DeSantis Taps New Secretary of the Florida Lottery
Gov. Ron DeSantis has selected an Orlando airport board appointee to run the state lottery. Earlier today, DeSantis appointed Randall Hunt as secretary of the Florida Lottery.
Owner and chief executive officer of Athletic Apex, a national health and fitness chain, Hunt joins his new post after serving as a board member of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Hunt has been a member of the board since February.
Friday's appointment comes following the resignation of former Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell.
Hillsborough Looks to Flip Heavy Democrat County to Trump
President Donald Trump’s biggest supporter and stalwart in Hillsborough County, Republican Party Chairman Jim Waurishuk, a retired Colonel, known as a resolute airman, diplomat, warrior, and spy. He brings a quiver of military tactics and strategy to the political battlefield – from tactics, techniques and procedures, to strategic influence and communications and PSYOP, to politics.
Referred to by many as the ‘Colonel,’ certainly due to their respect, but also because of his aggressive and staunch leadership style to move the county Republican Party back to its conservative roots, to ground itself in the Republican Party platform, and to support and defend the principles of the Constitution.
Evan Power Gains Momentum as More Endorsements Roll In
In a little more than two months, Leon County Republican Chair Evan Power will find out if he will become the Republican Party's next National Committeeman. And if his numerous endorsements are an early indicator of things to come, Power will have no trouble being elected in January.
Power announced his bid back in September, and already the leader of Leon County's GOP has received an influx of endorsements from high-ranking members across Florida's political landscape.
Some of those notable endorsements include U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, State Reps. Anthony Sabatini, Chris Latvala, and Nick DiCeglie, county chairs Hunter Peeler, Jeff Hinkle, Jeff Porter, Todd Jennings, and many more.
Wakulla County Looks to Become Second Amendment Sanctuary
A Wakulla County commissioner submitted a proposed resolution on Wednesday to declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
Ralph Thomas, a county commissioner and Chairman of Wakulla's Republican Party, brought forth the resolution today, just days after Lake County became the first Second Amendment Sanctuary county in Florida.
"This resolution reaffirms my oath to support and defend the Constitution, specifically against attacks on the Second Amendment and the people's God-given right to defend themselves," Thomas told The Florida Report.
Florida is Thriving After Electing DeSantis One Year Ago
Today officially marks the one year anniversary of Gov. Ron DeSantis being elected Governor of Florida.
In 365 days as governor, DeSantis has made numerous achievements. From leading the state through the devastation of Hurricane Michael to removing Scott Israel for failing the people of Parkland, DeSantis has proven that he was the right choice for Florida.
At 72 percent, DeSantis continues to be one of the most popular governors in America. He has unwavering support from his Republican base, with 91 percent of Republicans. Meanwhile, he is also beloved by many who opposed him prior to the election. 69 percent of independents approve of the job he's doing, with a striking 56 percent of Democrats supporting him. Only 17 percent disapprove of the job he's done.
FSU Fans: Cutting Ties with Willie Taggart Was the Right Move
The Florida State job is now open following the announcement that the Seminoles have decided to move on from Willie Taggart after two seasons.
Taggart was fired on Sunday afternoon following a loss to Miami that dropped the Seminoles to 4-5 on the year. The 27-10 loss to the in-state rival dropped Taggart's overall record at Florida State to 9-12. with an embarrassing 0-5 record against its biggest rivals.
With Taggart continuing to underperform and the average attendance at Doak Campbell Stadium (capacity: 79,560) dropping to 54,213, the lowest in more than 30 years, Florida State had to do something fast.
Their decision to cut ties with Taggart shocked many FSU fans, leaving the fan base at odds on the school's choice to remove him after 21 games as head coach of the once-great program.
First Lady Casey DeSantis Holds Discussion on Youth Suicide Prevention
On Monday, First Lady Casey DeSantis held a discussion about the alarming increase in youth suicide and called for members to work with their agencies to develop new ideas to amplify and analyze the state’s response to the epidemic.
DeSantis, who serves as chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, has been a strong advocate for addressing and diagnosing mental health issues early.
In Florida, death by suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death among all ages but is the fourth-leading cause of death among ages 5-14 and the third-leading cause of death among ages 15-24.
Thousands of Burmese Pythons Removed from the Everglades
On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced and applauded the efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to remove more than 3,600 invasive Burmese pythons from South Florida’s Everglades System.
The invasive reptiles have been a problem since the 1970s after irresponsible pet owners released them into the ecosystem. The subtropical environment, with its ideal temperatures and abundance of defenseless prey, helped their population explode, resulting in the much of the native wildlife -- raccoons, foxes, marsh rabbits, and birds -- being destroyed.
As the fight to preserve the Everglades continues, the FWC’s Python Action Team has made major strides in eradicating the threat. Today, the team reached a major milestone of removing 1,000 Burmese pythons from the wild in Florida, continuing DeSantis' mission to rid the pythons from the Everglades.
Pythons or Hogs? DeSantis and Kemp Wager on Georgia-Florida Game
The Florida vs. Georgia rivalry is one of the most exciting in all of college football. It's a divisional matchup played every year in Jacksonville, with the outcome of the game having huge implications for the final standings in the conference. With both teams ranked in the top 10, a win would be paramount as each school looks to earn its way into the SEC Championship Game.
The 2019 iteration in Jacksonville is certain to be one of the most competitive in recent memory -- both on and off the field.