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Thursday Briefing: Heat Index to 103, Florence Strike Team, Sharks and Rays on the Brink

| September 13, 2018

Off to meet Hurricane Florence: Flagler County Fire Rescue's Strike Team was one of five from around the state that headed for the Carolinas this week to help with the emergency response to Hurricane Florence. See the story here.

Off to meet Hurricane Florence: Flagler County Fire Rescue’s Strike Team was one of five from around the state that headed for the Carolinas this week to help with the emergency response to Hurricane Florence. See the story here.

Today: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Northeast winds 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Heat index readings 99 to 103. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 201
The OED’s Word of the Day: ovation, n.2.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“What the entrepreneur has—or, better, is—are force and will. As Schumpeter explains in a 1927 essay, the entrepreneur possesses “extraordinary physical and nervous energy.” That energy gives him focus (the maniacal, almost brutal, ability to shut out what is inessential) and stamina. In those late hours when lesser beings have “given way to a state of exhaustion,” he retains his “full force and originality.” By originality Schumpeter means something peculiar: “receptivity to new facts.” 59 It is the entrepreneur’s ability to recognize that sweet spot of novelty and occasion (an untried technology, a new method of production, a different way to market or distribute a product) that enables him to revolutionize the way business gets done. Part opportunist, part fanatic, he is “a leading man,” Schumpeter suggests in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, overcoming all resistance in order to create the new modes and orders of everyday life.”

–From Corey Robin’s “The Reactionary Mind from Edmond Burke to Donald Trump,” Second Edition (2018).

Previously:

 

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.



The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5 p.m. in a public hearing to approve its 2018-19 budget and tax rates. It meets again at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners are expected to appoint members to the Beach Management Plan Ad-Hoc Committee.

Evening at the Whitney Lecture Series: Sharks and Rays on the brink: half a billion years of innovation under threat. Lectures and parking are free and registration or reservations are not necessary. The event is at 7 p.m. at Center for Marine Studies, Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida. For further details, call (904) 461-4000.

Through Sept. 23: The Palm Coast Senior Games. This year’s sanctioned events include archery, horseshoes, pickleball, tennis, golf and tai chi (new). The non-sanctioned events include ballroom dancing and a lot of new areas, such as sailboat racing, cornhole, bridge and cribbage. Men and women compete against other athletes and participants of the same gender and age group. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt and participation in one sport; participation in each additional sport event is $15. Competition is offered in 11 different age categories for sanctioned events and 3 different age categories for non-sanctioned events. To see the schedule and learn more, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/seniorgames. Registration can be accessed from the Senior Games website or directly at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. Athletes may also register in person at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):

  • Wednesday: CVS Pharmacy, 1 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 2 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Bunnell City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: Aldi, 5095 State Road 100, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Santa Maria del Mar Church, 915 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Flagler Humane Society, 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell

flagler beach bunnell palm coast sheriff's police reports
Jail Bookings, February 4-5
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, February 5
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, February 5
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, February 5
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, February 5
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, February 5
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, February 5
Jail Bookings, February 3-4
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, February 4
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, February 4

Previous and archived reports
Sources: Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police Department. This is Flagler County's only comprehensive, one-stop compilation of all local law enforcement's daily day and night shift commanders' reports.

 

Announcements:

Shea Drury of Waste Pro’s Palm Coast Division

Shea Drury of Waste Pro’s Palm Coast Division.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s WastePro Division Has a New Manager: Waste Pro has announced Shea Drury of Waste Pro’s Palm Coast Division assumed the role of Division Manager on September 1. Drury, a fourth-generation garbage man, joined Waste Pro in 2014 as part of the company’s Management Development Program. Through the program, he’s been immersed in all facets of the waste and recycling industry. While working on the back of a truck in Orlando, Drury obtained a Class A CDL license. He also spent time in Palm Coast and Jacksonville where he underwent hands-on learning rotations as a driver, as well as roles in supervision, operations, and sales. In 2016, Drury was selected to be a member of Waste Pro’s inaugural Leadership Initiative, a mentorship program designed to develop a vibrant second generation of young leaders. As Division Manager of the Palm Coast Division, Drury will be responsible for overseeing 56 employees who service more than 40,000 residential customers and more than 1,500 commercial customers in Palm Coast and Flagler County. “I’m looking to continue to build a strong relationship with the community and show Palm Coast we’re not only a garbage company, but a company that cares about our people,” Drury said.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM BUDGET DISCUSSED: The state university system’s Board of Governors will meet after holding a series of committee meetings. Among the topics will be a legislative budget request for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The operating budget request is expected to total about $5.2 billion, representing a 3.6 percent increase. (Thursday, committee start at 8:30 a.m., with full board at 2 p.m., New College of Florida, Harry Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its regular weekly opinions. (11 a.m.)

PIRRO APPEARS IN MIAMI-DADE: Fox News host Jeanine Pirro will appear at a meeting of the Trumpers Club Miami Dade. (Thursday, 6 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center, 711 N.W. 72nd Ave., Miami.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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Feb. 18: Presidents' Day: No School.
Feb. 18: Michael Bowling, in court this afternoon, will not soon be freed of wardens despite today's mistrial. (c FlaglerLive)A new trial is scheduled to start with jury selection at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse in the case of Michael Bowling, the 47-year-old Palm Coast man accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl in a closet during a sleep-over, as the girl was visiting her friend--Bowling's step-daughter. Bowling also faces accusations of raping his step-daughter. Bowling was tried on just the molestation charges in December. The trial ended in a mistrial. The charges will now be merged and tried together, before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins.
Feb. 19 : The Flagler Beach March 5 election has drawn two incumbents: from left, Jane Mealy and Rick Belhumeur, second-time challenger Paul Eik, and newcomer Deborah Phillips, a business owner in town. (© FlaglerLive except for Phillips's picture, provided by Phillips)The Flagler Woman’s Club hosts a Meet the Candidates night at 7p.m. at 1524 S. Central Avenue in Flagler Beach. Four candidates including two incumbents are running in the March election to the Flagler Beach City Commission: incumbents Jane Mealy and Rick Belhumeur, second-time challenger Paul Eik, and newcomer Deborah Phillips. See the background story here.
Feb. 19 : The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109), A State Built on Slavery West Florida - The Sequel. When England won Florida from Spain there were two distinct areas - West Florida and East Florida. So different in ideology and lifestyle that at one point England considered them to be the 14th and 15th original colonies of America. Life, culture and attitudes toward slavery were so different in each region that it was hard to imagine them part of the same state. The west under Spanish influence embraced the Americans, while the East, ruled by the English, cruelly enslaved them. Presented by Dr. Nancy Duke. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at DaytonaState.edu/wise. For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or Suzette.Cameron@DaytonaState.edu.
Feb. 20: George C. FraseHarlem Renaissance, a program presented by the African American Entrepreneurs Association as part of Black History Month, featuring speaker George Fraser, chairman and CEO of FraserNet, a company he founded over 30 years ago to lead a global networking and economic development movement for people of African descent. He spent 20 years in leadership positions with Procter & Gamble, United Way and Ford Motor Company before starting FraserNet in 1987. He’s written 6 best-selling books. He has been named as one of the best speakers in America and 5 of his speeches have been selected for global distribution by the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, a first for any professional speaker in America. In 2016 President Obama awarded Dr. Fraser “The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.” 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). Members, $25, guests, $35, students, $10. Call 386/234-2014.
Feb. 20: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Trade Cafe at Palm Coast's City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
Feb. 21: Belle Terre Elementary hosts its third annual African-American Read-In from 9 to 11 a.m., with dozens of community members turning out to read works by African-American authors to every class in the school, as part of African-American History Month. Last year, 90 people did so. Volunteers are sought: anyone willing to participate should contact LaToya Lockhart at lockhartl@flaglerschools.com or Priscilla Campbell at Campbell@flaglerschools.com by Feb. 12. If you are unable to participate, consider making a monetary donation.
Feb. 21: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club hosts a free and open-to-the-public school safety panel at 7 p.m. featuring Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, Superintendent Jim Tager, Earl Johnson, Executive Director Leadership Development for Flagler County Schools, and Randy Stroud, Director, Domestic and Homeland Security for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Space is limited and advance registration is required on The Flagler Tiger Bay website at www.FlaglerTigerBayClub.com. The event will be held at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. The panel discussion includes risk assessments, mitigation, preventative measures and deterrence, security, response, recovery, and community healing with regards to school safety. The panel will also cover how Flagler County is positioned, what plans and programs Flagler County has in place, what have been some of the results, and what local concerns are.
Feb. 21: the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.
Feb. 21: Science Café at Stetson's Gillespie Museum: Calcite in Florida/Three Florida Geologists, 7-8:30 p.m. Join three of the state’s renowned geologists to discuss Florida calcite and the geological processes, which have created our most common and most beautiful mineral. Tom Scott, Emeritus Geologist and Harley Means, the Assistant State Geologist, both of the Florida Geological Survey, will be joined by Sam Upchurch, Department of Geology, University of South Florida, to discuss their digs, finds and decades of research. All events at the Gillespie Museum are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Stetson University Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Contact Director Karen Cole, 386-822-7330.
Feb. 21-24: City Repertory Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Taming of the Shrew," under the big top tent at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, 1500 Central Avenue (Town Center). Last year's performances of Macbeth sold out, so get your tickets early: Opening night reception on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., $60 for the general public, $50 for Palm Coast Arts Foundation members. Feb. 22 and 23, performances are at 7 p.m., $30 for the general public, $25 for foundation members, $10 for students. Feb. 24 performance at 2 p.m. Call 386/225-4394. Or buy tickets online here.
Feb. 21-24: On Stage: "[title of show]" with Music by Jeff Bowen and Book by Hunter Bell, at Stetson's Second Stage Theatre, 600 North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand. Call 386/822-7266. Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! No worries though. They’ll just write a musical about writing a musical. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity. All shows 8 pm except for Sunday at 3 p.m.
Feb. 21-May 3: stetson gillespie museumFlorida Calcite: Rare Specimens of a Common Mineral, at Stetson's Gillespie Museum: This exhibit, from the personal collection of Tom Scott, Ph.D., Emeritus Geologist, Florida Geological Survey, provides a unique opportunity to view uncommon specimens of our state’s unofficial mineral, calcite. Scott has collected from quarries, underwater caves and limestone seams during his four decades as a professional geologist. From cave pearls to crystal-filled fossils, these natural formations offer a rare perspective on the state’s geologic history. All events at the Gillespie Museum are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Stetson University Gillespie Museum 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Contact Director Karen Cole, 386-822-7330.
Feb. 22: The Daytona Beach Symphony Society presents the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with Jeremy Denk, Conductor and Piano, at the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here. Prices $51 to $82. 7 p.m.
Feb. 22: Stetson University Symphonic Band, Douglas Phillips, conductor. The Stetson University Symphonic Band has established a committed tradition of performance excellence and shares the mission of Stetson University through transformative concert experiences presenting inspiring, engaging and exciting performances. Please join the Stetson Symphonic Band for a Friday evening of great musical variety. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 22, 23, 24: "A Bad Year For Tomatoes," at the Daytona Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town without much luck given her noisy, omnipresent neighbors. A delightful light-hearted comedy. Directed by Larrie Tiffany. Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $20. Book here.
Feb. 23: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old SDalt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.
Feb. 23: First Aid & CPR/AED 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with pre-registration required by 9 a.m. Feb. 21. Sign up at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com or 386-986-2300.
Feb. 24: Great Pianists at Stetson series: Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear this world-renowned artist perform live at Stetson! His program includes works by Scriabin, Scarlatti, Debussy and Mozart. Ignat Aleksandrovich Solzhenitsyn is a Russian-American conductor and pianist. He is the conductor laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. http://ignatsolzhenitsyn.com 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
Feb. 24: florence fruehanFlorence Fruehan, the former Palm Coast physician who surrendered his license following a Department of Health investigation into alleged sexual improprieties with patients, is scheduled for arraignment before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins on two counts of felony battery on persons over 65, mirroring similar claims Fruehan faced during the health department investigation. Fruehan has waived his right to attend all pre-trial conferences. Arraignment is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See background stories here, here and here. (2018CF001067 and 2018CF001066)
Feb. 25: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
Feb. 26: A case-management hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse in the civil case of the family of the late Zuheili Rosado--who was gunned down at a Mobil station on State Road 100 in 2013--who is suing the station's owner, claiming that he was aware that Rosado had her life threatened a week before the shooting but did not move her off the night shift, when she worked alone. The civil suit was filed in 2013. (Case 2013CA000632)
Feb. 26: Stetson University Concert Band Douglas Phillips, conductor. Please join the newly established Stetson University Concert Band for a Tuesday evening concert filled with great band music. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 26: The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109). My Story: Holocaust Survival. Bea Schemer will tell her story from her birth in Bavaria, Germany and living under the Nazi regime through her family’s escape to South America and finally to the U.S. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at DaytonaState.edu/wise. For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or Suzette.Cameron@DaytonaState.edu.
Feb. 27: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Trade Cafe at Palm Coast's City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
Feb. 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Feb. 27: Stetson Jazz Ensemble, Patrick Hennessey, director. You can’t beat an evening of great jazz in the charming Athens Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.



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1 Response for “Thursday Briefing: Heat Index to 103, Florence Strike Team, Sharks and Rays on the Brink”

  1. Pogo says:

    @We see you

    Florida GOP officials are running a private conspiracy theory Facebook group

    The group “Florida Republicans United” has trafficked in conspiracy theories about the Parkland, FL, school shooting and the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA

    BY NATALIE MARTINEZ

    “Two Orange County Republican Party officials in Florida are administrators of the private conspiracy theory Facebook group Florida Republicans United. Lou Marin and Kathy Gibson are the vice chair and state committeewoman, respectively, for the Orange County Republican Executive Committee. Gibson recently came under fire for posting a racist meme targeting Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, which she claims was posted by someone who had hacked into her Facebook account.

    Administrators, including Marin, have pushed far-right conspiracy theories like QAnon and others related to the Parkland shooting, the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, and the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. They have also posted anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim content. The official Facebook page of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee often posts the same links to far-right conspiracy theories and fake news that Marin posts in the group.

    Other administrators of the group include far-right conspiracy theorist Trevor Loudon of New Zealand (who is also an administrator of the racist, conspiracy theory-pushing Facebook group Tea Party) and Keith Flaugh, who founded the conservative anti-science group Florida Citizens’ Alliance.
    The group has ties to Republican candidates and lawmakers

    Marin created a private event in the Facebook group for a meet-and-greet with Republican candidates where Florida gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is slated to speak. DeSantis is not currently listed as a member of Florida Republicans United (his personal Facebook account was deactivated after he was outed as an administrator for the group Tea Party). However, eight other Florida Republicans — a mix of candidates for office and current lawmakers — appear to be listed as members. They are:

    Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, running for lieutenant governor of Florida on the same ticket as DeSantis

    Rep. Carlos Curbelo, running for re-election in the U.S. House of Representatives

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

    Virginia Fuller, running for the U.S. House of Representatives

    Joe Kaufman, running for the U.S. House of Representatives

    State Sen. Aaron Bean, running for re-election

    State Sen. Dennis Baxley, running for re-election

    State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, running for re-election…”

    Link to full article
    https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/09/13/florida-gop-officials-are-running-private-conspiracy-theory-facebook-group/221306

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