Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
The latest edition of INFLUENCE Magazine features the young “rising stars” of Florida politics, but the publication’s anchor piece is an interview with a longtimer: former Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner of Tampa. She’s also a 1960s civil rights pioneer, and the longest practicing black woman attorney in Florida.
Here are a few highlights:
On being ahead of the curve: “I would say that criminal justice reform was really my No. 1 goal. Now I see it happening and I’m overjoyed at the fact that it might be 10 years later but it’s getting done. I remember the first time I filed one of those (criminal justice reform) bills and I talked to people and they laughed at me and said I was crazy … Legislation is passing. The interest now in ‘smart justice,’ as they call it, is at a very high level. So when you look at that, you feel that the time you spent was of consequence.”
On self-respect: “You’ve got to understand that this is not a game; you’re going up there to work. You’ve got to read your bills, you go (to Tallahassee) to be known as a person who follows through, a person whose word is kept, and can’t be bought. I know it’s important to get funds for your district, but not at the expense of your character and integrity.”
On working with the opposition: “I know Sen. (Dennis) Baxley, know him from the House. We had our battles. You know he’s famous for the ‘stand your ground’ legislation … but now we got over that and worked together on issues that we shared the same view on. At times he supported some of my legislation, and I supported some of his, because you can’t let your anger enter into it and be vitriolic and let it interfere with your ability to enact meaningful public policy.”
To read the entire interview, order your copy of INFLUENCE Magazine here.
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“To those who say, ‘He isn’t as bad as I thought he would be,’ I say, ‘Congrats to the DeSantis’ puppeteers.’ And, to anyone who cares about Florida and her future, stop taking their bait.” — Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, 2018 Democratic candidate for Governor, tweeting about Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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The Florida Elections Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building.
The Florida Chamber Foundation will begin the two-day Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit, with speakers to include Danny Burgess, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. That’s at 9 a.m., Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, 225 East Coastline Dr., Jacksonville.
The VISIT FLORIDA Industry Relations, Small Business and Rural Development Council will hold a conference call at 1 p.m. Call-in number: 1-877-853-5257. Code: 498546042.
Members of the Lake County legislative delegation will take part in a town hall meeting about legislative issues. That’s at 6 p.m., Tavares Civic Center, 100 East Caroline St., Tavares.
Rep. Jamie Grant, a Tampa Republican, is scheduled to speak to the Pinellas County Young Republicans. That’s at 7 p.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.