Close Trump Ally Joe Gruters Now Leads the Florida Republican Party
Republican State Senator Joe Gruters, representing Florida's 23rd District, is the new President of the Florida Republican Party. Gruters won handidly during the annual GOP conference in Orlando last Saturday, defeating Charlotte County Republican Bob Starr. Gruters spent more than a decade as the Chairman of the Sarasota Republican Party. He was also a 2016 electoral college member for the Republican Party and was the co-chairman of President Trump's campaign in Florida. During his election ceremony last Saturday, Gruters pledged the party would focus on getting the president re-elected in 2020. Gruters spoke with WLRN's Luis Hernandez about the campaign strategies for the upcoming election and provided perspective on the ongoing partial federal shutdown. GRUTERS: Well 2019 is just all preparation, to make sure that we're ready to do battle and to make sure that we hold on to Florida for President Trump. There's no path to victory if we don't win Florida. This is basically ground zero
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Emma González Urges Young People To 'Vote In Every Election Like It's Your Last'
Activist Emma González, who became famous after giving an impassioned speech in Fort Lauderdale days after the shooting at her Parkland high school in February, stood on the steps of Florida's old state Capitol building on Monday and urged people to vote. "Gun violence is on the ballot," González said. "Our lives are in the hands of the people that we elect. Vote in every election like it's your last, because it very well could be." González and some of the other best-known Parkland-survivors-turned-activists — including David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin and Delaney Tarr — held a press conference in Tallahassee one day before the midterm elections. It was the latest stop in their national tour urging people to vote for candidates who support gun control. Wearing a black t-shirt that said "the young people will win," González listed the names of all 17 people who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. She said they were heroes — but that they didn't have to be. She argued their
DeSantis Campaigns At Miami Jewish Deli, Accuses Gillum Of 'Warmed-Over Anti-Semitism'
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis told voters at a Jewish deli in Aventura on Tuesday he'd be a champion for Israel if elected governor. Mo's Bagels and Deli was plastered with DeSantis signs featuring the Star of David and filled with blue and white balloons. People wearing pins, hats and T-shirts declaring their support for DeSantis and his ally, President Donald Trump, sat at diner tables and ate provided sandwiches and fruit. They cheered as DeSantis portrayed himself as the best candidate to represent Jewish Floridians and booed at mentions of his opponent, Andrew Gillum. DeSantis called the Democrat's positions "warmed over anti-Semitism." DeSantis touted his advocacy for the Trump administration's recent action moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He said he'd make sure there continues to be a direct flight from South Florida to Tel Aviv and said he'd seek Israel's help in tackling environmental challenges like harmful algae on Florida's coasts. And he
Analysts: Florida 2018 Governor's Race The 'Most Interesting In Memory'
Longtime Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich says the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis is shaping up to be an echo of the 2016 presidential race.