Scott-DeSantis feud starting to boil over– Florida tops 500000 coronavirus cases– Gaetz backs main challenger to ‘weak’ Ross Spano– Corcoran fleing from press reporter?
Everything counts— Over the last couple of months, the Republican politician governor has actually repeatedly slammed Scott over the state’s deeply problematic unemployment website for crashing repeatedly this year as hundreds of thousands of desperate Floridians sought to apply for unemployed claims.
It’s no good— DeSantis stated back in April that he believed the system was “designed” to stop working.
People are people— Scott fired back on Wednesday that essentially stated DeSantis was investing too much time blaming others rather of doing his job.
POINTING FINGERS— ‘Some people blame others,’ Sen. Rick Scott fires back at Gov. Ron DeSantis discuss state’s troubled unemployment system,” by CBS Miami: ” Sen. Rick Scott has actually fired back at a comment Gov. Ron DeSantis made about the state’s troubled unemployment system. In an individually interview with CBS4’s Jim DeFede, which was DeSantis’ very first sit-down interview since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the guv said it looked like it was created to frustrate users.”
THE FINE PRINT— “Flood of expulsion filings expected after DeSantis quietly alters Florida’s moratorium wording,” by Orlando Sentinel’s Caroline Glenn: ” The relief felt by tenants when Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction moratorium another month to Sept. 1 may be brief because changes to the order’s phrasing explicitly permit eviction filings to resume and for some homeowners to be kicked out.
LOOKING AHEAD– “County commissioners support open carry of weapons, reducing minimum gun purchase age from 21 to 18,” by Florida Today’s Dave Berman: “Brevard County commissioners have come out in support of a change in Florida Statute to permitting gun owners in the state to honestly bring their weapons, as long as they have actually a concealed weapons allow. We do not either,” by News Service of Florida: ” A Florida Cabinet meeting set up for next Tuesday has been canceled, to the displeasure of Farming Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat on the panel.
BACK IN FLORIDA AGAIN— “Pence tours pregnancy center, fires up GOP base in Florida,” by Associated Press’ Tamara Lush: ” Vice President Mike Pence went to Florida’s Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, shooting up the Republican celebration’s conservative base while visiting a pregnancy center, speaking at a church and making an appearance before a packed ballroom.
NOT YET— “Criticism of DeSantis does not indicate a 2022 campaign yet, Nikki Fried says,” by Miami Herald’s Samantha J. Gross: ” Florida’s leading elected Democrat isn’t running for governor in 2022.
— “Three Republicans, two Democrats contend for House District 105, a ‘flippable’ seat,” by Naples Daily News’ Rachel Fradette
— “Sheldon Adelson wades into CD 27 contest with maxed-out donation to Maria Elvira Salazar,” by Florida Politics’ Ryan Nicol
HALF-A-MILLION— “Florida becomes 2nd state to top 500,000 COVID-19 cases,” by Sun Sentinel’s Marc Freeman: ” More than a half-million individuals in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19, as the state remains 2nd just to California, according to official infection numbers.
TO COURT— “State, union battle as school openings near,” by News Service of Florida’s Dara Kam: ” The Florida Education Association last month submitted a lawsuit versus Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other defendants, declaring that a July 6 order released by Corcoran breaks the state Constitution, which guarantees Floridians the right to “safe” and “safe” public education.
— “Industry cancels U.S. cruises till Oct. 31, one month after CDC ban ends,” by Miami Herald’s Taylor Dolven
— “NBA launches screening results, no players confirmed favorable,” by Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds
— “Coronavirus deaths set a record in Collier County in July as cases doubled and tests lagged,” by Naples Daily News’ Dan DeLuca
— “Start the year online classes, USF’s professors union prompts,” by Tampa Bay Times’ Divya Kumar
— “Coronavirus symptoms put Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood out of commission,” by The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Frank Fernandez
— “Combat over mask required goes to appeals court,” by News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders
WAIT, WE ARE WHERE?— “Authorities: 3 teenagers accidentally jump wall into Mar-a-Lago,” by Associated Press’ Terry Spencer: ” Three teenagers getting away cops while carrying a semiautomatic weapon in a backpack leapt a wall at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, however probably didn’t understand that’s where they were, authorities said Wednesday.”
ASSURES, PROMISES— “Trump to Florida: ‘We’re not gon na be drilling,” by POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre: President Donald Trump appeared to commit in an interview with a regional TELEVISION news station over the weekend that his administration would not look for to enable oil and gas drilling off the Florida coast, the latest reversal from the administration on its prepare for overseas drilling near the politically essential state. What he said: Trump, on his method to fundraiser in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 1, responded to a Florida Spectrum News 1 reporter’s question about the possibility of drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, saying, “We’re not gon na be drilling, and I’ve currently put out that order, really a long time back. But we can’t do that. And individuals of Florida simply don’t want it. You understand, there are some states that don’t mind it, however Florida does. And I live here too, and I vote here. And I will inform you that’s not going to be taking place.” He did not suggest what order he was discussing.
2020 CAN’T END SOON ENOUGH— “CSU modifies hurricane projection, called storms might double that of typical year,” by Palm Beach Post’s Kimberly Miller: ” Colorado State University revised its seasonal typhoon forecast Wednesday, upping the number of called storms to 24 and requiring 5 significant hurricanes of Cat 3 or stronger. The new forecast, which is updated each August ahead of the peak of typhoon season, includes the nine called storms that have actually already come and gone, and considers the much warmer than regular sea surface area temperature levels across the tropical Atlantic.”
‘ THE MORE SHE GOT MAD’— “Orlando landscapers praised for response to woman’s viral racist tirade,” by Orlando Sentinel’s Katie Rice: ” Brandon Cordova and his landscaping crewmates were completing up their second-to-last job of the day Thursday in the back lawn of a home in Delaney Park– having actually battled temperature levels in the 90 s and humidity for hours– when he heard a commotion.
REEVALUATION— “Duval School Board to reevaluate schools named after Andrew Jackson, Jean Ribault,” by Florida Times-Union’s Emily Bloch: ” The Duval County School Board will release the process to consider renaming three extra schools, the names of which are connected to the marginalization of Native Americans.
CORCORAN KEEPS QUIET— “Half of Florida’s schools named after Confederate figures may quickly be renamed,” by WTSP’s Jenna Bourne and Lauren Powell: ” At one of the governor’s recent news occasions in Tampa, 10 Investigates press reporter Jenna Bourne asked Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran if he ‘d talk on electronic camera about whether it’s time for schools named after Confederate figures to be renamed.
— “Disney, constable took legal action against over 2019 CBD oil arrest: ‘Why would Mickey Mouse arrest grandmother?'” by Orlando Sentinel’s Monivette Cordeiro: ” A North Carolina great-grandmother who was apprehended last year at Magic Kingdom for carrying CBD oil alleges she was wrongly put behind bars and terrorized throughout the experience in a claim submitted Wednesday versus Walt Disney Business and the Orange County Constable’s Workplace.”
— “Sebastian City board members getting official notification: Resign or deal with recall elections,” by TCPalm.com’s Janet Begley: ” City Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris are receiving notices to resign. State law provides five days to stop or deal with a recall election. The notifications are the result of an effective petition drive against the 3 first-term council members. Manager of Elections Leslie Swan this week certified 10,039 petition signatures submitted.”
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