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Two counties won’t say they weren’t hacked by Russians in 2016

Elections officials across Florida have been fielding a question that sounds like it comes from a spy movie script. Have you been hacked by the Russians? Most elections supervisors give a curt no, or at least say they don’t have any knowledge of a hack. But the Miami Herald reports two counties — Washington and Sumter — offered legalese non-denials. Meanwhile, anonymous sources told the Washington Post that one of those counties — Washington — indeed was hit by a Russian hack in 2016.

Politico Florida

'We won't tell you': DeSantis, a onetime firebrand, is stonewalled by the FBI

Gov. Ron DeSantis shaped his political identity in Congress by taking on the FBI and criticizing its Russia investigation. But as Florida governor, not only has DeSantis toned down the FBI bashing, he’s even doing the bureau’s bidding. The governor signed a non-disclosure agreement with the bureau in exchange for a briefing Friday on Russian hacking into voter systems in two Florida counties — a decision one fellow Republican described as complicity in a cover-up.

Florida Politics

VISIT FLORIDA to trim staff after budget cut

Florida’s tourism-marketing arm is looking to make staff cuts and put more of an emphasis on digital media instead of television, as it responds to a 34 percent reduction in state funding. The VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors will be asked Wednesday to approve several changes to address the Legislature’s decision to reduce state funding from $76 million in the current fiscal year to $50 million during the year that starts July 1. Shanna Pace, chief financial officer of Visit Florida, advised members of its Finance Committee on Tuesday staff funding faces an overall reduction by $3.65 million, though individual positions have not been targeted.