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DeSantis pushes ban on diversity programs in state colleges

Jan. 31, 2023 14:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced plans to block state colleges from having programs on diversity, equity and inclusion, and critical race theory. The Republican governor debuted the proposal as part of a larger, higher education legislative...

In Iowa, potential 2024 GOP Trump challengers quiet for now

Jan. 31, 2023 00:41 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — By this time four years ago, at least a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls eager to make their case against Donald Trump had either visited Iowa or announced plans to soon visit the leadoff voting state ahead of the 2020 election. Iowa’s campaign...

McDaniel challenges Mississippi lt. governor in GOP primary

Jan. 30, 2023 16:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Chris McDaniel — a four-term Mississippi legislator who has lost two races for U.S. Senate in the past decade, including a bitter 2014 election that he refused to concede — announced Monday that he will try to unseat Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann in this year's...

Florida GOP leaders want to get rid of gun permits

Jan. 30, 2023 15:51 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Saying gun owners don't need a government permission slip to protect their God-given rights, Florida's House speaker proposed legislation Monday to eliminate concealed weapons permits, a move Democrats argue would make a state with a history of horrific mass shootings...

Trustees picked by DeSantis may change progressive college

Jan. 29, 2023 14:41 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — “Your education. Your way. Be original. Be you.” That's how New College of Florida describes its approach to higher education in an admission brochure. The state school of fewer than 1,000 students nestled along Sarasota Bay has long been known for its...

Trump opens 2024 run, says he's 'more committed' than ever

Jan. 28, 2023 19:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump kicked off his 2024 White House bid with stops Saturday in New Hampshire and South Carolina, events in early-voting states marking the first campaign appearances since announcing his latest run more than two months ago. ...

GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel defeats rival in leadership vote

Jan. 27, 2023 15:46 PM EST

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel won her bid Friday to lead the GOP for two more years, prevailing in an election that highlighted fierce internal divisions that threaten to plague the party into the next presidential season. McDaniel, whom Donald Trump tapped as...

College halts diversity training to comply with DeSantis law

Jan. 27, 2023 14:33 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An optional training class on diversity for faculty at a central Florida public college has been canceled so administrators can ensure it complies with a new state law known as the “Stop Woke" act. Valencia College President Kathleen Plinske wrote in an email...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 25, 2023 21:52 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. January 24, 2023. Editorial: DeSantis violates two constitutions, but it’s a no-win situation Try as he might, Gov. Ron DeSantis can’t spin vindication out of a judge’s decision that flayed him for violating the state and federal...

Democratic Arizona governor to keep migrant busing program

Jan. 25, 2023 14:00 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is defending her decision to continue her Republican predecessor's program to transport migrants out of border communities. Hobbs said in an interview with The Arizona Republic published Wednesday that her focus would be on...