PBS NewsHour DeSantis defends blocking African American studies course in Florida schools

Florida Govenor Ron. DeSantis launches bid for president. Credit: PBS Newshour

The panel: 

Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham, East Point, @DeanaIngraham

Jim Galloway, former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution@JimJournalist

Leo Smith, GOP political consultant & founder of Engaged Futures, @leosmithtweets

Meg Kinnard, national politics reporter, Associated Press,  @MegKinnardAP

The breakdown:

1. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis launch their bids for the republican nomination for president. 

Leo Smith reflects on hosting Tim Scott in 2015.

2. Meanwhile, President Biden leads in a CNN polls as his approval ratings drops.

  • Within his own party, 60% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they back Biden for the top of next year’s Democratic ticket.

    • Robert Kennedy has launched a bid against the incumbent president he garnered 20% in this poll. 
  • But just a third of Americans say that Biden winning in 2024 would be a step forward for the country.
    • Biden's approval ratings have dropped since December. 

Meg Kinnard puts early polling into perspective.

3. The Supreme Court weakens the authority of the Enviromental Protection Agency

  •  It was the court's second decision in a year limiting the ability of the agency to enact anti-pollution regulations and combat climate change.
  • The involved the EPA blocking an Idaho couple from building a house near a lake on their property, saying the construction would pollute water protected by the Clean Water Act. 

Jim Galloway weighs in on what the Supreme Court's ruling means for Georgia.

Monday on Political Rewind: The Political Rewind team plans on observing Memorial Day. We'll be back live on the air Tuesday. You can catch up on episodes of Political Rewind at gpb.org.