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    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried plans to defy Gov. Ron DeSantis who will order flags to be flown at half staff at state buildings to honor the conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. “The guy was an absolute legend,” DeSantis explained. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.” READ MORE: Broward Sheriffs Office Working To Put The Brakes On Pricey Car Thefts Which is a matter of debate. While there’s no question that Limbaugh is an icon for many conservatives, and laid the groundwork for the rise of President Donald Trump, he was also a voice of intolerance on matters of race, gender, and ethnicity. That mixed legacy for Limbaugh has led some in the state to question whether Limbaugh is the sort of person who should be honored with flags being lowered to half-staff. Fried is leading that charge. “The American flag...
    A Democratic Florida state Cabinet official is refusing to lower flags to half-staff to honor the late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, calling the order a "partisan political tool." After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered flags across his state to be lowered in honor of Limbaugh, who died on Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer, some Florida Democrats are refusing at the state and local level, telling staff to disregard such a request by the governor. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a state Cabinet member, told her offices on Monday to disregard the order to lower flags for Limbaugh. "Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool," Fried said in a statement. "We will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. ... Lowering the flag should...
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday defended her decision to defy Gov. Ron DeSantis order to fly flags at half-mast at all state offices in honor of conservative talk show star Rush Limbaugh, insisting the Republican governor was using the flag as a "political prop."  “The American flag should not be used, and cannot be used, as a political prop by Gov. DeSantis,” Fried told CNNs "New Day." "What he’s doing is bending over backward to honor a radio host who spent his entire career talking hate speech, and talking bigotry and division and conspiracy theories. And lowering our flag should be a symbol of unity, not division." Fried, the only Democrat currently holding a statewide office in Florida, said that her offices will not be “lowering our standards” to honor Limbaugh.  She also compared the governors order to that of President Joe Biden, who has ordered flags to...
    (CNN)Hours after the death of Rush Limbaugh last week, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the flags in his state would be lowered to half-staff to honor the conservative talk radio host."There's not much that needs to be said. The guy was an absolute legend," DeSantis explained. "He was a friend of mine and just a great person."Which is a matter of debate. While there's no question that Limbaugh is an icon for many conservatives -- and laid the groundwork for the rise of President Donald Trump -- he was also a voice of intolerance on matters of race, gender and ethnicity.And that mixed legacy for Limbaugh has led some in the state to question whether Limbaugh is the sort of person who should be honored with flags being lowered to half-staff.State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) is leading that charge. Read More"The American flag should not be used...
    American flags in Massachusetts and around the country are flying at half-staff today, Tuesday, Feb. 23, in recognition of the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. The US reached this tragic number of deaths on Monday, Feb. 22. More Americans have died of COVID-19 than in all of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined, according to the White House. The lowering of the American flag is in line with a presidential proclamation that flags should be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings. The flag will be flying at half-staff until sunset on Friday. Feb. 26. The decision to fly flags at half-staff rests with the governor. President Biden’s proclamation said lowering the flags is a way to unite the country. “We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as...
    A top Florida official is sounding off on an order by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) that flags at all state offices be lowered to honor Rush Limbaugh. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried (D) — the only Democrat currently holding statewide office in Florida — blasted the governor for issuing the order to honor Limbaugh, and explained why she plans to defy it. “The American flag should not be used, and cannot be used, as a political prop by Governor DeSantis,” Fried said. “And what he’s doing is bending over backwards to honor a radio host who spent his entire career talking hate speech, and talking bigotry and division and conspiracy theories. And lowering our flag should be a symbol of unity, not division. Raising our standards, not lowering our standards. So we will not be lowering our flags at my department state offices to...
    By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In life, the conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh was a divisive figure, who proudly waved the flag of conservatism and wallowed in the controversies he helped ignite. In death, those controversies follow him as partisans in his home state of Florida debate over whether to lower the state flag in his honor. Gov. Ron DeSantis called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer. But Democrats, who have long been on the receiving end of Limbaugh's harangues, objected. Nikki Fried, Florida's Agriculture Commissioner and the only statewide Democratic officeholder and who is considering a bid for governor, said Monday that she would not abide by the Republican governor's orders. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In life, the conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh was a divisive figure, who proudly waved the flag of conservatism and wallowed in the controversies he helped ignite. In death, those controversies follow him as partisans in his home state of Florida debate over whether to lower the state flag in his honor. Gov. Ron DeSantis called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer. But Democrats, who have long been on the receiving end of Limbaugh’s harangues, objected. Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and the only statewide Democratic officeholder and who is considering a bid for governor, said Monday that she would not abide by the Republican governor’s orders. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes...
    A Democratic Florida official has told state offices under her jurisdiction to disregard an order from Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to lower flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a Monday press release. “It is not a partisan political tool.” “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” Fried continued. “Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.” I will not lower the...
    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is refusing to follow an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to lower flags at state buildings to half-staff in honor of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, saying that lowering the flags should “reflect unity, not division.” Limbaugh, a long time resident of Palm Beach, Fl., passed away last Wednesday at the age of 70 due to complications from lung cancer. Last Friday, DeSantis announced that he would order flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff as soon as the date was set for Limbaugh’s memorial service. Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, issued a statement on Monday that she would “issue direction to state offices under her purview” to “disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order” regarding the flags: Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to...
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) announced Monday that she will request state offices under her direction to ignore Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) order to lower flags to half-staff in honor of the late radio talk host icon, Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” Fried said in a statement obtained by WFLA. “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.” On Friday, DeSantis said...
    A Tennessee mayor drew criticism for a Facebook message and a picture of the town’s American flag at half-staff on Inauguration Day. “While many critics accused him of trying to incite anger with the post, the mayor insisted that his post had nothing to do with Biden’s inauguration,” the Blaze reported Thursday. In his Facebook message, Robert T. Keeton III, mayor of Bruceton, wrote, “The Town of Bruceton grieves for our Republic and our loss of freedoms. We mourn the victims of the Chinese plague and those that have suffered its depredations.” “We pray that God delivers and restores us and that we do not fall to the clutches of communism,” he continued: The Town of Bruceton grieves for our Republic and our loss of freedoms. We mourn the victims of the Chinese plague and… Posted by Town of Bruceton on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Many Facebook users criticized the mayor’s...
    DeSOTO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Though still reeling over Wednesday’s sudden passing of Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan at age 72, DeSoto Municipal Government moved forward Thursday with its daily operations but still found ways to honor a mayor who many also considered a great friend. DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright ordered that all City of DeSoto flags be flown at half-staff beginning at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 29 until sunset on Sunday, November 1. DeSoto flag at half-staff (credit: City of DeSoto) The American flag, Texas flag and POW/MIA flag  remained at full-staff given different jurisdictions and regulations. Friday is also the day before Halloween, and workers were initially given permission to wear Halloween costumes to work that day as part of an employee appreciation effort, but given Mayor McCowan’s passing, and her love and dedication to her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, DeSoto city workers were asked to make a wardrobe...
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