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Florida's new Trump-backed governor seeks to broaden appeal

Jan. 19, 2019 9:30 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters who expected new Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to be politically divisive because of his strong ties to President Donald Trump may be surprised by the quick actions he's taken in his first two weeks in office. DeSantis announced a bold plan to address environmental...

Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor

Jan. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political. DeSantis said Palm Beach elections supervisor...

Court: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans. In his order, U.S....

DeSantis picks 2nd Miami appeals judge for Supreme Court

Jan. 14, 2019 4:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday chose a second Miami appeals judge for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court, continuing to move the state's highest court in a more conservative direction. DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, 39, a former Miami federal...

New Florida governor suspends sheriff over school massacre

Jan. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saying he "repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership." The Republican governor flew...

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

Jan. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial...

Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard

Jan. 10, 2019 12:08 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly...

DeSantis picks female Cuban-American for state's high court

Jan. 9, 2019 1:11 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — With the first of his three picks for the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chose a female Cuban-American appellate judge to become the state's newest justice. Barbara Lagoa, for the past 12 years a judge on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, was...

Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida's new governor

Jan. 8, 2019 2:18 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make education and the environment a priority. In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on illegal...

The Latest: Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida governor

Jan. 8, 2019 12:03 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Republican Ron DeSantis as Florida's next governor (all times local): Noon Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has been sworn in as Florida's new governor. DeSantis took his oath Tuesday in front of the state's historical Old Capitol. He then...