Monday, March 1, 2021
With solid Republican majorities in both chambers, Gov. Ron DeSantis, state House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and state Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, should not face many challenges from the Democrats. But there will be problems in the days to come, especially as DeSantis pushes a $96.6 proposed budget which includes $625 million for Everglades restoration and a new “Resilient Florida” program to deal with climate change with $1 billion in bonds over the next four years. 
Last week, Bilirakis paired up with U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., to bring back the “Major Richard Star Act”.
DIS President Chip Wile talked with Florida Daily on whether or not things can ever return to normal, especially as it relates to whether races in February will be confined to one week or two.
Both of Florida’s U.S. senators---Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--have lined up to oppose President Joe Biden’s proposed corporate tax rate increase.
After years of carefully crafting her image as someone willing to work across the aisle, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is starting to go on at the attack against Republicans as buzz builds that she will challenge U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in 2022. 
According to numbers from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), at the end of 2020, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) was underwater with more than $868,000 in debt and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida had less than $61,000 in cash on hand.
DeSantis unveiled the “new measures to safeguard the sanctity of Florida elections” last week as he promised to ensure the “integrity of every vote” and continue transparency.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., brought back the “Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act” in the upper chamber of Capitol Hill.
This week, Gruters, now the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), was tapped by Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to head up a new Committee on Election Integrity which is “dedicated to restoring election transparency and ensuring voters have confidence in future election processes” and “will work closely with state parties and other stakeholders in our elections across the country on voting policies and best practices, such as ensuring poll watchers are allowed to properly observe counting processes, meaningful voter ID laws are codified, and all Americans have faith in our elections process.”
In December, 65 percent of Republicans said they would like to see Trump run in 2024 The poll showed that number had dropped to 45 percent.