Category Ron DeSantis

DeSantis new Surgeon General appointment deepens the Governor’s denial of COVID realities

On Tuesday Governor DeSantis announced Dr. Joseph Ladapo as the new Florida Surgeon General who also serves as the Secretary of Florida’s Department of Health. Dr. Ladapo signed the Great Barrington Declaration which was a statement urging herd immunity and rejecting any reasonable efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In his introduction as Surgeon […]

DeSantis attacks on business and alliance with anti-vaxxers part of a broader GOP repositioning with class-based undertones

Ron DeSantis recent rhetoric as well as his executive actions we’ve pointed out are broadly authoritarian, anti-science and are based upon blatant pandering. But what we have not discussed to this point is how DeSantis actions reflect the shifting of both parties electoral coalitions and how vaccines have become more than the partisan or ideological […]

Florida’s grim COVID milestone hardly acknowledged by Governor DeSantis

On Thursday, Governor DeSantis said nothing as Florida officially crossed a dubious threshold – 50,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The dubious mark puts Florida near the very top of COVID death statistics especially for 2021. More than 12,000 Floridians have died in the most recent wave of the virus which began about eight weeks ago. […]

The growing irrelevance of Rick Scott and Marco Rubio in Ron DeSantis’ Republican Party

The GOP is the party of Ron DeSantis. The Florida GOP and the national Republican Party now both have DeSantis as their titular head. As DeSantis emerges as an authoritarian leader in Florida and the star of the right-wing media ecosystem nationally, his predecessor as Governor, Rick Scott and Florida’s Senior US Senator Marco Rubio […]

How much more do Florida taxpayers have to tolerate of DeSantis extra-constitutional actions?

The Governor and the State of Florida continue to take an extra-constitutional approach to governing that has led to a system break during a deadly pandemic which has claimed the lives of close to 50,000 Floridians. Not only are Florida’s citizens getting ill and dying in remarkable numbers but the taxpayers are on the hook […]

DeSantis v Biden a reprise of Jackson v Clay

So much of American political discourse these days focuses on a comparison between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton’s views of Government and society. In fact, this week with the clashes over vaccines and mandates, the Jeffersonian (DeSantis) v Hamiltonian (Biden) comparisons have been made. But neither Jefferson nor Hamilton would fit cleanly into the current […]

TFS + early access: DeSantis Jacksonian Republicans vs Biden’s Henry Clay Democrats

Note: This piece will be available for the general public on Saturday afternoon So much of American political discourse these days focuses on a comparison between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton’s views of Government. President Donald Trump’s love of Andrew Jackson, the conqueror of Florida for the United States was no secret. Ron DeSantis has […]

DeSantis achieves a hat-trick of news cycles with crazy COVID quotes

For three successive news cycles Governor Ron DeSantis has had odd-ball quotes related to Florida’s continuing COVID crisis. This is a remarkable feat, a “hat trick” of sorts. On Wednesday Governor DeSantis told reporters the following : “I don’t know why the masks have politics around it.” Ron DeSantis September 8, 2021 Interestingly it is […]

Governor DeSantis “herd immunity” obsession and desire to out-MAGA Trump guiding so much that’s wrong with his policies.

Each passing news cycle, Governor DeSantis continues to make incredible claims about COVID-19 in Florida and twisting what is in fact scientific and what is political. Ever since last summer when we learned Dr. Scott Atlas had a line into Governor DeSantis, the concept of “herd immunity,” has guided much of the Governor’s thinking and […]

The DeSantis spin cycle – using the right-wing media ecosystem to its fullest

The job of Governor DeSantis taxpayer-compensated Press Secretary, Christina Pushaw appears to be three-fold; 1- Attack the mainstream media and the real journalists of The Associated Press, The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel and other publications that are using their investigative skills to expose the darkness of Florida’s COVID crisis and the continued half-truths and […]