Florida GOP Newsletter – December 16, 2022

Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation Providing Hurricane Relief and Stabilizing Florida’s Property Insurance Market

On Friday, Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 4-A which provides $750 million for additional disaster relief to Floridians following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole. The Governor also signed SB 2-A, the most significant property insurance reform bill in recent history which helps to stabilize our property insurance market, increase competition and strengthen consumer protections.

  • SB 4-A, Disaster Relief, provides property tax relief for homes rendered uninhabitable due to the storm. Additionally, the bill provides $750 million for the communities impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.
  • SB 2-A, Property Insurance, is the most significant property insurance reform bill in recent history, strengthening Florida’s property insurance market.

These bills built upon previous actions taken by the Governor on property insurance including signing House Bill 7065 in 2019 to curtail Assignment of Benefit abuse and SB 76 in 2021 which restructured litigation rules for insurance claims to reduce the burden of excessive litigation.

More information of the provisions of each bill and actions taken during the recent special session can be found here.

Governor Desantis Cuts Tolls in Half

On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that will cut tolls in half for an estimated 1.2 million Florida commuters.

The program will give Floridians with 35 or more toll transactions per month a 50% credit to their account. The Toll Relief Program begins on January 1, 2023, and runs through December 31, 2023.

Governor DeSantis Launches Covid Vaccine Investigations

Governor DeSantis held a roundtable discussion Tuesday with Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo and world-renowned physicians, researchers and public health experts to discuss adverse events of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

At the end of the roundtable, Governor DeSantis announced three aggressive actions to hold the federal government and Big Pharma accountable:

  • Establishing the Public Health Integrity Committee overseen by the Florida Surgeon General to assess federal public health recommendations to ensure that the state’s public health policies fit Florida’s communities and priorities.
  • Filing a petition with the Florida Supreme Court for a Statewide Grand Jury to investigate crimes and wrongdoing committed against Floridians related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Creating a monitoring system for autopsies of individuals that received the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida and died within 20 days.

The Biden Administration and pharmaceutical corporations continue to push widespread distribution of mRNA vaccines on the public, including children as young as six months old, through relentless propaganda while ignoring real-life adverse events.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/12/13/governor-ron-desantis-petitions-florida-supreme-court-for-statewide-grand-jury-on-covid-19-vaccines-and-announces-creation-of-the-public-health-integrity-committee/

Florida Ranked #1 in Nation for Parent Involvement in Education

Governor DeSantis announced this week that Florida is the number one state in the country for parent empowerment, according to the Center for Education Reform’s Parent Power! Index. The annual Parent Power! Index measures policies that put students first, value the unique needs of every family, and empower parents to oversee their child’s education.

“Parental involvement is important to a child’s success both in school and in life, and in Florida we are proud to protect parents’ right to be involved in a child’s education,” Governor DeSantis said.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/12/12/florida-ranked-1-in-nation-for-parent-involvement-in-education/

AG Moody Calls on Apple and Google to Change TikTok Age Rating

Attorney General Moody called on Apple and Google Wednesday to take immediate action and correct the app store age ratings of TikTok by the end of the year. Attorney General Moody and 14 other state attorneys general said that the change will help parents protect their children from being exposed to harmful content online.

“While our investigation into TikTok continues, it is important that action is taken now to better protect children from harmful content they might encounter on this China-owned social media platform,” Attorney General Moody said. “If TikTok isn’t banned outright, app stores should at the very least increase the age rating on the TikTok app to ensure parents know that this social media platform is not appropriate for users under the age of 17.”

Read more: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/F9481632488D14028525891800701C6D

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Over $60 Million in Donations for the Florida Disaster Fund

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced Wednesday that the Florida Disaster Fund has raised more than $60 million in donations to help communities recover from Hurricane Ian.

“It has been heartwarming to witness individuals and organizations come together from all over the country to generously help Floridians rebuild and recover,” First Lady Casey DeSantis said.

The Florida Disaster Fund is the state’s private fund overseen by Volunteer Florida. Last week, Governor DeSantis announced about $35 million in donations to the fund will be used to help in critical home repairs, transportation, food assistance, housing aid, clothing and household goods for those impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/12/14/first-lady-casey-desantis-announces-over-60-million-in-donations-for-the-florida-disaster-fund/


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Congratulations to our newly elected PCREC Board

Congratulations to our newly elected PCREC Board

New officers were elected at the December 12 business meeting. Their term is for 2 years.

Jim Guth – Chairman
John Velebir – 1st Vice Chair
Herbert Nigg – 2nd Vice Chair
Glynnda White – Secretary
Jill Sessions – Treasure


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Peter Feaman, National Committeeman
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has ordered state election officials not to count mail-in and absentee ballots arriving in envelopes that are undated or incorrectly dated.
The Tuesday ruling came down a week ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections and is a victory for the RNC, among others, who filed a lawsuit in late October to force Pennsylvania to reject undated mail-in ballots.
Multiple GOP bodies filed the lawsuit including the Republican National Committee, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The order from the court directs election boards to “refrain from counting” any undated by-mail ballots and directs officials to “segregate and preserve” them instead.
Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Leigh Chapman, an appointee of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and a respondent in the case, argued that voters could be too easily disenfranchised for writing incorrect dates or no dates at all on the ballots.
The GOP lawsuit argued that mail ballots without a valid date should not be counted because state law requires a voter to provide a date. The lawsuit asked the court to, at a minimum, order counties to segregate undated or incorrectly dated ballots.
Republicans also accused Ms. Chapman of not following a U.S. Supreme Court decision and the Pennsylvania General Assembly by ordering county election boards to tally undated mail-in ballots.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel called the ruling “a massive victory for Pennsylvania voters and the rule of law.”
“Following an RNC, NRCC, and PAGOP lawsuit, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has made clear that incorrectly dated and undated mail ballots can not be counted. Republicans went to court, and now Democrats and all counties have to follow the law,” she said.
The RNC is presently involved in 75 lawsuits related to election integrity in 20 states this cycle. The GOP has found success recently in two cases.
In Michigan, Republicans won a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for restricting the rights of poll challengers, while in North Carolina the GOP won a case against the State Board of Elections for restricting the rights of poll watchers.
Stay tuned.
Peter Feaman, RPOF National Committeeman


Republican National Committee


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FROM: Dan Coates, Regional Political Director, RNC

With a few weeks left until Election Day, I want to update you on the RNC’s Election Integrity Program. Find attached a summary of our division’s efforts across the country and in our battleground states. Nationally, the election integrity team has already placed 56,000+ Poll Workers & Poll Watchers, engaged over 105,000 volunteers, held over 5,000 trainings, and throughout the Primaries helped to resolve over 8,000 issues that were reported into our issue reporting system.

With voting in Florida rapidly approaching, we need your help filling the remaining shifts. Find the election integrity volunteer recruitment link for Florida below. Please share this with your networks as we continue to expand our election coverage. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me, our National Election Integrity Director Josh Findlay, or Wyatt Farrar, your state’s Election Integrity State Director.

To Volunteer- Florida Election Integrity Click: www.protectfloridavoters.com

Thank you all for your support of our Election Integrity Program to date and for continuing to be such great partners as we ensure Florida’s elections are fair, safe, and secure!





Val Demings Voted Against Hurricane Relief After Irma & Maria

Val Demings this week said: “Floridians deserve better than a Senator who says he’d vote against Hurricane Ian relief.”

  • But that’s exactly what she did in 2017 and 2018 after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

  • First Demings voted against tax relief for victims of Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Harvey.

  • Then she voted against Senator Rubio’s bill Hurricane Maria Aid package which included billions of dollars in vitally-needed disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico.

  • Her fellow Democrat, Charlie Crist, supported both bills, which passed with bipartisan support.

The best indication of what Val Demings would do in the Senate is what she’s done for the past six years in the House.

  • Floridians can’t trust Demings to deliver resources to help Florida rebuild because she’s refused to do so in the past.

Senator Rubio has already requested supplemental aid, noting “a robust and timely federal response, including through supplemental programs and funding, will be required to ensure that sufficient resources are provided to rebuild critical infrastructure and public services capacity, and to assist our fellow Floridians in rebuilding their lives. These provisions must be made a priority and considered at the earliest opportunity.”


Miami Herald: Demings knocks Rubio for missing hurricane relief vote. She opposed some similar bills

Val Demings Uses ‘One of the Costliest Hurricanes in U.S. History’ to Raise Campaign Funds

Free Beacon reports: Demings on Wednesday released a campaign video that highlights Hurricane Ian’s “staggering scale of wreckage.” “Death toll in Florida soars after Hurricane Ian demolished entire communities,” one chyron in the video reads. “Ian may be one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history,” another says. But that “wreckage” did not stop Demings from attaching a fundraising link to the video, which directs viewers to an ActBlue page that asks for “a generous grassroots donation right now to help my people-powered movement flip Florida blue and expand Democrats’ Senate majority.”

  • The Demings campaign’s use of the hurricane as a fundraising ploy is shameful. Florida deserves better.

Meanwhile, Senator Rubio has been on the ground in Florida, meeting with state and local officials to determine what resources are needed at the federal level.


Demings: ‘Borders for me, but not for thee’

Fox News reports that Demings lives in a “24-hour guarded gated community complete with walls separating the neighborhood from others” despite being opposed to the border wall.

This comes after Demings told MSNBC host Joy Reid, “No, we do not have open borders,” egregiously lying to the American people when nearly five million people have crossed the border during Biden’s presidency.

Demings has a history of voting for open borders and against keeping Americans safe from drug trafficking, human trafficking, and gang violence.

Demings voted for:

  • Amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, saying it would “make our immigration system fair” despite giving an unfair advantage to those who came here illegally.

  • Sending pandemic stimulus checks to illegal immigrants.

  • Giving illegal immigrants the right to vote.

  • Funding to sanctuary cities.

  • A pathway to citizenship for gang members.

  • The Biden Administration’s move to end Title 42, which gives border patrol the ability to turn away illegal immigrants.

Demings Opposes:

  • The border wall, calling it “an absurd waste of money.”

  • Providing border agents with much-needed resources to do their jobs.

  • President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, calling the border crisis “nothing new” and a “seasonal thing.”

  • Informing ICE when an illegal immigrant attempts to purchase a gun.

Their reporting also found that “The gated community that Demings — who is opposed to voter identification laws and cosponsored the Democrats’ voting overhaul bill — lives in requires visitors to show their ID to enter.”


Axios: U.S. sets record with more than 2 million encounters at Mexico border

Team Marco Video: Val Demings is Lying About the Border Crisis



  • Val Demings votes with Pelosi and for Biden’s agenda 100% of the time and with the Socialist Squad 94% of the time.

  • She went to Washington and abandoned her brothers and sisters in blue, embracing the Left’s vilification of those who protect Florida communities – calling defunding the police “thoughtful” and violent riots a “beautiful site” while auditioning to be Biden’s VP.

  • Demings hasn’t passed any meaningful legislation in her six years in the House.

  • Demings has supported every piece of Biden’s disastrous agenda that has resulted in skyrocketing inflation, a historic crisis at the border, and rising crime.


  • Marco Rubio is a principled, effective senator who gets things done for Florida.

  • Marco has had more bills signed into law under a Democrat president and Congress than Demings has in her six years in Washington.

  • Marco understands the challenges working families are facing today because his family has faced them, too.

  • Marco believes that now more than ever we need to fight to preserve our American values, and he will continue his work to protect our individual liberties.

Rubio Accomplishments

  • Created the Paycheck Protection Program at the beginning of the pandemic, saving over half a million Florida small businesses and six million Florida jobs.

  • Doubled the Child Tax Credit for working families, which was proven to benefit lower income communities in particular.

  • Created accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and made it possible for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits to get the care they need.

  • Made important headway on Everglades restoration efforts, driving historic levels of federal funding to improve water quality and manage invasive species, leading the New York Times to call him “the national park’s most vigorous champion in the Senate”.

  • Expanded treatment options for children battling cancer.

  • Successfully protected Florida’s low income housing tenants from slumlords.

Nicole M. Presti

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Regional Field Director | Marco Rubio for US Senate

Voting in SW Florida post Hurricane Ian

Voting in SW Florida post Hurricane Ian

Many of you have asked about what impact Hurricane Ian will have on our elections. Since there is such interest I wanted to share that today, the Governor announced an executive order that makes adjustments for impacted counties by Hurricane. Keep in mind these are similar to the measures implemented in 2018 and while total votes were down in those impacted counties, we increased our Republican margins in Bay and Okaloosa counties. Please find below a release on the Governor’s actions: Two weeks ago, Hurricane Ian made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm on Florida’s southwestern coast, destroying many homes and businesses and dislocating tens of thousands of Floridians. At the request of the Supervisors of Elections in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties, and at the recommendation of Secretary of State Cord Byrd, the Governor signed Executive Order 22-234, which will help ensure adequate access to Florida’s 2022 General Election ballot for the voters of Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties. The Governor’s Executive Order includes provisions authorizing the Supervisors of Elections in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties to:
  • Extend the number of days for early voting and designate additional early voting locations. The early voting period may begin as early as Monday, October 24, 2022, and can extend through Election Day, November 8, 2022.
  • Allow voters in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties to request by phone that their vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot be mailed to an address other than their address of record. Voters must still provide an appropriate form of identification in the same manner as absent uniform service and overseas voters.
  • Designate and provide notice of the locations for secure ballot intake stations and relocate and consolidate polling locations as necessary.
  • Increase the pool of eligible poll workers who may serve within Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties by making eligible any poll workers previously trained for the 2020 election cycle and thereafter and by encouraging state employees to serve as poll workers in these counties.
Governor DeSantis also directed all state agencies to render aid and assistance as needed by the Supervisors of Elections in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties. Secretary Byrd and the Department of State assessed the need for these provisions based on extensive outreach to Florida’s Supervisors of Elections:
  • Secretary Byrd and the Division of Elections leadership conducted continuous outreach and assessed the needs and readiness of counties in or around Hurricane Ian’s path, including: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Taylor, and Volusia counties. Secretary Byrd also personally visited the hardest hit areas, including Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Lee, Hardee, and Sarasota counties to meet with their Supervisors of Elections in-person.
  • Furthermore, Secretary Byrd participated in discussions with the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE). The FSE is a nonprofit association representing the Supervisors of Elections from all of Florida’s 67 counties.
  • Lastly, since Hurricane Ian made landfall, numerous Supervisors of Elections have publicly addressed their readiness, and thankfully most have very publicly stated that Ian’s impacts will not interfere with their duties. This is a testament to the resiliency of Florida’s elections system.
Based on the collective feedback of the Supervisors of Elections across the state and at the written requests of the Supervisors of Elections in Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties, Secretary Byrd recommended that the Governor take the actions outlined in Executive Order 22-234. “In the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of State has worked with Florida’s Supervisors of Elections and Governor DeSantis to ensure that the 2022 General Election is administered as efficiently and securely as possible across the state and in the counties that received the heaviest damage,” said Secretary Byrd. “Florida will continue to lead the way in elections administration in 2022, and I am grateful for and confident that our local elections officials will have all of the resources and support they need to run another successful election.”

BREAKING: DeSantis Announces 20 Arrests for Voter Fraud

BREAKING: DeSantis Announces 20 Arrests for Voter Fraud

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has announced the arrest of 20 individuals who have been charged with voter fraud.

“These folks voted illegally,” DeSantis explained. “They are disqualified from voting because they have been convicted of either murder or sexual assault.”

“The majority of these people illegally voted in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade although there are others in other parts of the state,” Governor DeSantis said.

“I don’t think there’s any place in the country where you should have more confidence that your vote counts than in the State of Florida,” DeSantis said.

In April, DeSantis signed a landmark election integrity legislation and created an Office of Election Crimes and Security under Florida’s State Department.

This new office reviews and investigates allegations of voter fraud.

“You can have all these great policy reforms and it’s important to do it, but if it’s not actually enforced, then what difference is it gonna make at the end of the day?” DeSantis asked.

“The fact of the matter is, if there are certain rules and regulations in place, if people don’t think that those are gonna be enforced, you’re gonna have more violations. That’s just the way it goes,” he said.

“We want to make sure we have laws in place and we want those laws to be enforced,” DeSantis continued. “The state of Florida has charged and is in the process of arresting 20 individuals across the state for voter fraud.”

“Although there are others in other parts of the state, these folks voted illegally. In this case, and there’s gonna be other grounds for other prosecutions in the future, they are disqualified from voting because they’ve been convicted of either murder or sexual assault and they do not have the right to vote. They have been disenfranchised under Florida law,” he said.

“Now they’re gonna pay the price for it. So they will be charged. They are being charged and arrested today with election fraud. This is a third degree felony in the state of Florida,” he said.

“To have somebody who is clearly an illegal felon voting and yet they did it and nothing happened until we stepped in with this new office, until we said this is something that we take seriously, now, this is only one class of voters that we know have violated the law,” he said, adding that there are ongoing investigations “into people that have voted in two different jurisdictions.” DeSantis added.

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A message from Phillip Walker, Republican Candidate for FL House District 50

DISCLAIMER: This message provided as a service to our Republican candidates and voters. It is directly from the candidate’s campaign and no endorsement by the Polk County Republican Party should be assumed or implied. We love all Republicans equally.

A message from Phillip Walker, Republican Candidate for FL House District 50

Phillip Walker has a proven record of strong Conservative leadership, and the experience to begin tackling the issues most important to Florida State House District 50 on day one. Phillip’s deep ties in the Lakeland community, and legacy of service, make him the best candidate to represent us in Tallahassee.
Born and raised Lakeland, Phillip Walker graduated from Kathleen High School. Prior to building his business as owner and principal of a local Allstate Insurance agency, Walker was a Lakeland Police Officer. In 2010 Phillip was elected to serve as Lakeland City Commissioner. Recognized for his consistent, conservative leadership on the Commission, he has held the line on taxes, cut regulations to encourage high-wage jobs and made sure our streets were safe. Phillip has the support of local business leaders and Lakeland residents, because they have seen him fight for them and not outside special interests.
Phillip Walker will:
· Protect your medical freedoms.
· Fight for our infrastructure needs such as roads and bridges.
· Support the needs of our military and veterans.
· Vote to protect the unborn.
· Fight to protect our Second Amendment rights
Phillip is married to Cappie (Cooke). They have three children, Janelle, Jaela and Christian Phillip, and one granddaughter, Zoë. There are also two other young men who are a part of his immediate family, Tony and John Eric.