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(RepublicanWire.org) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a warning that globalist billionaire George Soros is aggressively attempting to rig the upcoming midterm elections.

The re-election campaign of Ron DeSantis has released a Spanish-language public service announcement warning Hispanic voters that George Soros is distributing false information in order to rig the election.

Soros just founded The Latino Media Network (LMN), a new far-left organization that is buying all Spanish-language radio stations in the United States.

So far, LMN has bought 18 conservative local radio stations in the United States.

According to DeSantis’s campaign alert, “George Soros’ purchase of Hispanic radio stations meant to misinform the community.”

“The Spanish-language ‘Alerta’ ad was submitted to run on Miami radio stations (WAQI-AM and WQBA-AM) and warns listeners of the leftist motives behind his media ventures,” a statement from DeSantis declared.

“WAQI-AM and WQBA-AM were recently announced as part of the Soros-backed acquisition of Spanish Language radio.”

Foxnews.com reports: Stephanie Valencia, a former White House staffer during the Obama administration and Jess Morales Rocketto, a former Hillary for America and AFL-CIO employee, are leading the project, and say their purchase across the mass of media markets will give them “access to one-third of the Hispanic population” inside the U.S, according to an interview that was conducted by Axios.

This investment project comes as concern from Democrats who continue to grow over the party’s loss in support from large swaths of Hispanic voters.

DeSantis is warning voters about the media purchase and touts his stance against “leftist disinformation” as he continues the “fight against socialism in America.”

“Warning, voters! The Left is taking control of our local media. Billionaire George Soros, known for financing extreme leftist causes, is now financing the purchase of Hispanic radio stations right here in Miami,” the translated version of the ad says.

“They are coming with their ideological agenda,” it continues. “Soros and his minions know what this community represents in the fight against socialism in America. This community will not get confused. Under Governor Ron DeSantis’ leadership Florida is standing against the corporate media and leftist disinformation.”

“The Soros-funded radical Left is running a scheme to manipulate local media in Florida to push their Marxist agenda on voters. In Florida, we reject the professional Left and their attempt to infiltrate our state and will always stand for truth and freedom,” DeSantis said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – DeSantis didn’t hold back while speaking to a crowd recently. He told the crowd, the Mexican drug cartels should make Biden an honorary member for his open border policy that has allowed them to expand the amount of drugs they bring into the country.

DeSantis signed a bill into law that would stiffen the penalty for fentanyl. The penalties for trafficking fentanyl in Florida will increase to three years to seven years for 4-14 grams, and fifteen to twenty years for 14-28 grams. Fentanyl is much more deadly than heroin and it can be brought into the country from Mexico through our porous border. It only takes a small amount to cause death.

DeSantis said, “Floridians of all walks of life have witnessed the destruction caused by the opioid epidemic across our state. While the Biden administration has failed to stop the flow of dangerous drugs, including fentanyl, across our southern border, we are taking action in Florida to lower both the demand and the supply of illicit and illegal drugs.”

DeSantis continued with, “If you look at what’s going on at the southern border right now. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this, with the massive numbers of people that are coming across the border illegally. It’s fueling a massive infusion of fentanyl into this country.”

First Lady Casey DeSantis in a statement, “earlier today, I held an assembly at a school in Kissimmee to heighten students’ understanding of the dangerous and life-altering effects of substance use and abuse. Our initiative, The Facts. Your Future., not only tells our youth to say no to drugs, but also teaches them why. I am proud of Governor DeSantis for signing into law enhanced penalties for the sale and distribution of opioids today. We’re committed to tackling this problem from all angles and striving for a drug-free Florida.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday blasted the Biden administration over the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, explaining that they are attempting to “stifle dissent, to try to elevate a chosen political narrative that’s endorsed by the regime.” He said it is a move that is contrary to a “free society.”

DeSantis made his remarks during a press conference in Miami, Florida, where he signed a bill recognizing November 7 as Communism Victims Day to “honor the more than 100 million people who have fallen victim to communist regimes across the world.”

“Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 395, establishing November 7 as “Victims of Communism Day” to honor the hundreds of millions of people who have suffered under communist regimes across the world. The Governor also announced that he will approve $25 million in the budget to support renovations and restoration of the historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. Additionally, the Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 160 to approve road designations across the state, including three designations to honor brave Cubans who fought against the Castro Regime. More information can be found here“.

“We want to make sure that every year, folks in Florida, but particularly our students, will learn about the evils of communism, the dictators that have led communist regimes and the hundreds of millions of individuals who suffered and continue to suffer under the weight,” the governor said, noting that there are still people who openly promote “things like socialism and communism.”

DeSantis pointed out what the legislation represents.

“We’ve got to be willing to speak out when we see things that aren’t consistent with our values in our own country,” he said, pointing directly to recent actions of the Biden administration — namely, the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board led by radical leftist Nina Jankowicz.

“Having the federal government set up a disinformation bureau in the Department of Homeland Security is wrong,” he said.

“What they are doing to try to stifle dissent, to try to elevate a chosen political narrative that’s endorsed by the regime and to try to marginalize dissenters,” the governor said, is “not what a free society is all about.”

DeSantis said he believes the administration will use the bureau to “feed the social media platforms with what they want to be censored and not want to be censored.”

“There is no orthodoxy that the government can impose on us. We’re able to speak, speak our mind,” he said, adding that the disinformation bureau needs to be eliminated.

(RepublicanWire.org) – On the latest episode of his Real Time show, liberal comedian Bill Maher slammed leftists for ignoring the reality that Critical Race Theory and woke ideology are really present in American public schools.

Maher then pointed to one of the examples from the textbooks that the state provided, which showed a math book contained a problem that asked students to show that conservatives were more racist than liberals.

“It hinges on whether there really is something going on in the schools that never was going on there before and maybe shouldn’t be going on there. So, we got information today about this. Because this is about what is going on in schools all across the country, but Florida is, of course, the focal point because it’s Florida. So, they took out 41 textbooks, math textbooks. And at the beginning of the week, we didn’t know why. They said there are things in there that are inappropriate for children. Today, they released four examples. This just happened before we came out here, I read through them. A lot of it, I feel like . . . it’s like kids should have empathy when they’re learning. Fine, I’m okay with that. Most of it, I thought was kind of a nothing burger, but here’s one . . . this is a math question, measuring racial prejudice by political identification. I mean, this is teaching math. And why use that example?” Maher began.

Maher said while many on the Left want to downplay the fact that Critical Race Theory is in schools, it does exist and that Governor DeSantis does have a point.

“I don’t think this is typical, I think they . . . picked 41 books and they have four examples. Of the examples, this was the most egregious. But it does exist. It is real. So, again, I don’t know why Democrats do this to themselves. I think DeSantis is demagoguing this issue. Because I think he thinks this is a great way to be the candidate in 2024 by owning the libs,” Maher concluded.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman responded to celebrities’ chanting of the word “gay” in reference to a bill at the Oscars Sunday night with just one word.

“CRINGE!!!!” DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw said in response to three celebrities chanting the word “gay” repeatedly at the Oscars to mock Florida legislation limiting classroom discussions of sexuality.

“We’re gonna have a great night tonight, and for you people in Florida, we’re gonna have a gay night,” actress Wanda Sykes said on stage, referencing a piece of Florida legislation critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Sykes, along with comedian Amy Schumer and actress Regina Hall, then said the word “gay” in unison about a dozen times as the crowd cheered.

The celebrities were referring to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation for children from kindergarten through third grade, requires those lessons to be age-appropriate for other grades, and requires parental notification and consent for health services offered in schools.

While corporate media has called the legislation the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and White House press secretary Jen Psaki even called it “horrific” and “discriminatory,” the bill does not ban the word “gay” and would still allow classroom lessons about sexuality for young children beginning in the fourth grade.

In other tweets, Pushaw said “Being attacked by these degenerates is a badge of honor,” and joked that “Florida will never recover from this.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – He’s not unleashing American oil producers, letting them flood the market with American crude to drive prices down and American profits up.

Nope, Team Biden is looking into buying oil from Iran and Venezuela, two of our biggest enemies, instead. Why’s he choosing terrorists over Texas? That’s not clear. But DeSantis slammed it in a recent statement, brilliantly pointing out the delusion in an epic statement.

DeSantis led off by highlighting that those who fled the vicious Venezuelan regime are furious that Biden is wanting to buy oil from dictators, saying:

We have a number of Venezuelan Americans, who, like many Americans and, I know, a lot of Floridians, are very angered by the Biden administration’s recent attempt to legitimize the brutal Maduro regime in Venezuela.”

Then, noting that Biden didn’t “lift a finger to help” the pro-democracy protesters in Cuba, DeSantis ripped Biden for funding a dictator and “thumbing his nose” at those that escaped that dictator, saying:

This is something that has unfortunately become part of a pattern with the Biden administration. I think if you look at people throughout south Florida that have connections in different countries in the Western Hemisphere, what we see from the Biden administration is basically thumbing their nose at millions of people here in our state…And now, to go in … legitimizing Nicolas Maduro, who’s been responsible for a lot of atrocities and has driven that country into the ground, along with, of course, his predecessor Hugo Chavez — so we are here to speak out about that.

Turning from what Biden’s doing to what should be happening, DeSantis garnered lots of applause by calling for common-sense: American energy independence, saying:

I believe that this country should be energy independent. We have a huge amount of energy reserves in this country.”

“You look at how these gas prices are impacting consumers in Florida and throughout the country. It wasn’t just because of Russia. They’ve been going up consistently since January 20, 2021. That’s just a fact.

DeSantis then got to what might have been his best point: that the Democrats are shunning Putin while buying oil from Maduro because of ideology. In his words:

This is based on ideology. They don’t want us producing like we did under the Trump administration, so they’ve done a series of things…

So you say you don’t want to do with Putin because he’s a dictator. Fine. I’m all for that. But then don’t turn around and go to Maduro, who has committed all kinds of atrocities.”

DeSantis is quite simply correct. Refusing to buy oil from Putin is understandable, a fine decision.

But then turning around and buying oil from a theocracy that hates us and a socialist regime that murders its subject to maintain power? That’s nonsensical, if not evil. American producers can and should be empowered instead.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his wife, First Lady Casey DeSantis, saying she is now cancer free after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

“I have a positive update about my wife Casey DeSantis. After going through both treatment and surgery for breast cancer, she is now considered cancer free,” DeSantis said in a video posted to social media. “All of you who have had thoughts and prayers that have been given to my family and my wife, thank you for doing that. It’s lifted her spirits and made a tremendous difference.”

“For all the women out there who are going through breast cancer right now – you can overcome this,” DeSantis continued. “I know it’s very difficult, but my wife is proof positive, and this is the exact type of news we had hoped for. She still has more to do, but I’m confident she’s going to make a full recovery. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.”

Florida’s first lady also took to social media to deliver a brief statement.

“There are no words to express how truly blessed, grateful and humbled I am to hear the words cancer free. To those who are in the fight, know there is hope,” Casey DeSantis said. “Have faith and stay strong,” she added.

Gov. DeSantis’ office detailed four major initiatives that Casey DeSantis has led since he was elected:

Most recently, First Lady DeSantis spearheaded Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, Economic Self-Sufficiency and Hope. Implemented through the Department of Children and Families, this initiative is uniting communities through ‘Care Navigators’ who guide Floridians on an individualized path to prosperity by focusing on collaboration between the private sector, faith-based community, nonprofits and government entities – breaking down traditional community silos in an effort to maximize resources and uncover opportunities.

Beneficiaries of this initiative include, but are not limited to, single parents, Floridians on government assistance, mothers contending with substance abuse disorders, and children aging out of the foster care system. Any Floridian can learn more about connecting with a Pathway to Prosperity ‘Care Navigator’ by visiting HopeFlorida.com or by calling 850-300-HOPE.

In February of 2021, First Lady DeSantis launched the Resiliency Florida initiative – a partnership with professional sports teams and athletes – including Tom Brady, David Beckham, Peyton Manning, Lou Holtz, Tony Dungy, Urban Meyer, Crystal Thomas, Ali Marpet, Bryant McFadden, Mark Richt, Twan Russell, Corey Simon, Tra Thomas, Jonathan Vilma, Charlie Ward, Tyler Johnson, Joey Logano, Brandon Lowe, and Chris Mueller – to address the stigma surrounding mental health. These teams and athletes are lending their voices and personal stories of resilience and hope to empower Florida students to persevere through adversity.

As a part of this initiative, First Lady DeSantis is working with Volunteer Florida and the Florida Department of Education on the Hope Ambassadors program – a network of over 100 middle and high school clubs encouraging a campus culture of kindness and empathy through peer-to-peer mentoring and volunteerism.

Additionally, to support the Resiliency Florida initiative, First Lady DeSantis worked with the Department of Education to develop Character Education Standards to be taught in Florida’s K-12 schools. Passed unanimously by the State Board of Education in July of 2021, these are Florida’s first standards for Character Education, setting clear expectations for students and teachers and providing opportunities for students to learn how character contributes to the overall civic health of a society and understand the importance of resiliency, responsibility, and respect.

In December of 2019, First Lady DeSantis launched “The Facts. Your Future.” campaign – a public affairs partnership between the Office of the Attorney General, the Florida Department of Health, and the Florida Department of Education. This initiative empowers students with the facts surrounding substance abuse and how it negatively impacts their lives. A major announcement and new developments on this initiative are expected later this year.

First Lady DeSantis’ first major announcement was the Hope for Healing Florida initiative in May of 2019, which brought together stakeholders statewide to discuss new community-level solutions to address mental illness and substance abuse with emphasis on resources for children, veterans and first responders. The Hope for Healing website helps navigate the many ways Floridians can access available resources.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Democrats just got more bad news as they head into the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential elections.

The Republican Party has taken the edge and made Florida a strong red state, which could have devastating consequences for Democrats.

Voter registration data collected by the state and shared with POLITICO shows that there are now 6,035 more voters registered as Republicans than Democrats out of 14.3 million active registered voters. Each party has more than 5.1 million voters.

“This is a milestone moment in Florida’s history,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the Republican Party of Florida.

Democrats — who once had solid control at all levels of elected office until Republicans won the Legislature and governor’s mansion in the ‘90s — held a substantial edge in voter registration just a few years ago.

During the 2010 midterms, amid the tea party wave and the election of Rick Scott to governor, Democrats had a nearly 568,000 voter advantage. That fell to 264,000 in 2018 when DeSantis barely defeated former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by more than 32,000 votes to become the state’s 46th governor. Democrats also were ahead of Republicans by more than 134,000 registered voters last year when President Donald Trump comfortably defeated Joe Biden in the state.

DeSantis, who has pushed the Republican Party of Florida to expand its registration efforts and even contributed $2 million to the effort, correctly predicted earlier this month that his party had overtaken Democrats, a factor he attributed in part to people migrating to Florida due to anti-lockdown, anti-mandate policies he pushed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Democrats are sounding the alarm on how the state of Florida is moving into a conservative stronghold.

According to a report, several Democrats are sounding the alarm about how “bleak” Florida is looking for them.

“It feels a little bit like we’re kind of set up to fail,” an unnamed Florida Democratic official told The Hill. “It’s not anyone person’s fault. A lot of these problems have existed for years. But for a party that has been decimated in the last few elections and especially the last one, I’m not seeing a sense of urgency yet.”

The report details how in 2008, registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 700,000 voters.

Today, Republicans only trail registered Democrats by around 23,000.

Steve Schale, a longtime Florida Democratic strategist, is telling Democrats that they could be in huge trouble going forward.

“Without a full-frontal, professional and accountable partisan effort to turn it around, sometime before the end of this year, there will be more Republicans registered in Florida than Democrats,” Schale wrote on his blog.

“That has NEVER happened before. And, given their voters have higher turnout scores — this isn’t a great place to start,” he added.

Republicans are also aware of their massive gains, and they do not plan to slow down.

“In a state like Florida, when you consider that you get 1,000 new residents a day, you really can’t stop. You have to keep going and you have to keep engaging,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, Republican Party of Florida’s executive director.

Another party leader was even blunter.

“We are going to flip Florida and we’re going to make Florida red permanently,” said Florida GOP State Chair Sen. Joe Gruters.

Democrats in Florida are a minority and that minority is liable to grow once the GOP-controlled legislature begins its redistricting process later this year, leaving them further behind and making it even more difficult for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep her iron grip on the lower chamber.

Democrats fear that Republicans will use the state’s massive population growth as a means of eliminating some of their congressional seats.Advertisement

That enormous growth, however, makes it much more likely that Republicans, who control 16 of the state legislature’s 27 seats, are going to be looking hard and fast at paring that down during redistricting in a way that will help lock in a GOP majority for years to come.

As Politico notes, “Gov. Ron DeSantis remade it by appointing several conservative-minded justices, leading to fears that this time around the GOP may have an easier time in crafting a map friendly to them,” though Democrats have said they’ll go back to court again if need be to challenge Republican maps they see as unfair.

One of the districts, Florida’s 13th Congressional, that could go away belongs to current Rep. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat and former governor who is challenging DeSantis next year.

“The Pinellas County district does not have enough voters in it now. Expanding it north would likely bring in more Republican voters and it could probably be done in a way that does not violate Fair Districts,” Politico reported.

(RepublicanWire.org) – He didn’t announce whether he would launch another campaign for the presidency, but former President Donald Trump pledged at his first rally of 2022 that come 2024, “we are going to take back the White House.” 

And speaking in front of a sea of supporters gathered at the Country Thunder festival grounds in Florence, Arizona, Trump delivered what sounded like his first stump speech of a possible 2024 campaign.

Trump repeatedly took aim at President Biden, who defeated him in the 2020 presidential election. Trump deemed his successor in the White House “incompetent” and blasted Biden on a wide range of issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, foreign policy and crime.

While Trump looked ahead to 2024 as well as this year’s midterm elections – he predicted that “a great red wave is going to begin right here in Arizona” and vowed that “this is the year we take back the House, this is the year we take back the Senate” – he spent much of his speech looking back to his 2020 election loss to Biden.

The former president repeated his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was “rigged” and once again claimed that “I ran twice and we won twice.”

It was no surprise that Trump chose Arizona to kick off his first rally of the new year. Besides being a key battleground in the 2022 midterms, with high profile showdowns for Senate and governor, it is also one of a half-dozen states where Biden narrowly edged Trump in 2020 to win the White House. 

Last year, a Trump-fueled and GOP-driven partisan audit of votes was conducted in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county. Results of the review found that Trump received a couple of hundred fewer votes than the results from the certified election.

On Deck

Trump’s second rally of 2022 will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Conroe, Texas, which is north of Houston.

The former president’s Save America PAC announced on Friday that the rally would be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. It comes one month for primary day in Texas.

A source close to Trump told Fox News that the former president plans to hold roughly two rallies per month going forward.

Trump vs. DeSantis

Did Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis add fuel to the fire in what seems like a burgeoning spat between the popular conservative governor and the former president?

DeSantis has seen his popularity surge among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past year and a half, thanks in large part to his combative pushback against COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After Trump last week said in an interview that politicians who won’t publicly say whether they’ve received a COVID vaccine booster shot are “gutless” – which was widely seen as a shot at DeSantis –  the governor appeared to return fire Friday in an interview on the popular conservative podcast “Ruthless.”

DeSantis said he should have been “much louder” in trying to convince Trump to oppose lockdowns as the pandemic was sweeping the nation in February and March 2020. 

And the governor touted that “when COVID was first coming… I was telling Trump ‘stop the flights from China’ because we didn’t know what we were dealing with.”

DeSantis shut down Florida as the pandemic engulfed the nation, but was also one of the first governors in 2020 to lift coronavirus restrictions.

DeSantis, a former congressman who was narrowly elected Florida governor in 2018 in part thanks to then-President Trump’s support, is running for reelection this year. And he’s polled a consistent – and distant – second to Trump in most of the early 2024 GOP presidential nomination polls.

Asked about his rising popularity among Republican voters nationwide, DeSantis said in his “Ruthless” interview “I think what people see, quite frankly, Republicans, they want to see people actually lead and get things done and fight back. And that’s what we’ve done. We’ve had to do it tooth and nail. We don’t back down from anybody. And we do things. And so, I don’t just wait for things to happen.”

Trump has predicted that if he runs for the White House again, DeSantis won’t run. The governor has deflected when asked about 2024. “It’s way down the road. It’s not anything that I’m planning for,” DeSantis said in a Fox News interview last autumn.https://5112d14361f49db37ba00891f9dcf1ae.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

And DeSantis blamed the media for talk of any tensions with the former president.

“I think this is what the media does, and you cannot fall for the bait. You know what they’re trying to do. Don’t take the bait, and just kind of keep on keeping on. We need everybody united for a big red wave in 2022,” the governor argued.

2024 poll

A Quinnipiac University national poll conducted Jan. 7-10 and released last week had some tough numbers for both Trump and President Biden.

The president’s approval rating dropped to just 33% in the survey.

And by a 59%-33% margin, those questioned said they wouldn’t like to see Trump run again. 

According to the poll, 69% of Republicans want to see Trump run again. But that’s down from 78% who said the same thing in Quinnipiac’s October survey.

(RepublicanWire.org) – One of Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ challengers in this year’s gubernatorial race faced significant backlash online on New Year’s Eve over a tweet that some interpreted as a cheap shot at DeSantis, who recently accompanied his wife to her cancer treatment as critics claimed he was missing in action.

“As governor, I’ll show up,” Democrat Nikki Fried tweeted.

Fried’s tweet came after Florida Democrats and others recently suggested that DeSantis had gone missing because, as they claimed, he had not been seen in public in roughly two weeks.

DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, debunked those claims when she tweeted out screenshots of his public schedule that show his activities as governor.

Notable responses to Fried included:

  • Erick Erickson, radio host: “The Governor was with his wife for her cancer treatment. This is gross stuff. He showed up where it mattered most. It kills me I can’t go with my wife to her oncology visits because of hospital guidelines. I’m glad DeSantis was able to be with his wife.”
  • John Cardillo, political commentator: “This trash lowlife knows DeSantis was with his wife at her cancer treatment. Hey @NikkiFriedFL , remember when you showed up at Ft. Lauderdale PD and abused your office to cover the domestic between you and your now fiancé?”
  • Liz Mair, political strategist: “Nikki Fried placing a LOT of bets here that the online left has got it right in claiming DeSantis wasn’t really with his wife for cancer treatment… and I don’t think we have a Sanford situation here so the odds look pretty long for her…Charlie Crist probably thrilled with this tweet and where this could all be headed, quite frankly.”
  • Curtis Houck, editor: “Attacking a guy for going to his wife’s cancer treatments to own the cons[ervatives].”
  • Christina Pushaw, DeSantis press secretary: “But if someone you love gets cancer, you wouldn’t show up to their treatments? Wow.”
  • Travis Wester, political commentator: “Referring to being there for your spouse during her cancer treatment as ‘giving up’ is the kind of cheap shot that makes the vote a referendum on you, not your opponent. Good luck Nikki.”