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Total Cost of Governor’s Israel Trip: Taxpayers, $131,000. Political Donors: $311,500

| July 15, 2019

While in Jerusalem, members of the delegations stayed at David Citadel, a five-star luxury hotel selected by Enterprise Florida which cost $425 per night.

Costs Pile Up For Governor and Cabinet’s $400-a-Night Israel Junket, as Do Questions

| July 5, 2019

When Florida Cabinet members jetted off to Israel in late May, some state employees who traveled at taxpayer expense stayed in a more than $400-a-night luxury hotel in Jerusalem, where a Cabinet meeting was held.

Citing Impact on Education Funding, DeSantis Kills ‘Addiction’ Warning on Lottery Tickets

| June 30, 2019

Noting potential impacts to money for education, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a controversial bill that sought to require warnings about addiction and caution to play responsibly on the front of all lottery tickets.

Group Files Federal Suit Challenging Florida Restrictions on Felons’ Voting Rights Moments After DeSantis Signs New Law

| June 29, 2019

A partisan firestorm erupted in the waning days of this year’s legislative session after Republicans tacked onto the elections package provisions aimed at implementing the voter-approved constitutional amendment that restores the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences.

Calling It ‘Fiscally Responsible,’ Governor Signs $91 Billion Budget, Vetoing Just $131 Million

| June 23, 2019

Gov. DeSantis praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools, though as FlaglerLive previously reported, that funding increase is not necessarily what it seems.

New Legislation Adds to Early-Voting
Fight on Florida’s College Campuses

| June 18, 2019

A bill Gov. DeSantis is about to sign deals with a variety of elections issues, but a lawsuit is focused on a provision requiring early-voting sites to provide “nonpermitted parking,” which could exclude college campuses.

Denying Voting Rights to Felons Should Be Beneath Us

| June 17, 2019

Who gets to vote should be driven by citizenship, the spirit of the United States Constitution and all America stands for, not by blowhardism and dirty tricks, argues Nancy Smith.

Florida TaxWatch Calls For Eliminating $133 million in Budget ‘Turkeys’; Flagler Is Spared

| June 6, 2019

As of Wednesday afternoon, DeSantis had received 123 of the 174 bills approved by the Legislature during this year’s session. He’d signed 80 and vetoed two.

DeSantis Says ‘We Don’t Want’ Migrants Federal Government Plans to Send to Florida

| May 17, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection could start sending about 135 migrants awaiting asylum hearings twice a week to Palm Beach and Broward counties, to alleviate overcrowding in border facilities.

Siding With Environmentalists, DeSantis Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Bans on Plastic Straws

| May 12, 2019

In his first veto, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked local governments from banning plastic straws.

DeSantis Will Sign Controversial Bill With Conditions on Felons’ Voting Rights

| May 7, 2019

Earlier in the day, the League of Women Voters of Florida held a conference call with reporters urging DeSantis to veto the Amendment 4 implementation bill.

Lawmakers Approve Record $91.1 Billion Budget; 10 Big Issues from the 2019 Session

| May 5, 2019

The budget includes high-profile spending issues such as $680 million for the Everglades and other water projects; a $242-per-student increase in school funding; and $50 million to maintain for at least another year the state’s embattled tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida.

Supreme Court Sides With DeSantis in Suspension of Okaloosa County School Superintendent

| April 17, 2019

DeSantis stripped Jackson of her post less than a week after he was sworn into office, citing “scathing” grand-jury reports that alleged “dereliction of duty.”

Bill Allowing Cheaper Drug Imports From Canada Advancing Against Big Pharma Fit

| April 10, 2019

Gov. DeSantis has championed the legislation as a way to curb prescription drug costs. But his effort continues to draw opposition from representatives of the pharmaceutical industry who say importing drugs could increase the amount of unsafe and counterfeit drugs.

Florida’s GOP Lawmakers Accelerate Plan To Use Far More Public Dollars for Private Schools

| March 16, 2019

The House Education Committee on Thursday approved a bill (PCB EDC 19-01) that would create a new voucher program, known as the Family Empowerment Scholarship program, which would be open to many middle-class families.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Calls Suspension ‘a Political Power Play’ By DeSantis

| March 8, 2019

In a court filing, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s lawyer argued the suspension “is an affront to the Florida Constitution and the fundamental right of voters to choose their elected officials.”

Back From “A Prison Known As the US House of Representatives”: DeSantis’s State of the State Address

| March 5, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, as prepared and provided to media, on the first day of the 2019 legislative session. The text does not reflect improvised asides and added personal stories.

DeSantis Blames Broward Sheriff For Murder of 22; Attorney Charges ‘Scandalously False Allegations’

| March 1, 2019

A bill of particulars Suspended Sheriff Scott Israel’s case includes allegations related to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and an attack at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

DeSantis Suspends Ex-Dr. Fruehan From Flagler Mosquito Board Over Felony Charges

| February 27, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order suspending Florence Fruehan from the East Flagler Mosquito Control District board pending the resolution of two felony counts against him.

DeSantis Pushes Hard Line Against Sanctuary Cities, Calling For Collaboration With ICE

| February 27, 2019

DeSantis is urging Florida sheriffs to participate in a federal immigration enforcement program in which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, deputizes local law officials.

Supreme Court Impanels Grand Jury to ‘Investigate Crime’ and ‘Return Indictments’ on School Safety

| February 25, 2019

Chief Judge Jack Tuter, of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, will preside over the panel, which will meet for one year and will be comprised of jurors drawn from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, according to the order.

DeSantis Calls For Statewide Grand Jury Investigation of Local School Districts’ Safety

| February 15, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are complying with mandatory safety measures designed to protect students.

Governor Seeks More Generous Teacher Bonus Program, But Is Silent on Higher Salaries

| February 8, 2019

DeSantis said the new program could provide bonuses of more than $9,000 to nearly 45,000 “highly effective” teachers, whose unions say higher salaries would be the best approach.

DeSantis Backs More Money for Armed Staffers in Schools, But Also More Flexibility in District Spending

| February 2, 2019

DeSantis is proposing renewing nearly $100 million in school security funds but wants school districts to have more choice in how they spend the money.

DeSantis Pitches $91.3 Billion Budget, Including Education Increase of $224 Per Student

| February 1, 2019

In what would be the largest budget in state history, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday released a proposed $91.3 billion spending plan that would increase school funding, pump money into water-quality projects and trim taxes.

DeSantis Calls for New Education Standards That Would Scrap Remains of Common Core

| January 31, 2019

DeSantis’ announcement came five years after then-Gov. Rick Scott took aim at the Common Core standards, which were developed by officials in 48 states and have particularly drawn criticism from Republican voters.

DeSantis Would Eliminate Ban on Smoking Medical Pot, Supporting Senate Bill

| January 29, 2019

But legislative leaders may not be keen on completely doing away with vertical integration, a move that could destabilize a growing and lucrative market in which one marijuana license recently sold for $63 million in cash.

DeSantis Rewards Friends With Appointments. Experience Must Wait.

| January 28, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s appointments are a pile of mismatches in critical state agencies so far, reflecting a normal if immoral right of passage in Tallahassee, writes Nancy Smith.

Secretary of State Ertel Resigns on Revelation of Picture in Blackface Mocking Victim of Hurricane Katrina

| January 25, 2019

Mike Ertel was the elections supervisor in Seminole County for eight months when he wore the bigoted Halloween costume to a party in 2005.

With Carlos Muniz as 3rd Pick, DeSantis Touts ‘Newly Constituted’ Supreme Court

| January 22, 2019

The appointment of Muniz, 49, solidifies a conservative majority on the court after years of justices regularly thwarting the Republican-led Legislature and the GOP governor.

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