Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a memorandum on Wednesday to honor the late Senator Richard Stone.
The first Jewish U.S. senator to represent Florida since the Civil War, Stone passed away on Sunday at the age of 90.
DeSantis made the announcement in a press release obtained by The Florida Report:
"As a symbol of respect for the memory of Senator Stone, and his service to Florida, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Florida, the City Hall of Miami, Florida and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, effective immediately until sunset on Wednesday, July 31, 2019"
On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Therisa Meadows as Holmes County Supervisor of Elections.
Meadows, of Bonifay, has been the Assistant Holmes County Supervisor of Elections since 2007. Previously, she served as the Deputy Holmes County Supervisor of Elections from 2000-2007 and as a deputy clerk at the Holmes County Clerk of Circuit Court from 1996-1999. She earned her associate’s degree from Chipola College.
She is filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Debbie Wilcox Morris.
With the dog days of summer underway, many officials and lawmakers around the state are taking a much-needed break from Florida's political scene before the arduous campaign season begins.
One legislator, however, is taking advantage of the summer break, holding four town hall meetings around his district to address the biggest concerns his constituents may have.
This week, Rep. Tommy Gregory announced a series of upcoming town hall meetings to be held in his district. The conservative legislator, who represents Florida's 73rd District, is using the forum to talk about critical issues that matter most to the people who elected him to office.
This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis, alongside state and local leaders, welcomed the first students in Florida's Space Coast new industry-led apprenticeship program.
DeSantis addressed the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program’s inaugural student class -- comprised of nine students -- hosted by OneWeb.
Under the two-year program, student apprentices will attend classes at Eastern Florida State College two days a week and work on the manufacturing floors of Space Coast companies three days a week.
Turning Point USA, the youth organization that promotes conservative policies to students around the U.S., held their newly branded Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, D.C. this week. The 4-day conference for conservative high school students featured some of the nation's most well-known conservative leaders and activists from across the country.
Some of the speakers included President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Congressman Dan Crenshaw, and Senator Ted Cruz. The event also featured one of Florida's own -- Republican Rep. Amber Mariano.
Today is Hire a Veteran Day, and Gov. Ron DeSantis is encouraging businesses in the Sunshine State to keep that in mind.
DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) are celebrating national Hire a Veteran Day by encouraging Florida businesses to recruit and employ veterans. Florida leaders and officials say Florida businesses can benefit from the education, leadership experience and dedication veterans have cultivated in their military service.
“We’re proud to celebrate Hire a Veteran Day in Florida as we continue on our mission to be the most veteran-friendly state in the nation,” said DeSantis. “I recognize the important role these brave men and women hold in our communities and will continue to encourage businesses to recruit veterans. The dedication and value they bring to Florida’s economy is vital to the success of our businesses and the diversity of our workforce.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis made a big announcement today that could vastly change Florida's transportation grid.
On Wednesday, DeSantis announced a plan to significantly expand Florida’s electric vehicle infrastructure by increasing the number of charging stations along major thoroughfares throughout the state.'
“As electric cars become more prevalent on our roads and highways, the development of these charging stations is essential to the success of our ever-evolving transportation system,” said DeSantis. “The addition of these stations will encourage Floridians to buy more electric vehicles, improve air quality, assist during disaster evacuations and ensure that Florida is prepared as electric vehicle technology continues to advance.”
Two years after narrowly defeating Rep. James Buchanan in a special election for House District 72, Democrat Margaret Good is setting her sights on Florida's 16th Congressional seat -- held by Buchanan's father, Rep. Vern Buchanan.
Earlier this week, Good made her bid official, announcing that she would run for Congress and challenge seven-term incumbent Buchanan after serving only one term in the Florida legislature.
"I'm so excited to officially announce -- I'm running for Congress in Florida's 16th!" Good tweeted on Monday morning. "We deserve so much more from our government and I look forward to doing the hard work to make real change in people's lives."
With the summer sun heating up in the Sunshine State, so too does the campaign engine and political coffers in Florida.
Republican House member Alex Andrade is getting a head start on the campaign season, holding his first re-election fundraiser on August 8.
The event, which will be held at Perfect Plain Brewing Co. in Pensacola, is expected to draw a large crowd for the conservative candidate in his bid to continue to represent the 2nd House District.
Andrade, an attorney at Moore, Hill, and Westmoreland has represented the district -- which includes parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties -- since winning in 2018.
This week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $16.2 million in awards for 24 small and rural communities across the state through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The program, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), helps communities fund infrastructure improvements and housing rehabilitation.
The Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and DEO.
President Donald Trump made headlines last week for his response to two four Democrats -- Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashia Talib -- telling them to "go back" to where they come from.
The tweet by the U.S. leader drew the ire from many on the far-Left, resulting in the resurgence of Democrats calling him "racist" and "xenophobe."
Since then, the fight between Trump and Democrats have intensified, with both sides doubling down on their stance.
While the fight for who loves America more continues to play out on a national level between "The Squad" and President Trump. Florida politics seems to have its version of the squabble unfolding between two State House members.
On Monday night, Democrat House member Cindy Polo targeted Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini for a tweet he put out last week during the height of the confrontation between the president and the four freshmen congresswomen.
The small business scene in the Sunshine State remains volatile, according to the latest survey by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
While the state's private-sector continues to thrive and Florida’s small businesses continue to boost the economy, finding qualified workers to fill available jobs continues to be an issue for many entrepreneurs, keeping small business owners up at night
“Florida’s small businesses continue to be concerned about being able to hire a talented workforce,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Improving Florida’s talent pipeline for a better workforce will help ensure jobs have talented employees, and will help put workers on the path to prosperity – leading goals of Florida 2030, Florida's next strategic plan.
On Thursday, First Lady Casey DeSantis continued her work as a central figure in Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration, holding a listening session on mental health and substance abuse at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Florida.
Today's session coincides with her week-long tour around Florida, shedding light on mental health and substance abuse issues the plague Florida schools.
This was her second listening session of the day following a stop at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast in Venice.
As Gov. Ron DeSantis' popularity continues to rise in Florida, so does his recognition on a national level. Just six months since taking office and DeSantis has already made a top 10 most popular governors list.
A poll released by Morning Consult on Thursday shows that DeSantis is among the most popular governors in the U.S., receiving a 57 percent approval rating from Florida voters. Likewise, only 28 percent disapprove of his performance.
With this high approval rating, DeSantis comes in at No. 10 out of 50 governors. All of the top governors ranked in the poll are Republicans, with the top two spots being held by Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland.
Out of all the governors who made the list, DeSantis continues to be one of President Donald Trump's biggest allies. DeSantis' close relationship with Trump has resulted in the two appearing at numerous campaign events together.
Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 26th District, Irina Vilariño, is off to a good start in her bid to turn South Florida red.
This week, Vilariño announced she amassed just over $270,000 in her first quarter. She is currently the only Republican filed in the race and is running to unseat Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of my donors to our cause and all we believe in,” said Vilariño. “From the very beginning of our campaign, I have made it clear that the American Dream should not suffer because of liberals who insist every government action should end in higher taxes and needless regulations. I believe in a freedom and prosperity that sustains our strong economic growth under President Trump and ultimately restores faith in the American people.”
In an effort to promote and encourage a strong Republican turnout in the county ahead of the 2020 election, Chairman of the Leon County Republican Party, Evan Power, released the first LCRP update video to keep Republicans in the area up-to-date with what's going on in Florida's political scene.
"Welcome to the first video update for the Leon County Republican Party," Power says in the introduction.
In the video, Power discusses the latest news surrounding the local party, the state's party, as well as what's going on at the national level.
Conservative advocate and Founder of Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk, is making a major move that will include a lot more sunshine in his life.
Kirk, who has lived in Illinois since starting TPUSA, has announced that he will be calling Florida his new home. The news comes from a column in Chicago's Daily Herald in which the political activist penned an opinion piece to detail his upcoming transition.
"When I started Turning Point USA right here in this state nearly seven years ago, there were many Illinois citizens who provided critical donations.," Kirk said in the article by the Daily Herald. "This is the state in which TPUSA was born, but it is now the state from which those early donors have fled. TPUSA has also fled, taking its 150 employees and $15 million budget along with it."
In the piece, Kirk details why he is leaving the state that he is lived in for so many years, citing "high taxes, excessive regulation and the corruption of Illinois politicians and government" as the primary culprit for his exodus.
In the world of Florida politics, there are no off days.
On Sunday, marijuana advocate and Orlando attorney, John Morgan, took a subtle early morning jab at failed Democrat and embattled public figure, Andrew Gillum, on Twitter. The tweet, which included an article from Tallahassee Reports, the local government news website out of Tallahassee, targeted the former Tallahassee mayor for his skeptical non-profit, Forward Florida Action, which he recently created to quietly transfer $500,000 from his political committee to.
The divergence of funds, which was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, is now hidden from public eye, meaning Gillum can freely use the money without disclosing where he spends it.
It's official: The Florida Report is live!
Over the weekend, we made a few adjustments to the website to better represent Floridians and the way they go about consuming their daily dose of political news.
With a new identity, logo, and podcast, The Florida Report will offer the latest insider news for Floridians who seek the truth. This isn't pay-for-play, it's a real, political news that isn't purchased by a third party.
In less than a year, we've made headlines in the state, covering everything from the 2018 elections, this year's legislative session, and even moderating a debate for Republicans running for House District 7. With that said, our readership has grown to a level that has enabled us to continue to grow, and because of YOUR support, the changes to the website will better reflect Florida politics.
Floating around Florida's rumor mill last month was the possibility that a high-profile Republican representative would take a stab at a term-limited Senate seat in South Florida.
As expected, those rumors came true...
On Thursday, Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez announced her candidacy for Florida Senate District 39. The seat, which sits in the Democratic heart of the state, will be up for grabs in 2020.
Current Sen. Antiere Flores is term-limited, providing the perfect opportunity for Rodriguez to keep the district red -- given her heritage and professional experience in the area.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a partnership between Israel and Florida that would serve as a foundation for the new, nonstop seasonal El Al air service between Tel Aviv and Orlando. The new flights, operating during the months of July and August, will offer a direct link between Israel’s second most populous city and one of Florida’s most popular destinations.
DeSantis, an ardent supporter of preserving a healthy relationship between the U.S. and Israel, has been vocal about his stance on making the Sunshine State the most pro-Israel state in the country.
Officials in attendance for today's announcement hope that the flights to Tel Aviv are successful enough to become a constant in the state.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has officially launched the Patriot Protection Week Campaign in recognition of National Military Consumer Protection Month.
The new campaign, announced on Monday, will be offering tips and resources directly to Florida service members and veterans on Twitter. Moody will also be releasing her new Military Consumer Protection Guide, which will contain helpful information about potential scams that target military members, veterans and their families.
Following a successful legislative session that saw him pass a bill that prevents sanctuary cities from overtaking Florida, Sen. Joe Gruters is taking a new approach to fight illegal immigration in the Sunshine State.
Earlier this week, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida announced he was planning a statewide "listening" tour to hear from Floridians on the topic of immigration.
In a video released on Monday, Gruters outlines the divisive issue that continues to headline the daily news cycle and discusses the effects it has on our country.
With a new month comes a new Republican lawmaker set to take over the speaker's gavel in 2024.
Over the weekend, the majority of the 27-member House Republican class of 2018 attended a meeting in Tampa to decide who would take over the reins as House Speaker in 2024. As expected, every member of the freshmen class rallied around Rep. Daniel Perez, putting aside any preferential differences to unify the caucus in the name of conservatism.
The meeting and subsequent pledge on behalf of the entire class officially marks an end to the behind-the-scenes race that saw Perez take on Rep. Will Robinson for the top spot in the House.