‘Capital of Red State America’: Florida lawmakers wrap up session

DeSantis touted it as a victory over ‘the woke agenda.’
FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd at Adventure Outdoors gun store, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Smyrna, Ga. DeSantis, who is widely expected to announce a campaign and is seen as former President Donald Trump’s top rival, accused prosecutors of stretching the law to target an opponent. But his remarks came a week after DeSantis took a shot at the tawdry circumstances underlying the case when asked to comment on it. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Four years ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took office pledging to unify a divided state after he narrowly defeated his Democratic rival in the consummate swing state.

Now, as Florida lawmakers capped one of the most historic legislative sessions in recent memory with a traditional handkerchief drop in the Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee, DeSantis leads a state that has forced itself to the vanguard of Red America.

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