Thursday, April 27, 2023

Disney sues DeSantis

It's time to follow through on a footnote.
I need to follow up on DeSantis's reaction to Disney subverting DeSantis's replacement for the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Disney World's own government; he's making himself look even worse while getting liberals to side with a big corporation. Nice trick, but not the one he's trying to pull.
The situation developed into a legal case yesterday, as 10 Tampa Bay reported Disney sues Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis yesterday.

The legal filing is the latest salvo in a more than year-old feud between Disney and DeSantis that has engulfed the governor in criticism as he prepares to launch an expected presidential bid in the coming months.

DeSantis, who has framed himself as a Republican firebrand able to deftly implement his conservative agenda without drama, has dived headlong into the fray with the beloved company and major tourism driver, as business leaders and White House rivals bash his stance as a rejection of the small-government tenets of conservatism.

“We are unaware of any legal right that a company has to operate its own government or maintain special privileges not held by other businesses in the state,” said DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske. “This lawsuit is yet another unfortunate example of their hope to undermine the will of the Florida voters and operate outside the bounds of the law.”
10 Tampa Bay followed up this morning in Disney vs DeSantis: The latest with the lawsuit.

The suit was filed minutes after a Disney World oversight board appointed by DeSantis voted to void a deal that placed theme park decisions in the company's hands.
10 Tampa Bay reported on Disney's claims as well as DeSantis's response. Yahoo Finance emphasized the relief that Disney asked for in Disney files lawsuit against Florida Governor DeSantis.

Yahoo Finance legal reporter Alexis Keenan joins Yahoo Finance Live anchors to discuss the ongoing feud between Disney and Governor DeSantis, with the latest details surrounding Disney's lawsuit filing.
I hope that Disney gets its relief, but be patient, because the wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.

Follow over the jump for reactions that put the conflict in context.

MSNBC's Alex Wagner noted that the Disney-DeSantis feud is part of a larger movement in Right-wing tests corporations with pressure to roll back social consciousness.

Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, talks with Alex Wagner about how citizens apply economic pressure to corporations to bring about social change, and how to ensure corporations keep their word in the face of counter-pressure from right-wing groups opposed to diversity and inclusion.
This continues a trend that I saw developing more than a decade ago and summarized it in CNBC explains 'How Georgia's Controversial Voting Laws Sparked Major Corporate Backlash'.
Not only did Republicans drink Trump's Kool-Aid, it looks like they drank Steve Bannon's about turning the GOP into a working-class white party as well. While Bannon may claim credit for the idea, I can trace it back to 2012, when Newt Gingrich threw big business under the bus while campaigning against Mitt Romney. Nine years later, the rift between Republicans and big business has opened up wide enough for everyone to see. Who knows? Maybe the Republican Party will fall into it. Break out the popcorn, but also fight for voting rights.
The rift has widened and deepened since then, but not all Republicans are falling in. MSNBC reported Disney can bring their 'billions of dollars' and jobs to S.C., says Nikki Haley.

2024 Republican presidential candidate, former SC Governor Nikki Haley, is welcoming Disney to move its operations from Florida to South Carolina as the fight between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the company continues. Haley said Disney can bring its 'hundreds of thousands of jobs' to her home state.
That's the pro-business Republican Party I used to know. Let's see if her running to DeSantis's left on social issues but to his right on economic policy gains her traction.

Stay tuned for a retrospective tomorrow for National Superhero Day on Flashback Friday.

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