Tag: Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Anti-Protest Bill Into Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 08, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The Governor announced that the state is suing the federal government to allow cruises to resume in Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a very […]

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Ahead of Chauvin Verdict, Florida Enacts ‘Racist’ Law Protecting Drivers Who Hit BLM Protesters

NewsOne Featured Video Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis | Source: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a controversial bill into law that could embolden violence against protesters and would criminalize the right to protest nonviolently in certain instances. Democratic opponents and grassroots organizers argue the law was not only unnecessary but dangerous. […]

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Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference on March 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people can be labeled a “riot”—and if they’re blocking the road and you feel frightened, it’s generally OK to run them over with […]

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Florida Governor Wants Tighter Restrictions on Mail-In Ballots Despite His Ballot Being Tossed in 2016

Photo: Mike Ehrmann (Getty Images) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the Cliff Clavin of Michael Scotts. He’s your favorite idiot’s favorite idiot. He is literally one of the dumbest men in the world, which is Republican for “He may be president someday.” Advertisement DeSantis, more like DeGoFuckYourself, is one of a few Republican governors who […]

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’60 Minutes’ Report On Florida’s Vaccine Rollout Spotlights Equity Concerns For Black Communities

NewsOne Featured Video Weeks after Publix donated $100,000 to a political action committee (PAC) supporting his re-election, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded the grocery an exclusive right to distribute vaccinations in Palm Beach County, according to a report by CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Looking at vaccine equity in the Sunshine State, “60 Minutes” highlighted how the governor’s […]

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60 Minutes Details How Rich Floridians Cut the Line to Get COVID Vaccine

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a new conference on the surge in coronavirus cases in the state held at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images (Getty Images) President Joe Biden announced that 90 percent of Americans will have access to COVID-19 vaccines by April and […]

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Can a Sexless Robot Run for President? Some Think Mike Pence Is Making a Push for 2024

Photo: Melina Mara (Getty Images) Remember back a million years ago when America was under the rule of the most racist president and his sexless robot former Vice President Mike Pence? Well, it looks like someone’s done some tinkering with his mainframe because the once homeless, couch-surfing VP might be looking to make a run […]

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Why White People Hate Critical Race Theory, Explained

Screenshot: Fox News The Root UniversityThe Root University offers a wide range of online classes and academic resources “for the culture.” They’re back! On Monday, Mississippi state Rep. Chris Brown (not that one) introduced two bills in the state legislature affirming the “resolute opposition to the promotion of race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating.” While […]

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A Black Girl’s Event on Being a Better White Person Has Triggered the Worst White People

Image: Jackson Public Library/City of Jacksonville Great news! There’s a vaccine for racism! According to some people, eradicating the scourge of discrimination, white supremacy and oppression is easy. The Caucasian cure for systemic inequality involves the simple task of ignoring the issue, pretending it doesn’t exist and shutting the fuck up until the problem magically […]

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Declares That His New Civics Education Proposal Will ‘Expressly Exclude’ Critical Race Theory

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is engaging in the relatively new conservative practice of pretending to know the first damn thing about critical race theory. On Wednesday, the governor of voter suppression and making pandemics worse unveiled his proposal for a civics education curriculum for Florida schools, which he said will “expressly […]

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The Right-Wing War on State Courts

State courts! Of all the institutions of American government, they might receive the least attention relative to their impact on day-to-day life. State courts are where most criminal trials are held, most civil lawsuits are filed, and most of the legal business of American society is actually conducted. They range from the hyperspecialized water courts […]

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Florida Sen. Rick Scott to Governors: Don’t Accept Stimulus Money

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It’s said that on the ninth day of creation, God got hungry and because it was late, the only thing open was a 7-Eleven, and God was forced to eat day-old taquitos, which made him vomit and thus, Florida was born. Advertisement Florida, the ass pimple of America, continues to […]

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Trump Renews His Vows With the Republican Party

But the idea Trump wants to keep alive is that distancing him is electorally dangerous. And his speech featured a long list of critical Republicans he hopes will prove his point when they’re next up for reelection—“grandstanders like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey; and in […]

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Meltdown at CPAC as Conservatives Struggle to Reconcile Property Rights With Mask Mandates

“I wear a mask when I’m in the halls, and we’re gonna comply with their rules.” Politico’s Quint Forgey, who reported this vignette and posted the relevant video from the CPAC conference, noted some tension between Schneider and Patrick’s message and that of Florida Gov. (and TNR’s Scoundrel of the Year) Ron DeSantis, who earlier […]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis Still Pushing Voter Suppression Bills Despite Claim That Florida Election Was Most Secure in the Nation

Photo: Mandel Ngan (Getty Images) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is continuing his arbitrary-ass war on accessible voting because, well…I honestly have no idea. Well, actually I do: The Republican game plan to disenfranchise non-Republican voters is pretty well-documented—but for DeSantis, voter suppression is like his version of porn addiction. But blocking felons from retaining their […]

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Florida County Commissioner Prioritized COVID-19 Vaccine for County’s 2 Richest Zip Codes, Then Created a ‘VIP List’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Hard Rock Stadium on January 6, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It’s no secret that a lot of Republicans are evil—probably most Republicans—but Florida Republicans are like Satan’s own personal task force […]

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Andrew Cuomo Wishes He Were Ron DeSantis

Not long ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was amiably shrugging off speculation that he was the leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2024 presidential nomination. An August poll found that he was leading in nearly all demographics—the first choice of men, women, voters over 30, and white voters; he led in every region except […]

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Ron DeSantis Is TNR’s 2020 Scoundrel of the Year

None of this passive culling of the citizenry was done on principle, and it certainly wasn’t done for you. As ever, DeSantis’s only audience was the creature that made him, his Maxi-Me, Donald Trump. If Florida’s governor is, at best, a weather vane that always finds the strongest gust pointing toward Washington, he at least […]

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How Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Helped His State Become a Superspreader

President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisPhoto: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) If you aren’t familiar with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, think South Carolina Lindsey Graham but even more spineless. From the beginning of Trump’s presidency, DeSantis has been fighting to win the president’s gaze. At one point, when states were turning up their nose at […]

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Proposes ‘Anti-Mob’ Legislation Allowing Citizens to Shoot Looters and Rioters

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) really wants citizens to be able to shoot people. The governor is reportedly proposing “anti-mob” legislation that would expand Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, allowing armed people to protect property by shooting looters, rioters or anyone else displaying nefarious intentions against businesses and other properties. […]

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Florida May Expand ‘Stand Your Ground’ So People Could Shoot ‘Looters’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign rally for the US president at Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Florida. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) After protests against racism and police brutality swept the U.S. this summer, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis vowed to usher in the “strongest pro-law enforcement, anti-rioting legislation anywhere in […]

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The Great GOP Dystopian Experiment Is Working Exactly as Planned in Florida

But the real centerpiece of Scott’s and the GOP’s voter suppression efforts lay in their thirst to prevent the restoration of voting rights to convicted felons who have rehabilitated themselves. In Florida, convicts seeking their stripped civil rights long had to submit to an onerous, years-long process to get clemency from the governor. As The […]

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Florida Just Doesn’t Want Former Prisoners to Vote

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis or what happens when Satan eats a Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich. Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) First, Florida voters did something so un-Florida-like that everyone outside of Florida was like, “Bitch, do y’all see Florida?” That’s because in 2018, Florida voters voted to give felons back the right to vote, which, […]

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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Pays ‘Poll Tax’ for 32,000 Felons in Florida So They Can Vote

Photo: JOHANNES EISELE (Getty Images) Florida is fucked up. Like sometimes when I think about hell, I imagine that it’s a lot like Florida without Miami but hotter. Much hotter. Advertisement Florida is basically America’s illegitimate cousin with a meth problem who you don’t want inside the house but you also don’t want to call […]

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Florida Bill Would ‘Encourage’ Drivers ‘To Mow Down BLM Protesters,’ Critics Say

A bill introduced Monday by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding the ongoing protests against racism and police violence would all but provide an incentive to inflict harm on people participating in those demonstrations, critics say. The Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act “creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those […]

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Florida Gov. Just Made It Easy for Drivers to Run Over Black Lives Matter Protesters

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) If the Devil hawked a loogie and that mound of phlegm grew feet and arms it would be Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He might be the only man in politics who is literally dumber than Trump. Advertisement Trust me, I know exactly what I’m saying. In a move that can […]

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Federal Appeals Court Packed With Trump Appointees Rules That Former Felons in Florida Have to Pay Fees to Vote

Photo: Rena Schild (Shutterstock) A groundbreaking constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to about 775,000 people with former felonies in Florida has been devastatingly undercut by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which ruled on Friday that the would-be voters must pay all fines and fees they may owe to the state if they […]

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Florida’s Governor Just Admitted the State Unemployment System Sucks on Purpose

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, admitted in an interview Tuesday with CBS Miami that the state’s much-maligned unemployment system was designed to work badly so that people just give up on trying to receive benefits. Asked if the way the system was designed was meant to “discourage” people from collecting unemployment, DeSantis, who was […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Major Blow to Voting Rights, Won’t Change Florida Voting Rules for Felons

Photo: GREGG NEWTON/AFP (Getty Images) In 2018, Florida voters made a momentous decision: restoring the right to vote for those convicted of a felony, so long as they’ve fulfilled their prison time, parole or probation. But since then, the state of Florida has introduced what has been deemed as a modern-day voting tax for released […]

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Watch: Brave Soul Interrupts Dumbass Florida Governor Who Just Stands There Like an Idiot

Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA (Getty Images) On Monday, a man—who can’t possibly live in Florida—interrupted a press conference by Gov. Ron DeSantis (who looks exactly how you’d think a Florida governor would look) to tell the inept governor that his handling of COVID-19 throughout his state has been a joke and that he’s willing to call […]

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Throw the Bums Out

While our federal government’s catastrophic and ongoing failure to prepare for or mitigate the pandemic rightfully earns most of the blame for the explosion of cases, an exclusive focus on the federal response obscures the total extent of our national failure. Our federalist system may deny governors all the resources the federal government can marshal, […]

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