TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make education and the environment a priority.
In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on illegal immigration and to appoint Supreme Court justices who won't "legislate from the bench."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's race for governor comes down to a conservative congressman backed by President Donald Trump and a once little-known liberal who hopes to become the state's first black governor.
The race between U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who both defeated better known rivals in their primaries Tuesday, gives voters a stark contrast as both parties chose nominees from their fringes.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week:
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The five Democratic candidates for Florida governor sped through a wealth of issues during a fast-moving debate Wednesday, but differences on the environment, education, guns, health care and standing up to President Donald Trump were few. The follow, in the order they were first introduced are some areas where each stood out from the others:
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy won't be on the ballot for governor after floating the idea of a bi-partisan ticket and instead endorsed former congressional colleague Gwen Graham on Thursday.
Murphy and Graham appeared together, along with Graham's father, former Senator and Governor Bob Graham, to make the announcement and end speculation that Murphy would run for governor with former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott hasn't yet announced whether he plans to run for the U.S. Senate this year — but if he does take the plunge, it could put a damper on one of his last big goals as governor.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Even in his hometown, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum had to acknowledge he's an underdog among Democrats running for Florida governor.
As the mayor was taking questions Wednesday at a Tiger Bay Club luncheon, an attendee suggested the position of lieutenant governor better suits him.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham entered the Florida governor's race on Tuesday, hoping to win the seat her father held for two terms before serving in the U.S. Senate.
Graham made her announcement in Miami-Dade County, where she lived before moving into the governor's mansion at age 15 when her father, Bob Graham, took office.
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Lt. Gov. James H. Williams has died at age 90.
Jim Williams III told the Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/2hSLoUL ) that his father died Friday. The elder Williams was lieutenant governor during Gov. Reubin Askew's second term from 1975 to 1979. Williams ran for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1978, but lost to future Gov. Bob Graham.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham says she wants to run for governor, and she plans to run for governor. But there's one very important factor that's weighing on her decision: her husband has cancer.
MIAMI (AP) — Janet Reno, who was the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general but also became the epicenter of multiple political storms during the Clinton administration, died early Monday. She was 78.
Reno died from complications of Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte said, adding that Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of digital photographs from former Sen. Jay Rockefeller's archives have been released.
The 1,500 photos are available at the website of West Virginia University Libraries' West Virginia & Regional History Center. The photos document moments from Rockefeller's 30 years in the U.S. Senate, beginning with his first swearing-in ceremony in 1985.
WVU says the images were taken by the Senate Photographic Studio.