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Florida Man Kept the Governor From Voting

A hacker changed Gov. Ron DeSantis' voter registration info

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't vote Monday because someone had gone online and changed his address in a state database, WESH reports. Authorities tracked the hacker via an IP address and arrested Anthony Guevara, a 20-year-old Naples man, on two counts including felony voter fraud. Authorities say Guevara had... More »

The Day After Florida Reopens, 107 Deaths

The state's death tally is 14,190 so far

(Newser) - Florida reported 107 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, a day after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was lifting restrictions on restaurant capacity, the AP reports. The state also reported 2,795 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing its total since the pandemic began to just under 699,000. Overall,... More »

Florida Reopens, Ends Mask Fines

Restaurants and businesses can reopen

(Newser) - Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and prohibited local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican governor's order unleashed fresh debate in... More »

Florida to Let Bars Reopen

Miami-Dade County says not yet

(Newser) - For the first time since late June, bars in Florida will be able to pour drinks for customers come 12:01am Monday. Establishments can be half-full, as they could before the shutdown, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "I would say that's one of the best bits of news I'... More »

Storm That's Already Set a New Record Churns Toward Fla.

Isaias is the earliest 'I' hurricane of any recorded hurricane season

(Newser) - The earliest "I" storm of any hurricane season is barreling toward the US Southeast, with Florida first in its path. Fox News reports that Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for all of the Florida's counties along the Atlantic shoreline as Hurricane Isaias makes it... More »

Florida's Virus Woes: 'Like Swimming for Shore and Not Seeing Shore'

Grim news continues on COVID, with 12,444 new cases Friday, more than 400K infected in all

(Newser) - Florida has zipped past a grim benchmark amid the pandemic, per data from the state's Department of Health: With the addition of 12,444 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the statewide total has now surpassed 400,000, the Miami Herald reports. There were also 135 new resident deaths, bringing... More »

Supreme Court to Florida: We Are Not Getting Involved

Which means felons still can't vote in the Sunshine State

(Newser) - Looks like Florida felons won't be voting in the 2020 primary election after all—and might not cast ballots in November, either. The Supreme Court decided by a 6-3 vote Thursday not to review a decision by a federal appeals court that blocks hundreds of thousands of state felons... More »

Florida Sets Record for COVID Deaths in 1 Day

120 people die as fatality rate climbs along with infections

(Newser) - The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations had been increasing steadily for weeks in Florida, so health experts were pretty sure what was coming. The state set a record Thursday when 120 people died of the disease, the Hill reports. "There are the denialists who say these people are younger ... and... More »

Florida's Daily Case Total Now Has 5 Digits

State reports more than 10K new coronavirus cases Thursday

(Newser) - With more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday, Florida has reached nearly unique levels of the outbreak. In the US, only New York has reported a larger one-day increase, with 12,847 new positive cases on April 10. Even when the pandemic was at its worst in Europe,... More »

Uproar Greets Florida Gov's Comments on 'Hispanic Farmworkers'

Ron DeSantis said they're driving the recent spike in COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that "overwhelmingly Hispanic" farmworkers and day laborers were the main sources of new coronavirus infections in his state, and now Latino leaders are calling for him to apologize. "It's absolutely embarrassing, appalling," state Rep. Javier Fernández said Monday,... More »

Judge: Fla. Felons Don't Have to Pay to Vote

Convicted felons had been required to pay fines before they could vote

(Newser) - A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling was issued by US District Court Judge Robert... More »

Controversy Over Florida's COVID Site Just Got Worse

Scientist says she was fired for refusing to change data to 'drum up support' for reopening

(Newser) - Florida's state government has a growing controversy on its hands over an online "dashboard" used to track COVID-19 data. The scientist who created the widely praised tool tells Florida Today that she was fired for refusing to "manually change data to drum up support for the plan... More »

Texas Governor on Reopening: 'It's Time to Set a New Course'

Stay-at-home orders are expiring, and some states, like Texas, are beginning incremental reopenings

(Newser) - Friday's the day for Texas. That's the day after its stay-at-home order expires, and when Gov. Greg Abbott says venues such as restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums, retail stores, and libraries may reopen, though at 25% of their usual capacity, report the Texas Tribune and Dallas Morning News... More »

'Sacrifices' Begin for Disney Workers

More than 100K employees furloughed during coronavirus crisis

(Newser) - Nearly half of Disney's workers have seen their last paycheck for a while, as more than 100,000 employees begin their furlough this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. By holding back these wages, the company will be able to save up to $500 million a month, the Financial Times... More »

Florida Beaches Reopen, and Crowds Flock

Governor relaxes rules, but not all are sticking to social-distancing guidelines

(Newser) - Fresh off of deeming the WWE an essential business , Florida is again raising eyebrows over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light on Friday to local communities to reopen their beaches, and some of them did not hesitate to take him up on the... More »

Florida Lets Ill Passengers Leave Cruise Ships

Hospital agrees to take in 10 patients

(Newser) - Passengers aboard two cruise ships that have had coronavirus cases and deaths have been given the green light to disembark at a Florida port, an official said Thursday. An agreement was reached among local, state and federal officials and Carnival Corp., which owns the Zaandam and the Rotterdam, said Broward... More »

Florida's DeSantis Shifts, Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Move comes as number of coronavirus cases in state jumps

(Newser) - Florida is joining the majority of states with stay-at-home orders. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis issued the directive Wednesday amid a sharp spike in cases and mounting pressure, reports the Washington Post . DeSantis told residents to stay home for 30 days except for "essential services or activities." The order... More »

He Was Suspended Over Parkland, Is Now Out for Good

State Senate in Florida votes to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had already suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Now the state Senate has removed Israel from his elected position for good. CNN reports on the 25-15 vote Wednesday that now makes Israel's removal official; it came nine months after DeSantis put Israel's job on... More »

As Epstein Awaits Trial in New York, a New Move by Florida

Governor has ordered state criminal investigation into why Epstein's 2008 plea deal was so cushy

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein was alleged to have sexually abused dozens of teen girls, but in the end he received a deal in Florida that let him plead guilty on lower charges involving just one of those girls. Now the state's governor has ordered a state criminal investigation into why... More »

Sheriff Sues Over Parkland Suspension

Scott Israel claims governor acted 'for political reasons,' wants to be reinstated

(Newser) - A sheriff suspended on accusations that he failed to prevent the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., is officially challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis' punishment. Scott Israel seeks to reclaim the post in a lawsuit, alleging DeSantis acted "for political reasons." Israel, 62, specifically claims DeSantis targeted him because... More »

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