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GOP Senators Differ With Trump on DeSantis

Running for president wouldn't be disloyal, it would be politics, Republicans say

(Newser) - Several Republican senators say whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis runs for president is up to him, not Donald Trump. "I think we need some new blood," Sen. John Cornyn said when asked about a DeSantis candidacy, "and I think he'd probably qualify." The former president...

DeSantis Answers Trump's Digs

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DeSantis Answers Trump's Digs

Florida governor emphasizes that he actually won re-election

(Newser) - As President Trump ramps up his 2024 campaign, he's been taking shots at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis , a presumed challenger. On Tuesday, DeSantis responded in a pretty effective manner, at least in the view of multiple assessments. Asked about Trump's digs at a news conference, the governor responded:...

Florida Will Likely Soon Allow 'Constitutional Carry'

Gun rights groups have long pushed for the move

(Newser) - Gun rights groups have long pushed for Florida to allow concealed carry of firearms with no permit, and it looks like they're about to get what they want. Legislation outlined this week by state House Speaker Paul Renner, a Republican, would make Florida the 26th state allowing the permitless...

Students Threaten to Sue After DeSantis Blocks AP Course

3 honors high schoolers want African-American studies class taught in Florida

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Ron DeSantis' administration blocked an Advanced Placement African-American studies class from being taught in high schools around Florida, claiming the course managed by the College Board is "historically inaccurate" and "contrary" to state law. Now, a group of honors students is threatening to sue the...

Court: DeSantis' Suspension Violated Two Constitutions

Judge says it's not in his power to give Andrew Warren his job back

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Friday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the First Amendment and the Florida Constitution by removing an elected state prosecutor, but that the federal courts lack the power to reinstate him. In an order dismissing the case, US District Judge Robert Hinkle wrote that federal law...

Florida Blocks New African American Studies Class

Course is 'inexplicably contrary to Florida law,' board of education says

(Newser) - The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has blocked a new Advanced Placement course on African American studies from state high schools, saying the pilot program's content is "historically inaccurate" and "inexplicably contrary to Florida law." A Jan. 12 letter from the Florida Department of Education...

DeSantis Wants to Permanently Ban Mask, Vaccine Mandates

He describes Florida as a 'refuge of sanity'

(Newser) - If the COVID pandemic rebounds to the point where authorities seek to bring back mask and vaccine mandates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make sure his state isn't affected by what he calls the "biomedical security state." The Republican is seeking to make Florida's ban...

DeSantis Aide Used Back Channel in Migrant Flight Talks

Larry Keefe, Fla. governor's safety czar, was known as 'Clarice Starling' in messages to Vertol Systems

(Newser) - A top aide to Ron DeSantis might be known as Larry Keefe in real life, but in a secret back channel he used with a contractor that was seeking a deal to transport migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard , he called himself by a more familiar name: "Clarice...

DeSantis Wants Grand Jury to Probe COVID Vaccines

Governor asks the Florida Supreme Court to empanel one

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis is taking his gripes with the COVID-19 vaccine to new heights. The Florida governor on Tuesday requested that the state Supreme Court convene a grand jury to investigate any "wrongdoing" related to the vaccines, saying the public wants "accountability," Politico reports. Not many details have...

Polls Sees Shift in GOP Voters, Bad News for Trump

Ron DeSantis is the new favorite, by a wide margin

(Newser) - Republican voters may be looking forward to the 2024 election, but most do not want former President Trump on the ballot. According to the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll, 56% of Republican-leaning voters prefer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, compared to 33% for Trump. Furthermore, 45% don’t want Trump to...

DeSantis Has Musk's Vote
DeSantis Has Musk's Vote

DeSantis Has Musk's Vote

Twitter owner has found Biden disappointing

(Newser) - Whether he wants it or not, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would seem to have the backing of Elon Musk in the 2024 presidential race. Musk proclaimed his endorsement in a "yes" tweet when asked if he would support DeSantis, NBC News reports. "My preference for the 2024 presidency...

DeSantis Speaks Out on 'Underwhelming' Midterms, Leaves Trump's Name Out

Florida governor was no doubt referring to him, however

(Newser) - He didn't actually mention Donald Trump by name, but Ron DeSantis offered what the New York Times calls a "not-so-subtle dig" at the former POTUS shortly before Trump's announcement that he will run for president again in 2024. Referring to the midterm elections, the Florida governor told...

Trump Releases Anti-DeSantis Statement

Calls him an 'average' governor

(Newser) - As Ron DeSantis was riding high on his massive re-election win and the fawning press that has followed , Donald Trump pooh-poohed all of that in an anti-DeSantis statement he released Thursday. "NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back...

Advisers to Trump: Delay 2024 Announcement or Risk 'Silence'

Disappointing results from some of his endorsed candidates look to have weakened his power

(Newser) - Republicans are asking former President Trump to delay his announcement of a presumed third White House bid until next month after disappointing midterm results, particularly from the candidates he backed. His own advisers see the results as "wounding to his political future," the Washington Post reports, adding advisers...

A GOP Takeaway: 'DeSantis in 2024 or Accept Total Defeat'

His massive win in Florida has everyone talking

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis was just elected to serve a second 4-year term as Florida's governor, but the Hill reports the crowd at his victory speech shouted "Two more years!" at him—voicing their hope that his term would be cut short so that he could run for president...

There Was No Red Wave, 'That's for Darn Sure'
There Was No Red Wave,
'That's for Darn Sure'

There Was No Red Wave, 'That's for Darn Sure'

GOP could still take House and Senate, but Democrats will be breathing easier Wednesday morning

(Newser) - Was it a red wave? A bluenami? The consensus, it seems, is neither. As Lindsey Graham announced just before 11pm ET Tuesday on NBC News, it's "definitely not a Republican wave, that's for darn sure." Some reaction to early midterm results:
  • 'Red wedding': Though Republicans

DeSantis Wins Re-Election, Keeps 2024 Hopes on Track
Ron DeSantis Easily Wins
Re-Election in Florida
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Ron DeSantis Easily Wins Re-Election in Florida

Governor and possible 2024 presidential nominee defeats Democrat Charlie Crist

(Newser) - He may well run for president, but first Ron DeSantis had to make sure he didn't lose his governor's seat in Florida. On Tuesday, the Republican did just that by defeating Democrat Charlie Crist. The AP called the race about an hour after polls closed at 7. DeSantis...

Trump Has a New Nickname for Ron DeSantis

'Ron DeSanctimonious' was Trump's swipe, after GOP senator's video appealing to core Trump base

(Newser) - A new video from Ron DeSantis' campaign hints at national ambitions for the Florida governor—to the ire of Donald Trump, who's expected to announce his presidential campaign this month. Shared Friday on Twitter by DeSantis' wife, Casey DeSantis, "the 96-second video invokes God 10 times and suggests...

DeSantis: Only One 'Worn-Out Old Donkey' in My Sights

In debate with Crist, Florida governor and potential 2024 candidate won't commit to full term

(Newser) - Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist had their only debate Monday night in the Florida gubernatorial race, and one subject in particular was getting a lot of attention in the aftermath—DeSantis' White House ambitions. The governor is considered to be a top 2024 presidential candidate, and Crist...

Texas Sheriff Lists Migrants Shipped to Martha's Vineyard as Crime Victims

Move could help keep group in US on special visas

(Newser) - Migrants who were flown by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to Massachusetts are victims of a crime, a sheriff has decreed. The finding could help the nearly 50 people sent from Texas to Martha's Vineyard receive a special visa allowing them to stay in the US, WGBH reports. "Based...

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