Jared Moskowitz is seeing red but says constitutional amendments keep Florida ‘in play’
Jared Moskowitz is the big name to replace Ted Deutch in Congress.

'Make no mistake about it. Without those ballot initiatives I don’t think Florida is in play.'

U.S. Rep. Jared Moskowitz acknowledges Florida is a “red state.”

Still, he agrees with other Democrats who suggest the state is in “play” this November because of two ballot initiatives, including one that would guarantee access to abortion.

“Make no mistake about it. Without those ballot initiatives, I don’t think Florida is in play,” said the Coral Springs Democrat on MSNBC’s The Weekend.

Moskowitz, who noted the nearly one million gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of active voters, is putting out a message that is not in sync with other Democrats, such as former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who contends that the state is a “purple” battleground state.

Moskowitz also pointed out that the ballot initiatives — including one that allows adult recreational marijuana use — will need a yes vote from 60% of the voters to pass.

But he said that Florida Republicans have given voters a stark choice: Either approve the abortion access amendment or accept a ban on abortions after six weeks. The six-week ban is scheduled to take effect this coming week after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge to the state’s existing ban on abortions after 15 weeks. In its decision, the court overturned a more than 30-year precedent that had led other abortion restrictions to be blocked.

“This is Florida’s chance to get rid of a six-week ban, which is an all-out ban, let’s be clear,” Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz also added that Florida Republicans “made a mistake with the six-week ban. They are now to the right of Donald Trump.”

The Florida Legislature passed the six-week ban, which includes exceptions for rape and incest, during the 2023 session. However, lawmakers put in a provision that tied the effective date of the new ban to the outcome of the legal challenge against the 15-week ban that legislators enacted in 2022.

Trump, who had repeatedly pointed out that he appointed justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who wound up overturning Roe v. Wade, called the six-week ban a “terrible mistake” last September. Earlier this month, he put out a statement that said abortion restrictions should be left to the states. He then told reporters he would sign a national abortion ban into law if he were elected President again.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


  • What happen to americanism

    April 28, 2024 at 4:32 pm

    That Means for now ladies keep a magic baby test wand at all times with you if you are active and control failed…

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 3, 2024 at 2:37 pm

      I recommend women buy a bzzz bzzzz bzzzz buzzer and tell their men to shove off, like Mrs Rhonda. Jill is a great role model for the women of Florida.

      What would come next? FLg0P legislatures would ban D-cell batteries, having no clue today’s bzz bzz bzzzzzers recharge via USB.

      And then after that, maybe the “we are entirely pro life right up until our action might be required in supporting that life and/or other folks supporting that life” stance of the G0P might just change.

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 28, 2024 at 8:14 pm

    are the majority of the florida voters going to vote against trump?

  • tim

    April 28, 2024 at 9:56 pm

    IMO, In Florida, both of these ballot initiatives will surpass the 60% threshold AND Trump will be our next President.

    • Hung Wiil

      April 29, 2024 at 10:46 am

      What is your opinion based on? Amendment 4 will not get 60%; it is unlikely that 3 will get there either. Trump has a better chance than in 2020. Too early to make the call.

      • TallyPatriot

        April 29, 2024 at 11:10 am

        You will see a huge influx of silent women come out to vote for the amendment. Marijuana might not pass but abortion will.

        • Hung Wiil

          April 29, 2024 at 12:57 pm

          That is an oxymoron, moron.

          • rick whitaker

            April 29, 2024 at 1:20 pm

            HUNG, i know a sexist comment when i see one. no oxymoron, just a truthful, plain, straight forward, objective, comment.

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 3, 2024 at 2:40 pm

            Abortion has passed on every single ballot where it’s appeared in today’s post-GOP America where people are voting to make America tolerable again. (MATA)

            No reason to think Florida will be any different.

            Rhonda claims Florida will be different, but again, that’s noooo reason to think Florida will be any different.

    • rick whitaker

      April 29, 2024 at 11:56 am

      TIM, so you are predicting the beginning of the end.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 3, 2024 at 2:03 pm

      There’s ought to be a rider stating that if Trump wins the Presidency, weed becomes legal regardless of how the vote on it turned out. Because normal folks gonna need a LOT of weed to endure 4 (to 40+) more years of dipstick Trump family members allegedly being in charge.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    April 30, 2024 at 6:32 pm

    Well, Florida, I guess we will all find out after the election. And did you know Kamalla’s coming to Jacksonville on May 1st to skool us all on “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time” with the liberal useage of everyone’s favorate “Venn Diagrams”.
    Wow just Wow I, Earl Pitts American, cant wait!!!!
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “The Signaficance Of The Passage Of Time” American

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 3, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Hence the ballot initiative for amending the state Constitution for protecting huntin’ and fishin’, neither of which is illegal or under threat from anybody other than the G0P’s typical bogeyman, generic, unspecific, unnamed “thems.”

    When a political party is willing to amend the Constitution for no legitimate reason beyond playing politics over other ballot initiative amendments that do have legitimate reasons, that party should lose any and all power.

    The state Constitution is not toilet paper for G0Ps to wipe their arses with, but they apparently think it’s exactly that.

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