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DeSantis’ move to pull Sagemont scholarships: Concern about Communist China ties or a political stunt?

Florida’s move to cut off a high-end private school in Weston from state subsidies to parents has raised political and policy questions: Were the schools really an “imminent threat to the health, safety, and welfare” of the students and the public? Or was the state’s move a political stunt to bolster Gov. Ron DeSantis’ struggling presidential campaign? At least 229 students were receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships at the two Sagemont Preparatory School campuses in Weston that were targeted late Friday by DeSantis for alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party. His office on Monday referred...

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In jab at DeSantis, Florida Democrats cap fundraising dinner with raucous drag show

MIAMI BEACH —  The speeches were done, the politicians were off the stage, but the night wasn’t over for Florida Democrats. Party Chair Nikki Fried feigned surprise when the lights went out Saturday night. But the show was just getting started. For the finale of the Florida Democratic Party’s annual Leadership Blue conference and fundraiser, Fried arranged for an appearance by drag queen Velvet Lenore, who performed several numbers along with her backup dancers. The audience, Democratic activists and elected officials from throughout the state, erupted in applause. LeNore, 51, who lives in West...

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