Last Call for 12.5.22 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

A digest of the day’s politics and policy while the bartender refreshes your drink.
0 10min

Dane Eagle flies from DEO just ahead of lobbying ban extension

He credited Gov. DeSantis for unemployment improvements made during his tenure.
0 7min

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo names committee Chairs, shows some bipartisanship

She also created several new committees to more directly tackle issues concerning education and disaster recovery.
0 10min

2022-2023


Senate President Kathleen Passidomo names committee Chairs, shows some bipartisanship

She also created several new committees to more directly tackle issues concerning education and disaster recovery.
0 10min

Rick Scott claims ‘Judeo-Christian values’ should drive immigration decisions

‘If we’re going to have immigration, alright, let’s do that.’
11 3min

Eric Lynn’s victory within defeat

Lynn outperformed all congressional Democrats and the top of the ticket.
4 6min

Ron DeSantis’ new book slated for February launch

‘A firsthand account from the blue-collar boy who grew up to take on Disney and Dr. Fauci.’
17 5min

Gov. DeSantis: Election accountability has increased compliance

Election investigators in Florida and elsewhere haven’t identified widespread problems from the Midterms.
9 4min

Charges from domestic incident dropped against former Charlie Crist campaign manager Austin Durrer

Durrer exited the Crist campaign in October, just one day after being arrested as a result of a domestic dispute.
6 4min

Midterms free of feared chaos as voting experts look to 2024

‘By and large, sabotage didn’t happen. I don’t think that means we’re in the clear.’
36 15min

Ron DeSantis wants to ‘chill out’ 2024 speculation

‘It’s been a long election. We’ve got the Georgia runoff.’
15 3min

Daisy Morales files for 2024 grudge match against ouster, Rita Harris

The defeated Representative says Hispanic leaders turned their back on the Puerto Rican community.
42 5min

Legislative, Influence & Policy


Dane Eagle flies from DEO just ahead of lobbying ban extension

He credited Gov. DeSantis for unemployment improvements made during his tenure.
0 7min

Freshman Senators to lead major panels as committee assignments handed out

Sen. Dennis Baxley, who was named as Senate President Pro Tempore, was the only Republican Senator not selected as Chair of a committee.
0 5min

Ron DeSantis among TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year finalists

DeSantis’ popularity among stalwart conservatives and Republican converts has soared over the last couple years.
1 6min

Personnel note: Ashon Nesbitt lined up as next Florida Housing Coalition CEO

Nesbitt will take over at a time when rising home prices and an influx of new Floridians has exacerbated the state’s affordable housing crunch.
0 3min

Culture Wars


Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

The case involves a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples.
0 10min

Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President, to host Jewish leaders for discussion of antisemitism

The White House roundtable on Wednesday follows a surge in anti-Jewish vitriol spread by celebrities.
0 5min

Another poll shows Disney more popular than Ron DeSantis

Mickey Mouse still towers over ‘America’s Governor.’ At least for now.
13 6min

Donald Trump faulted for dinner with white nationalist, rapper Ye

Trump released a series of statements Friday trying to explain the circumstances of the meeting.
6 13min

Owner of gay club: Shooting comes amid a new ‘type of hate’

‘Lying about our community, and making them into something they are not, creates a different type of hate.’
6 10min

South Florida


Miami-Dade to re-sign three lobbying firms for state, federal transportation advocacy

Officials waived competitive bidding requirements to allow the renegotiations without outside proposals.
0 5min

Not so fast: Miami-Dade resident challenges development boundary expansion into protected land

Miami-Dade’s Mayor, staff and environmental groups recommended against moving the boundary to allow a warehouse megadevelopment. The County Commission OK’d the move anyway.
1 9min

Gov. DeSantis awards more than $22M to Biscayne Bay projects

Nearly two-thirds of the money will fund a water quality characterization and pollution-reduction program.
2 5min

Romero Britto slated as next ‘Special Ambassador’ for Miami-Dade County

The first and only person to hold the largely symbolic role was musician and producer Emilio Estefan.
0 6min

Miami-Dade scores $1.4M in federal earmarks for transit-oriented development

More than a tenth of the money in this round of Federal Transit Administration set-asides is for Florida’s most populous county.
0 8min

Judge to decide on Martin County face-biter insanity plea

Austin Harrouff told Phil McGraw he was escaping a demon he called Daniel.
2 11min

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Federal


Ex-Congressman David Rivera arrested in Venezuela probe

He signed a $50-million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government about two years ago.
0 6min

Rick Scott praises Elon Musk for banning Ye, restoring Twitter access for others

The Senator said he’s happy free speech is cherished by Twitter but antisemitism is not.
1 5min

Supreme Court taking up clash of religion and gay rights

A web designer won’t build websites for same-sex marriages. Can she be fined for that?
1 6min

Joel Greenberg, former confidant of Matt Gaetz, sentenced to 11 years in prison

The judge said he’d ‘never seen a defendant who has committed so many different types of crimes in such a short period.’
5 5min

Next generation: Hakeem Jeffries set to lead House Democrats

It’s part of a complete change in House Democratic leadership after losing a majority.
5 10min

Supreme Court wrestles with Joe Biden’s deportation policy

The case is the latest example of a Republican litigation strategy slowing Biden administration initiatives by going to GOP-friendly courts.
0 7min

Foreign Affairs


U.S. intel chief thinking ‘optimistically’ for Ukraine forces

‘It’s still not clear to us that (Vladimir Putin) has a full picture at this stage of just how challenged (Russia’s military forces) are.’
1 8min

No OPEC+ oil shakeup as Russian price cap stirs uncertainty

The impact of the price cap is also up in the air because Russia has said it could simply halt deliveries to countries that observe the limit.
0 8min

Ron DeSantis condemns Chinese protest crackdown

‘The people of China are finally speaking out against it.’
24 3min

Russian missiles cross into Poland during strike

Russia’s aerial assault on Kyiv followed days of euphoria in Ukraine after one of Ukraine’s biggest military successes
12min

Epilogue: Trump


Donald Trump faces peril in docs probe after decades of scrutiny

His candidacy could theoretically infuse the investigation with greater import.
1 12min

Lincoln Project slams GOP leaders for silence after Donald Trump demands ‘termination’ of election laws, Constitution

The group called out Trump ‘lackeys’ Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell for being ‘too afraid’ to confront him.
4 6min

Donald Trump rebuked for call to suspend Constitution over election

‘The former President would be well-advised to focus on the future, if he is going to run for President again.’
5 5min


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Universities


New surveys of Florida colleges, universities fail to support concerns over anti-conservative sentiment

‘The low number of participation shows that this narrative that Gov. DeSantis and his supporters are pushing — indoctrination in higher education — is entirely fabricated.’
5 15min


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