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After Health Official's Vaccination Email, Fla. DOH Takes Action

Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County's health chief, put on leave after encouraging staffers to get vaccinated

(Newser) - Throughout the pandemic, Florida's Dr. Raul Pino has been the public face for Orange County's Department of Health, appearing during news briefings to offer updates on case numbers and vaccinations. The county health director may not be on camera for a while, though: The state DOH announced Pino...

Trump-DeSantis Battle Begins Earlier Than Expected
Friction Is Heating Up
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Friction Is Heating Up Between Trump, DeSantis

The two GOP frontrunners have begun sniping at each other

(Newser) - Friction between Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has surfaced of late, with Trump criticizing "gutless" politicians who won't reveal their vaccination status and DeSantis faulting Trump for too-aggressive COVID lockdowns while president. Now, multiple outlets are weighing in on what this means for the 2024 election:...

DeSantis: Wish I'd Been 'Much Louder' Against Trump's COVID Move

Fla. governor says he wishes he'd spoken up to protest shutdowns in early pandemic

(Newser) - Things have started to get tense between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, starting when the former president appeared to call the Florida governor "gutless" this week for not admitting whether or not he'd received the COVID booster shot. Now, DeSantis is firing back, second-guessing how Trump handled things...

Trump's 'Gutless' Remark Seen as Shot at DeSantis

Former president slammed politicians who decline to confirm having booster shot

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been talked about as a possible running mate for Donald Trump if the former president decides to run in 2024—but the two Republicans may be growing further apart on the issue of COVID vaccines. In remarks that CNN describes as a "thinly veiled...

Trump Could Pick Anybody for 2024 Race, Aides Say

Even Republicans considering presidential campaigns just want to be No. 2, Roger Stone says

(Newser) - We only think Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other Republican politicians are mapping out presidential campaigns. Roger Stone, longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, said it's all a show, Politico reports. "There's no question that people running for president are...

Lawmaker Slams Fla. Surgeon General's 'Shocking' Mask Rebuff

State Sen. Tina Polsky, who has cancer, says Joseph Ladapo wouldn't don mask in her office

(Newser) - Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a memo to senators Saturday regarding...

DeSantis to Anti-Vax Cops: We'll Give You $5K to Move Here

Governor hopes to sign legislation that would offer bonus to relocating officers resisting vax mandates

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis has an offer for police officers around the country: If you don't want to get vaccinated and may have to leave your job because of it, his state has a place for you. The Florida governor appeared on Fox News on Sunday, telling host Maria Bartiromo that...

Florida's New Surgeon General: 'We're Done With Fear'

Joseph Ladapo makes quarantining optional for asymptomatic students who've been exposed

(Newser) - If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needed an ally in his approach to public health in the age of COVID, he just got one in his new surgeon general, who announced a new emergency order this week on student quarantines. "Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making...

DeSantis Announces Huge Fines for Cities, Counties Requiring Vaccine

Municipal governments could be on the hook for millions

(Newser) - First it was school districts requiring masks ; now local governments requiring vaccines are in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' crosshairs. DeSantis on Monday announced the state will fine municipal governments with COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their employees, WFLA reports. Some cities and counties could be on the hook for millions, the...

DeSantis Files Emergency Appeal on Mask Ruling

Governor wants ban on school mandates to remain in place while case is in court

(Newser) - One day after a judge blocked Florida from enforcing its ban on mask mandates, the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis filed an emergency appeal. If successful, the Republican's filing would keep the ban in effect while the courts decide the issue, CNN reports. Some school districts in the state...

Judge Orders Florida to Stop Enforcing Mask Mandate Ban

'We are not in normal times. We are in a pandemic'

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has had another setback in his battle to prevent school districts from bringing in mask mandates. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ruled Wednesday that the state must immediately stop enforcing its ban on mask mandates, reports NBC . Cooper, who first ruled against the ban...

Despite Court Ruling, DeSantis Punishes School Boards
Florida's Mask Fight
Takes a New Turn
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Florida's Mask Fight Takes a New Turn

State punishes districts over mandates despite court ruling

(Newser) - The mask fight in Florida just managed to escalate. On Monday, the state announced it would financially punish two school districts for imposing mask mandates even though a court ruled Gov. Ron DeSantis had no right to do that, reports Politico . State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said he would withhold...

Judge: DeSantis Overstepped Authority on Mask Mandates

Florida judge says school districts can impose them

(Newser) - School districts in Florida may impose mask mandates, a judge said Friday, ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by issuing an executive order banning the mandates, per the AP . Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that...

Florida Goes After Salaries in School Mask Fight

State warns districts amounts equal to board members' pay will be withheld

(Newser) - Florida officials are threatening to withhold funds equal to the salaries of school board members if school districts in two counties don't immediately do away with strict mask mandates as the state continues to battle through high hospitalization rates. School boards in Broward and Alachua counties received a warning...

DeSantis Raises Stakes in Fight Over Mask Mandates

Florida governor threatens to withhold pay of superintendents, board members who defy ban

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is ratcheting up his stance against face-mask mandates with a controversial new threat. In a statement released to CBS Miami , DeSantis said the state might withhold the pay of school superintendents and school board members who require their students to wear masks. The governor outlawed such...

School District Reverses Mask Mandate After DeSantis Order

Florida threatens to pull funding from schools that require face coverings

(Newser) - A South Florida school district that voted last week to require facial coverings has reversed itself after Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to cut funding. With coronavirus caseloads surging as the much more contagious delta variant spreads infections, the Broward County school board unanimously voted last week to require students, teachers,...

Florida Sees Record 21K COVID Cases

It's the highest one-day total since the pandemic began for the state

(Newser) - Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the US...

DeSantis T-Shirt: &#39;Don&rsquo;t Fauci My Florida&#39;
DeSantis Mocks
Fauci With Merch

DeSantis Mocks Fauci With Merch

The two have disagreed about pandemic restrictions throughout

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has put his opposition to infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci in writing—on T-shirts and koozies. The governor, who's up for reelection next year, has begun selling anti-Fauci and anti-pandemic restrictions merchandise online. The launch comes during an increase in coronavirus cases: Florida's...

Vax Fight Between Cruise Line, Florida Heats Up

Norwegian wants 100% of crew, passengers vaxxed, sues Fla., which says that's discrimination

(Newser) - The cruise industry is taking shaky steps back into the water, and Norwegian Cruise Line just made a move it hopes will help keep its business safe and afloat. On Tuesday, the company sued Scott Rivkees, the surgeon general of Florida, over the state's ban against businesses asking for...

Teams Drill Holes for Explosives in Remaining Structure

Officials worry storm will take bring building down at the wrong place

(Newser) - Crews were setting up the part of the Florida condo building that's still standing for demolition on Sunday, while others were preparing the site for a tropical storm. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommended the structure be brought down, WPLG reports. Teams were...

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