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Ron DeSantis

46th governor of Florida

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Ron DeSantis: 46th governor of Florida
Ronald Dion DeSantis is an American attorney, naval officer and politician serving as the 46th and current governor of Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Florida's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, DeSantis served as an officer and attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy (JAG).

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Sally weakens after dumping rain on Gulf coast [Video]

Sally weakens after dumping rain on Gulf coast

[NFA] The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression and is threatening to dump another foot of rain as it moves inland. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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Sally brings 'historic and catastrophic' flooding [Video]

Sally brings 'historic and catastrophic' flooding

[NFA] Sally, which made landfall early Wednesday as a Category 2 storm, brought what the U.S. National Hurricane Center called "historic and catastrophic" flooding to the Alabama-Florida coast. This..

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Tampa Bay family struggling to visit grandmother in long-term care facility weeks after restrictions lifted [Video]

Tampa Bay family struggling to visit grandmother in long-term care facility weeks after restrictions lifted

The family was optimistic after Governor Ron Desantis lifted restrictions on nursing home visitations. But two weeks later, they say they still aren’t allowed inside to spend time with Minnie, who is..

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Gov. DeSantis vetoes bill that would have raised minimum tobacco, vaping age to 21 [Video]

Gov. DeSantis vetoes bill that would have raised minimum tobacco, vaping age to 21

Governor Ron DeSantis has vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum smoking age to 21 in Florida.

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Lawmakers plan to bring vape bill back [Video]

Lawmakers plan to bring vape bill back

Supporters of vape flavor ban vow to keep fighting despite veto by Governor DeSantis.

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Ybor bar owner pleads for Gov. DeSantis to decide on a reopening timeline [Video]

Ybor bar owner pleads for Gov. DeSantis to decide on a reopening timeline

A Bay Area business owner is pleading with Governor Ron DeSantis to loosen the chokehold on bars, by giving more answers on a reopening date.

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Gov. DeSantis gets emotional talking about long-term care facilities [Video]

Gov. DeSantis gets emotional talking about long-term care facilities

Gov. DeSantis gets emotional talking about long-term care facilities

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Visitations at Florida long-term care facilities to resume but with limitations: Gov. DeSantis [Video]

Visitations at Florida long-term care facilities to resume but with limitations: Gov. DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Florida will once again resume.

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Gov. DeSantis extends halt on evictions for Florida tenants through October 1 [Video]

Gov. DeSantis extends halt on evictions for Florida tenants through October 1

As many Floridians feared getting kicked out of their homes, Governor Ron DeSantis once again extended his suspension on evictions. Story: https://wfts.tv/3hOb0ND

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I-Team: Fighting for your unemployment claims, Aug. 7 [Video]

I-Team: Fighting for your unemployment claims, Aug. 7

Governor Ron DeSantis has now confirmed what those out of work have long suspected -- that the state's unemployment website was designed with "pointless roadblocks" to pay out the least amount of..

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Woman who took dishwashing job to see husband now leads task force to reopen nursing homes in Florida [Video]

Woman who took dishwashing job to see husband now leads task force to reopen nursing homes in Florida

In order to make strides toward a safe reopening of these facilities to loved ones, Governor DeSantis formed a four-person task force to come up with a plan, and Mary Daniel is one of the leaders on..

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Florida surpasses NY in COVID-19 cases [Video]

Florida surpasses NY in COVID-19 cases

[NFA] Florida on Sunday overtook New York in cases of the novel coronavirus, behind only California in the U.S. epidemic. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

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Trump pushes for schools to reopen '100%' [Video]

Trump pushes for schools to reopen '100%'

[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is comfortable with his son, Barron, and grandchildren going back to school, arguing that schools should be open despite concerns from many that..

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Trump's pandemic adviser, Florida gov. on schools

President Donald Trump's new pandemic adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, appeared with Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for a panel discussion on education. Atlas said the U.S. is the only Western country..
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‘All In, All the Time’: Reopening Florida Schools Is Likened to Military Operation

Gov. Ron DeSantis, faced with reluctance by local schools to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, compared it to the campaign to get Osama bin Laden.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis blasts Florida's unemployment system

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the state's unemployment system is full of "pointless roadblocks" designed to frustrate people so they give up on filing claims. He said that in an exclusive..
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Coronavirus updates: Miami schools defy Gov. DeSantis, go online-only; talks on $1 trillion stimulus stall; AG Barr tests negative

California withholds COVID-19 relief funds from two defiant cities; Florida's largest school district to start year virtually; AG Barr tests negative; Latest news.
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Miami Mayor Wants Florida to Mask Up, Too

Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, a Republican, wants President Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis to enforce a masks-in-public rule.
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Teachers Push Back on Reopening in Florida

Educators unions sue Ron DeSantis, and Congress debates virus aid: This is your morning tip sheet.
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As COVID-19 caseload mounts, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sued by teachers over school reopening plan

The state's largest teachers union sued the Gov. Ron DeSantis administration over plans to reopen schools for in-person instruction next month.
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Ousted Florida scientist Rebekah Jones' whistleblower complaint takes aim at governor

The former data scientist accuses Gov. Ron DeSantis' health agency of seeking to falsify statistics used to justify the state's reopening.  
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DeSantis Is Said to Quietly Hinder Fund-Raising for Trump Convention

A personal dispute has prompted Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, to discourage donors from contributing, people familiar with the discussions said. His top fund-raiser denies any attempt to undercut..
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'No need to be fearful': Florida governor Ron DeSantis discusses state's coronavirus cases

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told people to "focus on facts" as coronavirus cases climb.  
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Can Gov. DeSantis force Florida schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic? Some school leaders seem doubtful.

Florida issued an order Monday, requiring all schools to reopen. But educators are concerned about the safety of in-person classes amid coronavirus.
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Florida gov. calms fears as COVID cases increase

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tried to calm fears about rising COVID cases saying 'there's no need to be fearful.' Florida recorded an all-time high of 11,400 cases Saturday. (July 7)  
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledges to keep state open, downplays rise in coronavirus cases

Gov. Ron DeSantis is going forward with Florida's plans to stay open as the state has seen an increase in new coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
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Florida bill on college athletes' name, image and likeness will be signed by governor today

Governor DeSantis' action will make Florida third state with this type of law, joining California and Colorado. It will go into effect July 1, 2021.
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Florida governor asks court to stay felon voting ruling

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave notice on Friday that he will appeal a federal judge's decision on voting rights for felons, while asking for a stay on the ruling that appeared to clear the way for..
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Florida summer camps can open without restrictions

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that summer camps and youth activities can open without restrictions. He said local organizations and governments can set rules and guidelines, but the state..
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After scientist fired, Florida governor calls coronavirus data manipulation charge a 'nonissue'

Gov. Ron DeSantis faces an explosive charge that his administration is manipulating coronavirus data to make the case for reopening Florida.
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Business owners reluctant as Florida reopens

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' ordered a three-tiered plan to lift the stay-at-home orders starting Monday, but as businesses reopen owners and customers are feeling a range of emotions from elation to..
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Some Florida beaches reopen amid virus outbreak

North Florida beaches became among the first to allow people to return since they were closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light on Friday for some..
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Florida to unveil plan to ease coronavirus shutdown as data shows U.S. economy shrinks

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday prepared to unveil his plan for easing restrictions on businesses in his state, as data showed the U.S. economy contracted 4.8% in the first quarter due to..
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Florida to unveil reopening plan as data shows painful contraction of U.S. economy

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday was preparing to unveil his plan for loosening restrictions on business activity in one of the most populous states in the United States as data showed the..
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Nearly 2K new virus cases as testing ramps up

Florida's governor Ron DeSantis says testing for COVID-19 has been ramped up in the US state. At a briefing on Saturday, DeSantis announced just under 2,000 positive cases had been reported over the..
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Florida begins reopening beaches amid coronavirus crisis, and people are enthusiastically flocking

People came faster than a flock of seagulls chasing a french fry when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reopened some beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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WWE deemed 'essential business' by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office deemed Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment an essential business that can remain open.
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Florida Gov. meets school officials amid pandemic

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held an education meeting in Tallahassee on Thursday to discuss if online learning was working amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (April 9)  
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Florida governor: Unemployment system up to speed

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state's heavily criticized unemployment system should now be able to handle the crush of applicants it is receiving as workers lose their jobs during the coronavirus..
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Florida governor issues stay-at-home order

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday, limiting Floridians' movements and interactions outside the home to only essential activites. (April 1)  
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Florida Governor, at Long Last, Orders Residents to Stay Home to Avoid Coronavirus

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the decision corresponds with the “national pause” effectively recommended by the White House.
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Florida has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order amid coronavirus crisis. Some support Gov. Ron DeSantis' approach. Others don't.

Florida, one of the eight states with the most COVID-19 cases, is the only one in that group that hasn't issued a statewide stay-at-home order.
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Florida coronavirus cases pass 4000: state border checkpoints begin, vacation rentals halted

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tells travelers, "Don't come here" as cases pass 4,000. The state is also checking Louisianians crossing the border by car.
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Florida orders travelers from NY area to quarantine

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding areas submit to self-quarantine for two weeks. (March 24)  
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Virus dampens St. Patrick's Day revelry in Florida

In response to the virus outbreak, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared that restaurants must limit their number of patrons to maintain safe distances between diners – a big change for one local..
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Andrew Gillum, Who Ran for Florida Governor, Is Entering Rehab

Mr. Gillum said he was depressed and abusing alcohol since losing the 2018 election to Ron DeSantis.
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Florida confirms two coronavirus cases, one had traveled to Italy: governor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday confirmed that two presumptive coronavirus cases in Florida were positive, Governor Ron DeSantis said during a news conference.
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Pence meets with Fla. Gov DeSantis on coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence participates in a Florida Coronavirus Response Meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis, this after President Donald Trump tasked him with overseeing the U.S. response to the new..
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End 'loophole': Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls for gun restrictions after deadly Pensacola rampage

The FBI said the shooter had legally purchased, in Florida, the 9 mm handgun that he used for Friday's rampage at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
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FL Gov. wants more vetting for foreign trainees

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for heightened vetting of foreign nationals bound for training on US bases. The FBI confirms it is operating on the assumption that Friday's attack in Pensacola by a..
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Pensacola gunman legally purchased Glock 45 used in shooting, FBI says. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blames 'federal loophole'

The Saudi national who shot and killed three people at NAS Pensacola bought the Glock 45 9mm used in the attack legally, according to the FBI.
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What we know about the Saudi national suspect in the Pensacola Navy base shooting

The Pensacola Navy base shooter was identified as a Saudi national by Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday afternoon.
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Florida Senate Votes to Remove Broward Sheriff Scott Israel

The Senate backed Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to remove Mr. Israel over the botched response to the 2018 Parkland school shooting.
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Fla. Gov. DeSantis: 'Stay safe, remain vigilant'

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Hurricane Dorian is on "a much better track" than anticipated a couple of days ago but he urged residents of Florida to "stay safe, remain vigilant," and..
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Dorian downgraded, but Fla. gov urges vigilance

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is warning residents to "stay vigilant" as Dorian weakened very slightly to a Category 4 storm. (Sept. 2)  
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Fuel trucks to get police escorts ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Florida governor says

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the Florida Highway Patrol is escorting fuel trucks to resupply filling stations, which are running out of gas in some areas.  
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Fla Gov: Dorian 'is going to be a major hurricane'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urges residents to listen to their local officials as they decide whether to evacuate before Hurricane Dorian hits the state early next week. (Aug. 30)  
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Jeffrey Epstein: Florida Gov. DeSantis orders probe of financier's prior prosecution, jailing

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's prior Florida prosecution and jailing to be investigated by state police agency, Gov. Ron DeSantis says
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