Tag: DeSantis, Ron

Can Republicans Tax the Rich?

And a self-limiting tendency, while understandable, points to a plausible future in which national conservatism allows itself to be effectively reabsorbed into the G.O.P. mainstream without having achieved its revolution. As Park MacDougald observed recently for UnHerd, just in the several years they’ve held conferences, there’s already been a taming of the “natcons.” The first […]

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Migrants Who Were Flown to Martha’s Vineyard Sue Florida Governor

The migrants who were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and other state officials who orchestrated the flights to Massachusetts, saying that they had engaged in a “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme.” The complaint, which was filed in federal court in Boston, states […]

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Texas Sheriff to Investigate Migrant Flights to Martha’s Vineyard

SAN ANTONIO — A county sheriff in Texas announced on Monday that he had opened a criminal investigation into flights that took 48 migrants from a shelter in San Antonio to the island resort of Martha’s Vineyard last week. Sheriff Javier Salazar of Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, said that he had enlisted agents […]

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DeSantis’s Migrant Flights Aim to Jolt Midterms, and Lay Groundwork for 2024

For months, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona have been busing migrants across the country, using immigrants as political props as they try to score points in the midterm elections and bolster their conservative bona fides. But last week, Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor, supercharged the tactic, flying two chartered […]

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You Cannot Be Too Cynical About Trump (or His Imitators)

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. Any plans to hop a flight to Martha’s Vineyard? Gail Collins: Gee, Bret, I think the Vineyard folks have had enough unexpected guests for a while. But I really was impressed by how gracious they were to the immigrant families that Gov. Ron DeSantis shipped there. Bret: It’s a shame for […]

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After Texas Sent Him to Washington, One Migrant Launches a New Life

When Lever Alejos of Venezuela arrived at the southern border penniless in July, he gladly accepted a free bus ride to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the state of Texas. He had no family or friends to receive him, and spent one night in the plaza across from Union Station. He soon settled into a homeless […]

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What the Martha’s Vineyard Stunt Says About the Trump Wannabes

Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, likes to do stunts. It is a key part of how he’s built his reputation as a fighter for conservative causes — a reputation he hopes to ride to the White House. We saw one of those stunts this week when, using a promise of assistance, he lured […]

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How Low Can Republicans Go?

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will be remembered for many things. He injected obscenities into The New York Times’s White House coverage. He turned conspiracy theory into Republican orthodoxy. And he cut out the middleman on ugliness, happily doing the political wet work himself. The Bush family had retainers, like Lee Atwater, who would hand off […]

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Migrants Flown to Martha’s Vineyard Say They Were Misled

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Migrants shipped to this elite vacation island by Florida’s Republican governor said on Friday that they had been misled about where they were being taken, prompting immigration lawyers to promise legal action as the group of Venezuelans were relocated temporarily to a federal military base. The lawyers said they would seek an […]

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How Scores of Migrants Were Sent to Martha’s Vineyard and D.C.

WASHINGTON — A pair of southern Republican governors this week used scores of migrants in a political stunt designed to bludgeon Democrats about the state of the nation’s immigration system, loading the migrants onto airplanes and buses bound for heavily progressive places to the north. But while the political message from Gov. Ron DeSantis of […]

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U.S. Immigration Debate Rings Hollow in Venezuela as Migrants Flee

MARACAIBO, Venezuela — When Ana Villalobos heard that a group of Venezuelan migrants were at the center of a mushrooming political controversy in the United States, her reaction was swift and anguished. Just days ago, her daughter had left this crisis-battered city and headed north with 40 others, some of them children and pregnant women, […]

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The Political Calculations Behind DeSantis’s Migrant Flights North

Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, one-upped his Texas counterpart, Greg Abbott, this week by sending two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts — the cherry on top of a monthslong campaign to essentially troll liberal cities and states by transferring many asylum seekers to those communities. The airlift, a spokeswoman for […]

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Migrant Crisis Puts N.Y. ‘Right to Shelter’ Law to the Test

On Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams showed off a new welcome center for the thousands of migrants who are being bused from the border to New York, as evidence of how the city is going above and beyond to “meet its obligation” to house the newcomers. There would be Covid vaccinations for school, neon-colored sneakers and […]

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Governors of Florida and Texas Intensify Fight Over Immigration

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Migrants sent on planes and buses to the liberal bastions of Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C., found themselves on Thursday at the center of a political spectacle staged by the Republican governors of Florida and Texas to protest the large numbers of immigrants being allowed into the country at the southern border. […]

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Is Ron DeSantis the Future of the Republican Party?

The governor’s approach to voting issues is especially instructive. Shortly after taking office, he moved to restrict the recently restored voting rights of people with felony convictions, enshrined in a 2018 ballot measure, by requiring those with serious criminal histories to fully pay court fines and fees before re-enfranchisement. His emphasis on scattered episodes of […]

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In Voter Fraud, Penalties Often Depend on Who’s Voting

Charles Eugene Cartier, 81, of Madison, N.H. and Attleboro, Mass., pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to voting in more than one state, a Class B felony, in the 2016 election. He was fined $1,000 plus a penalty assessment of $240, and had his 60-day prison sentence suspended on condition of good behavior. At least four […]

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Ron DeSantis Is a Test Case

In the United States, Pildes wrote, “one might imagine the party in power during unified government would seek to dramatically expand the number and size of the federal courts, then fill these new positions.” Trump, Pildes noted, has already indicated that “one of the first things he’d do if re-elected would be an executive order […]

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As DeSantis Campaigns on Education, Crist Picks Teacher as Running Mate

MIAMI — In choosing the head of the largest teachers union in the Southeast as his running mate, Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, said he found a partner to embody the caring and empathy that he argues Gov. Ron DeSantis sorely lacks. Mr. Crist named Karla Hernández-Mats, the president of the United […]

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In DeSantis’s Florida, Teachers Navigate Curriculum Restrictions

Erin Brown, a teacher in St. Johns County, Fla., typically keeps a gay pride flag hanging up in her classroom. As the faculty sponsor of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her high school, she wants her students to know they are safe with her. But this year, Ms. Brown found herself quietly repurposing the flag. […]

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DeSantis Suspends 4 Elected School Board Members After Report on Parkland

The grand jury completed its report in April 2021, but it was kept under seal while the school board members named in it fought its release. Last week, the state Supreme Court declined the board members’ final appeal to have their names redacted from the report, and it was made public. As it happened, the […]

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Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primaries in Florida and New York

From fiercely contested House races in New York to the battle in Florida to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis, pillars of the Democratic establishment prevailed in a series of late-August elections in both states on Tuesday. In the Hudson Valley in New York, another theme emerged: The political power of abortion rights in the post-Roe […]

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Charlie Crist to Face Gov. DeSantis in Florida This Fall

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Democrats chose Representative Charlie Crist as their nominee for governor on Tuesday, betting that the former Republican governor who campaigned on a return to political decency was their best bet to try to defeat Gov. Ron DeSantis, the polarizing Republican incumbent. Mr. Crist’s blowout victory sets up the general election […]

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There Is No Happy Ending to America’s Trump Problem

Debate about the search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence has settled into well-worn grooves. Mr. Trump and many Republicans have denounced the act as illegitimate. Attorney General Merrick Garland is staying mostly mum. And Democrats are struggling to contain their enthusiasm. Liberal excitement is understandable. Mr. Trump faces potential legal jeopardy from the Jan. 6 […]

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The Florida Primary for Governor is Mostly About Ron DeSantis

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — On the first day of early voting in Broward County, Florida’s Democratic mecca, Jared Brown, a 41-year-old lawyer who until recently had never attended a Democratic Party meeting, drove to the polls in suburban Hollywood, slipped on a party T-shirt and grabbed a clipboard to go knock on voters’ doors. He was […]

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Ron DeSantis Rallies With Doug Mastriano and J.D. Vance

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, widely seen as the Republican who poses the biggest threat to Donald J. Trump if they both run for president in 2024, blitzed through Pennsylvania and Ohio on Friday during a national tour with hard-right candidates that was clearly intended to elevate his standing and earn political capital […]

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Doug Mastriano Gets Pennsylvania Republicans to Close Ranks Behind Him

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Before Pennsylvania’s primary, much of the state’s Republican establishment agreed that Doug Mastriano would be a disaster as the nominee for governor. Andy Reilly, the state’s Republican national committeeman, had joined a stop-Mastriano effort by rival candidates, who feared that the far-right state senator and prolific spreader of election conspiracy theories […]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis Announces Arrests in Florida for Election Fraud

Seven weeks after Florida’s state government opened a new office of election crimes and security, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Thursday that 17 people had been charged with casting illegal ballots in the 2020 election, in which 11.1 million Floridians voted. The governor called the arrests “a first salvo” in a long-overdue crackdown on voting […]

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Ron DeSantis and Republicans’ Mar-a-Lago Playbook

Republican politicians weighing how to react to the F.B.I.’s search of Mar-a-Lago last week had several options. Boiled down, they were: 1. Immediately denounce it as a “witch hunt” and threaten to investigate or even defund the bureau, while calling for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s impeachment. 2. Issue a cautious, place-holder statement expressing confidence in […]

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Josh Hawley’s Manhood, Mike Pompeo’s Midriff and Other 2024 Teases

I’m making a slight change to the title and tilt of this feature and putting the focus on songs instead of lyrics, because you can’t have the latter without the former and I don’t know anyone who listens repeatedly to a song if only the lyrics are appealing. Besides, the most poetic, truest and funniest […]

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The Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and the Lawless Republican Response

Throughout, Mr. Trump has not just seemed undaunted; he has held up the investigations as a point of pride — a sign that he and his followers are waging a righteous battle against a biased, corrupt law enforcement regime. Mr. Trump has already capitalized, sending a text to his supporters, linking to his donation page: […]

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