Jan 12, 2021

DeSantis vows to ‘act very quickly’ if disorderly protests erupt

Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Tuesday that law enforcement “reinforcements” will be on hand if anyone plans to participate in armed protests at the state Capitol.

Jan 12, 2021

Vacation rental proposal re-emerges

A Senate Republican on Monday filed a proposal that could refuel a debate about regulation of vacation rental properties.

Jan 12, 2021

By the numbers: COVID deaths by county

Florida on Monday topped 23,000 reported deaths of residents because of COVID-19. Here are the 20 counties with the most resident deaths:

— Miami-Dade: 4,441

— Palm Beach: 1,972

Jan 9, 2021

Scott urges Trump to attend inaugural

Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Friday asked President Donald Trump to attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to demonstrate “the peaceful transfer of power to our people and to the world.”

Jan 9, 2021

Florida graduation rates climb

Graduation rates for Florida high school students ticked up this year, with 90% of students graduating, according to a state Department of Education report released this week.

Jan 8, 2021

Florida men charged in capitol riot

Three men identified as Floridians are among 13 individuals arrested for federal crimes involving the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that Matthew Council of Riverview, Michael Curzio of Summerfield and Douglas Sweet were charged as part of an on-going investigation into the destruction of the building.

Jan 8, 2021

Week’s top stories in Florida

A renewed vigor was given this week to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call to crack down on violent protests, as the world watched an unhinged mob of supporters of President Donald Trump storm and occupy the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to subvert the counting of states’ electoral votes.

Jan 7, 2021

Florida prosecutor to pursue capitol ‘criminals’

Lawrence Keefe, the U.S. attorney for Florida’s Northern District, vowed to identify and prosecute individuals who engaged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

“The criminal acts of domestic terrorism at our nation’s Capitol yesterday shock the sensibilities of all law-abiding, patriotic Americans, regardless of their political leanings,” Keefe said in a release on Thursday. Keefe pledged to go after participants who live in the federal judicial district, which stretches from Gainesville to the Alabama-Florida border.

Jan 7, 2021

Scott, Rubio split on election certification

Florida’s Republican U.S. senators took decidedly different paths when voting on whether to certify results of the 2020 presidential election during a joint session of Congress that lasted into the wee hours Thursday morning.

Congress cemented President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and put a halt to debate as senators, U.S. representatives and aides were rushed to safety.

Jan 7, 2021

Florida GOP leaders release anti-riot legislation

As supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to block congressional certification of the 2020 election on Wednesday, Republican leaders in Florida released legislation aimed at cracking down on violent protests.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close ally of Trump, rolled out his proposed law-and-order plan in September, weeks ahead of the presidential election last fall, as the country was roiled by protests sparked by disparate treatment of Black people by police.

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