Last Call for 10.4.21 — 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

Former Attorney General Pam Bondi recently took the reins at Make America Great Again Action, following the ouster of Corey Lewandowski.

Now, the main Super PAC backing former President Donald Trump is rebranding.

The new name: “Make America Great Again, Again!”

In a Monday announcement, MAGA Again! said it would fully replace Make America Great Again Action, with all of the former committee’s assets transferred into the new account.

Bondi will serve as chair, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former adviser to Trump and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., will serve as National Finance Chair.

MAGA Again! said, “it will support Trump-endorsed candidates across the country who have proved to be fighters of the MAGA movement and President Trump’s many accomplishments.”

If Trump were to make another run for President, MAGA Again! would likely serve as one of his primary fundraising vehicles. However, Trump has not yet announced whether he will make another run in 2024.

Bondi said, “We look forward to building on the success of MAGA Action with our new committee, Make America Great Again, Again! We are thrilled to continue to support America First candidates in the midterms and beyond.”


The 2021 Human Trafficking Summit goes live at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The summit collaborates between the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office and others.

The agenda features experts who will host breakout sessions on topics ranging from law enforcement and health care to policy and research.

In August, Moody announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin will serve as this year’s keynote speaker.

The footballer was a public backer of Moody’s human trafficking awareness and prevention campaign in the leadup to Super Bowl LV in Tampa.

“With his assistance, we were able to provide airport employees, Uber drivers, local businesses, and visitors in town for the game with information about how to spot and report the signs of human trafficking,” Moody said.

Organizers say there will be 16 hours of content packed into the single-day event. The runtime is made possible because, due to the pandemic, the summit is being held virtually for the second year in a row.

The summit is free and open to the public. Those looking to attend can find registration details and more information on the agenda online.

Evening Reads

Why are highly educated Republicans like Gov. Ron DeSantis so anti-education?” via Diane Roberts of the Florida Phoenix

With Joe Biden’s agenda in the balance, lobbying kicks into high gear” via Luke Broadwater of The New York Times

Two months into school year, children with disabilities still waiting for state scholarships” via Leslie Postal of the Orlando Sentinel

Casey DeSantis diagnosed with breast cancer” via Renzo Downey of Florida Politics

Who’s Biden gonna call after Merkel?” via Ryan Heath of POLITICO

Foreign money secretly floods U.S. tax-havens. Some of it is tainted.” via Debbie Cenziper, Will Fitzgibbon and Salwan Georges of The Washington Post

20 years after the anthrax attacks, we’re still unprepared” via Maryn McKenna of WIRED

The Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, says she wants to fix the company, not harm it” via Jeff Horwitz of The Wall Street Journal

Many workers are paid based on where they live. That’s changing.” via Rani Molla of Vox

Online ordering is ruining lunch for the rest of us” via Henry Grabar of Slate

Why are Americans still — still! — wearing cloth masks?” via Yasmin Tayag of The Atlantic

Tampa’s teams are on one hell of a winning streak” via Andrew Mooney of FiveThirtyEight

Quote of the Day

“Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up.” — Gov. Ron DeSantis, announcing that First Lady Casey DeSantis has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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One comment

  • PeterH

    October 4, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Send more money! The grifting continues!

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