Colorado governor invites Disney to his state after 'authoritarian' Ron DeSantis moves to punish them
Jared Polis (Screenshot)

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) called on the week's special session of the legislature to consider abolishing all special taxing districts created prior to 1968 — a direct shot at Disney, which has used a special district in Reedy Creek to run its Walt Disney World resort complex for decades.

Republicans in Florida have been threatening this action for days in retaliation for Disney's criticism of the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law, and subsequent decision to suspend political contributions in the state.

But DeSantis didn't stop there. He also took a shot at Twitter for adopting a shareholder "poison pill" plan to prevent tech billionaire Elon Musk, increasingly a hero of the far right for his stance on social media content moderation, from launching a hostile takeover of the company.

And he vowed to "look at ways" to hold Twitter's board of directors "accountable" — an unclear threat, given Twitter is not headquartered in Florida.

In reaction to all of this, Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) stepped in — and invited both Disney and Twitter to set up shop in his own state, free of political interference from Republicans.

The fight with Disney, which provides huge benefits to the Florida economy with family tourism, comes as Republicans are pushing an increasingly hardline culture panic in states around the country, seeking to roll back rights for gay and transgender Americans while limiting discussions of race in schools and trying to purge libraries of certain books.