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Voter databases in two Florida counties were accessed by Russian hackers before the 2016 presidential election, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis – who is otherwise keeping mum for now.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, DeSantis said the reason why those counties got affected is not necessarily the counties but a private vendor they were using. The hackers gained access through a spear-phishing email after a worker clicked a link.

But which two counties? DeSantis said he’s not at liberty to say, having signed a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI.

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Florida lawmakers are expected to marshal their forces in 2020, in hopes of scrapping a panel that placed seven constitutional amendment on the ballot last year – all of which were approved.

In all, voters approved 11 constitutional amendments in November – seven from the Constitutional Revision Commission; two from citizens’ initiatives, and two placed on the ballot by the Legislature.

Leading the charge against the CRC is Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desire to look at the effectiveness of the state’s tourism-marketing arm could save the embattled state tourist agency Visit Florida for at least another year. Meanwhile, a decision must be reached before “sine die” on Friday.

House Speaker José Oliva – one of Visit Florida’s leading critics -- signaled Friday he may be willing to go along with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to keep it open, as the legislative session approaches the 11th hour.

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Amid a federal court battle involving 32 counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis is directing the state’s elections chief to address Spanish-language ballots and voter assistance at polling places.

Secretary of State Laurel Lee will begin the process to standardize the practice of offering ballots in Spanish in Florida’s 67 counties. In a prepared statement, the Governor said it’s critical to remove language barriers from the right to vote. According to the Governor’s office, 46 counties have different rules for voters who speak other languages.

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Just two days before a deadline set by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida House on Wednesday voted 101-11 to pass a bill that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 182 is the first measure heading to the Governor’s desk in the 60-day legislative session, and he is expected to sign it into law. The Senate last week went along with DeSantis' demand to eliminate a ban on smokable marijuana.

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Florida's 2019 Legislature began its 60-day session Tuesday with a new governor, new leaders, and new priorities. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ kicked things off with his first State of the State Address.

Speaking to a joint session of the House and Senate, DeSantis called for environmental protections, low taxes, big changes in education and safer schools. The speech also served as a list of what DeSantis has already accomplished in his first two months in office.

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Whether Florida lawmakers will do away with the state’s prohibition against smoking medical marijuana remains up in the air, despite an ultimatum issued by Governor Ron DeSantis. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports

Saying they failed to heed the will of the voters, DeSantis is ordering lawmakers to eliminate a ban on smokable medical marijuana. If they don’t comply, the Governor is threatening to drop the state’s appeal of a court ruling that found the prohibition violated a 2016 constitutional amendment.

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In his final step in reshaping the Florida Supreme Court, Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named his third justice to the high court since taking office two weeks ago.

Carlos Muniz emerged from an 11-candidate field – all of whom were interviewed personally by the governor. With Muniz — along with Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck — DeSantis has appointed three justices who are expected to shift the ideology of the court to the political right, and back decisions by the Republican-led Legislature and GOP Governor’s office.

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long returned to Northwest Florida this week, as the region continues its recovery from Hurricane Michael.

Among their stops, DeSantis and Long toured Tyndall Air Force Base and the tiny coastal town on Mexico Beach, the latter mostly destroyed by Michael.

Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson.

The governor made the announcement during a short news briefing this Friday morning in Tallahassee.

“As you remember there have been several grand jury reports that have been very scathing about her conduct and her dereliction of duty,” said DeSantis in reference to the investigation into Jackson’s handling of a 2016 report of alleged child abuse involving a six-year-old autistic boy at Kenwood Elementary School.

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Former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday, as Republicans begin their third decade dominating the state's Capitol.

On a mild, sunny midwinter day at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Ronald Dion DeSantis placed his left hand on the Bible, raised his right hand, and repeated the 63-word oath of office as Florida’s 46th governor. Drawing on his naval career during his 16-minute address, DeSantis promised he would not be a “rudderless vessel.”