I had neglected to check on the status of Ronda Storms’ Florida House election campaign. I’m so sorry. The good news is that she lost:Â Florida House: Ronda Stormsâ€™ comeback ends in GOP primary
Republican candidate Joe Wicker said he received a concession call about 9 p.m. from opponent Ronda Storms in the District 59 State House Republican primary.
For those of you who have been along for the ride with us here at Florida Citizens for Science since the early days, you very likely know Storms was one of the most polarizing opponents we faced back in 2008. If you donâ€™t know her or just need a refresher, Storms sponsored and went all in for a bill in the state Senate that was a response to the brand new state science standards that had just been approved at the time. Those new standards prominently featured evolution and Storms fumed at that. She filedÂ SB 2692:
The Teaching of Chemical and Biological Evolution [SPCC]; Cites act as the â€œEvolution Academic Freedom Act.â€ Provides public school teachers with a right to present scientific information relevant to the full range of views on biological and chemical evolution. Prohibits a teacher from being discriminated against for presenting such information. Prohibits students from being penalized for subscribing to a particular position on evolution, etc.
It was approved by the Senate and the House approved its version of the same bill, but the two bills were very different and couldnâ€™t be reconciled by the end of the legislative session, thus killing both. The huge fight made big news back then and made up all of chapter 10 â€œWho Gets to Decide What Is Scienceâ€ in my bookÂ Going Ape: Floridaâ€™s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom. Storms had several colorful quotes and jaw-dropping things to say about evolution throughout the legislative session.
Fortunately, Storms doesn’t get a do-over. But I’m sure new crazies will pop up in the next legislative session. They always do.