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Buchanan: Take El Chapo's Money and Build the Wall

The following piece has been condensed from an oped published Tuesday in the Bradenton Herald:

Holocaust-Denying Principal to Be Officially Terminated

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy told The Palm Beach Post Wednesday he will end the employment of Spanish River High School’s ousted principal, after numerous lawmakers and an anti-hate group spent the last two days pressuring him to do so.

Miami Beach Apparel Firm Tastes Hindus' Wrath

Upset Hindus are urging Miami Beach-based sports apparel firm Platinum Sun Inc. for immediate withdrawal of a yoga mat carrying an image of Hindu deity Ganesha; calling it highly inappropriate.

DeSantis Signs Bill to Mitigate Harmful Effects of Red Tide

Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to Sarasota Thursday for a ceremonial signing of SB 1552: Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, a bill that establishes a partnership between the Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory to develop technologies and approaches to control and mitigate red tide and its impacts.

DeSantis Appoints Darryl Taylor Superintendent of Calhoun County Schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced the appointment of Darryl Taylor as superintendent of the Calhoun County School District.
“Superintendent Taylor is an outstanding choice for Calhoun County,” said Sen. Bill Montford. “He has had a long and distinguished career in the district and will continue to provide crucial leadership and committed service to the students. The entire community will be well served by Superintendent Taylor.”

DeSantis, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Talk Timber Recovery During Friday Roundtable

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met in a roundtable discussion at the Florida Governor’s Mansion to discuss the recovery of Florida’s agriculture and timber industry from the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The governor and secretary were joined at the roundtable by elected officials and stakeholders from throughout the state of Florida. 

DeSantis Makes Five Judicial Appointments

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the appointments of Tesha Ballou to the Eighteenth Circuit Court, Stephanie Silver and Zachary James to the Miami-Dade County Court, Charles Young to the Escambia County Court and Anthony Salem to the Duval County Court.

City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to Serve on HART Board

HART CEO Benjamin Limmer announced, "I am honored to welcome Mayor Castor to our Board of Directors. Mayor Castor's presence and leadership will shape the opportunity HART has to provide innovative and sustainable transportation solutions for decades to come.  Mayor Castor will be an asset to the HART Board of Directors and to the organization as a whole."

DeSantis Signs Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/SB 426 Firefighters Friday, granting certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer.  (See photo below.)

Rubio, Scott Introduce Tax Relief Bill for Florida's Fishing Industry

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act on Thursday, legislation that would create excise tax fairness for potable, electronically-aerated bait containers to be the same as the parts used to assemble it. The tax code currently penalizes small businesses that manufacture these bait containers by applying the 3 percent rate if the parts are sold separately, but the 10 percent tax rate if the product is sold assembled.


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