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Monday, April 19, 2021

Trump tops CPAC straw poll with DeSantis in second place

Former President Trump dominated the weekend Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando with a searing Sunday speech and the fervent support of those attending the annual gathering.

Trump garnered 55 percent in the straw poll which featured a list of 17 other names. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close ally of the former president, was in second place with 21 percent. DeSantis got 45 percent in the straw poll in a scenario in which Trump was not a candidate. South Dakota Gov. Kristie Noem was in second place with 11 percent in that poll.

The highlight of the weekend CPAC conference was Trump’s speech in which he attacked President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the “fake” news media, among others.

He said the country needs “to eliminate the insanity of masks” and immediately get children back in school.

Trump received some of the greatest applause when he hinted at another run at the White House. 

“Who knows? I may decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said.

His CPAC speech had reflections of his campaign rally in October at The Villages Polo Fields. The Laura Branigan song “Gloria” blared before his arrival and Trump took the stage to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Five years ago, Trump won a straw poll put on by the Republican clubs of The Villages at Savannah Center. It was a record turnout.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Opening date announced for barbecue restaurant at Magnolia Plaza 

An opening date has been announced for a new barbecue restaurant coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

A convicted sexual predator has taken up permanent residence in the Village of Alhambra.

Upgrade our infrastructure and protect the environment

A reader from Wisconsin, in a Letter to the Editor, offers praise for President Biden’s plan to upgrade our infrastructure while looking out for the environment.

Does Congressman Webster not know the facts or is he knowingly giving misinformation?

A Village of Belvedere resident chimes in on a previous letter writer’s comments on Congressman Daniel Webster and military spending in the United States.

Volunteers have been instrumental to the success of VA

An official with the North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System says that volunteers have been instrumental to the success of the Veterans Administration. Read the official's Letter to the Editor.