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GOP politicians choose anti-awakening over big business friendliness

Meanwhile, in Texas, the governor is threatening to use his power again to slow down border traffic with arguably unnecessary security inspections to make his point on immigration.

These various policy statements have implications for LGBTQ children, parents, and teachers in Florida schools; for Orlando residents who may feel an increased tax burden; and potentially for all Americans who receive food or goods crossing the southern border.

Things also get personal. Michigan Democrat State Senator Mallory McMorrow’s frustrated speech about her morals and faith garnered more than 13 million views on Twitter this week.

McMorrow was responding to campaign material from a Republican lawmaker, State Senator Lana Theis, who accused McMorrow of wanting to “groom and sexualize kindergarteners” and teaching “that 8-year-olds are responsible for ‘slavery”.

This derogatory and anti-LGBTQ term, “toilet”, is the same that an aide to Governor Ron DeSantis used to deflect criticism of the law that limits what can be discussed in Florida schools – which opponents have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.”

The anti-reawakening works for Republicans. Republicans don’t seem to mind being labeled anti-LGBTQ, and they’re almost inviting corporate backlash, relishing the chance to look like fighters.

At DeSantis’ request, the Florida legislature took less than a week to pass a bill to remove the special governmental status Disney had enjoyed around Walt Disney World.

Lawmakers ignored concerns that the move could raise taxes for Orlando voters as Disney cedes local government roles — road maintenance and emergency dispatch, among others — that the company has performed for more than 50 years.

Just a guest in Florida. Disney is synonymous with both family entertainment and Florida to many Americans, but state Republicans disavow it.

“This is a California company being invited into the state of Florida,” state Rep. Randy Fine said on CNN Wednesday night ahead of the vote. “And he’s a guest who’s had special privileges that no other company has had. If you want special privileges, you better behave yourself.”

Many Republicans in the state say that the problem will be solved before the bill win in 2023. But the message to Disney has been sent: shut up about the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Turnarounds. The rift between Florida Republicans and the Magic Kingdom has been simmering for weeks. Disney was initially slow to criticize the law that critics say will prevent teachers from using words like “gay” in elementary schools. After Disney employees left in protest, CEO Bob Chapek criticized the legislation.

The current Florida-Disney rift is certainly a reversal from late last year, when the company announced it would be moving employees from California to Florida due to a “more business-friendly climate.” “.

Other fights with the industry. Previously DeSantis struggled with the cruise ship industry during the pandemic.

And Florida isn’t the only state that isn’t shy about tripping up companies for making political statements.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott created a costly truck jam at the Texas border with heightened security inspections earlier in April. He wanted to protest the Biden administration’s plan to end Covid-19 restrictions that banned most migrants at the border.

It also transports migrants to Washington, DC, and it has teased that it may send buses to Delaware, President Joe Biden’s home state. Abbott doesn’t want to see a likely flood of migrants. But his decision further distorted the supply chain and caused foods headed north to spoil in transit. The whole statement cost billions of dollars.
“I have the ability — at any time — to reactivate those inspections. It will delay trucks trying to cross the border. It will wreak havoc in Mexico,” Abbott told Sean Hannity on Fox on April 19. , warning the Mexican government to slow the flow of migrants through the country towards the US border.
Political reward. Far from paying a political price to target Disney, DeSantis’ strategy is paying off, according to CNN’s Harry Enten.

“He’s become more popular,” Enten said on Wednesday. “That’s why he does it. It works for him.”

Enten pointed to an increase in DeSantis’ approval rating, which is up 6 percentage points since August and is now above 50%, which improves his re-election chances in November: “That’s the thing I think we always kind of give I don’t think Ron DeSantis He’s a good politician.

Abbott also faces re-election in November. After that, the pair could possibly run in a presidential primary against former President Donald Trump. It could be a melee.


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