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DeSantis Announces His Inaugural Committee Leadership

November 27, 2018 - 3:30pm
Brian Ballard, Stanley Gaines, and Bill Rubin

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis announced Tuesday leadership for the 2019 Inaugural Committee.

Florida Crime Falls in the First Half of 2018

November 27, 2018 - 3:15pm

Crime continues to fall across Florida, according to the 2018 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report, released Tuesday in Tallahassee. The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 8 percent, or 24,564 fewer reported index crimes, compared to the first six months of 2017. 

Shane Strum Named DeSantis' Chief of Staff

November 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Shane Strum

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced Monday the hiring of an old hand at the Governor's Office, former Broward Republican Chairman Shane Strum, as his chief of staff.

Strum, who served as a transition advisor to Governor Rick Scott and as chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist, will begin his service to Governor-elect DeSantis and the State of Florida Jan. 8, 2019.

Oliva Calls on the Legislature to Embrace Freedom in All Areas of Responsibility

November 20, 2018 - 5:30pm

Speaker-designate Jose R. Oliva was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2018-2020 session. Upon election, Oliva delivered the following remarks, as provided by the Speaker's office:

Bill Galvano Sworn in as Florida's 88th Senate President

November 20, 2018 - 2:30pm

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was unanimously elected president of the Florida Senate Tuesday for the 2018-2020 legislative term.

Trump Administration Expands the Cuba Restrictions List

November 15, 2018 - 8:45am

After National Security Advisor John Bolton came to Miami at the start of the month to announced additional restrictions on the Cuban regime, this week, the U.S. State Department expanded the list, adding around 30 new businesses and organizations facing restrictions. 

Bill Galvano Taps David Simmons as Senate President Pro Tempore

November 14, 2018 - 2:15pm
Bill Galvano and David Simmons

With Republicans staying in control of the Florida Senate, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, tapped Sen. David Simmons, R-Longwood, to be his top subordinate. 

DeSantis Names Transition Staff Members

November 13, 2018 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis and Susie Wiles

On Monday, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Team announced key staff recruited to lead transition operations for the Governor-elect. James Blair, Chris Clark, Drew Meiner, Amanda Emmons, Ben Gibson, Dave Vasquez, and Claire Whitehead will serve among the first hires of the operation. 

In Round 1, Scott Prevails: Snipes Ordered to Release Broward Voting Records

November 10, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

A Florida judge has ordered Broward County Board of Elections supervisor Brenda Snipes to turn over all records requested by Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott no later than 7 p.m. Friday.

Judicial Watch Still Pursuing Awan Brothers' Records in DWS-Related Scandal

November 12, 2018 - 6:00am

Judicial Watch, a watchdog group that keeps an eye out for misconduct by public officials, announced late last week it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for all records of communications relating to the investigation into former Democratic information technology (IT) staffers Abid Awan, Imran Awan, Jamal Awan and Hina R. Alvi (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02563)).

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