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Stephanie Marty demonstrates against a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues outside the South Dakota governor's mansion in Pierre, S.D. on Thursday March 11, 2021.
The statement came a day before the Florida House is set to take up the controversial bill.
The bill allows casinos and card rooms to operate without running harness or quarter-horse races or jai-alai matches, a concept known as decoupling.
DeSantis appointed Shevaun Harris and Simone Marstiller to head top agencies. They join Shamarial Roberson at the Department of Health. Experts and officials say representation might not be enough.
“Our policies apply to everyone,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in an email. It removed the video because it said the content violated its standards about “COVID-19 medical misinformation.” DeSantis’...


  1. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. In order to get the Seminole Tribe to agree to a compact, and the federal regulators to approve it, the legislative deal must sufficiently benefit the Tribe, which presently operates a casino monopoly outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis' signature has varied over the years. Here's how he has signed official documents from 2008 to 2021.
  3. A rendering of the Rome Yard development submitted by the Related Group
  4. President Joe Biden.
  5. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, at podium, speaks April 9 alongside port workers and elected officials asking for the CDC and the federal government to allow the return of cruising, during a news conference in front of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship docked at PortMiami in Miami. [Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press]
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the situation at Piney Point at a press conference in Manatee County on April 4.
  7. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.
  8. Stephanie Marty demonstrates against a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues outside the South Dakota governor's mansion in Pierre, S.D. on Thursday March 11, 2021.
  9. Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson, right, speaks to the media as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference Monday, March 2, 2020, in Tampa.
  10. Longtime Tampa Bay broadcaster Rob Lorei, seen here in a 2019 photo hosting the show Radioactivity on WMNF 88.5, said he was fired by WMNF's general manager. Lorei helped found the community radio station more than four decades ago.
  11. In this Sept. 14, 1976 photo, Ramsey Clark, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, center, speaks at Lincoln Center in New York. Ramsey Clark, the attorney general in the Johnson administration who became an outspoken activist for unpopular causes and a harsh critic of U.S. policy, died, Friday, April 9, 2021. He was 93.
  12. In this Oct. 23, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his commitment to the Republican Party — and raise the possibility that someone else will be the GOP's next presidential nominee — in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night.
  13. In this Jan. 6 photo, rioters storm the Capitol, in Washington. A Pentagon report details missteps in communication.
  14. Former President Donald Trump will address the Republican party today from Mar-a-Lago.
  15. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks at A Woman for American First event, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Doral, Fla. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation of Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, citing reports of sexual and other misconduct by the Florida Republican.
  16. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, addresses a crowd of protesters before their evening march on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in St. Petersburg. A proposed 'anti-riot' bill would enhance penalties for a host of crimes committed during protests that turn violent, and opponents have argued its broad definition could lead to racial disparity if the bill ultimately becomes law. “The people across the state of Florida are worried about the chilling effect of this bill,” Rouson said. “This is going to lead to a misapplication of the law, and we know Black and brown people will suffer disproportionately because we have seen it.”
  17. The 1st District Court of Appeal.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  19. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., walks off the House floor as House of Representatives takes up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in 2019.
  20. St. Petersburg City Council member Gina Driscoll.
  21. Rep. Matt Gaetz is retaining two prominent New York attorneys as he faces a Justice Department investigation into sex trafficking allegations involving underage girls.
  22. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, shown in this 2019 photo, has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and sent fundraising appeals that portray him as a victim of a “smear campaign.”
  23. This spring's state test results won't be held against students when it comes to third-grade promotion, high school graduation, Bright Futures scholarship eligibility and other critical issues, Florida officials announced Friday.