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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate, escalates his feud with Disney, demand it A special legislative session this week ends the theme park giant’s decades-old right to self-government.

Ron DeSantis.

Ron DeSantis. Photography: Jeff Buttari/Zova

DeSantis and Disney disagree over ‘new Florida movie’Don’t say gay‘, which prohibits classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity.

After initial hesitation, Disney, which prides itself on diversity and inclusivity, released a file blistering statement He condemns the law and vows to fight for his heart.

DeSantis sees an opportunity for revenge by eliminating the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which Florida lawmakers created in 1967 to allow Disney to raise taxes and conduct operations independently.

Until today, DeSantis has expressed loose support for a proposal by loyal Congressman Spencer Roach to end Reddy Creek. But at a press conference this morning in the ultra-republican Central Florida retirement district villagesWhich, ironically, operates under special purpose districts, the governor announced that he is in the process of expanding the legislative session this week.

Supporters of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis organize a protest at Walt Disney World.

Supporters of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis organize a protest at Walt Disney World. Photo: Octavio Jones/Reuters

“Yes, they will consider the congressional map, but they will also consider ending all special districts that were enacted in Florida before 1968, which includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District,” he said.

The Don’t Say Gay Act is one of many culture war laws that Florida has introduced in recent weeks, including the 15 weeks of abortion ban DeSantis . supported stop waking up law which prohibits discussion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) but which critics say nullifies discussion of important historical events.

This week, Florida education officials He rejected 54 mathematics books They claimed to have promoted CRT.

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