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Florida, the new nanny state

By Renee Loth, Boston Globe, June 3, 2024 For a guy who crusades against nanny-state overreach, Governor Ron DeSantis is doing an awful lot of finger-wagging lately about other people’s lives. I recently returned to Massachusetts from a trip to Florida, where the local papers reported that Governor Ron DeSantis had issued a statewide directive

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Ron DeSantis is afraid of questions from a 15 year-old

By Jake Lahut, The Daily Beast, September 1, 2023. Quinn Mitchell has seen at least 35 presidential candidates in person since 2019, when he first started showing up at New Hampshire primary events to ask them questions. Not a single one of them had ever treated the now-15-year-old as if he were a threat—until Ron DeSantis came

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Work won’t set you free

By Maya Vinokour, The Boston Globe, August 13, 2023. In late July, Florida’s Board of Education approved a new social studies curriculum that claims enslaved Black people in America “developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.’’ Endorsed by Governor Ron DeSantis (who has since attempted to distance himself from

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DeSantis’s anti-woke laws can’t stand up to the First Amendment. They’re still dangerous — The silencing has begun

By Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Boston Globe, May 19, 2023. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s anti-wokeness crusade to trample on the First Amendment with a series of state censorship laws aimed at everything from college administrators to Mickey Mouse is a sure loser. After all, when one of the most conservative appellate courts in the nation agrees

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Opinion

In his anti-immigrant push, how extreme can Ron DeSantis get?

By Marcella Garcia,  The Boston Globe,  April 15, 2023. People who house a family member who is undocumented, clergy who minister to those without legal status, mothers who drive their undocumented child, parents who hire an undocumented nanny or housekeeper — they would all be criminalized. In the race to be the most anti-immigrant Republican

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Ron DeSantis’ Book Tour Looks Like ‘Amateur Hour’

Jake Lahut, Zachary Petrizzo, Roger Sollenberger, The Daily Beast, March 24, 2023 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ book tour has hit a few road bumps. In the first staffing shakeup for what’s widely seen as a pre-presidential campaign, the DeSantis road show lost a critical wheel this week when the operation’s top event coordinator pulled out

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Analysis

Ron DeSantis shouldn’t be covered like just another Republican

By Molly Jong-Fast, Vanity Fair, February 16, 2023 Florida’s wannabe autocrat and possible 2024 contender isn’t Trump, but he’s as dangerous to democracy. Trumpism without Donald Trump has long been a fantasy of the GOP donor class. Plenty of things about the Trump presidency generally delighted Republicans, like the tax breaks for the wealthy, the desire to

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Analysis

Ron DeSantis’s war on “woke” in Florida schools, explained

By Fabiola Cineas, Vox.com,  Feb 15, 2023 From book bans to a hostile campus takeover, here’s a rundown of DeSantis’s conservative plan for Florida education. In 2020, Ron DeSantis’s administration declared him the “Education Governor” for how eager he was to dramatically change the state’s education system. Three years later, he’s provoked — and been

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Opinion

What liberals can learn from Ron DeSantis

By Pamela Paul, Opinion Columnist, The New York Times, February 9, 2023 Is there anything liberals can do about Ron DeSantis other than quietly seethe, loudly condemn him every time he makes headlines and hope that his political flaws — his distaste for glad-handing, his less-than-inspiring public-speaking style, his conspicuous unlikability — will take him

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Opinion

Science and trust

By Robert B. Hubbell, December 15, 2022. At a moment of scientific triumph for the world, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pinned his presidential ambitions to an anti-science platform that seeks to criminalize the action of scientists who saved tens of millions of lives in the face of a deadly pandemic. As noted briefly in yesterday’s

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Opinion

Opinion: Even the DeSantis bubble may burst

Opinion by Nicole Hemmer CNN– “Can’t we just lie to ourselves for a while?” Glenn Beck, the right-wing talk radio host, was half-joking when he made this suggestion the day after Tuesday’s elections, but he voiced a longing that a number of Republicans had after the midterms: a hope to linger with the visions of

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Letter says DeSantis faces scrutiny

Treasury reportedly checking spending on migrant flights By Emily Sweeney and Travis Andersen, The Boston Globe, October 13, 2022 US Treasury officials are investigating whether Florida Governor Ron DeSantis improperly used pandemic relief funds to fly about 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last month, according to a letter Senator Edward J. Markey’s

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Opinion

A Shameful Stunt

Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner It is easy to demonize the “other” — the one who looks different, speaks differently, or comes from somewhere else. Especially during periods of deep social, political, and economic anxiety, pounding one’s chest about “us” and “them” and using fear as a rallying cry can whip populations into a fervor.

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