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Capital Report: 10/05/2018

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis has released his plan for Florida’s economy. Ryan Dailey reports the former congressman bills himself as an enemy of taxes, as state Democrats attack him for his economic record in Washington.

Veteran Republican lobbyist and advocate Mac Stipanovich shares his thoughts on the state’s gubernatorial race.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi this week announced an investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Florida. As we hear from Ellin (eye-LEEN) De La Paz with member station WUSF in Tampa, it’s led to a tip line where victims can make their allegations known.

Fundraising began this week for a state-sanctioned scholarship program that helps victims of bullying and other mistreatment at school. The Hope Scholarship program is part of a sweeping education law passed by the Florida Legislature last March and signed by Governor Rick Scott.  Gina Jordan reports the program applies to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

This week four men connected to a white supremacist group were arrested and charged with rioting at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  That rally turned fatal when an avowed white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors. That left one woman dead and several other people injured.  One question in the wake of that was, what sort of person joins such groups?  Forty-three year old Angela King can supply an answer.  She spend 8 years of her youth in a South Florida hate group.  Today, she’s the program director of “Life After Hate,” a non-profit that helps people leave hate groups.  King spoke with Christine DiMattei with member station WLRN in Miami about her experience and also about the prison encounter that turned her life around.

When a Florida circuit court judge announced plans to resign four days before his term would have ended, a fight broke out over whether his replacement should be appointed by the governor or filled through an election.  Now that case is before the state supreme court as we hear from Regan McCarthy.