Lee Stepping Down as State Elections Chief

Lee Stepping Down as State Elections Chief

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Laurel Lee, a former circuit judge who helped steer Florida through the 2020 elections, is stepping down after a little more than three years in her post. Lee’s resignation is effective Monday and came as Florida prepares for the Aug. 23 primary […]

Alexander Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Allegations

Alexander Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Allegations

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Six months away from becoming the state House Democratic leader, Rep. Ramon Alexander on Thursday announced he won’t seek re-election this year to his North Florida seat amid a controversy involving sexual-harassment allegations. Alexander was chosen last year to become House Democratic leader after the […]

Law to Require Lessons on Victims of Communism

Law to Require Lessons on Victims of Communism

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each year. The new law, which went into effect immediately, describes the day as being geared […]

Fried Campaign Consultant Acknowledges Overwhelming Republican Electoral Advantage

Fried Campaign Consultant Acknowledges Overwhelming Republican Electoral Advantage

Kevin Cate, the campaign consultant for Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, recently noted the Republican electoral advantage facing Democrats running for statewide office. Cate previously worked on the 2014 Charlie Crist campaign and the 2018 Andrew Gillum campaign for Florida governor. In a series of tweets, Cate provided his “perspective on the Florida Democratic primary […]

DeSantis Vetoes Controversial Rooftop Solar Bill

DeSantis Vetoes Controversial Rooftop Solar Bill

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In a win for the rooftop-solar industry and environmental groups, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have made major changes in rules for rooftop-solar energy. The bill (HB 741) dealt with a somewhat-wonky issue known as “net metering.” But it […]

DeSantis Sets May Session on Property Insurance

DeSantis Sets May Session on Property Insurance

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers will return to the Capitol the week of May 23 to address problems in the property-insurance system that have led to homeowners losing coverage and facing soaring premiums. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday called a special session from May 23 to May 27 […]

Rating Agency Wary as DeSantis Signs Disney Bill

Rating Agency Wary as DeSantis Signs Disney Bill

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a bill aimed at dissolving a special taxing district that has granted Walt Disney World unique self-governing powers for more than five decades, even as a leading bond-rating agency cautioned investors about the proposed changes. The bill (SB 4-C) […]

Judge Rejects Transportation Mask Mandate

Judge Rejects Transportation Mask Mandate

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A Florida federal judge on Monday struck down a requirement that travelers wear masks in airports and on planes, trains and buses, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority as it tried to prevent the spread of COVID-19. U.S. District Judge […]