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John Kennedy

Herald-Tribune

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Past articles by John:

Special session: Florida lawmakers heeding Gov. DeSantis' demand for new congressional map, enraging opponents

Republican lawmakers appear willing to endorse redrawing of Black-leaning congressional districts, enraging Democrats and many Black voters. → Read More

DeSantis wants 'race neutral' North Florida district — a move that dilutes Black vote, helps Republicans

Gov. DeSantis said that a Florida district that has elected Black Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson since 2016 will be overhauled in the special session. → Read More

DeSantis wants 'race neutral' North Florida district — a move that dilutes Black vote, helps Republicans

Gov. DeSantis said that a Florida district that has elected Black Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson since 2016 will be overhauled in the special session. → Read More

New Florida laws championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis now face legal scrutiny

Gov. Ron DeSantis won major legislative victories, but new laws about immigration, abortion, how race is taught in schools face legal battles. → Read More

LGBTQ groups, parents file federal lawsuit opposing Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

Days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signs parental rights legislation, LGBTQ advocates go to federal court to challenge what they call the "Don't Say Gay" law. → Read More

Gov. DeSantis vetoes congressional map, calls Florida lawmakers back into session

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed boundaries drawn for Florida’s 28 congressional districts Tuesday and will call lawmakers back into an April special session to meet his demand to reduce seats seen as likely to elect Black Democrats. → Read More

A defiant Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opens legislative session touting Florida as 'free'

Gov. Ron DeSantis opens the 2022 legislative session by delivering his State of the State speech. → Read More

Florida Gov. DeSantis worries voter groups, local officials with elections police proposal

Gov. Ron DeSantis' push for a new $5.7 million, 52-person law enforcement office — called Election Crimes — to police Florida elections worries many. → Read More

Florida Gov. DeSantis announces $99.7 billion proposed election-year budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis releases his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2022-23. → Read More

Florida Republican redistricting chair critical of 'partisan narrative' clouding House maps

Congressional redistricting maps that could add to Florida's Republican dominance in the states delegation get their first review. → Read More

Florida lawmakers look to make school board candidates run as either Democrats or Republicans

Proposed legislation that would ask voters to make Florida school board candidates run as Democrats or Republicans advances through Senate committee. → Read More

House maps could add more Florida Republicans to Congress

House redistricting map proposals unveiled Monday in Florida could add one or possibly two Republicans in Congress. → Read More

Florida redistricting plans include a surprise — praise from Democrats

A bitter partisan fight was expected, but so far, the Florida redistricting process is proceeding smoothly. → Read More

Judge throws out Florida's sports betting deal with Seminole Tribe

The action by U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich halts the tribe’s online sports betting, which launched Nov. 1. → Read More

DeSantis signs bills blocking Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a package of bills aimed at blocking vaccine-or-testing mandates in Florida. → Read More

Florida lawmakers wrap up special session called by Gov. DeSantis to blunt Biden on vaccines

Florida lawmakers approve measures aimed at blocking any kind of vaccine-or-test mandates. → Read More

Florida Gov. DeSantis' special legislative session to fight Biden COVID mandates nears finish

Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature pushed ahead with efforts to blunt President Biden's vaccine mandates on larger businesses. → Read More

Florida Gov. DeSantis anti-vaccine mandate wish list on fast track with GOP lawmakers

Florida lawmakers have opened a special session called by Gov. Ron DeSantis to defy federal vaccine mandates for larger businesses. → Read More

Special legislative session in Florida pits Gov. DeSantis, GOP lawmakers against Biden

Opponents call it political theater, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling lawmakers to the Capitol to break with President Biden on vaccine mandates for businesses. → Read More

Lines drawn: Florida Senate unveils first redistricting maps

First proposed boundaries for state Senate and congressional districts revealed → Read More