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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.

Capping Weeks of Tension, DeSantis Scraps 46 Midnight Appointments by Rick Scott

| January 19, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rescinded 46 of the last-minute appointments former Gov. Rick Scott, now a member of the U.S. Senate, made in his final days in office.

DeSantis Poised To Liberalize State’s Approach to Medical Marijuana, Ending ‘Foot-Dragging’

| January 17, 2019

DeSantis said his medical-marijuana announcement will deal not only with “the litigation” but also with “legislation that I think is needed to implement the people’s will.”

DeSantis Appoints Robert J. Luck, Second Miami-Dade Judge in 5 Days, to Supreme Court

| January 14, 2019

Last week, DeSantis appointed Barbara Lagoa, who had served as chief judge of the Miami-based appellate court, to the Supreme Court. Two of three vacancies are now filled.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Charging ‘Neglect of Duty’

| January 12, 2019

Israel, a Democrat first elected in 2012, has faced fierce criticism for his agency’s handling of the Parkland massacre that resulted in the death of 17 people. Israel vowed to contest his ouster.

To Travel the State, DeSantis Is Using King Air Plane FDLE Seized in a Drug Bust

| January 11, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis, with a net worth of just over $300,000, doesn’t have former Gov. Rick Scott’s millions that allowed him to buzz around the state in his own plane.

DeSantis Names Barbara Lagoa, a Conservative Cuban-American, to Supreme Court

| January 9, 2019

DeSantis’ selection of Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban émigrés, was the first of three Supreme Court appointments the new governor will make, following the mandatory retirement of three justices who comprised what had been the court’s more liberal-leaning bloc.

In Contrast With Scott, DeSantis Expected To Make Easier Access to Medical Pot a Priority

| January 6, 2019

A new administration headed by DeSantis, who takes over as governor Tuesday, seemingly presents a friendlier stance toward medical pot than the administration of outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.

New Year Raises Florida’s Minimum Wage To $8.46 and Lowers Workers Comp Rates

| January 1, 2019

Minimum-wage workers will start earning $8.46 an hour Tuesday, up from $8.25 an hour in 2018 — and more than a dollar above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

2018 Roundup: For Florida, Another Massacre, Another Hurricane, Another Shift To the Right

| December 30, 2018

Florida was struck by a hurricane for the third year in a row, was the site of yet another mass shooting, saw the end of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing and the election of a Donald Trump acolyte as governor.

Broward Elections Supervisor Sues Scott, Calling Suspension ‘Malicious and Politically Motivated’

| December 19, 2018

Suspended Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has filed a federal lawsuit against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano as she tries to regain her job.

State Board of Education Approves Appointment of Richard Corcoran as Education Commissioner

| December 18, 2018

The appointment of Corcoran, who has scant education experience but a lengthy political resume, was all but assured when Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced his support for the former lawmaker.

Opposing Scott Court Cases, DeSantis
Signals Friendlier Approach to Medical Pot

| December 10, 2018

DeSantis, a Republican who will take office on Jan. 8, is unwilling to continue some of the court battles now being waged by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

DeSantis Names Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, as Florida’s Emergency Management Chief

| December 8, 2018

Moskowitz will succeed Division of Emergency Management Director Wes Maul, who was appointed by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott last year.

Pushing For Charter Schools and Vouchers, DeSantis Will name Corcoran Education Commissioner

| December 6, 2018

Corcoran, a lawyer and Republican from Pasco County, secured the passage of two major charter-school and voucher-friendly bills during his 2016-18 tenure as speaker.

Leery of All-White Supreme Court, NAACP Demands Nomination Process Be Reopened

| December 2, 2018

The call to Ron DeSantis came after revelations that the Supreme Court will not have a black justice for the first time in 36 years when Justice Peggy Quince leaves the bench on Jan. 8.

Florida Supreme Court Will have No
Black Justice For First Time in 36 Years

| November 30, 2018

None of the nine candidates from whom Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis will select three justices is black, although six of the original 59 applicants were African-Americans.

Shortlist of 11 Young Ultra-Conservatives Lined Up for 3 Florida Supreme Court Seats

| November 28, 2018

Ron DeSantis will pick from the list to replace liberal justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who have reached retirement age. All nominees were GOP appointees.

Nelson Concedes as Scott Wins Senate-Seat Recount With 10,000-Vote Margin

| November 19, 2018

Scott, a two-term Republican governor, held a 10,033-vote edge — or 0.12 percent — over Nelson, a Democrat who was seeking re-election to his fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

No ‘Remedy In the Dark’: Federal Judge Rejects Nelson Bid To Extend Recount Deadline

| November 15, 2018

The ruling could resolve questions about whether the recount process will move forward and whether official election results will be certified Tuesday as scheduled.

As Nelson Charges Interference, Scott Will Step Down From Canvassing Board

| November 14, 2018

Democrats have alleged that Scott has improperly tried to use his authority as governor to influence the recount, which could decide his political future.

As Scott-Nelson Margin Shrinks and Fury Surges, Experts Say Process Is Working

| November 9, 2018

Watching his lead shrink, Scott accused elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties of “incompetence” and fraud though the process is following state law and timelines.

Hansen, Mullins Win County Commission, Howell and Branquinho Win Palm Coast, McDonald Re-Elected to School Board

| November 7, 2018

The races for Flagler County Commission and Palm Coast council were not close in a mid-term election that saw turnout rise to an astounding 64 percent.

Rick Scott Wins ‘Nasty’ U.S. Senate Race, Ending Bill Nelson’s 46 Years in Government

| November 7, 2018

Scott’s win even more firmly cemented control of Florida and the U.S. Senate for Republicans. Nelson for the past eight years has been the only Democrat elected statewide.

Powered by Trump Turnout and ‘Hamilton’ Tickets, DeSantis Defies Polls and Edges Out Gillum

| November 7, 2018

DeSantis’ win was a crushing blow for Democrats, who had pinned their hopes on Gillum making history as the state’s first black chief-of-state and recapturing the governor’s mansion for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

All Insults Nearly All The Time As Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum Debate a Final Round

| October 25, 2018

It was an hour of jugular attacks, with Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis accusing each other of being dishonest and unworthy of leading the state before they exited the stage with a fist bump.

Women and Independents Keep Bill Nelson Ahead of Rick Scott By 6 Points in Latest Poll

| October 22, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson, drawing much higher favorability ratings and strong support from independents–key to all statewide races in Florida–is maintaining a comfortable 52-46 percent advantage over Gov. Rick Scott in the race for U.S. Senate.

Saying Scott ‘Exceeded His Authority,’ Supreme Court Rules Next Governor Will Appoint 3 Justices, Not Scott

| October 15, 2018

The winner of the Nov. 6 election between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum “has the sole authority” to fill the court vacancies, the court ruled.

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