Tag Archives: Florida

GOP Deliberately Mangled FL’s Unemployment System

Politico reports: Already anxious about Trump’s chances in the nation’s biggest swing state, Republicans now are dealing with thousands of unemployed workers unable to navigate the Florida system to apply for help. And the blowback is directed straight at Trump’s top allies in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott. Privately, Republicans admit that the $77.9 million system …

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New DeSantis Order Overrides Local Lockdown Orders

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday, he quietly signed a second order to override restrictions put in place by local governments to halt the spread of coronavirus. The second order states that new state guidelines that take effect Friday morning “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by …

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Pastor Closes Church Due To “Tyrannical Government”

The Daily Beast reports: The controversial Florida pastor arrested this week for holding massive services in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic said Wednesday he will not do it again this weekend. “I actually have no choice at this juncture but to shut the church down this Sunday,” Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay said on his livestream …

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DeSantis Will Allow 49 Floridians To Disembark Stricken Cruise Ship, Not Any Other Americans Or Foreigners

CNN reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday his state was willing to accept Floridians on board a cruise ship seeking to disembark in Florida after more than 190 guests and crew reported flu-like symptoms, including eight passengers who tested positive for Covid-19. But DeSantis expressed concerns about taking in others given the state’s limited hospital beds. “We are going to …

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Florida Gov Finally Orders Statewide 30-Day Lockdown

Orlando’s ABC News affiliate reports: After days of mounting pressure as the coronavirus spreads in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday issued an executive order asking people to stay at home across the state. Across Florida, the state health department reports nearly 7,000 cases of COVID-19 as of noon Wednesday, with more than 900 people hospitalized and 87 deaths. About 900 …

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FLORIDA: Arrest Warrant Issued For Megachurch Pastor Over Holding Services In Violation Of Governor’s Order

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Worshipers gathered at a Tampa megachurch for services on Sunday, drawing a warning from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office about violating the safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of coronavirus. A live stream on the River at Tampa Bay Church’s Facebook page showed congregants gathered for its Sunday morning “Main Event” service led …

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FLORIDA: Marco Rubio Promises Hate Group That GOP Virus Stimulus Package Includes Grants To Churches

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida participated in an “urgent pastor briefing” last Thursday that was hosted by the Florida Family Policy Council, a religious right organization headed by anti-LGBTQ activist John Stemberger. Rubio, who has long supported Stemberger and his organization, revealed during the call plans to use the coronavirus stimulus package that …

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Florida Governor To Order Self-Isolation For Anybody Arriving On Flights Out Of New York And New Jersey

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he will sign an executive order that will force anyone who travels from New York or New Jersey to Florida to self-isolate for two weeks immediately after they land in the state. While speaking Monday about whether he will lock down the state of Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said …

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FL GOP Official: Cure The Virus With Your Blow Dryer

The Okeechobee News reports: While most of the Okeechobee County Commissioners urge the public to refer to the health information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health or their own doctor, one commissioner uses the public commission meetings to share his own ideas about COVID-19. At the March 20 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commissioners, Commissioner …

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Mar-A-Lago Forced To Shutter Under Governor’s Order

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort closed its doors on Friday, The New York Times reports. The closure comes as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order that called for non-essential businesses and beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties to close due to the coronavirus. According to The Miami Herald, all bars, clubs, and restaurants that …

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Florida Governor To Spring Breakers “The Party’s Over”

Fox News reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told spring breakers in the state on Thursday that “The party’s over” amid the coronavirus outbreak. DeSantis made the comment on “Fox & Friends” after images of students on spring break crowding Florida beaches surfaced this week, despite officials’ encouragement of social distancing. “The message I think for spring breakers is that the …

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Florida Beach To Close After Spring Break Criticism

The Tampa Bay Times reports: The City Council voted on Wednesday to close public access for two weeks to Clearwater Beach, one of the nation’s top tourist destinations, as a precaution to stem the spread of the coronavirus. It does not apply to businesses on Clearwater Beach. The decision is a break from the unified stance reached on Tuesday between …

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PROJECTION: Joe Biden Easily Wins Florida Primary

ABC News reports: Based on an analysis of the vote, ABC News projects that former Vice President Joe Biden will win the Florida Democratic primary. Some of the vote is trickling in across Florida, and currently, with 38% of the expected vote reporting, Joe Biden is leading Bernie Sanders by nearly 40 points, 58%-21%. In some of the state’s larger …

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Mar-A-Lago Getting “Deep Clean” After Virus Cases

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is undergoing a deep clean after multiple cases of coronavirus were confirmed at the club, a member confirmed to CNN. Members were notified via email that the Palm Beach, Florida, club, including its grand ballroom, will be closed Monday for a cleaning, with the exception of the beach club, which is separate to …

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Gillum Enters Rehab After Alleged Meth Incident

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced Sunday that he will be going to a rehabilitation facility. According a statement released Sunday, Gillum says he fell into a depression that led to alcohol abuse after his race for governor ended. On Friday, Gillum was involved in a crystal meth incident in Miami Beach, Miami …

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Police: Ex-Florida Gov Candidate In Meth Incident

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Former Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Andrew Gillum, was involved in a suspected crystal meth incident early Friday morning in Miami Beach, a source from the City of Miami Beach confirmed. According to a police report, Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews were called to a hotel at 1100 West Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. regarding …

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FLORIDA: Joe Biden +44 Over Sanders In Latest Poll

Politico reports: Joe Biden is in line to deliver a knockout punch to Bernie Sanders in Florida in Tuesday‘s Democratic primary, according to a new poll that gives the former vice president a staggering 44-point lead over his opponent. Biden is lapping Sanders in voter support, with support from 66 percent of likely Democratic primary voters to 22 percent for …

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Miami Cancels Massive Calle Ocho Street Festival

Miami’s PBS affiliate reports: Miami elected officials and administrators are announcing that this year’s the annual Calle Ocho Festival, part of Carnaval Miami and sponsored by Kiwanis of Little Havana, will be canceled over the potential spread of coronavirus. Calle Ocho Festival, which was scheduled for March 15, attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year to heart of Little …

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FLORIDA: Biden +49 Over Sanders In Latest Poll

Florida Politics reports: Even before Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race for President, voters in Florida were consolidating behind Joe Biden. More than 61% of likely Florida voters favor Biden, according to the most recent survey by St. Pete Polls commissioned by Florida Politics. That gives the former Vice President a commanding lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at …

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US Sees First Virus Deaths, Cases In NY, FL [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Health officials across the United States were scrambling on Monday to trace all those who had come into contact with infected patients, even as they struggled to get a handle on how far the virus had spread in the country. To date, the American authorities have reported a total of 88 cases nationwide, with two …

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