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DeSantis: Over Two Million Are Under Evacuation Orders

The Hill reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says more than 2 million residents in the state are under evacuation orders as Hurricane Ian approaches, set to make landfall on the Gulf Coast as soon as Wednesday. DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday that he is urging those under evacuation orders to heed them and move to higher …

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Accused Rioter Listed As Walker “Campaign Captain”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker’s campaign recently listed a woman who was arrested in March on charges of participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol as one of his “county captains.” The former football star’s campaign included Mandy Robinson-Hand in an August press release that named dozens of other grassroots supporters. Robinson-Hand, …

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FL Grants Massive State Contracts To DeSantis Donors

The Intercept reports: Under the leadership of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron Desantis, a Missouri-based railroad and transport company that contributed generously in support of his campaign saw an astonishing 280-fold increase in its Florida state government contract awards. A construction aggregates firm that contributed $82,500 was awarded $30 million in new contracts. And a highway and civil site contracting firm …

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REPORT: DeSantis Privately Mocks Trump As A “Moron”

Vanity Fair reports: While DeSantis and the former president are already locked in a 2024 cold war, the smackdown has been unfolding off camera. According to a former DeSantis congressional staffer, DeSantis trashes Trump in private. “He calls him a TV personality and a moron who has no business running for president,” the former staffer said. DeSantis tells donors that, …

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McCarthy Secretly Worked To Sink Madison Cawthorn

The Washington Post reports: Top allies of Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, worked this spring to deny Cawthorn a second term in office, after the Donald Trump-endorsed lawmaker made controversial comments about cocaine use and sex parties in Washington that led McCarthy to announce he had “lost my trust,” according to multiple Republicans briefed on the effort, which has …

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Texas AG Flees His Home To Evade Subpoena Server

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his home in a truck driven by his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, to avoid being served a subpoena Monday, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Ernesto Martin Herrera, a process server, was attempting to serve the state’s top attorney with a subpoena for a federal court hearing …

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South Dakota Gov Took State Plane To Her Son’s Prom

ABC News reports: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was returning from an official appearance in Rapid City in 2019 when she faced a decision: Overnight in the capital of Pierre, where another trip would start the next day, or head home and see her son attend his high school prom? The Republican governor chose the latter, a decision that eventually …

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Ex-Mississippi Gov Accused Of Cutting Welfare Funding Of Nonprofit Because It Supported His Dem Challenger

Mississippi Today reports: A former professional wrestler and defendant in the Mississippi welfare scandal is alleging that he personally witnessed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant instruct an appointee to cut welfare funding to a nonprofit because its director supported Democrat Jim Hood in the 2019 governor’s race. The allegation that Bryant leveraged his control of welfare spending to punish a political …

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WI Speaker Sues To Block Subpoena By Jan. 6 Panel

Axios reports: Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) on Sunday filed a lawsuit against the Jan. 6 select committee after receiving a subpoena calling him to testify before the committee Monday morning. In a letter dated Friday, committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote that the committee wished to question Vos regarding a phone call he received this July from …

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US Extremists Orgasm Over Italy’s New Fascist Leader

Mediaite reports: The hard right in the United States celebrated on Monday as Italy’s Giorgia Meloni appeared to win Sunday’s election with some 26 percent of the vote, which would make her both Italy’s first female prime minister and the first leader of a far-right Mussolini-admiring party to come to power in the country since World War II. While many …

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QAnon Mastriano’s Campaign Is Spiraling And Broke

The New York Times reports: In the same spot where he spoke to thousands of people at a raucous State Capitol rally demanding an end to pandemic restrictions in April 2020, Doug Mastriano appeared on Saturday before a crowd of just a few dozen — about half of whom were volunteers for his ragtag campaign for governor of Pennsylvania. He …

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PA School District Bans “Girls Who Code” Book Series

The Guardian reports: A school district in Pennsylvania has banned the Girls Who Code book series for young readers, according to an index of banned books compiled by the free expression non-profit Pen America. The series is in partnership with Girls Who Code, a non-profit that runs computer coding clubs The CEO and founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, …

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DeSantis’s Migrant Stunt Angers Texas Republicans

The New York Times reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida wanted to irritate a set of wealthy, liberal elites when he flew migrants to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas, delivering them a slice of the humanitarian crisis simmering along the nation’s southern border. But Mr. DeSantis’s stunt also annoyed an entirely different group — fellow Republicans in Austin, including some of …

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TX Drivers To Get “Patriotic” Pamphlet On State History

The Texas Tribune reports: A committee charged with producing a “patriotic” telling of Texas history approved a 15-page pamphlet last month that will now be distributed to new Texas drivers. The advisory committee — named the 1836 Project after the year Texas gained its independence from Mexico — was created last year with the passing of House Bill 2497. “We …

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DeSantis Warns Against Over-Evacuation Before Storm

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: With a vast swath of Florida’s Gulf Coast facing the possibility of a direct strike from a major hurricane in the coming days, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged residents to finish making preparations and not focus too much on where the storm’s center currently is predicted to track, noting there still is significant uncertainty about its path. …

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Trump Slams “Ungrateful, Unappreciative” DeSantis

The Washington Post reports: The former president tracks DeSantis’s public appearances and polling numbers, according to his advisers who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations. He has also soured on DeSantis, repeatedly criticizing him and telling advisers: “I made him.” “He’s ungrateful,” Trump has said, according to two people close …

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“Stolen Valor” QAnon Candidate Refuses To Drop Out

The Associated Press reports: Republican J.R. Majewski insisted today that he would stay in the race for a competitive northwest Ohio congressional seat after The Associated Press reported earlier this week that he misrepresented key elements of his Air Force service. The comments came amid growing fallout for Majewski, who repeatedly said he deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, …

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Cheney: I’ll Leave The GOP If Trump Is 2024 Nominee

The Texas Tribune reports: U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said she would do “whatever it takes” to make sure former President Donald Trump is not the GOP presidential nominee during the 2024 elections, including stumping for Democrats running against election deniers running as Republicans. “I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn’t anywhere close to the …

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GOP Senators: Telepathic Declassification Isn’t A Thing

CNN reports: Several GOP senators raised new concerns about former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents, rejecting his claim that he could simply declassify the secret records by “thinking about it.” In interviews with CNN, the senators broke from Trump’s claim that everything was handled appropriately, diverging from many in the party who have sidestepped questions about the matter …

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NRA Gives Ron DeSantis Their “A+” Endorsement

Florida Politics reports: A new report card was published by the NRA-Political Victory Fund. That allows some politicians to boast to voters about their high score — and in some cases their low rating.  Of note, the organization has not endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for re-election and gave him a “B” grade. That said, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, his …

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