Sunshine stakes: How DeSantis’s biggest gambles have fared

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) made several gambles with bold actions in Florida in the lead-up to his ill-fated presidential campaign.

While the various actions were part of his executive agenda in Florida, several of them had an eye toward the presidential campaign. DeSantis’s 2024 campaign is now over, and several of his gambles have been tested in the courts. Here is how three of them have fared.

Disney battle

DeSantis restructured Disney‘s central Florida district in 2023, adding more state oversight after the company called for repealing the state’s Parental Rights in Education bill. In response to actions by the Florida governor and the state-appointed board of the district, Disney sued the two entities in April 2023, alleging unlawful retaliation against the company.

The lawsuit was thrown out by a federal judge last month, delivering DeSantis a victory against the
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