senate, Politico, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Gop, House, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, Jonathan Capehart, Npr


Florida’s ban on bans will test First Amendment rights of social media companies

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a restriction on social media companies’ ability to ban candidates for state offices and news outlets, and in doing so offered a direct challenge to those companies’ perceived free speech rights. The law is almost certain to be challenged in court as both unconstitutional and in direct conflict with federal rules. The law, Florida Senate Bill 7072, provides several new checks on tech and social media companies. Among other things: Platforms cann...
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Stephanie Murphy passes on Florida Senate run in 2022

Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a rising Democratic star who was seriously considering challenging Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next year for his seat, announced Monday that she will forgo a Senate run and is still undecided on whether she will seek reelection to her seat in the House.
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Florida Senate Passes Gambling Agreement With Seminole Tribe

Sports betting in Florida is a step closer to legalization after the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill approving a gambling agreement signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe.
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Val Demings, who rose to national prominence as a Trump impeachment manager, plans to challenge Marco Rubio in the 2022 Florida Senate race

Rep. Val Demings of Florida in February 2019. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Rep. Val Demings is planning to take on Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race next year, Politico reported. Demings would be a high-profile, top-tier candidate for Democrats in a politically-tricky state. As a former police chief, she could offer a compelling perspective on issues of policing reform. See more stories on Insider's business page. Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida, a former Orlando police ch...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Senate, Politico, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Marco Rubio, Jonathan Capehart, Biden, Orange County, Donald Trump, Orlando, Trump, Rubio


Val Demings expected to run for Marco Rubio's Florida Senate seat

The former Orlando, Florida, police chief is in her third term in the U.S. House. She is expected to announce her campaign for the Senate soon.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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United States: Florida Senate Passes CCPA-Like Privacy Bill - Husch Blackwell LLP

The bill now moves back to the House, which will need to act quickly as the legislature closes on Friday, April 30.
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How the Matt Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and MICHAEL BALSAMO | Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature. The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry. The Bahamas ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Congress, Sport, Soccer, House, Associated Press, Bahamas, Orlando, Trump, Michelle, Legislature, Orlando Fla, Roger Stone, Orlando Sentinel


Florida Senate Passes Bill Restricting Voting Rights

The GOP-led legislation criminalizes giving water to voters in line, restricts ballot drop boxes, and more.
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Florida Senate Moves Closer to Approving Elections Bill

The Florida Senate marched toward approval of a nationally watched elections bill Thursday after hours of debate over the mundane, but high stakes, process of casting a ballot.
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Florida Senate OKs Bill Requiring School Moments of Silence

Every Florida public school would be required to have a moment of silence of up to two minutes during first period under a bill passed by the Senate, The 32-6 vote on Thursday would amend current law that allows school districts to have a moment of silence for prayer or meditation, but doesn’t require it.
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GOP works to restrict ballot drop boxes in several states

By Christina A. Cassidy | Associated Press ATLANTA — Atlanta-area voters looking to return their ballots using a drop box in next year’s gubernatorial election will have to do some searching. Just eight boxes will be spread across Fulton County’s nearly 529 square miles — or about one for every 100,000 registered voters. That’s down from the 38 drop boxes that were available to voters last fall. It’s the result of a broad new law pushed by Georgia Republicans in response to former President Dona...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Senate, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Associated Press, Republican


Feds are investigating whether Matt Gaetz discussed running a sham candidate in a Florida Senate election to deprive a political rival of votes, report says

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Feds are investigating whether Gaetz discussed running a fake candidate in a state race, The Times said. The race's GOP candidate, Jason Brodeur, a Gaetz ally, ultimately won. Funding "ghost candidates" could be considered a violation of campaign-finance law, the report said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Federal prosecutors investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz over sex-trafficking allegations are also con...
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Feds are investigating whether Matt Gaetz discussed running a sham candidate in Florida Senate elections to deprive a political rival of votes, report says

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Feds are investigating if Rep. Gaetz discussed running a fake candidate in a 2020 state race, NYT reports. The race's GOP candidate Jason Brodeur, a Gaetz ally, ultimately won the election. Funding so-called "ghost candidates" could be considered a violation of campaign-finance laws. See more stories on Insider's business page. Federal prosecutors investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz over sex-trafficking allegations are ...
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Florida Senate Approves Changes to Public Retirement System

A proposal pushed by the leader of the Florida Senate to close the state’s pension plan is now awaiting consideration from the House.
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Florida Senate Passes $95B Budget Proposal, Changes to Come

The Florida Senate unanimously passed a $95 billion budget and will now have to work out differences with the House.
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Florida Senate Passes Bill Addressing Sex, Porn With Animals

The Florida Senate has recognizing a link between animal abuse and child abuse by unanimously passing a bill that would increase penalties for bestiality.
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Budget Crunching Begins, as Florida Senate Offers $95B Plan

The Florida Senate is proposing a $95 billion budget, as lawmakers begin reconciling their spending differences with a proposal already put forward by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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Florida’s Church Carry Bill Pass Out of Florida House

Official Communication by Marion P. Hammer Unified Sportsmen of Florida Executive Director NRA Past President Florida’s Church Carry Bill Pass Out of Florida House Florida – -(AmmoLand.com)- Florida House Legislators Heard Your Voices And Passed HB-259. On Thursday, March 25, 2021, the full Florida House of Representatives met and heard HB-259 Sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson & Rep. Cord Byrd. During the Q&A period, anti-gun legislators were allowed to question sponsors. Then, under the ...
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Florida Senate Seeks to Collect Tax From Out-Of-State Sales

Out-of-state retailers would have to collect the Florida sales tax when they ship items to the state under a bill passed by the Senate.
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Florida Senate Seeks to End Constitution Revision Commission

Florida voters would be asked to abolish a commission that recommends changes to the state constitution every 20 years under a bill passed by the Senate.
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Florida Senate Resolution Condemns White Supremacy

A resolution condemning white supremacy and white nationalism was unanimously approved by a Florida Senate committee.
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Morning Docket: 03.19.21

* The Florida Senate just passed a bill to shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits. Many wish Florida was doing more to shield residents from COVID-19... [Tampa Bay Times] * A former lawyer for AT&T is accusing the company of overcharging needy schools and libraries for internet service. [Dallas Morning News] * A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a journalist over allegedly illicit wiretapping. [Politico] * Check out this interesting article on removal and remand rates in fede...
Tags: Florida, Law, AT&T, Illinois, Dallas Morning News, New York Daily News, Tampa Bay Times, Quad City Times, Morning Docket, Florida Senate, Rod Rosenstein, COVID-19, COVID, Juris Lab


Florida Senate Votes to Close Sex Offender Loophole

A loophole in Florida’s sexual offender registration law would be closed under a bill the Senate unanimously passed.
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