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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RON DESANTIS’ EDUCATION PLAN

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RON DESANTIS’ EDUCATION PLAN

Yesterday, Ron DeSantis released his education policy to boost classroom spending for students and teachers, expand choice, vocational and technical education, and hold the line on college tuition — all without raising taxes. Meanwhile, Andrew Gillum’s plan calls for raising taxes by a billion dollars. See the coverage of Ron DeSantis‘ education policy below:

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Governor’s race focuses on school funding

DeSantis would require that 80 percent of state public school dollars go to classrooms, up from the level of about 74 percent, which he said was reached in 2016-17. DeSantis’s campaign says that increase would yield almost $1.4 billion more for schools. The 80 percent proposal was part of an education package the Republican unveiled Tuesday that aligns with his party’s support for private-school vouchers. DeSantis is pledging to expand the state’s tax credit scholarship program, give parents more school choice options and reward primarily high-performing teachers.”

Florida PoliticsRon DeSantis education proposals spotlight workforce training, school choice

“Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis wants to cut administrative costs at local school districts and put more money into school choice programs while boosting vocational and technical training. The plan is a clear contrast to the plan of Andrew Gillum, his Democratic opponent, who wants to raise the corporate income tax to put $1 billion into traditional public schools…”

Tallahassee Democrat: Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis spar over mayor’s proposed corporate tax hike to fund schools

“Charter schools and other non-traditional methods is a DeSantis priority. His plan includes support for more school options such as magnet schools, independently-managed charters and the use of technology to develop more options. Instead of across-the-board pay raise for teachers, he would develop a merit-based pay plan tied to classroom performance.”

Miami Herald: School days: Florida candidates differ widely on education

“Republican Ron DeSantis…vowed Tuesday to expand the state’s private school voucher program while at the same time pledging to spend more on classrooms by making cuts elsewhere in the education budget…’I think Florida has done some good things over the years,’ DeSantis told reporters after he toured a middle school in the Tampa area. ‘We really need to build off that.'”

Tampa Bay Times: How are Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum different? Look at their education plans.

DeSantis has proposed increasing the total amount that can be distributed for Florida’s voucher-like system for low-income students, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. Gillum wants to pump the breaks on sending public funds to charter and private schools, though he has yet to expand on whether the state should scale back on those initiatives or just not create new ones.”

WWSBDeSantis vs. Gillum education plans for Florida

DeSantis‘ classroom spending proposal calls for spending 80 percent of all education funding in the “classroom.” The proposal has echoes of the “65 percent solution,” a proposal first touted by many Republicans more than a decade ago. His campaign said that they estimate that nearly 74 percent of education spending now goes directly into the classroom for teacher salaries and school supplies. Stephen Lawson, a spokesman forDeSantis, said raising it to 80 percent would put another $1.38 billion into the classroom.

2018-09-20T02:24:49+00:00 September 19th, 2018|

PHOTO RELEASE: DESANTIS, NUÑEZ CAMPAIGN IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

PHOTO RELEASE: DESANTIS, NUÑEZ CAMPAIGN IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

ORLANDO, FL – Today, Ron DeSantis and Jeanette Nuñez rallied with supporters at the Seminole County Victory HQ, attended a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff event in Orlando, and joined Central Florida veterans for a Veterans Military Appreciation Barbecue.

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2018-09-20T02:45:51+00:00 September 15th, 2018|

Where in the world is Andrew Gillum?

Where in the world is Andrew Gillum?

This week, Ron DeSantis has been busy.

On Tuesday, DeSantis rolled out his comprehensive environmental policy. Here’s some of the great coverage from the policy’s release:

Sun Sentinel: Ron DeSantis sells himself as environmentalist with 12-point plan and Everglades tour

“He started Wednesday morning, rolling out an environmental plan that his campaign said would restore the Everglades, stop toxic algae discharges, look for solutions to red tide, ban fracking for oil and protect the state’s beaches, water supply, springs, parks and air. DeSantis also said he would promote policies to deal with rising sea levels in South Florida…”

Orlando Sentinel: DeSantis’ environment plan: Help Everglades, ban fracking, stop discharges, study red tide
“…the platform does call for water quality regulation to be centralized under the Department of Environmental Protection, an agency controlled by the governor. To address another crisis, the red tide that has led to massive fish kills and other marine life deaths along the Gulf Coast from Cape Coral up to the Tampa area, DeSantis said he wants to convene a task force of marine and oceanic scientists to study the cause and develop solutions.”

POLITICO: DeSantis pledges Everglades help, oil-drilling opposition in environmental plan
“The platform embraces some policies already in place, such as building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee and suggests changes without providing specifics…as a result, DeSantis’ platform says that on ‘Day 1’ he will ‘stop toxic algae discharges’ and ‘send clean water south’ to restore the Everglades.”

Throughout the week, Ron DeSantis has been at several events including: touring algae blooms in Cape Coral, an airboat tour of the Everglades, and a 9/11 memorial event in Palm Harbor.

Wednesday, the Republican Governor’s Association released their first ad exposing Andrew Gillum’s “far-out” policies.

Thursday, the Republican Party of Florida released their first ad in support of Ron DeSantis in English andSpanish.

Tomorrow, Ron DeSantis will be attending four separate events in Casselberry, Orlando, and Vero Beach.

Meanwhile, where has Andrew Gillum been?

Since his bungled receipt release, Andrew Gillum’s nowhere to be found.

The sole public appearance that Gillum has made this week was a Tallahassee City Commission meeting to give his buddy Sean Pittman a $90,000 contract. Then he didn’t even meet with reporters afterwards. 

Where in the world is Andrew Gillum?

2018-09-20T02:33:54+00:00 September 14th, 2018|

ICYMI: RPOF Launching Two Ads Featuring Ron DeSantis

ICYMI: RPOF Launching Two Ads Featuring Ron DeSantis

ORLANDO, FL – In case you missed it, The Republican Party of Florida today released two new television advertisements airing statewide beginning tomorrow in English and Spanish.

The 30-second ads feature Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis outlining his plan to grow high-paying jobs, restore Florida’s water quality, and improve education as Florida’s next Governor.

“I’m Ron DeSantis. We were only 12 but we learned to dream big, work hard, and swing away,” says DeSantis who was part of the 1991 Dunedin Little League team to make to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

“And that’s my plan as Governor. I’ll grow high-paying jobs, restore Florida’s water quality, and improve education for every child. I’m Ron DeSantis; from Dunedin to Tallahassee, I’ll always go to bat for Florida.”

The spot will run statewide in every market for 10 days beginning tomorrow. The total ad buy will be over $4 million.

View the ad in English below.

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View the ad in Spanish below.

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2018-09-20T02:40:46+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: RON DESANTIS’ ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: RON DESANTIS’ ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Yesterday, Ron DeSantis released his policy for protecting Florida’s environment from day one as Governor. Here’s what Florida’s leaders are saying about Ron DeSantis’ commitment to protecting Florida’s environment:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

“Ron DeSantis has put forward a comprehensive, thoughtful plan to restore and preserve the treasures of Florida’s unique ecosystems. Ron DeSantis and I share a common environmental philosophy premised on the necessity for clean and reliable water, pristine beaches and improving our state’s air quality. When I was Governor, we made protecting and preserving our environment a priority, and I know that Ron will continue that legacy. I look forward to seeing Ron’s long-term solutions and strong stewardship in action to ensure Florida is beautiful for generations to come.”

President of the Florida Senate Joe Negron

“The environmental policies that Ron DeSantis has laid out show that he has a firm grasp on the issues that are important to our state. Ron understands the dire need to stop the blue-green algae crisis and the prolonged red tide that are decimating our state’s wildlife and ecosystems. He has been in a leader in helping us secure funding for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Ron knows how important this issue is for the Treasure Coast, and I know he’s the right man for the job. The choice for Florida’s environment is clear. Ron DeSantis will fight to restore, preserve, and protect Florida’s natural beauty from day one.”

Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran

“I know that as Governor, Ron DeSantis will be steadfast in his commitment to protecting and restoring Florida’s unique natural environment. Ron DeSantis understands the importance of maintaining our natural resources and the significant role that Florida’s environment has on our state’s economy. I am proud to support Ron DeSantis and I have no doubt that with DeSantis as Governor, Florida has a bright future.”  

Florida Senator Rob Bradley

“I was proud to endorse Ron DeSantis early on, and one of the biggest reasons why was because of his commitment to protecting Florida’s environment. With Ron’s detailed and thorough policy proposal, it’s clear that he is the absolute best candidate to ensure we restore the Everglades, stop the toxic algae discharges out of Lake Okeechobee, and expedite the completion of the reservoir. With Ron DeSantis as Governor, Florida’s environment will be a priority from day one, and I’m looking forward to working with him to make the Sunshine State even brighter.” 

Former Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Alligator Ron Bergeron

“The Everglades is one of the great natural wonders of the world that affects the drinking water and economy of millions of people. Ron DeSantis has shown a lot of interest in making sure we do everything we can the right way to get it back to full health. I am very honored to be part of the team to work together to save the Everglades.”

Articles about Ron DeSantis’ Environmental Policies

Orlando Sentinel: Ron DeSantis sells himself as environmentalist with Everglades tour and 12-point plan

“DeSantis also said he would promote policies to deal with rising sea levels in South Florida, though the plan didn’t address global climate change. And it included a pledge to use his “unique relationship” with President Donald Trump to “ensure that oil drilling never occurs off Florida’s coastlines.”

Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis’ environmental plans include bans on fracking, offshore drilling

“DeSantis distinguished himself in the Republican primary with attacks on the sugar industry, which heavily invested in the campaign of his main opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. However, DeSantis’ plans seem to represent more a continuation of current environmental policy than any sharp breaks.”

POLITICO: DeSantis pledges Everglades help, oil-drilling opposition in environmental plan

“The platform embraces some policies already in place, such as building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee and suggests changes without providing specifics…as a result, DeSantis’ platform says that on ‘Day 1’ he will ‘stop toxic algae discharges’ and ‘send clean water south’ to restore the Everglades.”

Orlando Sentinel: DeSantis’ environment plan: Help Everglades, ban fracking, stop discharges, study red tide

“…the platform does call for water quality regulation to be centralized under the Department of Environmental Protection, an agency controlled by the governor. To address another crisis, the red tide that has led to massive fish kills and other marine life deaths along the Gulf Coast from Cape Coral up to the Tampa area, DeSantis said he wants to convene a task force of marine and oceanic scientists to study the cause and develop solutions.”

2018-09-20T02:37:21+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

PHOTO RELEASE: RON DESANTIS TOURS EVERGLADES WITH ALLIGATOR RON BERGERON

PHOTO RELEASE: RON DESANTIS TOURS EVERGLADES WITH ALLIGATOR RON BERGERON

WESTON, FL – Today, Ron DeSantis joined Alligator Ron Bergeron, a former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner and Everglades champion, for a tour of the Florida Everglades and a discussion about critical restoration efforts. Earlier today, DeSantis released his environmental policy proposal highlighting his plans to protect the environment and restore the Everglades. Ron Bergeron endorsed DeSantis for Governor, saying:

“The Everglades is one of the great natural wonders of the world that affects the drinking water and economy of millions of people,” said Bergeron. “Ron DeSantis has shown a lot of interest in making sure we do everything we can the right way to get it back to full health. I am very honored to be part of the team to work together to save the Everglades.”

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2018-09-20T02:43:51+00:00 September 12th, 2018|

Ron DeSantis in Little Havana: “El Socialismo Sería Un Desastre Para La Florida”

Ron DeSantis in Little Havana: “El Socialismo Sería Un Desastre Para La Florida”

Orlando, FL – Last night in Miami’s historic Little Havana neighborhood, Ron DeSantis spoke to an energetic crowd of community leaders and local residents. Opening his remarks in Spanish, the Congressman went after socialist policies directly:

“Soy Ron DeSantis, Congresista de los Estados Unidos y soy el único candidato capitalista para gobernador de Florida.”

Translation: I’m Ron DeSantis, U.S. Congressman and I’m the only capitalist candidate for Governor of Florida.

“El Socialismo Sería Un Desastre Para La Florida.”
Translation: Socialism would be a disaster for Florida.

“We don’t want socialists!” A woman in the crowd responds enthusiastically.

“No podemos permitir que las políticas socialistas ganen en esta tierra libre.”
Translation: We cannot allow socialist policies to win in the land of the free.

“NO!” The crowd yelled back.

Watch Video Here

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Miami Herald: How GOP warnings about Venezuela and socialism could hurt Andrew Gillum in Miami

“From the moment the November ballot was set, Republicans’ message about Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s platform has been consistent: Florida can’t afford to adopt his “socialist” agenda…”

“It’s a talking point that Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis… repeated Thursday in Orlando, and are guaranteed to broadcast until election day as Gillum pushes for a $15 minimum wage, Medicare-for-All and a 40-percent increase in the corporate tax rate to fund education…”

“It’s highly likely that the strategy will be effective in heavily Democratic Miami-Dade County, where Republicans are courting hundreds of thousands of exiles who’ve fled communist and socialist nations in an effort to keep Gillum from running up the score…”

“Socialism would be a disaster for Florida,” DeSantis said in Miami on Thursday night, drawing cheers from a crowd that packed the Manuel Artime Theatre in Little Havana to hear the conservative congressman speak. “We can’t let socialist policies win in this free land.”

Read the Full Article here

2018-09-07T22:15:04+00:00 September 7th, 2018|

What They’re Saying: Ron DeSantis Chooses Jeanette Nuñez as His Running Mate

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: RON DESANTIS CHOOSES JEANETTE NUÑEZ AS HIS RUNNING MATE

Today, Ron DeSantis announced Jeanette Nuñez, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House, as his running mate for the Florida Governor’s race. This exciting announcement marks the first time that a female Cuban-American has been named Lieutenant Governor nominne in Florida’s history.

Ron DeSantis made the following statement:

“Jeanette Nuñez is a strong, principled leader who will be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor for the people of Florida. She has a proven record of leadership and legislative accomplishments, delivering for both her constituents in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida as a whole.

“Jeanette will help us build on our economic success, protect our environment and empower parents to make the best educational decisions for their children. I look forward to campaigning with her across our great state to secure Florida’s future.” 

Jeanette Nuñez released the following statement about joining the ticket:

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Florida with Congressman DeSantis,” said Nuñez. “In South Florida, we know that by empowering the free market—not big government—we succeed as a state. Together, I know we can build an economy that works for all Floridians, protect our natural resources and provide every child a great education. I’m excited about sharing our message across the Sunshine State and bringing home a big win in November.”

Since the announcement of Jeanette Nuñez, the internet has been buzzing. Here’s what they are saying:

POLITICO: DeSantis to Name Nuñez as Florida’s First Cuban-American Female Running Mate

“It would be difficult to impossible to find a former colleague or someone who knows her who has a bad word to say about her… Jeanette has repeatedly won in an area of the state that’s turning a bluer shade of purple by the hour,” [Congressman Matt] Gaetz said. “She has demonstrated an ability to appeal to a broad section of voters.”

Naples Daily News: DeSantis has Chosen First Female Cuban-American Lieutenant Governor Running Mate

“Republican Ron DeSantis has chosen Miami Rep. Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate in Florida’s governor’s race, making her the state’s first female Cuban-American lieutenant governor candidate, Senate President Bill Galvano confirmed Wednesday.”

Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis picks Jeanette Nuñez as running mate

“Nuñez has shown her conservative bona fides, earning a 96 percent rating for the Florida Chamber of Commerce and a 93 percent rating from the National Rifle Association according to Vote Smart, which tracks candidates votes and positions. But Nuñez also played a more moderate role at times, pushing for passage of a bill which would allow undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition rates at Florida public schools.”

“@RonDeSantisFL has made a wise choice in selecting @RepJNunez to be the 20th Lt. Governor of our great state of Florida,” – Lt. Governor Lopez-Cantera

I’m so proud of @RepJNunez being selected as @RepDeSantis LG. Pro Tempore Nunez has been an accomplished leader in the Florida House and I look forward to working with her in her new role on behalf of our great state! – Attorney General Nominee Ashley Moody

“Kudos on a great choice for LG, @RonDeSantisFL! Having served with @RepJNunez in the Florida House, I know firsthand that she is an exemplary leader and will be an excellent Lieutenant Governor of our state.” – Chief Financial Officer of Florida Jimmy Patronis

“If Ron DeSantis just landed on @RepJNunez for his LG, it is the equivalent of him hitting a walk off grand slam in the little league World Series Championship. She is a principled, effective, brilliant, strong leader. Second to none.” – FL House Speaker Richard Corcoran

“Speaker Pro Tempore @RepJNunes will be an excellent Lt. Governor. I’ve enjoyed working with Speaker Nunez in the Legislature and look forward to working with her as LG! Great pick by @RonDeSantisFL! Exciting news for our @FloridaGOP ticket!” – FL Senator Bill Galvano

“Couldn’t be prouder of @RepJNunez! She will be an incredible partner to ensure Florida continues its growth in the right direction! – FL Sen. Anitere Flores

“So proud of @RepJNunez. She is a principled leader who is admired by everyone who knows her. @RonDeSantisFL made an incredible choice.” – FL House Education Chairman Michael Bileca

“@RepJNunez is one of the brightest, kindest and most effective members of the legislature. She is one of those people you always wish you could be more like and are better for having served with. She will continue to make Florida stronger and all of us proud.” – FL Rep. Chris Sprowls

“@RepJNunez is a fantastic choice for LG. With Speaker Nuñez and @RonDeSantisFL, Floridians have two conservative and principled leaders to help build off the successes of the last 8 years! #LowTaxes #FreeMarkets #Liberty” – FL Rep. Cary Pigman

“@RepJNunez is a great choice for LG @RonDeSantisFL, she’s a proven leader who will fight fiercely for Floridians. She has always been a thoughtful conservative voice in our community & our state #DesantisNuñez” – FL Rep Manny Diaz Jr.

2018-09-06T19:34:39+00:00 September 6th, 2018|

DeSantis Selects Jeanette Nuñez as Lieutenant Governor Nominee

DeSantis Selects Jeanette Nuñez as Lieutenant Governor Nominee

Orlando, FL – Today, Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Governor, selected Miami State Representative Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate. The decision marks the first time in history a Cuban-American woman will run for Lieutenant Governor of Florida. Nuñez is currently the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.

“Jeanette Nuñez is a strong, principled leader who will be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor for the people of Florida,” Congressman Ron DeSantis said. “She has a proven record of leadership and legislative accomplishments, delivering for both her constituents in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida as a whole.

Jeanette will help us build on our economic success, protect our environment and empower parents to make the best educational decisions for their children. I look forward to campaigning with her across our great state to secure Florida’s future.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Florida with Congressman DeSantis,” said Nuñez. “In South Florida, we know that by empowering the free market—not big government—we succeed as a state. Together, I know we can build an economy that works for all Floridians, protect our natural resources and provide every child a great education. I’m excited about sharing our message across the Sunshine State and bringing home a big win in November.”

Nuñez will join Congressman DeSantis for events in Orlando and Miami on Thursday.


Biographical information:

State Representative Jeanette M. Nuñez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She was first elected in 2010 to the Florida House of Representatives and was subsequently re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Nuñez has served in the past as an adjunct professor at Florida International University. Over the years, she has demonstrated her ongoing commitment to the South Florida community through her active involvement in various local organizations and professional groups. She has been involved with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami, WHEN, and Women in Government. From 2007 – 2015, Nuñez served on the Board of Kristi House, an organization dedicated to children who are victims of sexual abuse. In 2007, she was named Hispanic Woman of Distinction.

In November 2016, Nuñez was named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives. She previously chaired Health Quality Subcommittee, Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, and Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee.

A proud graduate of Florida International University (FIU), Nuñez is also a lifetime member of the FIU Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, her Masters of Public Administration from FIU, and a Six Sigma Certificate from the University of Miami. Nuñez attends Christ Fellowship West Kendall Campus. Together with her husband, Adrian Nuñez, they are the proud parents of three children – Megan, Justin,and Jason.

2018-09-06T13:46:15+00:00 September 6th, 2018|

More Questions Than Answers on Andrew Gillum’s Receipts

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS ON ANDREW GILLUM’S RECEIPTS

Last night, Andrew Gillum’s campaign released partial receipt documentation from his trips to Costa Rica and New York City with lobbyists and undercover FBI agents. This comes after weeks of Gillum promising to release them, and amidst an ongoing ethics investigation into the trips by the state commission on ethics.

The problem? The “release” was incomplete at best, and at worst just another attempt by Andrew Gillum to obscure the truth. The missing pieces include accounting for:

NEW YORK CITY TRIP

  • A receipt for his airfare to and from New York City.
  • A ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton”, which Gillum claimed he received from his brother. (Which Adam Corey, through his lawyer, has since denied).
  • A ticket for a Statue of Liberty boat ride, which was organized and attended by undercover FBI agents.
  • Any receipts for other expenditures during the trip.
  • Proof of payment for his New York City hotel (as opposed to an unmarked folio “bill”).

COSTA RICA TRIP

  • Proof of purchase for Mayor Gillum’s plane ticket (His wife’s receipt was only documentation provided).
  • A breakdown of exactly how much Gillum paid “in cash” for his portion of the trip.
    • His receipt simply shows a $400 cash withdrawal, but this raises even more questions:
      • If he actually paid his and his wife’s fair share of the trip, it would be more than $400.
      • Note: Adam Corey’s lawyer has since refuted even this premise by saying “to date Mr. Corey has not received any cash from the mayor.”

Some of these questions have already been correctly outlined by Politico.

The Tallahassee Democrat also noted: “But the early evening document drop by Gillum’s campaign for governor was more remarkable for what it didn’t include — receipts from any of the outings he took in New York City in August 2016 with his former friend, lobbyist Adam Corey, his brother, Marcus Gillum and two undercover FBI agents. There was nothing to show who paid for his tickets to “Hamilton” or his stay at the Millennium Hotel or who exactly arranged for boat outings to the Statue of Liberty.”

When it comes to Andrew Gillum’s Tallahassee dealings, his dizzying web of deception is quickly entangling his bid for Governor. The voters of Florida—and the FBI—are catching on quickly, and it won’t be long before Gillum is simply forced to answer.

2018-09-05T14:12:01+00:00 September 5th, 2018|
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