In Rush Limbaugh’s home state, a flap over lowering flags

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Rush Limbaugh, American radio personality, conservative political commentator, author, and former television show host. (Photo: MGN?Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) — Even in death, the conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh is proving to be a divisive figure, as partisans in his home state of Florida debate over whether to lower the state flag in his honor.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer. But Democrats are objecting. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Monday she is not abiding by the Republican governor’s orders.

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Fried is the only statewide Democratic officeholder and is weighing a bid to challenge DeSantis for the governor’s mansion next year.