Gray Rohrer, Orlando Sentinel

Gray Rohrer

Orlando Sentinel

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Past articles by Gray:

Florida gets 15,000 more Regeneron doses to treat COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE – Florida is receiving 15,000 new doses of Regeneron, the multiclonal antibody treatment used to combat COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday. → Read More

Teacher and police pay raises, redistricting to dominate session

Florida lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday for a 60-day session likely to be dominated by redistricting, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ agenda and the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Jacksonville activist handcuffed, led away at DeSantis press conference

A Jacksonville activist demanding to speak with the governor about the COVID-19 crisis was handcuffed and led away Tuesday from a press conference by Gov. Ron DeSantis that was then apparently canceled. → Read More

DeSantis blames feds for treatment, testing shortages as omicron spreads

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he’s waiting on the federal government to send COVID-19 treatments to re-establish sites for residents to combat the virus. He also blamed the federal government for a shortage of COVID-19 tests that have led to long lines at testing centers and runs on at-home testing kits as the omicron variant of the virus courses through the state. → Read More

Florida Democrats, stung in 2020, are slipping even further behind GOP in 2022 vote

Coming off one of their worst election cycles in 2020, many prominent Florida Democrats said things needed to change. Within the party, they did, with Manny Diaz taking over as chairman of the Florida Democratic Party. But their prospects for victory in 2022 have only worsened. Republicans have overtaken them in registered voters for the first time ever. → Read More

Despite court ruling, DeSantis moves ahead with gambling compact and commission

Florida’s new law legalizing sports betting was struck down last month, but a new gambling oversight board passed as part of a string of new laws to coincide with the state’s compact with the Seminole Tribe is moving forward anyway. → Read More

GOP Rep. Anthony Sabatini: A Florida House outcast the conservative base adores

Within the halls of the Capitol, Rep. Anthony Sabatini is a pariah among his GOP colleagues. His office is in a basement, his bills rarely given a hearing. But among the base of the Republican Party, the Howey-in-the-Hills resident is a fan favorite, invited to speak at local GOP events. → Read More

DeSantis to seek critical race theory ban in schools, workplaces

Critical race theory shouldn’t be taught to Florida’s children or workers, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday, and he’ll seek legislation next year to ban the practice. → Read More

DeSantis’ budget doesn’t pay for a new appeals court in Tampa Bay

A plan to add a new appellate district that is part of a reorganization of the court system recommended by a Florida Supreme Court commission isn’t included in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ budget proposal to lawmakers. → Read More

DeSantis unveils $99.7 billion budget plan, with gas tax holiday, more spending

Flush with federal cash from stimulus programs and a robust economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled his budget recommendations Thursday, a $99.7 billion plan that includes a $1 billion gas tax holiday, salary increases for teachers and law enforcement, and more money for K-12 schools, environmental projects and cancer research. → Read More

Draft maps for state House districts make large shifts in Orlando area

Florida House redistricting draft maps, which were made public Monday, got their first public review by lawmakers Friday, and Democrats questioned staffers and Republican leaders about splitting universities and cities and the unclear timeline on when formal maps would be adopted. → Read More

Florida House panel gets first look at redistricting map without political fireworks

Draft redistricting maps drawn by Florida House staffers, which were panned by some Democrats and political consultants as an attempt to gerrymander the state, got their first in-depth review by lawmakers Thursday, but the potential partisan makeup of the maps wasn’t discussed. → Read More

Sen. Bracy looks to expand Ocoee scholarships for 1920 massacre victims

A program set up earlier this year to award scholarships to the descendants of victims of the 1920 Ocoee massacre could be expanded next year under a proposal from Sen. Randolph Bracy. → Read More

DeSantis seeks election fraud crackdown but ignores dark money-backed sham candidates

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a new law enforcement division to investigate and punish election crimes, such as voter fraud, despite scant evidence of fraud cases in 2020. But he’s said little about the ongoing criminal case involving “ghost” candidates that helped swing one South Florida state senate race in the GOP’s favor and influenced two others, and hasn’t proposed anything to combat the tactic. → Read More

DeSantis to ask Legislature for a $1 billion gas tax cut next year

Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers to cut Florida’s array of gas and fuel taxes by $1 billion next year, a response to the inflation felt by consumers, particularly at the pumps as the economy rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

DeSantis signs anti-vax mandates bills into law even as some supporters grumble

Workers in Florida have new protections against being fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a quartet of bills Thursday that put new restrictions on vaccine mandates by employers. → Read More

Florida House OKs new rules on vaccine mandates in workplace

Florida businesses could soon face fines of $10,000 to $50,000 if they require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine without offering certain exemptions, after the Florida House on Wednesday voted to approve a bill pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. → Read More

Republicans start pushing through limits on COVID-19 vaccine mandates as Democrats object

Florida businesses are a step closer to facing new restrictions on imposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements on their workers, after the state Legislature convened a special session Monday and quickly passed through committee a series of measures pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. → Read More

1st Florida redistricting maps mostly leave Democrats alone, carve out new seat in Polk

Central Florida would get a brand-new congressional district and Democratic incumbents could breathe easier if the first tentative Florida redistricting maps are any indication. But more potential maps are yet to come, and the process is far from over. → Read More

DeSantis, GOP lawmakers outline bills push back on vaccine mandates

Gov. Ron DeSantis, flanked by legislative leaders, unveiled new details Monday about legislation he’s pursuing to block COVID-19 vaccine mandates during a special session that begins Nov. 15. He said he wants a ban applied to private businesses, in addition to local governments, but the bills filed Monday include several exemptions for workers to opt out of any vaccine requirement imposed by an… → Read More