RPOF Newsletter 08/12/2022

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Governor DeSantis Appoints Judge Renatha Francis

Governor DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. Francis’ appointment fills the vacancy of former Florida Supreme Court Justice Al Lawson, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Francis will officially take her seat on the Supreme Court on Sept. 1, 2022.

“Judge Renatha Francis has an incredible life story that epitomizes the American Dream and proves that those who come to our country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and, through hard work and the application of their God-given talents, reach the highest heights of whatever field they choose,” Governor DeSantis said.

Before immigrating from the Caribbean to Florida, Renatha Francis was a small business owner in Jamaica, where she ran two successful enterprises while being the primary caregiver for her sibling. She pursued a legal career later in life than most attorneys, but she advanced rapidly based on her merit to serve as a judge first in Miami-Dade County, and then on the 15th Circuit Court.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/08/05/governor-ron-desantis-appoints-judge-renatha-francis-to-serve-on-the-florida-supreme-court/


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Governor Awards TCC $1.6 Million for Workforce Education

Governor DeSantis awarded $1.6 million to Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to expand workforce education opportunities in the healthcare industry, including its surgical technology, dental hygiene, and dental assisting programs by purchasing new equipment to enroll and train students entering these programs.

The programs will address regional healthcare occupational needs not only in Leon County, but also in one of Florida’s Rural Areas of Opportunity, building and supporting a student pipeline at the TCC Gadsden campus.

“My administration will continue to invest in workforce development and equip Floridians with the skills necessary to thrive in the workforce and support their families,” Governor DeSantis said.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/08/10/governor-ron-desantis-awards-nearly-1-6-million-to-tallahassee-community-college-through-the-florida-job-growth-grant-fund/

Governor DeSantis Invites Veterans to Become Florida Teachers

With more than 1.7 million military veterans, Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging veterans to apply for a temporary teaching certificate through a new program to help recruit qualified military veterans to join schools across the state. The Military Veterans Certification Pathway program is made possible through unanimous bipartisan support of legislation passed during the 2022 legislative session and signed by Governor DeSantis. The State Board of Education will consider a rule formally implementing the program at their August 17th meeting.

“Florida is the most veteran- and military-friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We also know that our veterans have talents and skills that they can offer our students. This new opportunity expands Florida’s existing programs that help our veterans take their talents to our schools, and it will help Florida remain a national leader in education.”

The proposed rule will allow military veterans to obtain a 5-year temporary teaching certificate without a bachelor’s degree, provided the following criteria are met:

  • Minimum of 48 months of military service with an honorable/medical discharge;
  • Minimum of 60 college credits with a 2.5 grade point average;
  • Passing score on a Florida subject area examination;
  • Employment in a Florida school district, including charter schools; and
  • Cleared background screening. 

Additionally, veterans who successfully obtain their 5-year teaching certificate:

  • Will be assigned a mentor teacher for a minimum of two years to support their classroom endeavors;
  • Must also earn their bachelor’s degree during the 5-year period to be eligible for a full professional certificate;
  • May not teach subject areas that require a master’s degree; and
  • Cannot renew the 5-year temporary teaching certificate once it expires.

The Military Veterans’ Certificate Pathway program does not apply to military spouses or families.

To watch a video of Governor DeSantis discussing the program, click here.

To learn more about this program, visit www.fldoe.org/veterans.

Senator Rubio Compares Mar-a-Lago Raid to Latin American Dictatorships, Predicts Feds Will Come For Trump Supporters

“I’m here in a very unique position here in South Florida, surrounded by people who come from countries where this is familiar to them. This is shocking to Americans,” Senator Rubio said on Sean Hannity’s program. “A group takes power and one of the first things that group does is they begin to persecute and go after their political opponents. And then when the supporters of the political opponents begin to complain about it, they begin to target them and criminalize opposition. And that’s what’s happening here now.”

Senator Rubio added: “The far left believes that their cause is so worthy that anyone who is against it must be evil, must be a criminal, and must be punished and put away.” 

Watch Rubio on Fox News here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=491941336091555

Senator Rubio Video Highlights Val Demings’ TikTok childishness

Watch the Rubio video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJxWAHYrc8o

Attorney General Moody Slams Mar-a-Lago Raid on Multiple Fox Network Programs

On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Moody was on Fox Business and raised numerous red flags over the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.

 “What is uncommon, and I can tell you this as a former federal prosecutor, is a raid by dozens of FBI agents over what we hear presumably is a document dispute,” Attorney General Moody said. “I can tell you that is not common in these types of investigations. And I’m urging, for the sake of the independence and integrity of our law enforcement institutions, that Merrick Garland and Christopher Wray come out very soon and start being transparent with Americans.”

Watch Fox Business discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvbDDqSkMXQ

On Fox News with Brett Baier, Attorney General Moody compared the raid to that of dictatorships.

 “Many of the people in south Florida fled totalitarian regimes from Cuba or Venezuela, and when you see a government that comes in and has targeted we know previously parents who were labeled domestic terrorists, when you have a government that just announced increasing their agents for the IRS by 87,000 agents to target American citizens,” she said. “And now you have an unprecedented raid on your former president and potential political opponent and there’s this idea that you could start going after criminally political opponents. I mean that is the motto of any type of those regimes. Suppress political opposition.” 

Watch Fox News discussion here:https://www.foxnews.com/media/regimes-suppress-political-opposition-florida-attorney-general-ashley-moody-trump-raid

CFO Patronis Dismantles the “Inflation Reduction Act” on Twitter

CFO Jimmy Patronis Tweet-thread on the so-called Inflation Reduction Act: 

With the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” expected to pass this week, Floridians should be aware of a couple of things. First, whenever Congress names a bill, that bill will do the opposite of what it says it will do. Think: the “Affordable Health Care Act.”

So of course, the “Inflation Reduction Act” adds to the inflation crisis. It’s more government cash, piled on top of the other trillions in government cash, that caused inflation. That’s why everything is more expensive than it needs to be and why Americans have less money.

Second, this bill spends $80 billion for the IRS, including adding 87,000 new agents, which is terrifying. Corporations have plenty of auditors, armies of lawyers, and CPAs who work at navigating our nation’s outrageously complex tax code. Small businesses don’t. These agents will target the middle class and small businesses. The Left needs the cash to fund their programs. This bill is about handouts to big business. They take money from small businesses and send it to ESG businesses who raise cash through liberal asset managers.

What’s most concerning is we’ve seen how the Biden administration has weaponized the DOJ. They just raided Mar-a-Lago. The IRS is just another wing of his army to squash the Conservative movement. Let’s not forget about how Obama’s IRS went after Tea Party groups. Fortunately, in a couple of months Republicans will have the House, and God willing, the Senate. No ifs, ands or buts, this new IRS funding must be rolled back! We must protect our small businesses. Biden is obsessed with Governor Ron DeSantis and the IRS will target Florida!

In all my years of public service not once has anyone ever told me they care about expanding IRS authority. This is an example of a government that is not only disinterested in their constituents, but downright hateful.

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez Led Delegation to UK Airshow

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez led Florida’s recent aerospace and aviation mission to the United Kingdom for the Farnborough International Airshow.

Watch the video here:https://twitter.com/LtGovNunez/status/1555693035245166593


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