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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

The fight against hate in Florida; the latest on voting laws

Supporters of the Nationalist Socialist Movement, march through the streets of a predominantly black neighborhood during a neo-Nazi rally in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Supporters of the Nationalist Socialist Movement, march through the streets of a predominantly black neighborhood during a neo-Nazi rally in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006.

On this week's Florida Roundup, we discussed Gov. Ron DeSantis' reaction to separate incidents in Orlando and Miami, and a trial that got underway this week over the state’s new voting law.

This week, a small group of neo-Nazis marched in Orlando while anti-Semitic flyers appeared throughout Surfside, a Miami Beach neighborhood with a large Jewish community. Organizations that track hate groups in the U.S. say these kinds of incidences are on the rise.

More than a dozen people wearing Nazi symbols gathered Saturday and Sunday in Orlando. They shocked drivers when they unfurled Nazi flags at an overpass above Interstate 4. It quickly became a political issue when Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, sent a tweet suggesting the group could be political opponents.

“Do we even know if they are Nazis?” was part of what she wrote.

She then deleted the tweet, but not before it attracted plenty of criticism, which continued throughout the week, including from Palm Beach County Commissioner Greg Weiss, who is of Jewish descent.

Many elected leaders like U.S. Sen. Rick Scott denounced the Nazi salutes, anti-Jewish slurs and Nazi regalia. On Monday, the governor did not condemn the demonstrators. Instead, he criticized Democrats.

Meanwhile, bomb threats forced the temporary closure of historically Black colleges and universities. Also, on the first day of Black History Month, DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court whether Black congressman Al Lawson’s district was unconstitutional. Lawson responded that the governor is race-baiting to build political points with his base.

At the same time, a trial got underway this week over the state’s new voting law.

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