Sunday, July 12, 2020
Increasingly in the national spotlight as a potential running for former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., opened up about several topics including her childhood in Jacksonville and reforming the police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. 
Six months ago, it would have been unthinkable. Democrats would have to run a race where the economy was not the issue. During the Democratic primary debates, the phrase “an economy that works for everyone” continued to emerge.
In the case of Bostock vs. Clayton County, the Supreme Court ruled by a 6-3 margin that the firing of an employee for being gay or transgendered is a violation of their Title VII rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
At the end of January, DeSantis announced the Marcus Foundation agreed to send $5 million to the FCDI “to elevate civic knowledge, civic skills and civic disposition for middle and high school students through speech and debate.”
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., wrote President Donald Trump on the matter last week, following up on a letter they sent him back in April. They called on Trump to call fro China to ban live animal markets. Back in November, the two congressmen teamed up with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oreg., to introduce a resolution “calling on all nations to end their dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade.”
On Thursday, Steube brought out the “U.S. Citrus Protection Act," which, his office noted, “would prohibit the importation of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China.”
While both DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said they wanted schools across the state to be fully open in the fall, they did not announce that every school will be open, noting that much of the planning to reopen campuses will be done at the local level.
The GOP has seized upon calls for defunding police forces across the country as a rallying cry, mocking Democrats across the board for supporting it and for not standing up strongly enough against it.
Demings, who served more than a quarter of a century in law enforcement including rising to chief of the Orlando Police Department, is one of the cosponsors of the “Justice in Policing Act” that congressional Democrats are pushing.
Last week, the Florida congresswoman brought out a proposal calling on the states “to send an absentee ballot with a pre-paid, self-addressed return envelope to every registered voter for this year’s upcoming federal elections.”