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Last Call for 1.13.21 — 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.

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

First Shot

The Florida Sheriffs Association has launched a new podcast.

“FSACast,” hosted by Matt Dunagan, features conversations with Florida’s sheriffs, elected officials, and law enforcement professionals from across the country about the top issues relevant to Florida residents and visitors.

The first three episodes, already available for binging, feature FSA President and Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz, FSA Training Chair and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey as well as FSA Research Committee Chair and Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson

When the 2021 Legislative Session begins in March, the program will undergo a temporary format shift.

Every Monday from March 1 through Sine Die, FSA government affairs coordinator Allie McNair will give listeners a sitrep on all public safety bills moving through the Legislature. She’ll also interview some of the people involved in the process to provide an inside look at the big picture items the Legislature is discussing.

FSACast is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or Stitcher. The episode can also be accessed on FSA’s website

Coronavirus Numbers

Positive cases:

— 1,490,148 FL residents (+13,664 since Tuesday)

— 27,324 Non-FL residents (+326 since Tuesday)


— 12,393 Travel related

— 556,497 Contact with a confirmed case

— 16,733 Both

— 904,525 Under investigation


— 66,634 in FL


— 23,759 in FL

Evening Reads

The House, with some G.O.P. support, impeaches Donald Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection,’ setting up a Senate trial” via Nicholas Fandos of The New York Times

In bipartisan rebuke, House members vote to impeach Trump an unprecedented second time, on charge of ‘inciting violence’” via Donna Cassata and Felicia Somnez of The Washington Post

‘It’s important that he be disgraced’” via Russell Berman of The Atlantic

Americans across the political spectrum fear what The Capitol attack portends” via Annie Gowen, Jenna Johnson and Holly Bailey of The Washington Post

Mitch McConnell won’t reconvene Senate early for impeachment trial” via Alyssa Trenee of Axios

YouTube suspends Trump’s account” via Georgia Wells of The Wall Street Journal

Google pausing all political ads following Capitol siege” via Axios

Mikie Sherrill says Congress members gave ‘reconnaissance’ tours day before Capitol raid” via Nicholas Katzban of

A ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer, now banned by Twitter, said three GOP lawmakers helped plan his D.C. rally” via Teo Armus of The Washington Post

Val Demings ‘encouraged’ by McConnell’s break from Trump” via Quint Forgey of POLITICO

Daniel Webster to skip possible impeachment vote” via Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics

Michael Waltz received death threats for certifying Joe Biden’s win” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

A Black officer faced down a mostly White mob at the Capitol. Meet Eugene Goodman.” via Rebecca Tan of The Washington Post

Capitol riot fueled by deep network of GOP statehouse support” via David Siders of POLITICO

Marco Rubio asks Joe Biden for $2K stimulus checks as unity appeal” via Alayna Treene of Axios

Disney joins companies not contributing to Republicans who objected to Biden’s win” via Steven Lemongello of the Orlando Sentinel

New York City ends contracts with Trump, the latest business partner to abandon him in wake of Capitol attack” via David A. Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey and Jonathan O’Connell of The Washington Post

Airbnb, HotelTonight cancel all Washington, D.C., metro reservations ahead of Inauguration” via Morgan Hines of USA TODAY

Lobbyists shift away from Capitol amid COVID-19” via Dara Kam of The News Service of Florida

Ohio researchers say they’ve identified two new COVID strains likely originating in the U.S.” via CNBC

Quote of the Day

“Everybody counts and everybody is accountable, up to and including the President of the United States.” — U.S. Rep. Val Demings, after voting to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.

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