Scott-DeSantis feud beginning to boil over– Florida tops 500000 coronavirus cases– Gaetz backs primary challenger to ‘weak’ Ross Spano– Corcoran escaping from press reporter?
Hi and welcome to Thursday.
The day-to-day rundown– Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the number of Florida coronavirus cases increased by 5,409(nearly 1.1 percent), to 502,739; hospitalizations went up 621 (2.2 percent), to 28,573; and deaths rose by 225 (3 percent), to 7,627
Enjoy the silence— The long-simmering fight between Sen. Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis– which has only gotten worse amid the monthslong coronavirus pandemic– is close to boiling over.
Everything counts— Over the last few months, the Republican politician governor has actually consistently criticized Scott over the state’s deeply flawed joblessness site for crashing consistently this year as hundreds of thousands of desperate Floridians sought to look for out of work claims. As the frustration and anger rose, DeSantis purchased his inspector general to investigate why Florida invested nearly $78 million on the system that came online in 2013.
It’s no great— DeSantis said back in April that he believed the system was “created” to fail. Then, this previous week he went further despite the fact that he stopped short of stating Scott was directly accountable. In a television interview this week with CBS Miami, he said the system was built to develop “roadblocks” for individuals looking for assistance and “internally constructed” to decrease the variety of claims being paid out.
People are individuals— Scott fired back on Wednesday that basically stated DeSantis was investing excessive time blaming others instead of doing his job. “It’s a bumpy ride to be a governor,” Scott stated on Fox Business “Some people are leaders. Some individuals take responsibility. Some people resolve issues, and some individuals blame others.” When pressed, Scott said “go solve problems, quit blaming others.”
Walking in my shoes— We know both guys are possible contenders for 2024 and we have actually cataloged the previous times they have clashed, going all the way back to the shift duration prior to DeSantis was sworn in. Scott has actually likewise tossed a little bit of shade over how DeSantis has actually dealt with coronavirus, but without mentioning him by name.
Simply can’t get enough— In the months to come– especially after the November election– this will likely only heighten. There’s an investigation still underway. We have no concept how quickly Florida can retool the unemployment system if Congress passes another relief costs that greenlights payments as soon as again. And eventually, Florida will probably invest tens of millions to change the system it put in location simply 7 years ago. Lots of time for everyone to play the blame game.
— WHERE’S RON?– Gov. DeSantis is anticipated to be in Jacksonville.
POINTING FINGERS— ‘Some individuals blame others,’ Sen. Rick Scott fires back at Gov. Ron DeSantis talk about state’s troubled joblessness system,” by CBS Miami: ” Sen. Rick Scott has fired back at a remark Gov. Ron DeSantis made about the state’s struggling unemployment system. In an individually interview with CBS4’s Jim DeFede, which was DeSantis’ very first sit-down interview given that the COVID-19 pandemic started, the guv stated it appeared like it was created to irritate users.”
THE FINE PRINT— “Flood of expulsion filings expected after DeSantis silently alters Florida’s moratorium phrasing,” by Orlando Sentinel’s Caroline Glenn: ” The relief felt by tenants when Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction moratorium another month to Sept. 1 might be brief since modifications to the order’s phrasing clearly allow expulsion filings to resume and for some homeowners to be kicked out. The original statewide moratorium that’s been in location given that April was a lot more vague, suspending ‘any statute providing for an eviction reason for action.'”
GOING FORWARD— “Florida Supreme Court declines appeals in FSU hazing case,” by News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders: ” The state Supreme Court on Wednesday decreased to use up appeals by a former Florida State University fraternity president and 2 other fraternity members, clearing the way for them to face felony hazing charges in the 2017 death of a pledge who consumed heavily at an off-campus party.”
LOOKING AHEAD– “County commissioners support open bring of guns, lowering minimum gun purchase age from 21 to 18,” by Florida Today’s Dave Berman: “Brevard County commissioners have actually come out in assistance of a change in Florida Statute to allowing weapon owners in the state to openly bring their weapons, as long as they have a hidden weapons allow. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night in favor of a resolution presented by Chair Bryan Lober, advising the six-member Brevard delegation to the Florida Legislature to promote such a modification in the 2021 legislative session. The resolution likewise included a modification, introduced by Commissioner John Tobia, to ask lawmakers to decrease the age at which Floridians can have a hidden weapons allow from the current 21 to 18, and to allow them to acquire firearms.
CLOSED CABINET– “Remember when Florida’s Cabinet met frequently? We don’t either,” by News Service of Florida: ” A Florida Cabinet conference arranged for next Tuesday has actually been canceled, to the displeasure of Farming Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat on the panel. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office did not immediately give a factor Wednesday for why DeSantis, Fried, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Chief Law Officer Ashley Moody will not meet. The statewide chosen officials have actually satisfied just once given that Feb. 4, with a Might 28 meeting held by phone.”
GATHERING– “Mail voting surges across South Florida– with more than 300,000 tallies cast up until now,” by Sun Sentinel’s Anthony Male: ” South Florida voters are making their intents clear about casting their ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re voting by mail– in droves. Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties have each passed the 100,000 mark in mail ballots cast for the Aug. 18 Democratic and Republican primaries and non-partisan elections for numerous offices including School Board and judgeships. What’s exceptional about this year’s numbers is Broward and Palm Beach counties have already well exceeded the total number of vote-by-mail tallies cast in the August elections in both 2016 and 2018 and Miami-Dade County is about to pass its 2016 and 2018 overalls.”
2020 BY THE NUMBERS– Up until now, 1,222,589 vote-by-mail ballots have actually been cast for the Aug. 18 primary. Of those, 589,509 have actually come from Democrats and 447,173 has actually originated from signed up Republican politicians. In general, there are 2.89 million mail tallies requested but not yet returned. Of those, 1.35 million are held by Democrats and 893,432 are with Republicans. In addition, 37,234 citizens have cast ballots at early ballot sites.
BACK IN FLORIDA AGAIN— “Pence trips pregnancy center, fires up GOP base in Florida,” by Associated Press’ Tamara Lush: ” Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida’s Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, shooting up the Republican celebration’s conservative base while exploring a pregnancy center, speaking at a church and making an appearance before a jam-packed ballroom. Pence’s check out highlighted his anti-abortion and conservative Christian position, courting spiritual citizens in part by seeking to frame Democrats as a hazard to spiritual flexibility.”
‘ WEAK PROSPECT’— “Scott Franklin hopes U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz brings boost,” by The Journal’s Gary White: ” Gaetz defied the trend and the expectations Wednesday morning when he went to Lakeland to declare his support for (Scott) Franklin. Gaetz, a second-term representative from Fort Walton Beach, is among the most visible and outspoken conservatives in the U.S. Home. ‘It is custom in the United States Congress for incumbents to always circle the wagons (for) each other, but I’m not much for the customs of Washington, D.C.,’ Gaetz told reporters. ‘I think we need to shake up Washington, D.C., and we’re not going to be an effective celebration or an effective motion if we choose weak candidates, and Ross Spano will be a weak candidate for our party and for our president in the basic election.”
NOT YET— “Criticism of DeSantis does not signal a 2022 campaign yet, Nikki Fried states,” by Miami Herald’s Samantha J. Gross: ” Florida’s top chosen Democrat isn’t running for governor in2022 A minimum of not for now.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told the Miami Herald Wednesday that for the moment, she is “completely focused” on her current task. And while she has actually made her criticism of the existing administration widely understood, she states she remains concentrated on issues around COVID-19 She did, however, allude to an “electoral numeration” she believes Gov. Ron DeSantis will face as a result of his reaction to the pandemic.”
DAVID V. GOLIATH?– “Termed-out Clay senator’s wife deals with GOP main contest to prosper him,” by Florida Times-Union’s Steve Patterson: ” The lawyer spouse of a term-limited state senator is dealing with a Dixie County livestock farmer in the Republican primary elect a successor to Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island. Jennifer Bradley has support from many companies, a big advantage in fundraising and name recognition in populous Clay County, but competing Jason Holifield is hoping he can outwork her across the 11 counties that hold parts of Senate District 5. ‘My Bible tells me David went against Goliath. He had the faith and God offered,’ stated Holifield, a previous county commissioner who advanced his campaign $50,000 that makes up the fantastic majority of the money being utilized to get in touch with citizens.”
BRAWL— “Lee County Republican politician agents Rodrigues and Fitzenhagen spar for Florida Senate seat,” by Fort Myers News-Press’ Melanie Payne: ” By changing to the Senate race, (Heather) Fitzenhagen said she could ‘actually concentrate on attempting to offer voters the choice that they need.’ (Ray) Rodrigues– dubbed ‘Sugar Ray’ in attack ads– received ‘huge donations’ from the phosphorous and sugar industries ‘for his entire career in the (Florida) Legislature,’ Fitzenhagen said. ‘I think he is beholden to those special interests.’ ‘The only person making that criticism is my opponent,’ Rodrigues countered. ‘And if you take a look at my record on water quality, it’s second to none.'”
— “3 Republicans, two Democrats vie for Home District 105, a ‘flippable’ seat,” by Naples Daily News’ Rachel Fradette
— “Sheldon Adelson wades into CD 27 contest with maxed-out donation to Maria Elvira Salazar,” by Florida Politics’ Ryan Nicol
HALF-A-MILLION— “Florida becomes second state to top 500,000 COVID-19 cases,” by Sun Guard’s Marc Freeman: ” More than a half-million individuals in Florida have evaluated positive for COVID-19, as the state remains 2nd just to California, according to official infection numbers.
TO COURT— “State, union battle as school openings near,” by News Service of Florida’s Dara Kam: ” The Florida Education Association last month filed a claim against Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other defendants, declaring that a July 6 order released by Corcoran breaches the state Constitution, which guarantees Floridians the right to “safe” and “safe” public education.
— “Industry cancels U.S. cruises till Oct. 31, one month after CDC restriction ends,” by Miami Herald’s Taylor Dolven
— “NBA releases testing outcomes, no gamers verified favorable,” by Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds
— “Coronavirus deaths set a record in Collier County in July as cases doubled and tests lagged,” by Naples Daily News’ Dan DeLuca
— “Start the year online classes, USF’s professors union prompts,” by Tampa Bay Times’ Divya Kumar
— “Coronavirus signs put Volusia Constable Mike Chitwood out of commission,” by The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Frank Fernandez
— “Battle over mask required goes to appeals court,” by News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders
WAIT, WE ARE WHERE?— “Authorities: 3 teens inadvertently jump wall into Mar-a-Lago,” by Associated Press’ Terry Spencer: ” 3 teens running away cops while carrying a semiautomatic weapon in a knapsack leapt a wall at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, however probably didn’t understand that’s where they were, authorities said Wednesday.”
GUARANTEES, GUARANTEES— “Trump to Florida: ‘We’re not gon na be drilling,” by POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre: President Donald Trump appeared to dedicate in an interview with a local TV news station over the weekend that his administration would not seek to allow oil and gas drilling off the Florida coast, the latest turnaround from the administration on its plans for offshore drilling near the politically crucial state. What he stated: Trump, on his method to charity event in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 1, responded to a Florida Spectrum News 1 reporter’s concern about the possibility of drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, saying, “We’re not gon na be drilling, and I have actually already put out that order, really a long time ago. However we can’t do that. And the people of Florida just don’t want it. You understand, there are some states that don’t mind it, however Florida does. And I live here too, and I vote here. And I will inform you that’s not going to be happening.” He did not show what order he was speaking about.
2020 CAN’T END SOON ENOUGH— “CSU revises typhoon projection, called storms might double that of regular year,” by Palm Beach Post’s Kimberly Miller: ” Colorado State University modified its seasonal typhoon projection Wednesday, upping the variety of named storms to 24 and requiring 5 significant typhoons of Feline 3 or stronger. The brand-new forecast, which is upgraded each August ahead of the peak of cyclone season, includes the nine called storms that have already reoccured, and thinks about the much warmer than normal sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic.”
‘ THE MORE SHE GOT MAD’— “Orlando landscapers applauded for response to female’s viral racist tirade,” by Orlando Guard’s Katie Rice: ” Brandon Cordova and his landscaping crewmates were completing up their second-to-last task of the day Thursday in the back yard of a house in Delaney Park– having fought temperature levels in the 90 s and humidity for hours– when he heard a commotion.
REEVALUATION— “Duval School Board to reconsider schools named after Andrew Jackson, Jean Ribault,” by Florida Times-Union’s Emily Bloch: ” The Duval County School Board will launch the procedure to consider renaming three additional schools, the names of which are tied to the marginalization of Native Americans.
CORCORAN KEEPS QUIET— “Half of Florida’s schools called after Confederate figures may quickly be relabelled,” by WTSP’s Jenna Bourne and Lauren Powell: ” At one of the governor’s recent news occasions in Tampa, 10 Investigates press reporter Jenna Bourne asked Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran if he ‘d talk on cam about whether it’s time for schools named after Confederate figures to be renamed.
— “Disney, constable took legal action against over 2019 CBD oil arrest: ‘Why would Mickey Mouse arrest grandmother?'” by Orlando Guard’s Monivette Cordeiro: ” A North Carolina great-grandmother who was arrested last year at Magic Kingdom for carrying CBD oil declares she was falsely imprisoned and scared throughout the ordeal in a suit submitted Wednesday versus Walt Disney Business and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”
— “Sebastian City board members getting official notification: Resign or deal with recall elections,” by TCPalm.com’s Janet Begley: ” City board members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris are getting notices to resign. State law provides five days to quit or face a recall election. The notices are the outcome of an effective petition drive versus the 3 first-term council members. Supervisor of Elections Leslie Swan this week accredited 10,039 petition signatures submitted.”
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