Parkland shooting: Suspended sheriff sues Florida governor

U.S. 03/07/19, 11:13

The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons.Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel argues in the lawsuit that DeSantis "engineered a ...

Florida Gov. DeSantis to lawmakers: Be bold on big issues

U.S. 03/05/19, 13:50

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an anti-tax, pro-environment State of the State address Tuesday, asking lawmakers to be bold as they tackle issues like education, school safety and health care.It was as much a recap of his whirlwind first two months in office as it was a blueprint for ...

Florida governor wants grand jury to investigate schools

U.S. 02/13/19, 18:03

Saying that parents remain frustrated with school officials' responses to last year's Valentine's Day massacre, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are following laws enacted in the wake of the attack that left 17 dead. If the Republican governor's request ...

Judge won’t end decades-old Everglades cleanup oversight

U.S. 02/11/19, 18:55

A federal judge on Monday refused to end a decades-old court order that oversees water quality and environmental restoration in the sensitive Florida Everglades.Miami U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno rejected a motion by the South Florida Water Management District to end a decree signed in 1992. Among other things, the ...

Smoke it? A medical pot idea tough for Florida to swallow

U.S. 02/04/19, 18:39

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana, but it became clear Monday that some fellow Republicans might not be on board.DeSantis took office last month and said firmly that he wanted lawmakers to repeal the ban signed into law by now U.S. ...

Florida governor appoints judge to take over elections post

U.S. 01/28/19, 18:33

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved quickly on Monday to find a replacement for one of his top hires who abruptly resigned after a newspaper obtained photos of him in blackface taken at a 2005 party.The Republican governor announced that Circuit Judge Laurel Lee would replace Secretary of State Michael Ertel. ...

Small Florida city honors 5 bank shooting victims with vigil

U.S. 01/27/19, 22:28

Residents in a small Florida city gathered Sunday and held a vigil to honor the five women killed in a SunTrust branch mass shooting.People lit flashlights and cell phones instead of candles to honor the victims because heavy rains in Sebring pushed the vigil to an indoor location. Florida Gov. ...

Florida’s ethics commission says Gillum may have broken law

U.S. 01/25/19, 14:14

Florida's ethics commission says there is probable cause that former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum violated the state's ethics law.The commission voted Friday in a closed-door meeting to proceed with charges against Gillum. Gillum is accused of accepting gifts from lobbyists and vendors during his time as Tallahassee's mayor. Gillum ...

Resignation over photos puts pressure on Florida governor

U.S. 01/25/19, 12:10

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's push to bridge partisan and racial divides following his narrow election last year is being tested by the revelation that one of his top hires had dressed up in blackface and mocked hurricane victims.Secretary of State Mike Ertel abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained photos ...

Florida Gov. accepts election chief’s resignation

U.S. 01/25/19, 06:30

Florida's top elections official abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 party. Gov. Ron DeSantis accepted Secretary of State Michael Ertel's resignation.

Update: Florida gov: Elections chief regrets blackface

U.S. 01/24/19, 18:02

The Latest on Florida's secretary of state resigning after photos of him in blackface surfaced (all times local):6 p.m.Florida's new governor says he thought it best to accept his secretary of state's resignation "and move on" after old photos of the elections chief in blackface surfaced.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday ...

Florida’s new Trump-backed governor seeks to broaden appeal

U.S. 01/19/19, 10:16

Florida's new Republican governor rode to office with the strong support of President Donald Trump, leaving some to wonder if he'd be a partisan leader. But in Ron DeSantis' first two weeks in office, he's surprised many by quickly taking up issues with broad appeal. He announced an aggressive plan to address ...

Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor

U.S. 01/18/19, 13:33

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a county elections supervisor who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election.DeSantis announced Friday that he is replacing Palm Beach elections supervisor Susan Bucher, a former Democratic state representative who has held the position since 2008.Florida had recounts in three statewide ...

Florida governor wants ban on smokable medical pot ended

U.S. 01/17/19, 16:50

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Legislature's implementation of a medical marijuana law and said Thursday that if they don't fix it quickly, he'll take matters into his own hands.DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable medical marijuana and loosen limits on ...

Florida governor goes after Airbnb over West Bank decision

U.S. 01/15/19, 18:27

Saying he would "make them feel the heat," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for sanctions against Airbnb unless it reverses its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank in the Middle East.The Republican governor, who repeatedly touted his views on Israel while on the campaign trail ...

DeSantis picks 2nd Miami appeals judge for Supreme Court

U.S. 01/14/19, 11:56

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday chose a second Miami appeals judge for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court, continuing to move the state's highest court in a more conservative direction.DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, 39, a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit ...

New Florida governor suspends sheriff over school massacre

U.S. 01/11/19, 17:17

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking office to remove the Democratic sheriff, appointing a former police sergeant to serve as sheriff. ...

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

U.S. 01/11/19, 15:32

After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial injustice.The case of the men ...

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

U.S. 01/11/19, 14:03

After a dramatic, hour-long meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial injustice.The case of the men ...

New Florida gov to ‘hold government officials accountable’

U.S. 01/10/19, 20:14

Florida's new governor has scheduled a news conference in the county where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre occurred and where some victims' parents are pushing for the removal of the local sheriff.Gov. Ron DeSantis is scheduled to speak at Broward County's public safety complex Friday afternoon. A news release ...

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