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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.
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the extension of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to July 12, 2019.
The $25 million program will help agricultural producers in designated disaster areas prepare for the upcoming growing seasons, as part of ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael.
“We are laser-focused on getting real relief and assistance to Floridians in our Northwest Florida communities,” said DeSantis. “Extending the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program deadline will help more Florida farmers get back on their feet sooner.”
Designated disaster areas include Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.
On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two pro-veterans' bills (HB 427: Honor and Remember Flag and HB 501: Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans) at the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success.
“Here in Florida, we take great pride in being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and I am proud to sign these two bills today to support our veterans,” said DeSantis. “With more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida, this community makes up an important part of our state’s identity. While we may never be able to fully repay these men and women for their sacrifices, we will continue to do everything we can to support them and their families.”
Yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis received a bill that could lead to an expansion of underground power lines in Florida -- something supporters in the Sunshine State have been advocating for with the state being a constant target of hurricanes and power outages.
The bill (SB 796), introduced by Sen. Joe Gruters, would change the way underground power-line projects are financed, leading to more projects and ways to improve infrastructure around the state.
The Senate voted 39-1 to pass the bill last month, while the House approved it in a 110-3 vote.
It's been a good week for Rep. Bob Rommel.
Fresh off receiving the Champion of Business Award from the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Rommel picked up another award, this time from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
On Thursday, the Florida Chamber awarded Rommel the 2019 Most Valuable Legislator (MVL) award for his leadership in tackling the negative stigma that has resulted in Florida being labeled a ‘Judicial Hellhole.'
The Florida Chamber’s MVL award is the business community’s premier legislative award honoring a single lawmaker for their outstanding legislative leadership and willingness to take a stand for free enterprise.
Republicans looking to flip Florida Senate District 3 may have found a real candidate to unseat a Democratic in the left-leaning district.
Marva Preston, a retired police officer and ordained minister, is looking to bring her conservative values to SD 3 in 2020 with Democratic Sen. Bill Montford facing term limits.
The 3rd District, encompassing Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties, previously represented the 6th district before it was redrawn. The district is known to lean left, with liberal strongholds like Tallahassee helping Montford carry the seat with over 67 percent of the vote in 2016.
Preston joins a still-adolescent Republican field, with the only other Republican being outspoken activist and blogger Benjamin Horbowy.
Fresh off their collaborative effort to reform assignment of benefits abuse that plagues Floridians, Sen. Doug Broxson and Rep. Bob Rommel are receiving some much needed recognition for promoting free-enterprise in the Sunshine State.
Awarded to legislators who take a stand to limit regulation and protect Florida citizens from burdensome policies, the Champion of Business Award is presented yearly to the state's top-tier talent.
This year, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) gave the award to both Broxson and Rommel for their roles in spearheading "AOB" bills that will curb lawsuit abuse, and lower insurance rates for individuals residing and doing business in Florida.
Need proof that our university system is broken?
On Monday, Parkland survivor and conservative activist Kyle Kashuv made an announcement on Twitter that Harvard University had withdrawn his admission from the school over posts he wrote on a private Google document with friends when he was sixteen years old.
The recently surfaced screenshots showed him using racial slurs a few months before the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla.
Friday was a day of celebration -- both for President Donald Trump and conservatives in the state of Florida.
Fulfilling one of his campaign promises, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed one of the most monumental bills of the legislation session into law: Banning sanctuary cities in the state of Florida.
The bill, spearhead by Sen Joe Gruters and Rep. Cord Byrd, will reestablish the rule of law in the state of Florida, requiring local goverments to honor requests from federal immigration authorities to detain people who are thought to be in the United States illegally. The bill also requires local jails to fully comply with requests to hold inmates for federal immigration authorities.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis defied traditional GOP logic when he signed a drug bill that will allow the importation of prescription drugs into Florida. The signing signals a promise kept by DeSantis to find innovative solutions to the rising health care costs plaguing Floridians.
The bill establishes two programs – the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program (CPDI Program) and the International Prescription Drug Importation Program (IPDI Program) – to safely import federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription drugs into the state for the benefit of consumers and public programs.
The bill passed in the GOP-led Florida House April 29 with a final vote of 93-20.
With the 2019 legislative cycle in the rear-view, many legislators get a much deserved break from the taxing day-to-day operations of the 60-day session. Lawmakers mentally and physically exhausted from the legislative gathering now get a chance to establish a little order to their daily routine, and most importantly, they get the be with their families and loved ones for more than just a weekend.
And while this time away from the committees, conferences and debates is needed, in reality, it's only for a fleeting moment. Ask anyone involved in Florida's political scene, and they'll tell you that the political process is year-round.
This is especially true for young legislators trying to increase their political stock, and move through the ranks on a quest to hold a coveted leadership position before their term limit expires.
With the Sunshine State's political and business carousel in full swing, new faces in new faces are a common occurrence now that Florida's political season is on hiatus. On Friday, the Florida Chamber added their own new face, acquiring an expert in the field of corporate growth.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced that Constantine Karides, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors.
“The Florida Chamber believes a globally competitive business climate helps Florida businesses and families succeed,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Constantine brings a wealth of experience to our Board and we look forward to working with him and our members to grow private sector jobs to make Florida more competitive.”
Karides comes from the prestigious Reed Smith LLP, where he served in their Financial Industry Group counseling companies on a wide range of matters including: distressed credit, special situation transactions, private equity, restructurings and corporate governance. Karides also brings with him considerable cross-border experience representing foreign companies operating in the United States.
Fresh off his assignment of benefits victory this legislative session, Rep Bob Rommel announced today that he has been named to the Florida Advisory Committee of the United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).
The coalition, which includes a diverse group of business, military, faith, and humanitarian leaders from across the state, is a nonprofit organization made up of community leaders who promote increased support for the United States’ diplomatic and development efforts among both politicians and the public.
Since his election to the Florida House in 2016, Rommel has been regularly recognized as a strong leader on a variety of issues at both the state and national levels.
Known as a firebrand conservative among his colleagues, Rommel has been outspoken when it comes to supporting President Donald Trump's foreign policy initiative. His leadership in the Sunshine State, coupled with his understanding of international relations, has put him in a unique position to promote American interests abroad.
On Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) held a press conference in Tallahassee to outline their 2020 agenda, and shine light on excessive tort costs that plague Florida’s major cities.
The conference was headlined by NFIB's Executive Director of Florida Bill Herrle. Participating in the event alongside Herrle was Chairman of the Florida Council for Safe Communities Maurice Langston, Vice Chairman of Florida's for Government Accountability Jim Maxwell, Chairman of the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition Jim Kallinger, President of James Madison Institute Dr. Bob McClure, and Owner of Source1 Specialty Services Inc. Michelle Smith.
If you're tired of hearing about Russian hackers and rigged elections, you've come to the wrong place. The debacle that reached its pinnacle last week when Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a statement on the Russia probe has now leaked into the Sunshine State.
Over the weekend, Ryan Morales, a Democratic candidate who's running for a Florida House seat in Lake County, made the claim on his Facebook that his campaign website was compromised by Russian hackers.
The self-professed "Marketing Jedi" released the statement on his Facebook page, accompanying the declaration with a picture of the supposed hack -- which has since been taken down.
Numerous liberal and progressive websites in Florida covered the "news," doubling-down on Mueller's not so subtle remarks, hoping to drive traffic to their websites.