Ron DeSantis still high on Trump’s Space Force

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DeSantis, who has compared the space combatant command to the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the U.S.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials aren’t aborting pursuit of the operational command of President Donald Trump’s Space Force, despite a report Florida isn’t on the U.S. Air Force’s short list of potential bases.

USSPACECOM belongs in Florida. @LtGovNunez and I remain confident of Florida’s unique qualifications. Our commercial space industry is flourishing and no other state hosts more Combatant Commands. https://t.co/YMBnw3J6AC

‘USSPACECOM belongs in Florida,’ DeSantis tweeted Thursday. He also wrote that Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez ‘and I remain confident of Florida’s unique qualifications. Our commercial space industry is flourishing and no other state hosts more Combatant Commands.’

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Elected officials from across the Sunshine State’including the governor’are making a major push to convince President Donald Trump to base Space Command in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has a long and fruitful relationship with the president. Trump’s early endorsement catapulted DeSantis to the lead in the GOP gubernatorial primary and he never looked back. Now DeSantis is urging the president to help the state by bringing Space Command to Florida.

‘As the world’s premier gateway to space, Florida has been the departure point for more cargo and humans to space than any other place in the world, so I believe our state is the logical choice to base this new command. In addition to my request to the president, I have also directed Space Florida to make it a top priority to pursue and secure this new headquarters here in Florida,’ DeSantis said this week.

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Good Monday morning. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Ron DeSantis has had a headline-grabbing first few weeks praised by many. But now he has put pen to paper and released his first proposed budget, which means one thing: Game on.

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Sunburn ‘ The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics ‘ 2.18.19

Sunburn didn’t take today off, but it was kind of a slow news weekend, so this edition of ‘burn is briefer than usual.

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What’s the big issue heading into Session? Smokable medical marijuana? OK, that’s one. Now give me a Top 5. If you say ‘Assignment of Benefits reform,’ you’re kinda proving the point.

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