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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Florida bill would require bloggers who write about governor to register with the state

(Brought to Floridians by "Small Government GOP" and Ron Der Santis.)

It’s not just Der Santis that bloggers must register to write about, it's the lieutenant governor, a cabinet officer, or any member of the Florida legislature.  People will still be allowed to write their blogs, they just have to register within five days of submitting the contents of it.

Let me repeat that: The Florida legislature (with Der Santis's input, I'm sure) want bloggers to register with the government before writing about the top officers of Florida's government.

This sounds awfully familiar. Where have I read about this intimidating boot-on-one's-neck sort of thing? Something to do with WWII. Yeah. That's it.

I wonder how this will all play out in Der Santis's unFree Floriduh. 

Rick Wilson:  "Requiring people to register with the Florida government in order to -- checks notes -- express opinions online or report on Prince Ronald the Delicate and other Florida officials seems...not super-Constitutional."

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) wants bloggers who write about Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and other members of the Florida executive cabinet or legislature to register with the state or face fines. Brodeur’s proposal, Senate Bill 1316: Information Dissemination, would require any blogger writing about government officials to register with the Florida Office of Legislative Services or the Commission on Ethics.

Also, this -- a Florida legislator wants to get rid of the Democratic Party of Florida through legislation.

This is your insane GQP at work. 

Yet, if you read any of the Libertarian/Trumpian blogs, they continue to claim that it's the Democrats that are destroying the country with their insane ideas.

They refuse to see what's happening right in front of their noses.


Infidel753 said...

"Not super-Constitutional" is right. It's hard to imagine a more flagrant violation of the First Amendment. According to the link, the law would apply only to bloggers who are paid to write, which most bloggers aren't -- but of course regular journalists are paid and are still protected by the First Amendment.

If DeSantis supports this, he'll confirm that he's at least as dangerous to a free society as Trump was.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Infidel753, This doesn't look like it will pass. But DeSantis has a firm hold on the Florida legislature. We will see where this goes.

“If a blogger posts to a blog about an elected state officer and receives, or will receive, compensation for that post, the blogger must register with the appropriate office … within 5 days after the first 164 by the blogger which mentions an elected state officer,” reads the bill, introduced by Republican state Sen. Jason Brodeur.

If additional posts about elected state officers were to be posted, the blogger would have to file monthly reports detailing where, when and by whom the post was published, plus the amount of compensation received. Failure to file reports could lead to fines.
--The Hill

Dave Dubya said...

Our Republican Party would be greeted with enthusiastic approval by Hitler if he was here today. How can anyone not understand by now these neo-Nazi wannabes would commit the same atrocities upon us if they thought they could get away with it?

There is no bottom to their lies, rage, and hatred.

Dave Dubya said...

More neo-Nazi rhetoric from the Orange Fuhrer:

"This Animal Prosecutor that they stuck on me over the Boxes Hoax is trying to TORTURE my people into telling lies. It’s all for political reasons, and the fact I’m leading big, in all the polls. He’s flying people from all over and throwing them in front of a D.C. Grand Jury. They are confused and scared – they’ve never done this before. These Democrat Marxist Pigs should be the ones that are investigated. The nice guy prosecutor in the Biden documents case hasn’t even started yet!"

The victim card, the commie card, and the projection card are there, directly from Hitler's playbook.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave Dubya

Wow! Trumpy sounds like he's terrified of what will happen to him!

Also, his rhetoric is disgusting. I can't imagine what kind of an American would want to vote for someone that talks like that.

Les Carpenter said...

I now view all of this as a dream. It helps as i rather than reacting it allows for emotions to subside, they always do because reactions have no intrinsic or concrete nature. And, it allows me to appropriately move on to more important issues that bring peace, serenity, and allows resting in the natural state.

We have absolutely no control over this modern throwback to the trogs.

skudrunner said...

Did anyone take the time to read the bill because I believe you description of what it contains seems to be incorrect.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Right now the bill, as I understand it, says that if a blogger is being paid money to write about the governor and other state officers, he/she has to give notice to the state before publishing the text in a blog.

This is prior restraint and it is, afaik, unconstitutional.

Why just bloggers? Why doesn't Der Santis go full-on authoritarian and stop newspapers and other media in the state? Why would ANY American even think of doing such an unAmerican thing?

Orban of Hungary has done this. He has gotten rid of all media that is opposed to him. And the current Republican Party brought him to America to speak at a CPAC meeting not too long ago.

This year, they had Bolsanaro speak, another authoritarian whose thugs attacked their Capitol and raged against the outcome of the last election in Brazil.

What the hell has happened to the Republican Party? Why do they embrace authoritarianism? Do the idiots in that party not know our Constitution and what this country was founded on?

Meanwhile, the governors in various state houses in the red states are passing laws to make it a crime for men to dress up like women and perform. Because the Trumpublican Party thinks THAT is what is dangerous to our country, and NOT prior restraint on a blogger in America.

Der Santis is a danger to our country.

I can't say this strongly enough: The Trumpublican Party is INSANE. And so are the Trumpers who support it!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Proposed Bill SB 1316 Mandates Florida Bloggers to Register and Report Earnings

Faced with withering criticism, the Republicans in Florida hope to crush critical reviews and discourse in the blogosphere by forcing Florida bloggers and web writers to register and report their activity to the state.

I typically do not focus on political content. However this proposed bill stabs right at the heart of our Representative Democracy a free and open press. This includes publishing of discourse by those not in the main stream media. Lets take a look at what Florida is trying to do to bloggers on the right and left.

Republican’s Far-Reaching Bill Ignores First Amendment of US Constitution

Taking a page out of China’s website registration requirements, Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) of Florida wants bloggers who write about Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and other officials of the executive or legislative branches of Florida to register with the state or risk fines.

No American I know thinks this is a good thing. The only people I know who would encourage Der Santis in this fools errand would be people like Orban, and other authoritarian/fascist AND communist countries. Bloggers have to do this in China.

Who are the shameful Americans who think this is an American ideal? NO ONE who calls him or herself an American can possibly be for this.

What has happened to this country, and what the hell is wrong with Der Santis?

Shaw Kenawe said...

The above bolded text, as well as below, is from:, a blog in Michigan

Prior Restraint Against Paid Political Posts

According to the bill, a “blogger” is defined as any person who submits a blog post to a blog, which is subsequently published. Compensation includes anything of value given to a blogger in exchange for a blog post or series of posts. If not provided in currency, it must be the fair market value of the item or service exchanged.

Bloggers must file monthly reports on the 10th day following the end of each calendar month from when a blog post is added to the blog. The reports must be filed with the appropriate office using the electronic filing system provided by s. 11.0455 if the blog post concerns an elected member of the Legislature or as provided in s. 112.32155 if the blog post concerns an officer of the executive branch.

Writers Must Report Content to New Florida Politburo

The reports must include information about the individual or entity that compensated the blogger for the blog post, the amount of compensation received, the date the blog post was published, and the website and website address where the blog post can be found. In addition, if the payment is for a series of blog posts or for a defined period of time, the blogger must disclose the total amount to be received upon the first blog post being published.

You can't possibly support this trash, skud!