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DeSantis Executive Order: Commitment to Eliminating Common Core and More

February 1, 2019 - 10:45am

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32 Friday, outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future. 

DeSantis Kicks Off Deregathon in Orlando

February 1, 2019 - 9:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked off the start of Deregathon Thursday alongside First Lady Casey DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Halsey Beshears at Valencia College in Orlando.

 The one-day event held in conjunction with Florida’s Professional Licensing Boards aims to find solutions to harmful regulations facing Floridians, to strengthen the state’s economy.

Juan Cuba Stepping Down as Chair of Miami Dade Democrats

January 29, 2019 - 1:15pm

Juan Cuba is stepping down as chairman of the Miami Democrats after two years in the post. During his tenure, Miami Democrats flipped two congressional seats and picked up a state Senate seat. 

After serving as executive director of the party, Cuba took over as chairman in December 2016. While Republicans won all but one statewide races last year, Democrats have continued to make gains in Miami as Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell were elected in November, carrying seats that had been held by Republicans. 

Cuba announced on Tuesday that he was leaving his post. 

EPA Might as Well Be Telling Millions with Contaminated Water: 'Drink Up, Folks'

January 29, 2019 - 6:00am

The Trump administration will not set legal limits for two toxic chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, that may contaminate more than 110 million Americans’ drinking water, including the drinking water of millions of Floridians, according to Washington, D.C. sources familiar with the upcoming decision. 

The worst contamination occurs near sites where firefighters have trained with an aqueous film-forming foam.

Laurel M. Lee, Wife of Sen. Tom Lee, Appointed Florida Secretary of State

January 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced the appointment of Judge Laurel M. Lee as secretary of state, replacing Mike Ertel who stepped down from the position last week after "racially inappropriate" photos of him 14 years ago surfaced. 

Lee is the wife of Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, whom DeSantis once considered as his running mate.

Dudley Goodlette Will Be Special Master for Suspended Officials' Hearings, Says Galvano

January 25, 2019 - 6:00am
Mary Beth Jackson, Scott Israel and Susan Bucher

Florid Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, advised senators by memo Thursday that one of the state's three suspended officials, Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, has requested a hearing, and that he has appointed former Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, to serve as special master.

Rick Scott: I Will Be Puerto Rico's Voice in the Senate

January 24, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sen. Rick Scott making his Thursday announcement

Sen. Rick Scott filed an amendment to the Republican leadership’s government funding bill Thursday to provide an additional $600 million in disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico, according to Scott's office. The funding was included in a House version of the funding bill but not in the Senate version.

Darren Soto Looks to Protect Illegals Married to Military Personnel

January 24, 2019 - 1:00pm
Darren Soto

This week, now in his second term on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., is pushing bills to adjust the immigration status of illegal aliens who are military spouses that are facing deportation.

DeSantis Announces 'Deregathon,' a War-Strategy Powwow on Regulations

January 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
Ron DeSantis and Halsey Beshears

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday a first step he believes will ensure a brighter future for Florida’s economy. DeSantis recently wrote to the members of Florida’s 23 professional licensing boards, calling on them to join him, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Halsey Beshears on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Valencia College in Orlando for a one-day event he has called “Florida Deregathon.” 

'School Choice Movement' Launches 'to Speak Boldly for Florida Families'

January 23, 2019 - 11:00am
A National School Choice Week rally

National School Choice Week is under way. And in Florida -- a state that inspired the nation with its school choices and student outcomes -- the “movement” very possibly got stronger. A new organization aimed at ensuring every family can choose the education environment that is best for their child launched this week, aptly named the “School Choice Movement.” 

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