Florida Democratic leader won’t seek re-election after party’s widespread losses in 2020

“After much thought and with mixed emotions, I will not run for re-election as Chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party,” Rizzo wrote in the letter, adding that she remains committed to the party’s mission and that while results weren’t always reflected at the ballot box, she believes she and her team laid the groundwork necessary for the party’s long-term success. ... Read More

Secrecy and spin: How Florida’s governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis, left, stand with Kimberly Guilfoyle, an official of President Trump’s campaign, as they watch Trump speak at rally at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. Trump’s support helped DeSantis become governor, and DeSantis has been one of the president’s most loyal supporters. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) ... Read More

Florida’s Senate president sets up a pandemic preparedness committee

He filled out committee chairmanships Wednesday, which his picks including Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, as chairman of the Education Committee, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, as chairman of the Ethics and Elections Committee, and Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, as chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. ... Read More