Last Call for 1.3.22 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

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

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New year, new you? Sure. But the scams are the same as ever.

Attorney General Ashley Moody cautioned Floridians undertaking New Year’s resolutions to be aware of scammers who may target people with big goals.

Many resolutions are shared far and wide, opening the door for fraudsters to identify potential marks easily. Moody said Floridians with rote goals, such as losing weight or taking on a new hobby, should be on especially high alert.

“The beginning of a new year is a popular time to set goals, but do your research before signing up for memberships or purchasing products to help you succeed. Scammers may try to exploit the situation to sell unproven products or just flat-out steal your personal or financial information,” she said.

Moody recommends those shopping for a gym membership scroll through the Better Business Bureau’s guide to joining a gym. If pills or supplements are part of the equation, the AARP has plenty of solid information about weight-loss scams.

The Attorney General also warned Floridians that following through on a resolution is no excuse for lax online safety. She recommends Floridians double-check the legitimacy of apps purporting to help people with their resolutions or storefronts that sell the accouterments for their new hobby.

Finally, people hoping to become more diligent savers should keep their eyes peeled for common banking scams. If anything seems off, the Attorney General’s Office recommends calling it in via 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM or submitting a report on

Evening Reads

Since Jan. 6, the pro-Donald Trump Internet has descended into infighting over money and followers” via Drew Harwell of The Washington Post

Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr. subpoenaed by New York Attorney General” via Michael R. Sisak of The Associated Press

Ashli Babbitt a martyr? Her past tells a more complex story” via Michael Biesecker of The Associated Press

When three shots are not enough” via Amanda Morris of The New York Times

Marco Rubio: Hospitalizations not a sign of COVID-19 surge” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

Ron DeSantis: College students forced to learn online deserve tuition refunds” via Jason Delgado of Florida Politics

Gov. DeSantis blames feds for treatment, testing shortages as omicron spreads” via Gray Rohrer of the Orlando Sentinel

With federal restock planned, Gov. DeSantis announces additional monoclonal antibody sites” via Renzo Downey of Florida Politics

Charlie Crist urges CDC to release Florida’s breakthrough COVID-19 data” via Kelly Hayes of Florida Politics

House lawmaker files bill to ban citizen’s arrests in Florida” via Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics

Tampa Bay lawmakers are pushing these bills. What do they do?” via Romy Ellenbogen of the Tampa Bay Times

Resolutions are not the vibe for 2022” via Faith Hill of The Atlantic

Quote of the Day

“Our universities are going to be open. They’re going to have in-person instruction. And I think any university that doesn’t do that should have to refund 100% of the tuition to the parents.” — Gov. Ron DeSantis, supporting tuition refunds at universities that move to online instruction amid the omicron surge.

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  • Tom

    January 3, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Yeah Joe, all the conspiracy hating Dums would have ridiculed anything he may have released. I think Gov Ron would have been better off with a local event or two over the 2 holiday weeks but hey, cut him some slack. No one can claim lack of effort and time on his part. His wife and kids come first. AOC is a complete idiot. Nikki Fraud is a complete embarrassment. She will lead Dems to electoral annihilation in Nov,. if she is the nominee. She actually suggested take home kits are spoiled. Her party’s administration didn’t order the tests last October Joe? They can’t blame Trump even though the Manchurians try every day on FP.
    Crist or Taddeo will not fat that much better. Dum dum mayor Demings looks like an idiot now. Yeah, a presser or two and or a release may have helped but the alligators ain’t happy unless they are biting. Happy New year.!

  • ishmal

    January 6, 2022 at 9:22 am

    I appreciate it and very useful.

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