RPOF Newsletter 08/01/2022


Thank you to all who made the 2022 Sunshine Summit and Victory Dinner a huge success!

More than 900 people attended the Summit and a sold-out crowd of 1,500 heard Governor DeSantis, Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Senator Marco Rubio speak at the Victory Dinner.

Thanks to loyal conservatives throughout Florida, the 2022 event was the biggest and best Sunshine Summit ever!



Governor DeSantis Announces Protections From the Threats of ESG

Governor DeSantis announced a series of protections for Floridians from the environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) movement that threatens the vitality of the American economy and Americans’ economic freedom by targeting disfavored individuals and industries to advance a woke ideological agenda.

“The leveraging of corporate power to impose an ideological agenda on society represents an alarming trend,” Governor DeSantis said. “From Wall Street banks to massive asset managers and big tech companies, we have seen the corporate elite use their economic power to impose policies on the country that they could not achieve at the ballot box.”

Governor DeSantis’ proposed legislation for the 2023 Legislative Session will:

  • Prohibit big banks, credit card companies and money transmitters from discriminating against customers for their religious, political or social beliefs;
  • Prohibit State Board of Administration (SBA) fund managers from considering ESG factors when investing the state’s money;
  • Require SBA fund managers to only consider maximizing the return on investment on behalf of Florida’s retirees.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/07/27/governor-ron-desantis-announces-initiatives-to-protect-floridians-from-esg-financial-fraud/

Florida School Grades Far Exceed Expectations

New data shows Florida’s schools performed much better than expected due to Governor DeSantis’ policies that kept schools open and students in the classroom

The Florida Department of Education recently released school grades for 2021-2022, which mark the first full data release since 2019 due to the lack of assessments the previous two years.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • 53 schools exited the School Improvement Support list in 2022.
  • 100% of schools graded F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022, including one that earned a B and six that earned a C.
  • 84% of schools graded D and F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022.
  • Overall, elementary schools had the largest increase in the percentage of schools increasing their grade with 20% (351) of elementary schools improving one or more letter grade.
  • 469 schools increased their grade, while 825 schools maintained an A grade and 348 schools maintained a B grade.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/07/07/icymi-from-the-department-of-education-florida-school-grades-far-exceed-expectations/

Governor DeSantis Awards $6.5 Million to Launch Civics Academies

Governor DeSantis awarded Polk State College, Broward College and Florida State College at Jacksonville $6.5 million to launch the Career Pathways for Public Service Initiative, which will develop a national model for preparing students for public service and careers in local or state government.

The Civics Academies will allow students to start learning in 9th grade about the importance of public trust, government efficiency and the values of our state and nation. This announcement is part of Governor DeSantis’ larger Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative to develop civics curriculum.

“It was great to award $6.5 million to create civics academies through three of our nation-leading state colleges,” Governor DeSantis said. “This first-of-its-kind program will teach our future leaders foundational American values as they prepare for careers in public service.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/07/18/governor-desantis-awards-6-5-million-to-launch-civics-academies-training-the-next-generation-of-state-and-local-leaders/

Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8%, Despite National Conditions

Governor DeSantis announced that Florida’s June unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent, despite national economic headwinds. Florida’s unemployment rate now has declined or held steady for 23 consecutive months through June 2022 — far better than the national unemployment rate that remains unchanged over the month at 3.6 percent.

Meanwhile, Florida’s labor force grew by 0.4 percent over the month, while the national labor force shrank by 0.2 percent. Since January, Florida’s labor force grew by 2.8 percent, outpacing the national rate of 1.8 percent by a full percentage point.

“Despite Biden administration policies that have produced record inflation, skyrocketing gas prices, and slowing national GDP, Florida continues to outpace the nation with strong job growth and an increasing labor force,” Governor DeSantis said.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/07/22/governor-ron-desantis-announces-floridas-statewide-unemployment-rate-drops-to-2-8-percent-despite-national-economic-conditions/

Marco Rubio: Abortion decision exposes how woke corporations are hostile to American families

Senator Rubio wrote a guest column on Fox News this week highlighting the threat of woke corporations for American families:

Being a mom or dad is the most important job any of us will ever have. Parents are the first teachers, first authorities, and first clergy. What we do has a direct impact on the lives of our children, but also on our communities and ultimately our nation. It has been true for all of recorded history. “Train up a child in the way he should go,” Proverbs implores. 

But what happens when a mom or dad’s first obligation is no longer to their family, but to their employer?

Read the entire column here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/abortion-decision-exposes-woke-corporations-hostile-american-families


Marco Rubio Speaks at Sarasota and Manatee County GOP Rally
‘This is still the single greatest nation in the history of all mankind’

Senator Rubio spoke to more than 1,000 people at a combined Sarasota and Manatee County GOP candidates rally, telling them what is at stake in November and the importance of electing Republicans up and down the ballot.

“This is still – despite our challenges, despite our problems, despite the terrible leadership we see in high positions – this is still the single greatest nation in the history of all mankind,” Rubio said.

“I think every single one of you knows someone who has never voted for a Republican in their lives, but they’re going to now. Not because they agree with us on every issue…but because we agree on what we can agree on, and what we can agree on is common sense,” Rubio continued. “The choice in American politics today is no longer simply left and right, or Republican or Democrat…the choice is between common sense and complete and utter lunacy.”

Attorney General Moody Highlights New Law Enforcement Benefits and Recruitment Tools at FSA Summer Conference

Attorney General Ashley Moody is helping law enforcement agencies recruit and retain talented officers from beyond state lines. This week, at the Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, Attorney General Moody spoke about the new state law enforcement benefits and recruitment tools available.

While addressing law enforcement leaders from across the state, Attorney General Moody highlighted the Be A Florida Hero law enforcement recruitment tool and thanked a former Chicago police officer who answered the call to protect and serve in Florida as a Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Read more:http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/E5780BC1754110168525888C00516DD2?Open&

CFO Patronis Highlights Florida’s Support of Law Enforcement Officers at 2022 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis thanked Florida’s Sheriffs this week for their service and commitment to the people of Florida at the 2022 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference. Patronis also recognized and congratulated Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for his 50 years of dedicated service.

Read more: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/sitePages/newsroom/pressRelease.aspx?id=6230


Lieutenant Governor Nuñez Leads Florida Mission to United Kingdom for Farnborough International Airshow

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez led an aerospace and aviation mission July 16-20 to the United Kingdom for the Farnborough International Airshow.

During the mission, organized in conjunction with Enterprise Florida, Inc., Lieutenant Governor Nuñez met with several corporate executives to promote future opportunities for collaboration between Florida and the aerospace and aviation industry.

“Florida’s aviation and aerospace industry is significant and growing,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “There are approximately 106,000 Floridians employed across nearly 2,500 aviation and aerospace establishments.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/07/27/lieutenant-governor-jeanette-nunez-leads-mission-to-united-kingdom-for-farnborough-international-airshow/


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Senator Marco Rubio appeared as a featured speaker only and did not solicit any funds associated with this event.  All funds solicited in connection with the 2022 Sunshine Summit and Victory Dinner were solicited solely by the Republican Party of Florida.