NEW: Investigators have been told of a conversation where Gaetz and a lobbyist Chris Dorworth discussed arranging a sham candidate in a State Senate race to siphon votes from an ally’s opponent, according to two people familiar, w/ @ktbenner @nytmike…
The F.B.I. has widened its investigation to include questions about a trip to the Bahamas that Gaetz took with Republican allies from Florida and women who were asked to provide sex for them, according to four people familiar with the inquiry…
The Bahamas trip included Jason Pirozzolo, an Orlando-based surgeon who has raised funds for Gov. Ron DeSantis, and a group of women, according to four people with knowledge of the inquiry. The trip occurred sometime after Mr. Gaetz was elected to Congress…
Good time to bring back story from March about a sham candidate arrested in a *different* Florida State Senate race. Yes, there were suspected sham candidates in *three* State Senate races last year 👀…

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2 Apr
🚨 The Times has reviewed receipts from Cash App and Apple Pay that show payments from Gaetz and Greenberg to one of the women, and a payment from Greenberg to a second woman. The women told their friends that the payments were for sex with the two men…
Always read @ktbenner @nytmike
One of the women who had sex w/ both men also agreed to have sex w/ an unidentified associate of theirs in Florida Republican politics, according to a person familiar w/the arrangement. Greenberg had initially contacted her online & introduced her to Gaetz…
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18 Feb
Dr. Raul Pino, the health administrator in Orlando, Fla., said that two young women "dressed up as grannies" tried to get their second coronavirus vaccine doses on Wednesday. They wore bonnets, gloves and glasses, he said: "I don't know how they escaped the first time."
The women were probably in their 20s, Pino said. They had valid CDC vaccination cards, but "there were some issues with their ID's" and driver's licenses.
There have been a "few" cases of people faking vaccine eligibility, Pino said, including one man who shared a name with his father: "It's probably higher than we suspect."
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5 Nov 20
👋! Latina reporter here. I have a thread about how we gave our readers a more nuanced understanding of the vote in Florida. For inquiring minds. 1/x
“Despite a late push to court Latino voters over the last several weeks, Joe Biden is ending his presidential bid on shaky and perhaps perilous ground with this diverse, essential segment of the electorate...” 2/x…
“Biden, in turn, faces an increasingly urgent need to build up his margins with Latinos, a diverse demographic in Florida that he has struggled to broadly galvanize so far.” 3/x…
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19 Oct 20
Early voting began today in Florida. There are usually lines on the first day because people are excited; elections supervisors expect to see that (despite the rain in South Florida). A thread:
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29 Jun 20
The city of Jacksonville, Fla., has just announced that masks will be mandatory indoors and in public places where social distancing is not possible.
The city of Jacksonville, Fla., *which is hosting the Republican National Convention in August*
The announcement was made by the city but Mayor Lenny Curry was not at the news conference. A spokeswoman said he had a family commitment.
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2 Apr 20
Terrifying Florida details in this story. Buckle up:…
Stay-at-home orders have nearly halted travel for most Americans, but people in Florida, the Southeast and other places that waited to enact such orders have continued to travel widely, potentially exposing more people as the outbreak accelerates.…
A half-dozen of the most populous counties where residents were traveling widely last week are in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis resisted calling for a statewide lockdown until Wednesday.…
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