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The Point, Jan. 23, 2024: DeSantis ends presidential campaign misquoting Winston Churchill

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Around the state

• PolitiFact FL: DeSantis ended his campaign quoting Churchill on something he did not say. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped out of the 2024 Republican presidential primary race Jan. 21 in a video posted to X. The post included a quote that DeSantis attributed to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill."

• WLRN-Miami: Record backlogs in Miami's immigration courts illustrate a crisis in the asylum system."U.S. immigration courts are dealing with a record backlog of asylum cases and the worst is in Miami, where almost a tenth of the nation’s 3 million cases are currently being heard."

• WFLA-Tampa: What’s next for Gov. Ron DeSantis after suspending presidential campaign?"DeSantis’ focus will shift to the legislative session that began earlier this month in Tallahassee. He has three years left in his term."

• News Service of Florida: Florida House bill could make raising local taxes harder."City and county boards would face a higher threshold for approving property-tax hikes, under a proposal that started moving forward Monday in the Legislature."

• Associated Press: Floridians wait to see which version of Ron DeSantis returns from the presidential campaign trail."When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis first took office in 2019, he surprised many with actions indicating he'd be a much more moderate leader than anticipated."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida teens could soon face stricter penalties for possessing illegal firearms."Supporters say early intervention is necessary, but critics worry the proposal isn't fair to kids."

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Sophia Bailly curated today's edition of The Point.