Heaven help us if court upholds DeSantis' assault on free speech in Florida
Ron DeSantis holds a press conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, April 19, 2021. - Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/TNS

Of all the bills rammed through by the Florida Legislature this session — sometimes revived late at night and then quickly passed by GOP lawmakers — the most egregious remains House Bill 1. It's Gov. Ron DeSantis' baby, and he has already signed it into law. The session is about to end, but HB 1 set the stage for this year's legislative theme: Strip power from local governments, and trample Floridians' constitutional rights underfoot. Civil-rights attorneys from a nonprofit called the Lawyers Matter Task Force, and additional plaintiffs, have already filed a lawsuit challenging the governor's ...