Florida Democrats choose Rep. Crist to challenge DeSantis
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall in a campaign that the Republican incumbent is eyeing as the first step toward a potential White House run.
UNF poll: Fried leads Crist in Democratic governor’s primary; cost of living a top concern of Florida voters
A new poll conducted by the Public Option Research Lab (PORL) at the University of North Florida finds gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, Florida’s agriculture commissioner, ahead of former Gov. Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary -- but still seven points behind Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis in a race among registered voters.
Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried go head to head in debate before Florida Primary
With both claiming to be Florida Democrats’ best bet to defeat Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried traded barbs Thursday in their only debate before next month’s primary election.
Effort begun to eradicate giant African snails in Florida
Invasive giant African land snails that can eat building plaster and stucco, consume hundreds of varieties of plants and carry diseases that affect humans have been detected once again in Florida, where officials say work has begun to eradicate the pests.
DeSantis’ trifecta: Canceling Disney’s district, masks mandate on planes, and half of Florida’s Black congressional delegation
It’s Monday, April 25, and this week political dominoes will start to fall as politicians start lining up for down-ballot races because of the now-enacted congressional map.news.yahoo.com
‘This Is No Longer a Tragic Accident’: Tyre Sampson’s Mother Issues Strong Indictment Following Report Confirming Ride Operator Changed Safety Sensors on Ride That Killed Her Son
An investigation into the accidental death of a Black teen in an Orlando, Florida, amusement park has found a park employee tampered with the ride’s […]news.yahoo.com
Orlando drop tower operator adjusted sensors in seat teen fell from, making ride unsafe, report shows
An independent forensic engineering firm hired in the investigation into a teen’s fatal fall from an Orlando drop tower found the operator of the thrill ride manually adjusted the sensors in the seat he was in, which made the ride unsafe.
Florida order calls Orlando FreeFall ride ‘immediate danger to public health’
Inspectors were back at the Orlando FreeFall thrill ride at Icon Park on Monday, testing it yet again and sending the ride carriage into the air, even while leaving the seats on the ground and raising only the top half of the carriage.
Forensic engineering firm hired to determine cause of fatal thrill ride fall, state says
A forensic engineering firm has been hired to assist in the investigation into the death of a 14-year-old boy who fell from an Orlando drop tower attraction last week, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried said at a news conference Friday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted $100k donations from University of Florida trustees or they'd lose their appointments, Democratic Florida commissioner alleges
Several trustees in the state's university system have already donated to DeSantis's reelection campaign or the state GOP, some with the exact figure.news.yahoo.com
Florida officials want to pump millions of gallons of mining wastewater into a deep well. Environmentalists say it could be "disastrous."
Officials want to put millions of gallons of wastewater in a deep injection well. But with a long history of incidents and issues, locals and some officials say they have "zero confidence" there won't be any problems.cbsnews.com
Fried touts infrastructure bill while Gov. DeSantis raises doubts about equity
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday touted as “a big deal” billions of dollars headed to Florida for roads, bridges, airports and expanding broadband service in rural areas as part of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on President Joe Biden’s desk.
Governor candidate Crist calls for full marijuana legalization
Democrat Charlie Crist, a candidate for governor of Florida, said Thursday he supports full marijuana legalization in the state and wants the expungement of all existing charges and sentences for misdemeanors and third-degree felonies for marijuana possession.
Fried calls on WH to stop Florida from withholding funds from school districts with mask mandates
On Friday, Florida Agriculture Commission Fried called on the White House to continue backfilling school district budgets to make up for financial sanctions about to be imposed by the commissioner of education.
Letter: Why we need something new for Florida
I remember watching Gov. Ron DeSantis’ first ad as a candidate, featuring his two small children. It’s not the use of family that upset me, that’s a common and accepted practice; it was the images of his children building a “wall” with cardboard bricks and reading a book on political division.news.yahoo.com
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried holds moment of silence for lives lost to COVID-19
Florida Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Fried held a moment of silence Wednesday to pay somber respects to the nearly 45,000 Floridians who have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Fried goes after Gov. DeSantis, calls for daily COVID case numbers, more testing sites
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday morning continued her criticism of Gov. Ron DeSantis and his response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling for the Republican governor to increase the number of testing sites in the state and bring back daily case number updates.
Kraken attorney's fundraising group gets Florida's approval
A group run by one of former President Donald Trump’s most prominent election conspiracy adherents, reacting to accusations it was illegally seeking donations in Florida, has registered with the state and says it will raise $7 million, documents released Wednesday show. The office of Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, which polices charities, said it has approved paperwork filed by attorney Sidney Powell’s Defending the Republic group. Fried's office had filed an administrative complaint last month against the group, accusing it of seeking donations without registering with the state as required.news.yahoo.com
Democrat Nikki Fried announces modest first-month fundraising in 2022 run for governor
With a strategy of leaning on small-dollar donors, Democrat candidate for Florida governor Nikki Fried announced her first month’s fundraising numbers Tuesday, a modest haul coming in at just under $813,000.news.yahoo.com
Backlash after Florida governor signs bill against ‘indoctrination’ at colleges
Republican Ron DeSantis claims university campuses are ‘intellectually repressive environments’ The Florida governor, Ron DeSantis: ‘It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas.’ Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, sparked backlash this week when he signed legislation cracking down on so-called educational “indoctrination” at colleges and universities, soon after the state banned critical racenews.yahoo.com
Democrat Nikki Fried files complaint against former Trump attorney’s organization
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday said her office has filed a formal complaint against a charity run by Sidney Powell, a former attorney who joined President Donald Trump’s legal team and spewed false voter fraud claims about the 2020 election.news.yahoo.com
‘Let’s focus on real criminals’: DeSantis pardons remaining local COVID-19 penalties
As part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ continued effort to hamper local governments’ ability to impose pandemic-related infractions, the state’s clemency board on Wednesday pardoned any lingering financial penalties including those against a Broward County gym owner who at one point faced potential jail time.news.yahoo.com
DeSantis blew a chance to prove the Everglades are more important than roads | Editorial
For all of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appalling political stances — from making it harder to vote by mail to picking a fight with the cruise industry over “vaccine passports” — he’s consistently been on the right side of one issue: protecting the Everglades.news.yahoo.com
Before Nikki Fried announced run for governor, she amended 2017, 2018 financial filings
Four days before she filed her paperwork to run for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried amended two forms to disclose she made a substantial amount more as a marijuana lobbyist than previously reported.news.yahoo.com
As pandemic wanes, Florida's DeSantis seizes national stage
As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats readied to pounce. The state's economy was in tatters, infections and deaths were on the rise and there were doubts about the Republican's plan to lead Florida out of crisis. Now that the pandemic appears to be waning and DeSantis is heading into his reelection campaign next year, he has emerged from the political uncertainty as one of the most prominent Republican governors and an early White House front-runner in 2024 among Donald Trump's acolytes, if the former president doesn't run again.news.yahoo.com
Florida firefighting helicopter crashes; no survivors found
One body was recovered Tuesday night and no survivors have been found, Leesburg Fire Rescue said in a Facebook post. A search and rescue effort began immediately after the crash, but the crash site couldn't be cleared because of hazards in the area, the Leesburg Police Department said in a news release Wednesday. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy within our wildland firefighting family,” said Florida Forest Service director Erin Albury.news.yahoo.com
Florida Gov. DeSantis accused of favoritism in distributing Covid vaccine, Congress urged to investigate
Ron DeSantis over "alleged political favoritism" in his state's distribution of Covid-19 vaccine doses. Fried cited news reports of the three so-called pop-up vaccination sites. Fried cited other reports, too, of pop-up vaccination sites appearing in affluent neighborhoods reportedly connected to DeSantis' donors. It's the second time a Florida Democrat has called for a federal investigation into DeSantis' handling of the vaccine rollout. "As reported by multiple news outlets, the Governor is setting up 'pop-up' vaccination sites to deliver doses to select communities," Crist, another longtime DeSantis critic, wrote.cnbc.com