Last Call for 11.19.18 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics


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

First Shot

First, a program note: Last Call is going on hiatus for Thanksgiving and will return next Monday. We wish all our readers a happy holiday.

The prologue to Tuesday’s Organization Session happened Monday as caucuses in each chamber picked leadership for the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions.

During a meeting of House Republicans, members unanimously nominated Jose Oliva as Majority Leader and MaryLynn Magar as Majority Leader pro tempore.

Because the GOP controls the chamber, that means Oliva will be House Speaker when the entire House meets Wednesday, and Magar will assume the Republican Leader role.

Over in the Senate, Audrey Gibson was named leader of that chamber’s Democrats. Her selection marks only the third time a woman will serve in the position, the second African American woman to do so, following Arthenia Joyner.

“The Democratic Caucus embraces a wide ethnic and regional diversity of individuals and communities. Our mission is to lift all voices. Our task is to recognize all of their concerns,” she said.

As to the actual Organization Session, the Senate will meet to “organize” itself at 9:30 a.m. Expect a formal selection of Bradenton Republican Bill Galvano as President.

At 10:30 a.m., the House will meet and officially pick Oliva, a Miami Lakes Republican, as Speaker.

At around 11:45 a.m., Oliva will be photographed with former House Speakers who are in attendance. Then around 11:55 a.m., Oliva will “gaggle” with reporters on the House floor.

Evening Reads

Florida recount did not alter outcome of Senate race, but it set the rules of engagement for 2020” via Beth Reinhard and Amy Gardner of The Washington Post

Amid state criminal probe, Dem party staffer says ‘plenty of documentation’ available to show leaders knew of altered forms” via Ana Ceballos of the Naples Daily News

Matching funds gave boost to statewide winners” via Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida

Matt Caldwell concedes, blames Broard’s ‘abject failures’ for loss” via Samantha Gross of the Miami Herald

Most expensive Florida legislative race ever?” via William March of the Tampa Bay Times

Bill Galvano says lawmakers won’t ‘slow walk’ amendments” via Christine Sexton of News Service of Florida

House kept out medical marijuana lawsuit” via Dara Kam of the News Service of Florida

Rhetoric heats up ahead of Jacksonville mayoral race” via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics

Ken Hagan campaign donor got secret Rays stadium info” via Noah Pransky of WTSP

Suwannee NAACP president calls shooting drills racist” via Andrew Caplan of the Gainesville Sun

Quote of the Day

We have to look at per capita spending … We should not have an increase in per-resident spending in the state of Florida.” — Incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva when asked whether the state expects to pass another record-high fiscal budget.

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Wake Up Early?

The Elections Canvassing Commission meets to certify the results of the Nov. 6 general election. That’s at 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.

The Florida Senate holds an organization session that will include Republican Sen. Bill Galvano formally becoming Senate President. The largely ceremonial session also will include swearing in members of the Senate. That’s at 9:30 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.

The Florida House holds an organization session that will include GOP Rep. Jose Oliva formally becoming House Speaker. The largely ceremonial session also will include swearing in House members. That’s at 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.

Groups including New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Dream Defenders and SEIU, hold rallies across the state to address issues such as calling for all votes to be counted.

— 10:30 a.m., Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, 601 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

— 5 p.m., Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections, 2700 N.W. 87th Ave., Doral.

— 5 p.m., Broward County Supervisor of Elections, 1501 N.W. 40th Ave., Lauderhill.

— 5 p.m., Duval County Supervisor of Elections, 105 East Monroe St., Jacksonville.

— 5 p.m., Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach.

— 5 p.m., Osceola County Supervisor of Elections, 2509 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee.

Staff members for GOP U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hold “mobile” office hours in Pinellas County. That’s at 1 p.m., Clearwater Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


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