Tag: DeSantis

If We Shouldn’t Believe the Polls. . .


People keep telling me over and over again not to trust the polls. That recommendation has led me to believe there may be very good reasons not to believe the polls. So I want to test a theory on you:

Is it possible that the polls are intentionally and illegitimately favoring Trump over DeSantis in such large numbers?

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Perhaps you’ll judge the title hyperbole, once you know the actual subject. But this hit me fairly hard.  I have in mind two people very close to me. We are not politically aligned, despite their living their lives on very conservative terms. They’re Christians, they’re loving, they’re generous. I love them and they love me.  […]

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Disney vs. Florida, an Expert’s Take


Sometimes, the news happens to be on some issue where you have direct knowledge.  Andrew Esquire over at Legal Mindset is a Florida lawyer who specialized in Special District law and other areas of Florida corporate law – all of which are in the center of the Florida vs. Disney fight.  He actually worked with the Celebration, FL district as well as Universal Studios.  He has absolutely no patience for woke BS, and he explains how Bob Iger and Disney have massively screwed up, potentially admitting to securities fraud.

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Haley is going with the whole “sanctimonious” thing to try and put some space between her and Desantis…. maybe trying to win the Dylan Mulvaney-Republican voting bloc. https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/04/26/nikki-haley-nukes-her-campaign-sides-with-disney-in-ridiculous-attack-on-ron-desantis-n737243 Preview Open

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I understand that President Trump has flaws. I understand that some MAGA-sympathetic people want a more appealing version to replace Trump, and I understand why they’d want that. I understand that people think DeSantis can be that more appealing version. There’s only one problem for the MAGA sympathizers: President Trump has announced that he’s running, […]

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Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim on this Good Friday edition of the podcast. Join Jon and Greg as they cheer Ron DeSantis for calling out GOP leaders over many years for making conservative promises to voters and then failing to follow through on them. They also unload on White House spokesman John Kirby for trying to blame President Trump for the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle and for claiming he didn’t see any chaos during the withdrawal operation. Finally, they react to the expulsion of two Democrats in the Tennessee legislature for leading an extended disruption on the floor of the chamber earlier this week and they address the dubious explanations from Democrats about what really happened.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the World Athletics Council for declaring that only biological women will be eligible for the Olympics and other elite track and field events. They also recoil at a new poll showing a sharp decline in Americans greatly valuing things like patriotism, religion, having children, and community involvement. Finally, they further expose the grifting frauds who claim to think President Trump is an existential threat to democracy itself but are doing everything they can to bury Ron DeSantis and make Trump the GOP nominee.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis. First, they wince as Chinese dictator Xi Xinping visits Moscow to strengthen ties with Vladimir Putin. They also react to Mexico’s socialist president rejecting any blame for the fentanyl epidemic in the U.S. Instead, he blames American parents for not hugging their children enough. Finally, they assess the legal drama swirling around former President Trump, the far left Manhattan district attorney who may be poised to indict Trump, and how legal experts throughout the political spectrum believe the forthcoming charges are very dubious.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome stronger ties among the U.S., UK, and Australia, as the U.S. promises to deliver nuclear-powered submarines to the Aussies made with Rolls Royce engines from Great Britain. How much of a check might it be on Chinese ambitions in the region. They also recoil as Moody’s downgrades confidence in our banking system from “stable” to “negative” while the Democrats try to blame the SVB collapse on GOP policies with a very weak argument. Finally, they shake their heads as President Trump asserts that Florida was already great before Gov. Ron DeSantis took office. But it’s his praise of Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist that is raising the most eyebrows. We’ll examine the progress made by multiple Republican governors there and why DeSantis deserves plenty of credit for his time in office.

Join Jim and Greg as they highlight the National Republican Congressional Committee ads against swing district House Democrats. This comes after 173 Dems opposed legislation seeking to overturn the Washington, D.C. City Council’s soft on crime policies. They also appreciate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis making it clear he does not support legislation requiring political bloggers to register with the state government and note how hysterical leftists in the media are getting about a possible DeSantis presidential candidacy. Finally, they push back at White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s attempts to suggest anything about fentanyl is at record lows at our southern border.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three lousy martinis for the Presidents Day edition. First, they groan as former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan makes it clear education is not at the top of his priority list as a possible presidential candidate, and he accepts and agrees NBC’s false explanation of the approach Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking on education policy. They also sigh as President Trump unleashes a social media rant against reporter Salena Zito for doing a favorable profile on DeSantis – noting that Zito’s reporting in 2016 explained better than anyone why Trump and his message were resonating so strongly in places Republicans hadn’t won in decades. Finally, they roll their eyes at Politico’s tips for faking your way through conversations with journalists and others in Washington to advance your reporting career.

What Were We Thinking?


Imagine my surprise when I learned that the College Board, the organization that produces many Advanced Placement courses and the SAT for colleges around the country, agreed to meet the curricula expectations of Florida’s Department of Education. Unfortunately, someone “woke up” to the impact of that decision—caving in to the powers-that-be, Gov. DeSantis, in particular—and when the new draft content was presented, the Leftist protests began:

David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization that advocates for Black LGBT people, asked the College Board to ‘consider pulling all AP classes from the State of Florida if Governor DeSantis continues to try to inject his political agenda into our classrooms.’

‘We urge the College Board to reconsider censoring its curriculum and the education of our young people to meet the demands of a Governor with a radical political agenda and stand firm in the belief that Black history in its beautiful diversity is American History,’ Johns said in a statement on Wednesday.

Jim and Greg give credit to CNN’s Dana Bash for asking tough questions of the three House Democrats House Speaker Kevin McCarthy wants booted from their sensitive committees – and their answers were rather unconvincing. They also react to the latest “Twitter Files,” exposing the powerful left-wing group Hamilton 68, which declared many Twitter accounts to be Russian bots or peddling Russian disinformation, when the vast majority were real people who just disagreed with the left’s narrative on various issues. Finally, they react to President Trump’s bizarre accusation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis locked down his state far too long during the COVID pandemic, when the evidence is strongly to the contrary, and discuss why Trump is pursuing this line of attack.

After having fun with the Associated Press war on “the,” Jim & Greg applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for a 50-year low on crime and aggressive proposals to crack down on child predators and and fentanyl pushers. Jim also walks us through the major water dilemma facing western states and why government intervention is not inspiring a lot of confidence. And they shake their heads as a Biden judicial nominee can’t explain the subject of Article V or Article II of the Constitution.

Another ‘Atta-boy’ for DeSantis


Florida’s governor is at it again, and in a good way.  The link is to an article at NRO by Stanley Kurtz who follows and battles against “wokeness” efforts in schools.  In the article, he details Gov. DeSantis’s rather gutsy move to oppose a pilot advanced placement course in “African-American Studies”.  It’s a rather long piece, but well worth reading the entire thing.  Here’s an excerpt to get the flavor of what’s going on:

On January 12, however, the administration of Florida governor Ron DeSantis wrote a letter to the College Board informing it that Florida was rejecting its request for state approval of APAAS. The letter, from the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Articulation, goes on to state that, “as presented, the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.” At the same time, the letter notes that “in the future, should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically accurate content, FDOE will always be willing to reopen the discussion.” In short, DeSantis has decided that APAAS does in fact violate Florida’s Stop WOKE Act by attempting to persuade students of at least some tenets of CRT.

Show Me the Money!


Writing about Gov. Ron DeSantis is always so satisfying for me, that I rarely pass up an opportunity to celebrate his latest accomplishments. And as I was writing this post, I realized that living in a country that is plagued with selfish, unethical, and dystopian activity, where we can’t trust our federal leadership and bureaucrats, where we are constantly bombarded with distortions or suffer from a lack of candor and information, we have the opportunity to switch our attention to those who may actually save this country. And Ron DeSantis leads the pack.

Now I’m not just talking about governors, although there a number of them who have gained my attention and respect. But I’m talking about legislators and even media representatives whom I believe can be counted on. They are almost always consistent in their positions, they are risk-takers and they repeatedly expound on their commitment to the people of this country, and their allegiance to this country transcends the positions they hold. Jim Jordan and Rick Scott are two legislators who immediately come to mind. They won’t be pushed around, and are not afraid to alienate people. Mollie Hemingway, Byron York, Holman Jenkins, and David Harsanyi are four journalists who are fearless as well. I’ll speak more to their relevance to this country.

Join Jim and Greg as they weigh in the second day of House Republicans at odds over whether Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker of the House. What is the end game of the McCarthy opponents? Will they force a more conservative speaker or will we get one that’s worse? They also thank Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi for exposing more details of how the FBI and other government entities aggressively pushed Twitter to suspend many accounts from 2017 forward. Are we not at a clear First Amendment issue on this story? And they applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his inaugural address that articulates a conservative vision on many issues quite well.

Not Everyone Hates DeSantis


The war has already begun. Even before DeSantis announces his candidacy for President, the hate speech and accusations are ramping up. The irony of all these efforts is that those attacking him don’t really understand his goals and motives, and don’t realize that many people have already seen through the rumors. But efforts to tarnish his reputation continue. I’d like to suggest that those who hate him (including Republicans and Democrats) are misjudging not only DeSantis but those who already are, and who could become, his supporters. We’re not as stupid as some assume.

This post was inspired by an article titled “DeSantis Further Right Than Trump?” My knee-jerk reaction was, “I hope so!” (Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall.) Many of us knew that Trump lacked pure Conservative credentials, but we were satisfied with most of the work he did. In the case of DeSantis, the key attributes he demonstrates are that he acts and legislates like a Conservative, but he rarely relies on the label:

Ricochet.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim. Today, Jon and Greg shake their heads as President Trump’s big announcement turns into a promotion for digital trading cards of himself. They also cringe as the Biden administration prepares to make the border crisis far worse by lifting Title 42 and ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Finally, they roll their eyes at research suggesting people who didn’t get the COVID shot are more dangerous drivers – meaning vaccination status could impact your insurance rates.