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Florida Gov. DeSantis Has Raised $6M for Reelection Since March 2



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has raised more than $11.3 million for his reelection campaign over the last six-and-a-half months.

Politico reported close to $6 million of that figure has been brought in since March 2.

The outlet pointed out the GOP governor has outraised the state’s Republican Party, which has brought in $3.65 million during the first three months of 2021. And Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the lone statewide elected Democrat who is considered a likely challenger, has raised just over $154,000 since the beginning of March and a total of just over $450,000 since October.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to get high marks for keeping Florida safe and open for business,” Helen Aguirre-Ferre, executive director of the Republican Party of Florida told the Tampa Bay Times. “Florida has been getting a lot of attention because of the governor’s conservative and principled policies which are working — this in turn is driving support for Gov. DeSantis’ efforts in 2022.”

The Times reported DeSantis, who is up for reelection in 2022, hasn’t officially filed to run yet. However, his political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, can raise money.

And it said that DeSantis has continued to boost his visibility in Florida and the U.S. He has traveled throughout the state opening new vaccination sites as he manages the public health crisis brought on by the pandemic.

He had halted contributions to his committee after the coronavirus outbreak hit Florida. As he publicly reopened the state for business in the latter part of 2020, he began accepting donations to his political committee again,  the Times said

Politico reported that both DeSantis and Fried are now raising money for their political committees — which can take in financial donations of any amount.

DeSantis has received financial backing from well-known GOP donors including Bernard Marcus, the former CEO of Home Depot who was a significant donor for former President Donald Trump. Marcus contributed $250,000 in March for DeSantis’ reelection bid.

DeSantis’ committee also brought in three checks totaling $425,000 from three political committees run by well-known Republican pollster Ryan Tyson. The committees are backed by major Florida corporations such as health insurer Florida Blue, Disney, and U.S. Sugar, and are affiliated with Associated Industries of Florida, a business group, according to Politico.

Much of Fried’s contributions have come in small-dollar sums, Politico said. However, the outlet did note that she received $40,000 from two committees connected to a South Florida law firm.

“While the governor is focused on filling his campaign coffers with massive, six-figure contributions from rich donors and vaccine auctions, Commissioner Fried is dedicated to serving Floridians and doing her job to support farmers, protect consumers, and fight for families,” said Fried spokesperson Max Flugrath.


DeSantis: Unemployed Floridians Will Have to Start Looking for Work



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to reinstate a requirement for those receiving unemployment benefits in the state to prove they’re looking for work.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, DeSantis a Republican said those claiming benefits will likely have to start showing proof they looked for work when an executive order waiving a job-search requirement ends on May 29.

Without the waiver, the state required people receiving benefits to reach out to five prospective employers each week, the newspaper said.

“We suspended that (requirement) last year at this time because, quite frankly, there weren’t jobs,” DeSantis said on Wednesday.

“I think now we’re in just a different situation, you have a surplus of jobs, particularly in restaurant, lodging, hospitality, that people want to hire. I mean, you see the signs all over the place. Look, that’s a good problem to have. But we also just want to make sure, like, look, if you’re really unemployed, can’t get a job, that’s one thing. But making sure that you’re doing your due diligence to look for work, and making sure those incentives align, better.”

And WTSP in Tampa quoted the governor as saying: “Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that it’s temporary and you need to be looking for work in order to be able to get off of unemployment and obviously work because that’s what we want everyone to do. Well, when COVID hit, it was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements.

“We absolutely could put more people to work, the demand is there, businesses want to hire more people and I think we’ll be able to go in that direction very soon.”

The Times noted that Florida’s unemployment rate was 4.7% in March compared to 13.8% in April 2020 when the pandemic forced many business to close.

Under President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue package the government is supplementing weekly jobless benefits by $300 a week. The figure is in addition to the average state unemployment payment of about $340.

Larry Kudlow, who served as a top economic adviser under former President Donald Trump, has said that Biden’s economic relief package discourages some people from trying to find work.

During an interview on Fox News, Kudlow maintained a lot of economists on both side of the aisle believe “the more unemployment insurance you poke out, the more unemployment you’re going to have. And, secondly, the longer the unemployment insurance lasts, then the longer unemployment is going to last.”

And Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., wants to know what the Labor Department is doing to combat and detect fraud and abuse of enhanced federal unemployment benefits.

He made his request in a Wednesday letter to Larry Turner, acting inspector general for the Labor Department.

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Biden Leaves Word ‘God’ Out of National Day of Prayer



The White House issued a proclamation on the National Day of Prayer, but President Joe Biden left out “God.”

Fox News noted the glaring omission of any reference to God in Biden’s prepared remarks.

The administration of former President Barack Obama mentioned “God” in the proclamation on the National Day of Prayer, Fox News reported.

Biden references Americans’ “many religions and belief systems” and the “power of prayer.”

“Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance,” Biden’s proclamation began. “Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.”

It was noted by Fox News that Biden used God in his in-person remarks, crediting the vaccine development “by the grace of God.”

Former President Trump mentioned “God” 5 times in 2017, 5 times in 2018, 7 times in 2019, and 11 times in 2020, while Obama referenced God twice in his 2011 proclamation, Fox News reported.

“Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters and other first responders who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect their fellow citizens,” Obama said in 2011, according to Fox News. “And let us ask God for the sustenance and guidance for all of us to meet the great challenges we face as a Nation.

“I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy and protection for our Nation,” Obama said.

The National Day of Prayer has traditionally been the first Thursday in May.

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Trump Blasts Facebook, Twitter, Google Actions as ‘Total Disgrace’



Former President Donald Trump fired back at the world’s social media giants Wednesday, after Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the site’s decision to suspend his account.

Trump said the actions of Facebook, Twitter and Google are a “total disgrace” and the tech companies should pay a political price.

“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” Trump said in a statement accusing the companies of violating his free speech rights.

“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before. The People of our Country will not stand for it!

“These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.”

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