Hey there and welcome to Thursday.
The day-to-day rundown– In Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the variety of Florida coronavirus cases increased by 5,409(nearly 1.1 percent), to 502,739; hospitalizations increased 621 (2.2 percent), to 28,573; and deaths increased by 225 (3 percent), to 7,627
Delight in the silence— The long-simmering fight in between Sen. Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis– which has only become worse in the middle of the monthslong coronavirus pandemic– is close to boiling over.
Whatever counts— Over the last few months, the Republican politician guv has repeatedly criticized Scott over the state’s deeply problematic unemployment website for crashing repeatedly this year as hundreds of countless desperate Floridians sought to obtain jobless claims. As the frustration and anger increased, DeSantis purchased his inspector general to examine why Florida invested nearly $78 million on the system that came online in 2013.
It’s no great— DeSantis stated back in April that he thought the system was “developed” to fail. Then, this previous week he went further even though he stopped short of saying Scott was directly accountable. In a tv interview this week with CBS Miami, he stated the system was built to create “obstructions” for people seeking assistance and “internally constructed” to lower the number of claims being paid.
People are individuals— Scott fired back on Wednesday that basically said DeSantis was spending too much time blaming others instead of doing his job. “It’s a tough time to be a governor,” Scott said on Fox Company “Some individuals are leaders. Some individuals take duty. Some individuals fix problems, and some individuals blame others.” When pressed, Scott stated “go solve problems, stopped blaming others.”
Strolling in my shoes— We understand both guys are possible competitors for 2024 and we have actually cataloged the previous times they have actually clashed, going all the method back to the shift period prior to DeSantis was sworn in. Scott has likewise tossed a bit of shade over how DeSantis has actually dealt with coronavirus, but without mentioning him by name.
Just can’t get enough— In the months to come– particularly after the November election– this will likely only heighten. There’s an investigation still underway. We have no concept how rapidly Florida can retool the unemployment system if Congress passes another relief costs that greenlights payments as soon as again. And ultimately, Florida will probably spend 10s of millions to change the system it put in place simply seven years ago. Great deals of time for everyone to play the blame video game.
— WHERE’S RON?– Gov. DeSantis is expected to be in Jacksonville.
POINTING FINGERS— ‘Some individuals blame others,’ Sen. Rick Scott fires back at Gov. Ron DeSantis talk about state’s struggling joblessness system,” by CBS Miami: ” Sen. Rick Scott has fired back at a remark Gov. Ron DeSantis made about the state’s distressed joblessness system. In an individually interview with CBS4’s Jim DeFede, which was DeSantis’ first sit-down interview because the COVID-19 pandemic started, the governor stated it looked like it was designed to annoy users.”
THE FINE PRINT— “Flood of eviction filings anticipated after DeSantis quietly changes Florida’s moratorium wording,” by Orlando Sentinel’s Caroline Glenn: ” The relief felt by occupants when Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s expulsion moratorium another month to Sept. 1 may be temporary due to the fact that modifications to the order’s phrasing clearly allow expulsion filings to resume and for some citizens to be kicked out. The original statewide moratorium that’s been in place because April was a lot more unclear, suspending ‘any statute offering an expulsion cause of 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 take up appeals by a former Florida State University fraternity president and two other fraternity members, clearing the method for them to deal with felony hazing charges in the 2017 death of a pledge who drank greatly at an off-campus celebration.”
LOOKING AHEAD– “County commissioners support open bring of guns, decreasing minimum gun purchase age from 21 to 18,” by Florida Today’s Dave Berman: “Brevard County commissioners have come out in support of a change in Florida Statute to enabling weapon owners in the state to openly bring their weapons, as long as they have actually a concealed weapons allow. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night in favor of a resolution introduced by Chair Bryan Lober, advising the six-member Brevard delegation to the Florida Legislature to push for such a change in the 2021 legal session. The resolution also included a change, presented by Commissioner John Tobia, to ask legislators to lower the age at which Floridians can have a concealed weapons permit from the existing 21 to 18, and to enable them to buy firearms.
CLOSED CABINET– “Remember when Florida’s Cabinet met routinely? We do not either,” by News Service of Florida: ” A Florida Cabinet conference arranged for next Tuesday has actually been canceled, to the annoyance of Farming Commissioner Nikki Fried, the lone Democrat on the panel. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ workplace did not immediately give a factor Wednesday for why DeSantis, Fried, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody won’t satisfy. The statewide elected officials have actually fulfilled just as soon as since Feb. 4, with a Might 28 conference held by phone.”
BACK IN FLORIDA AGAIN— “Pence trips pregnancy center, fires up GOP base in Florida,” by Associated Press’ Tamara Lush: ” Vice President Mike Pence checked out Florida’s Tampa Bay location on Wednesday, firing up the Republican celebration’s conservative base while exploring a pregnancy center, speaking at a church and making an appearance prior to a packed ballroom.
NOT YET— “Criticism of DeSantis does not signal a 2022 project yet, Nikki Fried says,” by Miami Herald’s Samantha J. Gross: ” Florida’s leading elected Democrat isn’t running for governor in 2022.
— “Three Republicans, two Democrats contend 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 ends up being 2nd state to top 500,000 COVID-19 cases,” by Sun Guard’s Marc Freeman: ” More than a half-million individuals in Florida have actually tested positive for COVID-19, as the state stays 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 lawsuit versus Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other defendants, alleging that a July 6 order released by Corcoran breaches the state Constitution, which ensures Floridians the right to “safe” and “protected” public education.
— “Industry cancels U.S. cruises till Oct. 31, one month after CDC ban expires,” by Miami Herald’s Taylor Dolven
— “NBA releases screening outcomes, no gamers confirmed 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 urges,” by Tampa Bay Times’ Divya Kumar
— “Coronavirus symptoms put Volusia Constable Mike Chitwood out of commission,” by The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Frank Fernandez
— “Combat over mask required goes to appeals court,” by News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders
WAIT, WE ARE WHERE?
PROMISES, PROMISES— “Trump to Florida: ‘We’re not gon na be drilling,” by POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre: President Donald Trump appeared to devote in an interview with a regional TELEVISION news station over the weekend that his administration would not look for to enable oil and gas drilling off the Florida coast, the latest turnaround from the administration on its strategies for offshore drilling near the politically vital state. What he said: Trump, on his way to fundraiser in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 1, reacted to a Florida Spectrum News 1 press reporter’s concern about the possibility of drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, stating, “We’re not gon na be drilling, and I have actually already put out that order, in fact rather a while earlier.
2020 CAN’T END SOON ENOUGH— “CSU revises cyclone forecast, named storms might double that of regular year,” by Palm Beach Post’s Kimberly Miller: ” Colorado State University revised its seasonal hurricane projection Wednesday, upping the number of named storms to 24 and requiring five major typhoons of Feline 3 or more powerful. The new forecast, which is upgraded each August ahead of the peak of hurricane season, consists of the 9 named storms that have currently come and gone, and considers the much warmer than typical sea surface temperatures throughout the tropical Atlantic.”
‘ THE MORE SHE GOT MAD’— “Orlando landscapers praised for response to female’s viral racist tirade,” by Orlando Guard’s Katie Rice: ” Brandon Cordova and his landscaping crewmates were finishing up their second-to-last task of the day Thursday in the back yard of a home in Delaney Park– having actually battled temperatures in the 90 s and humidity for hours– when he heard a turmoil.
REEVALUATION— “Duval School Board to reconsider schools called after Andrew Jackson, Jean Ribault,” by Florida Times-Union’s Emily Bloch: ” The Duval County School Board will introduce the process to consider relabeling 3 extra schools, the namesakes of which are tied to the marginalization of Native Americans.
CORCORAN KEEPS QUIET— “Half of Florida’s schools named after Confederate figures may soon be renamed,” by WTSP’s Jenna Bourne and Lauren Powell: ” At one of the guv’s recent news events in Tampa, 10 Investigates press reporter Jenna Bourne asked Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran if he ‘d talk on video camera about whether it’s time for schools named after Confederate figures to be relabelled.
— “Disney, constable sued 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 in 2015 at Magic Kingdom for bring CBD oil declares she was incorrectly sent to prison and terrorized during the experience in a suit submitted Wednesday versus Walt Disney Business and the Orange County Constable’s Workplace.”
— “Sebastian City board members getting official notice: Resign or face recall elections,” by TCPalm.com’s Janet Begley: ” City Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris are receiving notifications to resign. State law provides 5 days to quit or face a recall election. The notifications are the result of a successful petition drive versus the 3 first-term council members. Manager of Elections Leslie Swan today certified 10,039 petition signatures sent.”
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