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Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been roundly criticized for his handling of the pandemic that's caused a public health crisis in the United States.

DeSantis waited until Wednesday to announce a stay-at-home order for his state of Florida, where the virus is nearing 7,000 cases.

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Governors and other local leaders across the country have issued stay-at-home orders to their constituents in hopes of curbing the spread of the highly contagious virus that's caused a national health crisis in the United States.

But not every governor has followed this example.

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After weeks of dismissing the current pandemic as little more than a flu overblown by the media to undermine his presidency, President Donald Trump and his administration are finally beginning to acknowledge the severity of the threat posed by the virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne apparently hadn't gotten that memo.

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Officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are facing criticism from a Florida woman after they permitted her to take a domestic flight, despite showing flu-like symptoms and visiting Italy, where new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to emerge.

Upon arriving in New York, the woman warned CDC officials about her condition, but they told her that she didn't pose a risk and allowed her to proceed to the connecting flight towards her Florida destination.

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The novel coronavirus is highly contagious.

In only two months, it's tripled the number of Ebola cases documented during its three year outbreak. The virus has currently spread through 14 states, as well as abroad in China, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Amendment 4—a Florida referendum restoring voting rights to former felons—passed in 2018 with 65% of the vote, paving the way for an additional 1.4 million voters in the swing state.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis immediately took steps to undermine the public will by signing into law a bill that would only restore voting rights to felons who fully pay all fees and fines imposed after leaving prison.

Under Florida law, court debts left unpaid after three months are referred to private debt collectors, who can then tack on a surcharge of up to 40%.

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The Republican Party again raised ire and eyebrows with yet another GOP candidate advocating violence against members of Congress in official campaign materials.

This time it is George Buck Jr. of Florida. The GOP politician is running for the 13th congressional district—a seat currently held by Democrat Charlie Crist.

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