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Biden Promises Florida Long-Lasting Help

DeSantis praises coordination among federal, state, and local agencies

(Newser) - President Biden surveyed the devastation of hurricane-ravaged Florida on Wednesday, promising to marshal the power of the federal government to help rebuild as he comforted residents alongside Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 election foe. Both men declared they were putting politics aside for now, the AP reports. "...

'Perla' Lured Them Onto Planes: 'This Woman Lied to Us'

Woman allegedly involved in Martha's Vineyard flights IDed as ex-counterintelligence agent

(Newser) - As a class-action lawsuit proceeds against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his role in transporting mostly Venezuelan asylum-seekers from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, apparently under false pretenses, media outlets are reporting more on the woman who supposedly lured them onto the planes that took them there. Attorneys for some...

As Ian Bore Down on Florida, Political Barbs Continued

Storm didn't stop campaign ads from DeSantis, Demings, Rubio

(Newser) - On the one hand, seeing political ads on TV as a major storm rages outside your window might be a welcome distraction. Or, maybe you won't be in the mood to watch election-season nastiness as your roof shingles are getting ripped off by the wind. Apparently, several Florida politicians...

Migrants Flown to Martha's Vineyard Sue DeSantis

'No human being should be used as a political pawn'

(Newser) - Venezuelan migrants flown to the upscale Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his transportation secretary Tuesday for engaging in a "fraudulent and discriminatory scheme" to relocate them. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, alleges that the migrants were told they were...

Texas Sheriff on DeSantis Stunt: 'What Was Done to These Folks Is Wrong'

Javier Salazar is investigating flights that brought migrants to Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Texas county from which 48 Venezuelan migrants were flown to Martha's Vineyard last week is investigating the incident. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says the migrants were apparently "lured under false pretenses" onto charter flights, arranged by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and flown to...

Mass. Asks DOJ to Look Into DeSantis' 'Inhumane Acts'

Officials want probe into whether moving migrants to Martha's Vineyard was human trafficking

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been slammed by critics as "gross," "unbelievably cruel," and "crimes against humanity." Whether it was illegal or not is another matter, and one that the state of...

One Question on This Week's Migrant Moves: Who's Perla?

Democrats want to know what new arrivals were told before being sent to Martha's Vineyard, DC

(Newser) - Immigration re-entered the national conversation in a big way this week thanks to high-profile moves by GOP Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas. DeSantis sent two planeloads of newly arrived migrants to Martha's Vineyard , while Abbott shipped two busloads of people to the DC residence...

DeSantis Flies 50 Migrants to Martha's Vineyard

Critics slam Florida governor's move as a stunt

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis has joined the leagues of Republican governors who've transported migrants to Democratic states, though the people he sent didn't arrive by train but by chartered plane—a total surprise to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, which quickly pulled together to assist the confused and...

Crist Cruises to Victory in Florida Primary

But he won't defeat DeSantis unless there's a 'major, major scandal,' analyst says

(Newser) - The result of one of Tuesday's closest-watched votes is in: The AP reports that Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic primary for Florida governor and will challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. With 90% of the vote in, Crist had almost 60% of the vote compared to...

Poll: Trump Gains Steam Among GOPers After FBI Raid

Percentage of GOP voters who support Trump over Republican Party spikes from May, per NBC poll

(Newser) - After the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, the walls may feel like they're closing in on former President Trump, at least from a legal standpoint. In the court of public opinion with fellow Republicans, however, that search may have helped to give Trump a boost, at least...

New Florida Agency Has First Voter Fraud Charges

DeSantis announces 20 people cast ballots who weren't entitled to

(Newser) - Florida's election crimes office, which came into existence on July 1, has uncovered its first cases of voting fraud, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. At a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis said 20 people who had been convicted on murder or sexual assault charges cast votes in the...

Ousted Prosecutor Accuses DeSantis of 'Blatant Abuse of Power'

Andrew Warren has filed a federal lawsuit

(Newser) - Update: A Florida prosecutor ousted by Gov. Ron DeSantis is suing to get his job back, accusing the Republican governor of "blatant abuse of power." Andrew Warren, who was suspended as state attorney in Hillsborough County earlier this month, accused DeSantis of violating his First Amendment rights in...

Poll Has Trump as No. 1 in GOP, but There's Trouble

Ex-president losing support as DeSantis establishes himself as top rival, says 'NYT' poll

(Newser) - The New York Times released a poll Monday that was bad news for President Biden. A new one from the Times on Tuesday focuses on former President Trump, and he, too, faces growing friction from his own party's voters. However, Trump is still the No. 1 choice among likely...

'Join Us in California,' Newsom Ad Tells Floridians
Newsom Airs
Anti-GOP Ad
in Florida

Newsom Airs Anti-GOP Ad in Florida

Fellow Democrats applaud taking the fight to Republicans

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a commercial Monday attacking Republicans he's not running against—yet. The Democrat addresses Floridians in a 30-second spot that began airing Monday on Fox News stations throughout their state, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Freedom, it's under attack in your state. Republican...

Judge Declares Florida Abortion Law Unconstitutional

Gov. Ron DeSantis expected to appeal to state supreme court

(Newser) - A judge in Florida on Thursday declared the state's strict new abortion law to be unconstitutional—one day before it was to take effect. The state under Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to quickly appeal to Florida's Supreme Court, reports the Washington Post . The measure signed by the...

DeSantis Lists Net Worth of Just $319K

Florida governor still has student loans

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being talked about as a potential rival for former President Trump in 2024—but unlike his fellow Florida resident, DeSantis won't be able to put much of his own money into the race. Recently filed financial disclosure documents show that the 43-year-old Republican governor...

Musk Hints Who Would Get His Vote in 2024

It's not clear if Ron DeSantis is running for POTUS, but Tesla CEO says he's leaning toward Fla. gov

(Newser) - It's not yet clear if Ron DeSantis or Donald Trump will be running for president in 2024, but if the Florida governor wades into the candidate pool, looks like he can count on a vote from at least one big name. Last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk...

Biden's Age Reemerges as an Issue
Biden's Age
as an Issue

Biden's Age Reemerges as an Issue

White House balks amid concerns about 'geriatric leadership'

(Newser) - The White House is brushing off concerns that the 79-year-old president's age could affect his reelection bid as "fallacious" and not worth listening to. Asked Monday whether President Biden could handle another presidential campaign, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN , "That is not a question that we...

Florida Bans 'Picketing and Protesting' Outside Homes

Ban takes effect Oct. 1

(Newser) - Think you might stage a demonstration outside someone's private residence in Florida later this year? Think again. The state's governor on Monday signed a bill that will ban "picketing and protesting" outside a home when it takes effect Oct. 1, CBS News reports. “Sending unruly mobs...

Population Influx Shifts Florida Toward GOP

Its days as a swing state could be numbered

(Newser) - In 2018, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican US Sen. Rick Scott were elected in Florida with margins so narrow that both races went to recounts. But Florida's days as a battleground state could be numbered, the Hill reports. The state's population is growing rapidly, and many of...

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