Last Call for 7.24.23 — 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

Americans for Prosperity-Florida (AFP-FL) is releasing its 2023 Florida Legislative Scorecard, featuring state lawmakers who supported legislation backed by the conservative group. 

The scorecard logs how each lawmaker voted on key issues in the 2023 Legislative Session and serves as a tool to help Florida voters stay informed on where their Representatives and Senators stand on major issues. 

AFP-FL handed 88 lawmakers an A+, which is the largest number of officials ever to receive the top grade. The group said, “this can be directly attributed to the leadership of Speaker Paul Renner and President Kathleen Passidomo for prioritizing freedom-oriented policies that put Floridians first.”

Bills tracked in the scorecard include universal school choice (HB 1), the substitution of work experience for higher education requirements for public sector jobs (SB 1310), and legislation allowing health care providers to deny certain treatments for moral reasons (SB 1580). A full list of bills included in the scorecard is available on AFP-FL’s website.

Scoring was calculated on a formula consisting of 1 point for each vote aligned with AFP-FL positions and -1 point for unaligned votes. The grading scale resembles a report card — an A+ being awarded to those with a grade of 100+, an A being awarded to those with 90-99 points, a B to those with 80-89, and so on. Grades are displayed for each legislator on the scorecard, accompanied by information identifying their district.

“This scorecard is an essential source of information available to all Floridians,” said Skylar Zander, AFP-FL State Director. “Openly communicating how our elected officials have prioritized the policies that impact Floridians the most can help the public understand which lawmakers have their best interest at heart.”

Zander emphasized that the legislative scorecard praises those who fight against bad public policy while proposing and supporting solutions that break down barriers to individual success for all Floridians.

Evening Reads

—“Ron DeSantis campaign mired in controversies over slavery, anti-gay video, alleged Nazi symbol” via Steven Lemongello of the Orlando Sentinel

—”Is DeSantis the next Scott Walker?” via Douglas E. Schoen of The Hill

—”In new state polling, DeSantis falls back into the 2024 pack” via Philip Bump of The Washington Post

—”DeSantis team rolls out third reboot of 2-month-old campaign” via Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate

—”DeSantis campaign pitches donors on ‘leaner,’ ‘insurgent’ campaign to beat Trump” via Steve Contorno and Kit Maher of CNN

—“RFK Jr., Gavin Newsom now have better White House odds than DeSantis” via A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics

—”Another Florida billionaire hedge-fund chief reportedly ‘rethinking’ support for DeSantis presidential bid” via Anthony Man of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

—“Note to Florida and DeSantis: Enslaved Africans were already skilled” via Gillian Brockell of The Washington Post

—”Black leaders vow pushback against new state curriculum guidelines” via Anne Geggis of Florida Politics

—“Florida Republicans are taking out their hangups against the state university system” via Diane Roberts of the Florida Phoenix

—”Oppenheimer nightmares? You’re not alone.” via John Hendrickson of The Atlantic


Quote of the Day

“If we don’t bash this racist curriculum in the head like the snake, then I’m worried that it will manifest all across America.”

— Attorney Benjamin Crump, on Florida’s African American history curriculum.

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Last Call is published by Peter Schorsch, assembled and edited by Phil Ammann and Drew Wilson with contributions from the staff of Florida Politics.

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One comment

  • PeterH

    July 24, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Kelly Ann Conway’s statement about DeSantis’s 2028 potential revival … probably the most notable DeSantis campaign slap in the face.

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