Last Call for 4.16.24 — 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

Ed. Note — After a last-minute push to finish the Spring 2024 edition of INFLUENCE Magazine, Sunburn will be taking the night off for a little R&R. But you needn’t worry, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics will return to your inboxes first thing Thursday morning. Thanks again for your support and for being a loyal Sunburn reader.

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Americans for Prosperity-Florida is sending out thank-you flyers celebrating and applauding lawmakers for their work on the AFP-supported bill this Legislative Session. 

The commendations cover an array of legislative accomplishments favored by AFP, including stopping an automatic Cost of Living Adjustment for state workers, expediting the processing to secure building permits, and advancing efforts to minimize government waste.

“AFP-FL is celebrating what it considers a successful Legislative Session, crediting many of the state’s leaders for legislation focused on removing barriers to individual achievement and ensuring that Florida remains the best state to live, work, and play,” the group said in a news release.

The flyers heading to voter mailboxes highlight lawmakers including Sens. Jay Collins, Nick DiCeglie, Blaise Ingoglia and Corey Simon, as well as Reps. Rene Plasencia, Tommy Gregory, Stan McClain, Tiffany Esposito and John Snyder.

Each mailer thanks the pictured lawmaker for “passing meaningful policies this Legislative Session,” with the reverse side providing details on the bills each lawmaker worked on.

Collins’ mailer, for example, says because of his efforts “people can now move to Florida and get to work more quickly with the passage of Universal Licensure.”

Evening Reads

—“Donald Trump’s alternate-reality criminal trial” via David A. Graham of The Atlantic

—”Half of prospective Trump jurors said they can’t be impartial. What does it mean?” via Aaron Blake of The Washington Post

—”These are the 42 questions prospective Trump jurors are being asked” via Jonah E. Bromwich of The New York Times

—”Jan. 6 insurrectionists had a great day in the Supreme Court today” via Ian Millhiser of Vox

—“GOP circular firing squad loads its guns again” via Chris Cillizza of So What

—“DeSantis signs law limiting Florida book challenges” via Andrew Atterbury of POLITICO Florida

—”Florida ‘ghost’ candidate scandal: Insiders confess. Masterminds skate” via Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel

—“Chaos in the crosstabs” via Laskshya Jain and Giacomo Squatriti of Split Ticket

Quote of the Day

“You know, transferring once? Fine, you shouldn’t have to sit out. But to just treat it like a free agency where you don’t know who’s going to come back each year, I think that’s diluted college sports.”

— Gov. Ron DeSantis, bemoaning the current state of NCAA football.

Put It on the Tab

Look to your left, then look to your right. If you see one of these people at your happy hour haunt, flag down the bartender and put one of these on your tab. Recipes included, just in case the Cocktail Codex fell into the well.

If you see your local high school’s football coach, do the Governor a favor and order them a Money Maker.

Complain about NIL and the transfer portal all you want, but Florida college football fans know there’s No Excuses for a 5-7 record.

If you’re celebrating the signing of HB 1285, we’d recommend going easy on the bartender and ordering one of the classics.

Breakthrough Insights

Tune In

After snapping a six-game losing streak with a win over South Carolina on Sunday, the Florida Gators now try to gain a measure of revenge as they host Jacksonville University tonight (6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+).

Florida (18-17) lost a 7-6 decision to Jacksonville on March 19 despite a pair of home runs by Gators’ slugger Jac Caglianone. It’s a familiar position for Caglianone to be the star. He leads the Gators with a .394 average, 20 home runs, and 41 runs batted in. As a pitcher, he leads the team in wins (4-0) and earned run average (3.89).

It’s been a disappointing season for Florida. Ranked third in the nation in the preseason poll, Florida started the season winning seven of their first nine games, but since then, they have lost 15 of 26, including going 7-8 in SEC play. 

The Gators were swept in three games by Florida State this season and have already lost as many games this season as last year when they advanced to the College World Series. 

The Dolphins (16-18) are coming off a win over Austin Peay to salvage the final game of a three-game set. After facing the Gators, JU matches up with cross-town rivals, UNF.

Florida has three SEC series against ranked teams coming over the next three weekends when they face Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Also tonight:

6:50 p.m. — Los Angeles Angles @ Tampa Bay Rays

7:30 p.m. — Toronto Maple Leafs @ Florida Panthers


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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