New NICA leadership promises change within embattled infant care program

According to an audit, NICA didn’t have a way to track benefit denials or disputes.
1 8min

Last Call for 12.2.21 — 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
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Legislative, Influence & Policy


New NICA leadership promises change within embattled infant care program

According to an audit, NICA didn’t have a way to track benefit denials or disputes.
1 8min

House subcommittee unanimously approves bigger wine bottles

Perennial legislation gets a House subcommittee boost. But will it be the toast of the Senate?
1 4min

Corona Florida


10% of Florida’s younger children got COVID-19 shots in November

Florida ranked 38th in the nation for vaccination rates among young kids in November.
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Study: Severe COVID-19 infections impact survivors’ mortality rates

‘This is a huge complication of COVID-19 that has not been shown before.’
1 3min

Nikki Fried is willing to break ranks with Joe Biden over omicron response

Fried’s remarks come as Joe Biden’s popularity flounders in Florida.
9 4min

Despite discrepancies in stories, Gov. DeSantis says school crossed line by tying mask to student’s face

A recently released police report contradicts details of the story, which the Governor once touted.
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Amid omicron fears, Ron DeSantis says COVID-19 will never be eradicated

President Joe Biden on Monday said lockdowns are off the table, ‘for now.’
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Lockdown-free Florida top vacation spot for holidays

While much of the country was shut down, new hotels and air routes opening in Florida.
1 5min

Charlie Crist announces ‘Women for Crist’ coalition

The former Republican is facing two women in the Democratic Primary for Governor.
1 6min

Evan Shields to exit HD 100 field, shift to HD 107

Shields is making the move just days after the House released two proposed redistricting plans.
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Joe Gruters endorses Griff Griffitts in HD 6

The Republican Party of Florida chair lead Donald Trump’s Florida campaign in 2016.
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Democrat Tom Keen wants to take his ‘Navy values’ to House

Keen is running in HD 50 but redistricting could put him in a new south Orlando district.
2 6min

Former Citrus Commissioner Rebecca Bays considering House run

‘I’ll cross that bridge when it gets there. I’ve given more thought to the House seat.’
2 3min


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Communities



Adner Marcelin to challenge Dianne Williams-Cox in Tallahassee Commission race

‘I’m here to advocate for those individuals whose voices can’t get heard at City Hall.’
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Matt Carlucci ends campaign for Jacksonville Mayor

He will instead seek a second City Council term.
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FSU athletic director David Coburn to retire, university exploring replacements

Coburn will stay on until Spring 2022, or until a replacement is found.
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Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee adds Jason Merritt

The UF law school grad has represented clients in commercial real estate in Florida, Kentucky and California.
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Democrats stretch voter advantage in Jacksonville City Council Special Election

Early voting has gone the Democrats’ way, but will the trend hold through Election Day?
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South Florida


Miami schools superintendent to be knighted by Spain

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has also received honors from Portugal and Mexico.
1 1min

Sweetwater, Miami Gardens annexations get final Miami-Dade Commission approval

Unless there are court challenges, the annexations will become effective this month.
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SFWMD head says construction north of Lake O is ‘critical’ for lake’s health

‘We’ve scheduled this out and it’s unconstrained from a cost standpoint.’
1 7min

Summer lawsuit trial seen in deadly Surfside condo collapse

“Come next summer, we’re going to be picking a jury in this case. It’s not going to go beyond that.”
1 4min

South Florida continues record-low COVID-19 transmission rates

The new omicron variant could upend those encouraging trends.
2 5min

Latest from Bill Day



Federal


No Casinos, anti-gambling businesses join fight to keep gambling compact locked down

‘Hundreds of jobs related to sports betting, craps, and roulette will be lost, hurting hundreds of Floridians and their families.’
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Marco Rubio, Rick Scott warn Pentagon against targeting conservatives, enforcing ‘woke’ ideologies

‘In today’s society, the definition of ‘extremist’ is skewed to the person creating the definition.’
5 4min

Justices signal they’ll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe

Among the questions justices ask when they consider jettisoning a previous ruling is not just whether it is wrong, but egregiously so.
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Abortion rights at stake in historic Supreme Court arguments

The stakes for the fate of the Roe v. Wade decision have never been greater.
3 11min

Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments

The issue over decades remade the Republican Party into a social conservative force.
0 10min

Foreign Affairs


Climate talks back off from call to end all coal use

Activists fear the resulting agreement will be ineffective.
5 8min

U.S. presses Russia over troop buildup along Ukraine border

“We’re very clear that we support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
1 6min

Epilogue: Trump


Federal judge refuses Donald Trump request to block Jan. 6 records

“Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.”
2 6min

Owl habitat cuts by Donald Trump appointees used ‘faulty’ science

“In the past 20 years, there’s been accelerated loss of old-growth forest on state and private lands so it’s continued to lose habitat.”
3 11min


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