RPOF Newsletter – April 1, 2022

Chairman’s Message

“Our Governor is Red, White, and Blue”

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Florida Puts Children and Parents First

Florida is protecting children and parental rights, and Floridians and Americans support it

While the media-Democrat-Hollywood-Disney axis continues to melt down over Florida protecting children under 9 years old from being exposed to homosexual and transgender teaching in public schools, polls show that Floridians and Americans overwhelmingly support the law.

Governor DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill this week while two polls found significant bipartisan support for the law. First, a Politico poll found 51 percent of registered voters nationally support the law while only 34 percent oppose the law. That poll did not use the plain language of the statute, but instead summarized the two views from left-leaning Politico, yet it still found support for the law up by 17 points.

Second, a poll by Floridians for Economic Advancement, a PAC made up of major corporations including Disney, big Florida unions and some leftist organizations, found more than half of likely Florida Democrat voters support the legislation — 52 percent surveyed supported while just 36 percent opposed the new law. Remember, these are likely Democrat voters who will be voting in the August primaries, and they support the law by 16 points.

What these two polls show that despite a months-long media disinformation campaign wrongly calling the bill ‘don’t say gay,’ and staged protests seen across the country that included walkouts and protests by Disney employees, a significant majority of Americans and Democrats support the bill.

In the face of these polls, Democrats continued to make things up and misrepresent the bill to suit their own agenda. Florida Politics reported that Orlando Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani told the news outlet that it’s what isn’t mentioned in the bill that matters. So it’s the imaginaries, not the actual legislation, that counts.

For the record, the new law simply reinforces parents’ fundamental rights to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children. The bill prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through 3rd grade, prohibits instruction that is not age appropriate for students and requires school districts to notify parents if there is a change in services from the school regarding a child’s mental, emotional or physical well-being.

“Parents’ rights have been increasingly under assault around the nation, but in Florida we stand up for the rights of parents and the fundamental role they play in the education of their children,” Governor DeSantis said at the bill signing. “Parents have every right to be informed about services offered to their child at school, and should be protected from schools using classroom instruction to sexualize their kids as young as 5 years old.” 

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/03/28/governor-ron-desantis-signs-historic-bill-to-protect-parental-rights-in-education/


Governor signs curriculum transparency and school board term limits bill

 Governor DeSantis signed legislation that requires school districts to be transparent in the selection of instructional materials, including library and reading materials.

As a part of the Year of the Parent, this legislation preserves the rights of parents to make decisions about what materials their children are exposed to in school. Additionally, the bill sets 12-year term limits for school board members.

“In Florida, our parents have every right to be involved in their child’s education. We are not going to let politicians deny parents the right to know what is being taught in our schools,” Governor DeSantis said.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/03/25/governor-ron-desantis-signs-bill-that-requires-curriculum-transparency/


Governor DeSantis Spurs Historic Increase in Republican Voter Registrations

Republicans outnumber Democrats in active voter registrations by more than 100,000


As of March 29, 2022, Florida Republicans reached a new milestone, exceeding Democrats in active voter registrations by more than 100,000. Since Governor DeSantis came into office, Republicans in Florida have increased their active registrations by 363,000.

The distinction between active and inactive voters is significant, as inactive voters represent less than one percent of the voting electorate in any election. Additionally, in 21 of the past 22 months, Republicans have outperformed Democrats in voter registrations.

“Under Governor Ron DeSantis’ bold leadership, Florida continues to write the playbook on individual freedom and maintains its national prominence as the number one state to live, work and raise a family,” said RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters.


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Governor DeSantis calls Special Session for congressional redistricting


Governor DeSantis called a Special Session of the Florida Legislature to produce a new map establishing lawful congressional voting districts in Florida. The Governor vetoed CS/SB 102 this week after reviewing the bill, citing legal concerns. The Special Session will convene at 12 p.m., April 19, and will extend no later than 11:59 p.m., April 22.

“We have a responsibility to produce maps for our citizens that do not contain unconstitutional racial gerrymanders,” Governor DeSantis said. “I vetoed a map that violates the U.S. Constitution, but that does not absolve the Legislature from doing its job. I appreciate the Legislature’s willingness to work with me to pass a legally compliant map this Special Session.”

Read the proclamation: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/SLA-BIZHUB22032913200.pdf

Read the transmittal letter: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/SLA-BIZHUB22032912100.pdf


Illegal immigrant charged with brutal double murder in Daytona

The Biden Administration’s dangerous immigration policies, as well as the soft-on-crime policies of the 9th Circuit State Attorney’s Office, have once again resulted in the needless deaths of innocent Floridians.  

On March 10, 2022, Jean R. Macean, a citizen of Haiti and an illegal immigrant, was charged with the murder of Terry and Brenda Aultman. Macean had previously been arrested in Orange County prior to the murders, but the charges were inexplicably dropped by the State Attorney’s Office under former State Attorney Aramis Ayala. 

Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young described these killings as “one of the most vicious attacks I’ve ever seen in my 20 years.”

“Floridians should not be subject to the reckless open border policies that the Biden Administration is imposing on this country,” Governor DeSantis said. “These policies are deadly — we also need answers as to why the State Attorney’s Office dropped charges against the defendant.”

The Biden Administration announced a new Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti last year, a reversal of the policy of the previous administration. The policy allowed Macean to stay in the country. 

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/03/30/man-who-brutally-murdered-daytona-beach-couple-during-bike-week-was-an-illegal-immigrant-with-multiple-prior-drug-charges/


Florida approves 17,000 acres of conservation acquisitions

Governor DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet this week approved 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions to protect Florida’s natural environment.

The properties, covering more than 17,000 acres, will be managed and monitored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Seven of the 10 projects, totaling 16,706 acres, are within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

“These essential land and conservation easement acquisitions are important to protecting Florida’s rich natural areas and will preserve Florida’s critical ecosystems,” Governor DeSantis said. “Since day one, my administration has prioritized protecting and restoring Florida’s environment and natural resources.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/03/30/governor-desantis-approves-10-land-and-conservation-easement-acquisitions-totaling-more-than-17000-acres/



What are Florida university academicians trying to hide?

Last year, Florida passed a reasonable law requiring universities and colleges to conduct annual surveys that “considers the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented and members of the university (or college) community, including students, faculty, and staff, feel free to express their beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom.” 

This used to be one of the high goals of academia. Apparently no longer, which shows the need for the law, which also allows students and employees to not participate in the surveys.

Nonetheless, opponents of the law are fighting it in court, asking a federal judge to prevent the state from moving forward with surveys about “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” on college and university campuses. They are asking for an emergency restraining order as the surveys will go out in April.

The opponents filed an overall challenge to the law last summer, contending that the surveys would violate the First Amendment. It seems like a frivolous lawsuit, but the question all this pushback raises is: What are they trying to hide? Why don’t they want Floridians to know if they allow multiple viewpoints? 

At this point, Floridians should be very curious about the answers to those questions.

Read more: https://thecapitolist.com/opponents-rush-to-court-to-block-floridas-intellectual-freedom-surveys-on-college-campuses/


$10.5 million for apprenticeship programs in Florida 

Governor DeSantis announced $10.5 million in continued investments to expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs at 11 colleges across Florida. This money helps state colleges and technical colleges to start or expand registered apprenticeship and/or pre-apprenticeship programs. 

Registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs are a key component of Florida’s workforce education. They provide excellent opportunities for employers to develop and apply industry standards to training programs that increase productivity, attract and retain highly qualified employees and improve retention and overall performance. And they provide a top quality pathway for students to get into high-paying careers with minimal or no debt.

“We are proud to invest in programs that make a difference for students and their employers,” Governor DeSantis said. “This $10.5 million will provide opportunities for an additional 4,200 students in the next year and will encourage more businesses to start their own apprenticeship programs to meet industry demands.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/03/30/governor-ron-desantis-announces-10-5-million-in-funding-to-expand-registered-apprenticeship-and-preapprenticeship-programs/


Val Demings says she is open to court packing

She just cannot seem to say ‘no’ to the radical left.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycNHXrHNehM


AG Moody sues over Biden’s mask mandate on public transportation

Attorney General Moody is leading 20 other states in an action against President Joe Biden’s unlawful mask mandate on public transportation, arguing that it exceeds the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

The Biden administration continues to use a failed interpretation of a quarantine statute — which courts have ruled against several times — to authorize the CDC’s rule. The agency’s mandate rule interferes with state law in places like Florida, which has imposed laws banning forced masking. The mandate also runs afoul of basic reason, as now even the states with the most stringent COVID-19 policies are beginning to lift indoor mask mandates.

 “President Biden’s shortsighted, heavy-handed and unlawful travel policies are frustrating travelers and causing chaos on public transportation,” Attorney General Moody said. “It’s long past time to alleviate some of the pressure on travelers and those working in the travel industry by immediately ending Biden’s unlawful public transportation mandates.”

Governor DeSantis supported the lawsuit. “Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing,” Governor DeSantis said. “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.”

Read more: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/AA77384F1742127E852588140055CA74

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CFO Patronis honors first responders after Panhandle wildfires

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis presented a Cabinet Resolution honoring Florida’s first responders that answered the call of duty following the Chipola Complex Wildfires that broke out in the Florida Panhandle March 10, 2022.

“As Florida’s State Fire Marshal, I was honored to present this resolution recognizing the courage and dedication of Florida’s first responders in Bay County and to all of the other firefighting professionals who traveled from near and far and worked around the clock to respond to the Panhandle wildfires,” CFO Patronis said. 

Read more: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/sitePages/newsroom/pressRelease.aspx?id=6145



Florida Ascendent

John Hinderaker, of the popular Powerline site, based in Minnesota, had this to say about Florida’s growth and leadership:

“People vote most sincerely when they vote with their feet. One of the basic realities of our time, transcending and perhaps ultimately overwhelming many of our current political debates, is that people are fleeing blue states and moving to red states. What states are in decline? California, New York, Illinois, Minnesota. What states are prospering? Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah. And above all, Florida.

“Current Census Bureau data speak for themselves:

“Four of the nation’s top 10 metro areas with the highest population growth last year were in Florida — more than any other state, according to new US Census data. 

“Florida’s growth isn’t mainly retirees. It is a great place to do business: 

“The US Census also revealed this month that the Sunshine State accounted for more new business applications than any other state.

“I have been to Florida four times in the last four months, and can attest that the state is booming. You pretty much have to see Naples, for example, to believe it. It isn’t just economic prosperity, either – Florida has an atmosphere of fun, activity, and freedom that draws people from across the country.

“Florida benefits, obviously, from excellent leadership. Governor Ron DeSantis and the state’s Republican legislature have scored another win with the state’s anti-grooming law, which protects small children from being indoctrinated with LGBTQ+ theories in the public schools. Remarkably, liberals have chosen grooming as a hill to die on, as in the Oscars last night, even though polls show the Florida law is supported overwhelmingly by Florida Democrats, let alone Republicans and Independents.”

Read the entire column: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/03/florida-ascendant.php


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