Good Tuesday morning.
Lobbying agency Capital Metropolis Consulting will announce right now that Jared Rosenstein has joined its staff of presidency affairs consultants.
Rosenstein involves the agency from the Florida Division of Emergency Administration, the place he served as legislative affairs director.
“Jared matches our agency tradition of onerous work, a deep information of points, and a focus to element very nicely. He’ll undoubtedly present top-notch authorities affairs companies on the state stage and earlier than native governments in South Florida,” founding companion Ron LaFace, Jr. added.
Earlier than FDEM, Rosenstein served as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Jared Moskowitz throughout his time within the Home. He additionally served as a district aide to former Rep. Invoice Hager and interned beneath former Rep. Holly Raschein and former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff.
Capital Metropolis Consulting founding companion Nick Iarossi stated Rosenstein’s expertise working with Democratic and Republican lawmakers could be an asset to the agency.
“Jared’s expertise as a legislative aide within the Florida Home of Representatives and most lately as legislative director on the Florida Division of Emergency Administration coping with hurricane restoration and the COVID-19 pandemic will probably be an amazing profit to CCC’s purchasers,” Iarossi stated. “His potential to work with all policymakers from each occasion and area is like nobody I’ve ever encountered, and I’m very completely satisfied he’s becoming a member of our rising staff.”
“I’m so honored to hitch Capital Metropolis Consulting — their staff of execs is unmatched,” he stated. “I look ahead to working alongside Nick, Ron, and the entire staff in Tallahassee and past.”
Rosenstein is a graduate of Florida State College, the place he earned a bachelor’s diploma in political science. He earned his legislation diploma from Nova Southeastern College. He’s an ardent supporter of Jewish causes, animal rescue organizations and most cancers analysis initiatives.
The Capitol was closed through the 2021 Legislative Session, placing a barrier between lawmakers and the Floridians they characterize. However social media picked up a number of the slack.
An evaluation by Moore Public Affairs discovered that, for some lawmakers, Twitter engagement was by the roof. The 2021 “Session on Social” evaluation lists the High 10 lawmakers on social media, when it comes to engagement.
Rep. Anna Eskamani was the runaway No. 1. Throughout Session, she made 1,850 tweets and 420 replies. However her most spectacular stat: 86.8 million impressions. Topping the checklist is nothing new for Eskamani — she was No. 1 final yr, too — however her impressions practically doubled year-over-year.
Democrats dominated the top-10 checklist, claiming seven spots. They embody Sens. Annette Taddeo and Shevrin Jones and Reps. Omari Hardy, Carlos Guillermo Smith, Andrew Realized and Angie Nixon. The very best-ranked Republican on the checklist was Rep. Chip Lamarca. He was joined by Sen. Debbie Mayfield and Rep. Chris Latvala.
“Moore applauds these High 10 legislators with the very best social media engagement this Legislative Session and all of Florida’s lawmakers for his or her efforts to succeed in constituents on-line throughout this socially distanced yr,” the company stated in a information launch.
Moore additionally decided the High Three “Most Talked About Payments” of the Legislative Session.
The anti-riot invoice made the checklist, nevertheless it didn’t take the highest spot. It was second to the controversial — and finally scrapped — proposal to remodel the Vivid Futures scholarship program to chop funding for college kids pursuing levels that aren’t seen as resulting in careers. The No. 3 subject was the transgender sports activities ban, which resurfaced in Session’s closing hours.
Florida Chamber Security Council convention options astronaut, FPL CEO and extra — Enterprise and public well being leaders are scheduled to discuss office security on Tuesday as a part of the Florida Chamber Security Council’s Southeastern Management Convention on Security, Well being + Sustainability. Day two of the convention will characteristic an 8 a.m. keynote from NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino, who will talk about classes discovered from tragic accidents and miscues in spaceflight. At midday, Florida Energy & Gentle Firm CEO Eric Silagy will ship a presentation titled “Why Investing in Security is Good for Enterprise.” And at 12:40 p.m., state Surgeon Basic Scott Rivkees will ship a presentation and maintain a Q&A session.
Noticed — On the Loblolly Rise Plantation on Saturday, partying for the pandemic-delayed celebration of Mike and Kristen Grissom’s nuptials, who married on March 28, 2020: Brewster and Amanda Bevis; Tony Cortese; Ana DeCerchio; Tim Nungesser; Marc Reichelderfer; Chris and Alli Schoonover; Clark Smith; Angela and Davin Suggs; and Justin Thames.
— SITUATIONAL AWARENESS —
—@AdamKinzinger: A couple of days earlier than Jan 6, our GOP members had a convention name. I informed Kevin (McCarthy) that his phrases and our occasion’s actions would result in violence on January sixth. Kevin dismissively responded with, “OK, Adam, operator subsequent query.” And we acquired violence.
— John Snyder (@Johnfsnyder) May 10, 2021
Catching a flight to shock my mother, and I’m enthusiastic about how I’ve requested @GovRonDeSantis’s employees (for practically 2 years) for him to spend simply quarter-hour to speak with Black moms of murdered youngsters. Each few months, I’m informed they’re engaged on it. #fortunateson pic.twitter.com/PJ2A8Frncb
— Jason Pizzo (@senpizzo) May 9, 2021
—@KKfla737: The Everglades is a serious motive why I’m way more inclined to assist Gov. (Charlie) Crist than the present Dem Ag Commissioner — their data couldn’t be extra totally different on this matter. I’m not certain about Congresswoman (Val) Demings opinions (if she has any) on the glades.
—@LaurenBankert: Islamorada eating institutions went HARD on paper straws.
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Playing Compact Particular Session begins — 6; ‘A Quiet Place Half II’ rescheduled premiere — 17; ‘Tax Freedom Vacation’ begins — 17; Memorial Day — 20; Florida TaxWatch Spring Assembly and PLA Awards — 23; ‘Loki’ premieres on Disney+ — 31; Father’s Day — 40; F9 premieres within the U.S. — 45; ‘High Gun: Maverick’ rescheduled premiere — 52; 4th of July — 54; ‘Black Widow’ rescheduled premiere — 59; MLB All-Star Sport — 63; new begin date for 2021 Olympics — 73; second season of ‘Ted Lasso’ premieres on Apple+ — 73; The NBA Draft — 79; ‘Jungle Cruise’ premieres — 81; ‘The Suicide Squad’ premieres — 87; St. Petersburg Main Election — 105; Disney’s ‘Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings’ premieres — 115; Broadway’s full-capacity reopening — 126; ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ premieres (rescheduled) — 136; ‘Dune’ premieres — 143; MLB common season ends — 145; ‘No Time to Die’ premieres (rescheduled) — 151; World Sequence Sport 1 — 168; Florida’s twentieth Congressional District major — 175; St. Petersburg Municipal Elections — 175; Disney’s ‘Eternals’ premieres — 178; San Diego Comedian-Con begins — 199; Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Facet Story’ premieres — 213; ‘Spider-Man Far From Residence’ sequel premieres — 220; Florida’s twentieth Congressional District election — 245; Tremendous Bowl LVI — 278; ‘Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity’ premieres — 318; ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ premieres — 360; “Black Panther 2” premieres — 423; ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ sequel premieres — 514; “Captain Marvel 2” premieres — 549.
“Free booze, 24/7 slots & cards: Pari-mutuels pony up new language for big gambling deal” through Renzo Downey of Florida Politics — Forward of an upcoming Particular Session, lobbyists representing a big swath of Florida’s gaming business are sending a package deal of suggestions to workplaces of the Gov., Senate President and Home Speaker. A few of the pari-mutuels’ suggestions relate to on line casino operations. Underneath the business consensus, slot machines and card rooms might function 24/7. At the moment, they’re restricted to 18 hours through the week however can function 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Complimentary alcoholic drinks and ATMs would even be accessible at slot machines. Slot machine license holders might even have their licenses prolonged if hurricanes or different crises past their management shuttered their operations.
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“Ron DeSantis committee hauls in cash” through Information Service of Florida — In a present of power, DeSantis’ political committee raised practically $14 million in April as he prepares for a reelection marketing campaign subsequent yr — and as hypothesis builds a few potential bid for President in 2024. The committee Buddies of Ron DeSantis raised $13.9 million in April and had about $31.6 million in money readily available as of the tip of the month, in accordance with a report posted Monday on the state Division of Elections web site. Although the 2022 election continues to be virtually 18 months away, the April haul was the most important quantity raised by the committee since October 2018, when it collected $17.36 million. October 2018 was the month earlier than DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum to change into Governor.
“‘I can’t sit idly by’: Ben Diamond announces CD 13 bid” through Kelly Hayes of Florida Politics — Surrounded by Pinellas County politicos Monday morning, state Rep. Diamond launched his marketing campaign for Florida’s thirteenth Congressional District. “I really feel a accountability to acknowledge this second,” the Pinellas County Democrat stated. “I can’t sit idly by.” Diamond, who introduced his run in an e-mail to Home Democratic colleagues over the weekend, made his candidacy official alongside former Chief Monetary Officer Alex Sink, former Legal professional Basic candidate Sean Shaw and Pinellas County Commissioners Pat Gerard and Janet Lengthy. Diamond made certain to pay tribute to incumbent Crist, who’s vacating the CD 13 seat to run for Governor. Crist made his announcement Tuesday, with Diamond by his aspect.
—“Eric Lynn raises $100K in first five days of congressional campaign” through Kelly Hayes of Florida Politics
—“Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk endorses Anna Paulina Luna for CD 13 … again” through Kelly Hayes of Florida Politics
First in Sunburn — High Senate Republicans to reel in money at fishing fundraiser — Senate President Wilton Simpson and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, who is ready to succeed him, will host a Key West fishing fundraiser Might 25-27. The agenda features a VIP dinner on Might 25, a welcome reception and dinner on Might 26 and fishing and dinner on Might 27. The fundraiser will profit the Florida Republican Senatorial Marketing campaign Committee, the GOP marketing campaign arm for state Senate elections. The invitation notes that each one occasions will probably be held exterior and asks attendees to “bear in mind to put on a masks.”
“Shane Abbott separates from GOP pack in HD 5 money race” through Drew Dixon of Florida Politics — Abbott obtained one other monetary increase in his bid to win the Panhandle’s Home seat. The DeFuniak Springs Republican garnered one other $28,525 in April in his marketing campaign for the HD 5 seat covering all of Holmes, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties. Abbott is operating towards fellow Republicans Vance Coley of Marianna and Joel Clinton Pate of Graceville for the seat vacated by present Rep. Brad Drake, who can also be a member of the GOP. Drake will attain time period limits in 2022 when the place is up for election. The district leans closely Republican.
“Taylor Yarkosky passes $80K mark in HD 32 race” through Drew Wilson of Florida Politics — Montverde Republican Yarkosky has raised greater than $80,000 for his marketing campaign to succeed exiting Rep. Anthony Sabatini in Home District 32. The overall contains all cash raised by his marketing campaign and an affiliated political committee, Lake County Conservatives, since he entered the race in March. Yarkosky faces Winter Backyard Republican Matt Silbernagel within the major for the Lake County-based district, although the 2 might discover themselves in separate districts relying on how district traces shift after reapportionment final yr. Silbernagel entered the race in mid-April and has not but filed his first marketing campaign finance report.
“Berny Jacques raises $41K in first month of HD 66 campaign” through Drew Wilson of Florida Politics — Seminole Republican Jacques raised greater than $41,000 throughout his first month operating for Home District 66, his marketing campaign introduced Monday. The April fundraising numbers characterize contributions to Jacques’ official marketing campaign account and his political committee, Florida Values Coalition. The marketing campaign correct introduced in $36,415 and spent simply $650. The political committee added one other $5,000 and has $11,315 readily available, together with cash raised earlier than Jacques entered the 2022 race. In complete, he has $47,730 readily available between the 2 accounts. Jacques is certainly one of two Republicans operating for the Pinellas County seat presently held by Rep. Nick DiCeglie, who introduced earlier this yr he would run for state Senate relatively than one other time period within the Home.
“Hillary Cassel continues to outpace Jeremy Katzman in HD 99 fundraising” through Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — Cassel is maintaining a wholesome money lead within the Home District 99 Democratic major. Cassel has pulled in practically $122,000 in exterior cash since submitting for the competition in late February. That features greater than $100,000 raised in March, her first full month as a candidate. Cassel’s newest fundraising report reveals she collected slightly below $19,000 in April. She additionally lent her marketing campaign $50,000 in February. Although she dropped off from her March fundraising highs, Cassel nonetheless topped her Democratic major opponent, Katzman, in April fundraising. Katzman added lower than $3,000 through the month. Since submitting in December he’s raised round $40,000 and has added one other $5,000 in loans to his marketing campaign.
“New candidates emerge to seek vacated South Florida House seats” through Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — In HD 88, Jervonte Edmonds turns into the primary candidate in search of to exchange Democratic Rep. Omari Hardy, who’s operating for Congress. Edmonds based Fits For Seniors, a highschool mentoring program aiming to arrange college students for his or her future careers. Edmonds has additionally labored as government director of the West Palm Seaside Police Athletic League, sat on the Palm Seaside County Black Chamber of Commerce government board, and served as president of Palm Seaside Younger Black Progressives. In HD 86, former Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis is operating to succeed Rep. Matt Willhite. He’s the second Democrat to formally declare for the competition, becoming a member of Port of Palm Seaside Commissioner Katherine Waldron.
“Adrienne Bogen launches ‘Florida Ground Game’ to register voters” through Scott Powers of Florida Politics — Florida Floor Sport will work to register voters by 2021. “In 2020, Democrats suffered main losses in our state Legislature, shedding some races by razor-thin margins, a results of the truth that we have been outspent and outworked in voter registration by Republicans,” Bogen stated. “Our hope is that Florida Floor Sport will lead voter registration efforts in focused state legislative districts, serving to to safe victories for Democrats in 2022.” Bogen’s resume contains organizing and technique for Joe Biden‘s 2018 Iowa caucus marketing campaign and Hillary Clinton‘s presidential marketing campaign, and work for former U.S. Sen. Invoice Nelson, Andrew Gillum for Governor, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s 2017
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Seminoles reduce 30-second model of pro-Compact advert — The Seminole Tribe of Florida has launched a 30-second advert as a part of its marketing campaign to construct assist for the brand new Gaming Compact that can go in entrance of lawmakers subsequent week. “Florida is on the verge of historical past — with a brand new Seminole Compact that guarantees 1000’s of latest jobs, tourism and the most important monetary assure on document … $2.5 billion within the first 5 years,” the advert says, citing headlines touting as many as 2,200 new jobs. “Because of Gov. DeSantis, and our legislative leaders, we’re now only one vote away. Do that, and Florida will make historical past,” the advert concludes. The spot follows the tribe’s current launch of a 60-second advert selling the advantages of a brand new Seminole Compact.
To observe the advert, click on the image below:
Taking place right now — The Home will current two on-line programs to assist lawmakers put together for the Particular Session on Might 17, the place they count on to debate the proposed new Seminole Compact. One outlines the historical past of playing in Florida (10 a.m.); the second will probably be in regards to the “present gaming panorama” (1 p.m.).
“School choice expansion bill heads to DeSantis” through Florida Politics — Lawmakers on Monday formally despatched a invoice (HB 7045) to the Governor that might pave the best way for the most important college alternative enlargement effort in Florida historical past. The invoice would repeal the Gardiner Scholarship Program and McKay Scholarship Program and transition college students into the Household Empowerment Scholarship Program. The repealed applications initially served particular wants college students. The Household Empowerment Scholarship Program, a low-income grant, would broaden to incorporate college students with particular wants and army youngsters. The invoice additionally will increase voucher quantities from 95% to 100% for college kids within the Florida Tax Credit score Scholarship Program, Household Empowerment Scholarship and Hope Scholarship Program. If DeSantis doesn’t veto the invoice by Might 25, it’s going to take impact July 1.
Kathy Castor urges Governor to veto vitality preemption invoice — U.S. Rep. Castor on Monday implored DeSantis to veto a invoice (HB 919) that might block native governments from proscribing which types of vitality utilities can supply, resembling pure gasoline. As reported by Bruce Ritchie of POLITICO Florida, a number of environmental teams have criticized the measure as a approach to forestall native governments from transferring to scrub vitality, resembling photo voltaic. Castor, who chairs the Home Choose Committee on the Local weather Disaster, stated utilities “don’t have the general public curiosity at coronary heart. They’ve their earnings at coronary heart. They’re fairly keen to cross alongside elevated prices to customers, and it’s unsuitable.” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Florida Conservation Voters and the CLEO Institute joined Castor in calling for a veto.
“‘Absolutely yes’: Ramon Alexander running for 2023-24 House Democratic Leader” through Renzo Downey of Florida Politics — Rep. Alexander will file to take the reins of the Home Democratic Caucus for the 2023-24 time period. The Consultant from Tallahassee has the assist of dozens from the caucus. He determined “completely sure” after taking the suggestions from his colleagues into very critical consideration in talks together with his spouse and younger household, he informed Florida Politics. Rep. Diamond is presently lined as much as lead the caucus through the 2023-24 time period. Nonetheless, the St. Petersburg Democrat introduced Monday morning that he would run to succeed U.S. Crist because the Congressman makes his third bid for Governor.
“Restricting abortion access fizzled in the Legislature; reproductive rights advocates expect future battles” through Danielle J. Brown of the Florida Phoenix — On the abortion entrance, GOP lawmakers tried to limit abortion entry in Florida however varied payments failed within the 2021 Legislature. “Yearly, there’s an onslaught of anti-abortion payments,” Amy Weintraub, reproductive rights program director for Progress Florida, stated in an interview with the Phoenix. “We count on these kinds of payments to be again.” The efforts to alter Florida abortion legal guidelines coated a variety of measures, together with proscribing abortions primarily based on a detected incapacity in a fetus, lowering the variety of weeks a mom has to terminate a being pregnant, and dictating what ought to be performed with the fetal stays following an abortion.
Taking place right now — The Florida State College Presidential Search Advisory Committee meets to contemplate a successor for President John Thrasher, who’s retiring, 10 a.m., Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Convention Heart, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.
“DeSantis appoints Gabriella Passidomo to Public Service Commission” through Kelly Hayes of Florida Politics — Passidomo, a lawyer within the Regulatory Evaluation Part of the PSC Workplace of the Basic Counsel, was chosen amongst 9 candidates to fill the seat left vacant in February by former Commissioner Julie Brown, who vacated the seat after DeSantis appointed her to steer the Division of Enterprise and Skilled Regulation. Passidomo, the daughter of Naples Republican Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, graduated cum laude from the College of Florida with a bachelor’s diploma in political science and earned her legislation diploma from the Washington and Lee College. The newly appointed Commissioner beforehand served as a authorized intern within the U.S. Division of Vitality’s Workplace and as a legislation clerk for the Florida Solicitor Basic within the Workplace of the Legal professional Basic.
“Wary of summer discharges from Lake O, DeSantis pushes Army Corps to better manage water levels” through Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — DeSantis is looking into query the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers’ administration of Lake Okeechobee, as he pressed the Corps to decrease the lake’s water ranges forward of hurricane season. The latest feedback may very well be seen as one other entrance within the Governor’s battle with Biden, whose administration now oversees the Corps. DeSantis spoke Monday at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound following a helicopter tour to survey the lake and the algae current inside. DeSantis stated the lake ranges are larger than in recent times, which might immediate discharges from the lake, which unfold algae elsewhere.
“Nikki Fried reassures Floridians amid looming gas shortages” through Jason Delgado of Florida Politics — In a video posted to Twitter, she discouraged Floridians from hoarding gasoline, shopping for gasoline in a panic, and forming lengthy traces across the pump. Fried stated she’s in talks with the EPA, U.S. Division of Vitality and the petroleum business over the shortages. The scarcity, in the meantime, is elevating issues in North Florida, the place gasoline traces are starting to kind. “Generally, Floridians might count on some gasoline pricing and gross sales points within the coming days as a consequence of a number of components,” Fried stated. “These embody the non permanent shutdown of a serious U.S. gasoline pipeline as a consequence of a cyberattack, inflicting gasoline to be trucked into sure areas, in addition to a scarcity of truck drivers presently affecting each the gasoline business and agriculture business.”
To observe the video, click on the image below:
❌Don’t panic-buy gasoline
❌Don’t hoard gasoline
❌Don’t kind lengthy gasoline station traces
✅Name 800-HELP-FLA if questions pic.twitter.com/KMWWh3BgCq
— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) May 10, 2021
“Colonial pipeline hack sparks fears of shortages in Tallahassee” through Lynn Hatter of WFSU — The cyberattack that introduced down a pipeline that provides 45% of the gasoline to the U.S. East Coast is impacting Tallahassee and different elements of North Florida. Traces of automobiles stretched into roadways as rumors of gasoline shortages unfold. “Persons are listening to there’s an outage on this pipeline and are racing to the pumps to high off their tanks,” stated AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins. “If everybody goes to the gasoline station at one time, that creates an enormous pressure on present provides, even when there isn’t a provide downside. If everybody rushes to the gasoline station at one time, that’s going to trigger the gasoline station to expire of gasoline.”
Shell on Bannerman 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/kqF2hCohmH
— k2f (@Kimmons2Funnyy) May 10, 2021
“Long-term care facilities meet backup power rules” through Christine Sexton of Information Service of Florida — Headed into the 2021 hurricane season, the overwhelming majority of Florida nursing properties and assisted dwelling services are complying with guidelines requiring them to have emergency backup mills and 72 hours of gasoline on-site. The state Company for Well being Care Administration web site reveals that 17 nursing properties and eight assisted dwelling services haven’t absolutely complied with the backup energy necessities. The 17 nursing properties, which account for about 3% of the general nursing residence beds within the state, are scattered throughout 11 counties. The eight assisted dwelling services that haven’t absolutely complied are in Miami-Dade, Broward and Pinellas counties. That implies that 681 nursing properties and three,127 assisted dwelling services are “absolutely compliant.”
“Clues to 1-year-old’s death — and whether DCF failed him — remain hidden in Florida files” through Carol Marbin Miller of the Miami Herald — Rashid Bryant lived solely 22 months. It was sufficient time for him to fracture his femur, break a rib, and crack his cranium — the final greater than as soon as. It’s unattainable to say whether or not directors with Florida’s baby welfare company, which was concerned with the household, did every little thing they might to maintain Rashid secure. Caseworkers for the kids of Jabora Deris, 32, and Christopher Bryant, 37, dad and mom of 10, had first come to the eye of the Division of Youngsters & Households in 2013. DCF had investigated no less than 16 experiences to the state’s baby abuse hotline. DCF has refused to launch any paperwork that might make clear Rashid’s DCF historical past.
— CORONA FLORIDA —
“50,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19, health institute estimates” through Renzo Downey of Florida Politics — Final week, the Institute for Well being Metrics and Analysis started publishing its estimates for COVID-19 deaths relatively than simply reporting official loss of life tolls. The estimate is computed primarily based on an evaluation of weekly extra deaths, these above what is predicted on common. As of Monday, the Division of Well being experiences 35,783 deaths to this point. Nonetheless, IHME places its present projection at 50,277, which it expects to develop to 53,037 by the beginning of September. Extra mortality is a metric for all deaths, no matter their trigger. To account for that, IHME makes an attempt to estimate what proportion of extra deaths COVID-19 is instantly answerable for, removing different influences like delayed remedies, worsening psychological well being and the decreased transmission of different illnesses.
“Florida reports 2,296 new COVID-19 cases and 52 additional deaths” through Cindy Krischer Goodman of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Florida reported 2,296 new coronavirus instances on Monday and one other 52 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported 2,272,102 instances because the pandemic started. The seven-day common for brand new instances reached as excessive as 17,991 on Jan. 8. It was 3,750 on Monday. The state reported a each day positivity fee of 5.01% on Monday, down from 5.32% the day earlier than. This methodology of calculating positivity counts new infections solely, but in addition counts repeat damaging exams, which skews the determine downward. Out of all 50 states and D.C., Florida ranks No. 23 for deaths per 100K residents and No. 16 for instances per 100K residents, in accordance with information from DOH and the COVID Monitoring Undertaking.
“DeSantis touts ‘rights and liberties’ and ditching COVID-19 restrictions; health experts say that’s dangerous” through Isaac Morgan of the Florida Phoenix — Amid 1000’s of latest COVID-19 instances reported each day, with greater than 2.2 million residents general testing optimistic, and a surge of COVID-19-mutation instances inflicting extra deaths, Gov. DeSantis is utilizing his sweeping authority to eliminate pandemic restrictions in communities throughout Florida. That implies that as of July 1, face masks would not be vital and inflexible restrictions on social leisure gatherings could be gone, amongst different measures. State workers additionally might return to work of their authorities workplaces, in accordance with DeSantis’ Might 3 government order — a approach of defending Floridians’ “rights and liberties,” in accordance with the Governor’s view.
“With eviction moratorium in jeopardy, Florida launches pandemic rental assistance program” through Renzo Downey of Florida Politics — DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris introduced Monday her workplace launched OUR Florida, the emergency rental help program to profit these affected by the pandemic’s financial influence. The U.S. Treasury Division gave Florida $1.4 billion in emergency rental help funds DeSantis introduced earlier this yr, $800 million, which the state will administer instantly. The launch comes days after a decide dominated the federal eviction moratorium unconstitutional. OUR Florida will prioritize renters with family incomes at or under 50% of a metropolis or county’s Space Median Earnings and households who’ve skilled unemployment throughout the previous 90 days. Nonetheless, this system is obtainable to sure renters whose incomes are at or under 80% of the median stage.
“‘A hard position’: Florida’s cruise industry struggles with vaccine passport ban” through Haley Brown of Florida Politics — The state’s huge cruise business is caught within the crosshairs between the federal authorities’s cautious coronavirus rollbacks and DeSantis’ no-holds-barred strategy. After the Governor efficiently pushed for a brand new legislation banning companies from requiring proof of vaccination, additionally referred to as a vaccine passport, the state’s multibillion-dollar cruise business is not sure how you can proceed on a directive from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention that claims large-capacity cruise ships can begin cruising once more in July, however provided that 95% of passengers can present proof they’ve been vaccinated. “One thing’s going to have to offer there,” Frank Roig, Chief Working Officer at PortMiami, stated.
— CORONA LOCAL —
“Florida nursing home achieves 92% COVID-19 vaccination rate with creative $1,000 bonus plan” through Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel — Final month, the Sentinel revealed a disturbing reality — that the COVID-19 vaccination fee of staffers in Florida nursing properties and long-term care services was an abysmally low 38%. That’s a recipe for each well being dangers and heartbreak. Contaminated staffers can unfold the virus to weak residents and in addition immediate lockdowns that forestall households from seeing ailing dad and mom or fragile spouses for weeks at a time. None of that, nonetheless, occurs at The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Heart in Winter Park. There, a whopping 92% of staffers are vaccinated. Not a single case of COVID has been detected because the pandemic started. And it appears largely as a consequence of a creatively structured money incentive.
“At least 3 nursing homes in Polk County face lawsuits over COVID-19 deaths” through Gary White of The Ledger — Dr. Rudolph Dorsett. Joyce Valentine. Mercedes Quintero. Patricia Prillmayer. These are 4 of the names behind the loss of life toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4 of the greater than 36,000 Floridians up to now claimed by the viral sickness. Every contracted COVID-19 as a resident at a nursing residence in Polk County, members of the family say. These relations at the moment are suing the nursing properties, claiming negligence allowed their family members to change into contaminated with the virus that triggered their deaths. However a lately enacted Florida legislation shielding long-term care services from legal responsibility makes it practically unattainable for such lawsuits to succeed.
“Showdown looming between anti-mask group and Polk School Board, with 3 weeks left of school” through Kimberly C. Moore of The Lakeland Ledger — The Polk County Faculty Board is going through a showdown Tuesday, when extra dad and mom and college students plan to demand a mask-free possibility on campuses throughout the district starting instantly, with one Fb group calling for a day of protest with lower than three weeks of faculty left. “The scholar code of conduct face-covering coverage requirement applied by the PCSB ought to be dropped at a vote and rescinded on the Might 11 common assembly,” the group No Extra Masks Mandate for Youngsters acknowledged on its personal Fb web page final week. The Faculty Board voted unanimously final summer time so as to add the masks mandate to the coed code of conduct.
“Florida State University says masks indoors recommended, no longer required” through WTXL — In an e-mail despatched to Florida State College college, college students and employees, the varsity lifted its masks requirement for these indoors on campus. “As we put together for the summer time and fall semesters, I need to remind everybody that the College will proceed to comply with the Facilities for Illness Management (CDC) tips for mitigating the unfold of COVID-19. The College recommends using face coverings whereas indoors, following CDC steering. This represents a shift from the earlier face-covering requirement and displays our substantial efforts to vaccinate the college neighborhood, together with a low variety of COVID-19 instances on campus.”
— CORONA NATION —
“The FDA authorizes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15.” through Apoorva Mandavilli of The New York Occasions — The Meals and Drug Administration on Monday licensed use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the USA, a vital step within the nation’s regular restoration from the pandemic and a boon to tens of thousands and thousands of American households longing for a return to normalcy. The authorization caps weeks of anticipation amongst dad and mom, who’ve been grappling with how you can conduct their lives when solely the adults in a family are immunized. It removes an impediment to high school reopenings by lowering the specter of transmission in school rooms, and permits thousands and thousands of adolescents to attend summer time camps, sleepovers and get-togethers with pals.
“COVID-19 restriction guidance could ease as more Americans get vaccinated” through Andrew Restuccia of The Wall Avenue Journal — Biden administration officers stated Sunday that the U.S. is getting into a brand new part of the pandemic through which many vaccinated People can start returning to regular actions and signaled that the federal authorities would additional calm down mask-wearing suggestions as extra folks get pictures. “I’d say we’re turning the nook,” Jeff Zients, Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, informed CNN’s “State of the Union.” The administration stated final week it’s targeted on serving to hesitant and hard-to-reach People get pictures, to have 70% of the grownup inhabitants obtain no less than one dose by July 4.
“Hundreds of bodies of COVID-19 victims are still in New York’s refrigerated trucks more than a year into the pandemic” through Brittany Shammas of The Washington Put up — As New York emerged as the middle of the coronavirus pandemic final spring, the overwhelmed metropolis started storing the our bodies of victims in refrigerated vehicles alongside the Brooklyn waterfront. Greater than a yr later, a whole bunch stay within the makeshift morgues on the thirty ninth Avenue Pier in Sundown Park. In a report back to a metropolis council well being committee final week, officers with the New York Metropolis Workplace of Chief Medical Examiner acknowledged that the stays of about 750 COVID-19 victims are nonetheless being saved contained in the vehicles, in accordance with the Metropolis, the nonprofit information web site. Officers stated throughout a Wednesday committee assembly that they are going to attempt to decrease the quantity quickly.
— CORONA ECONOMICS —
“Joe Biden administration will begin disbursing $350 billion in state and local aid this month.” through Alan Rappeport of The New York Occasions — The Biden administration will start sending the help to state and native governments, a big step in its effort to shore up segments of the financial system which were hardest hit by the pandemic, White Home and Treasury officers stated. The infusion of funds, which have been included within the $1.9 trillion stimulus invoice signed into legislation in March, marks President Biden’s first massive alternative to start out reviving infrastructure throughout the nation and fulfill his aim of making certain a extra equitable restoration.
— MORE CORONA —
“The world may need to learn to live with the virus.” through Andrés Martínez of The New York Occasions — Early within the pandemic, there was hope that the world would in the future obtain herd immunity, the purpose when the coronavirus lacks sufficient hosts to unfold simply. However over a yr later, the virus crushes India with a fearsome second wave and surges in nations from Asia to Latin America. Consultants now say it’s altering too shortly, new extra contagious variants are spreading too simply and vaccinations are occurring too slowly for herd immunity to be inside attain anytime quickly. Which means if the virus continues to run rampant by a lot of the world, it’s nicely on its approach to turning into endemic, an ever-present menace.
“How the Zoom era has ruined conversation” through Rachel Kurzius of The Washington Put up — When Rabbi Hannah Goldstein would speak to households earlier than a funeral in pre-pandemic instances, she remembers how they’d share details about a cherished one together with her. Everybody tended to “soar in, and somebody corrects a element after which somebody provides one other piece of it,” remembers Goldstein, who works at Temple Sinai in D.C. “It’s collaborative. It’s like everybody’s kind of telling that story collectively.” That fashion of dialog — a freewheeling ebb and circulate the place folks interrupt each other — is way tougher to drag off within the video communications necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.
— PRESIDENTIAL —
“AP poll: Biden approval buoyed by his pandemic response” through Julie Tempo and Hannah Fingerhut of The Related Press — Biden is plunging into the subsequent part of his administration with the regular approval of a majority of People, in accordance with a brand new ballot from The Related Press-NORC Heart for Public Affairs Analysis. The survey reveals Biden is buoyed particularly by the general public’s broad backing for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic. Within the fourth month of his presidency, Biden’s general approval ranking sits at 63%. Relating to the brand new Democratic President’s dealing with of the pandemic, 71% of People approve, together with 47% of Republicans.
“Reversing Donald Trump, U.S. restores transgender health protections” through The Related Press — The U.S. will shield homosexual and transgender folks towards intercourse discrimination in well being care, the Biden administration introduced Monday, reversing a Trump-era coverage that sought to slender the scope of authorized rights in delicate conditions involving medical care. The motion by the Division of Well being and Human Providers affirms that federal legal guidelines forbidding intercourse discrimination in well being care additionally shield homosexual and transgender folks. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra stated in a press release the Biden administration coverage will convey HHS into line with a landmark 6-3 Supreme Court docket choice final yr in a office discrimination case, which established that federal legal guidelines towards intercourse discrimination on the job additionally shield homosexual and transgender folks.
— EPILOGUE: TRUMP —
“New White House panel aims to separate science, politics” through Seth Borenstein of The Related Press — Keen to show the web page on the Trump years, the Biden White Home is launching an effort to unearth previous issues with the politicization of science inside authorities and to tighten scientific integrity guidelines for the long run. A 46-person federal scientific integrity activity power with members from greater than two dozen authorities businesses will meet for the primary time on Friday. Its mission is to look again by 2009 for areas the place partisanship interfered with what have been speculated to be selections primarily based on proof and analysis and hold politics out of presidency science.
“2020 election lawsuits lead to requests to discipline lawyers” through Brent Kendall and Alexa Corse of The Wall Avenue Journal — Courts are weighing whether or not a number of the failed authorized challenges to the 2020 presidential election have been frivolous or improper and warranted punishment for the attorneys who filed them. Supporters of former President Trump, and, in some instances, the Trump marketing campaign itself, filed — and misplaced — dozens of lawsuits in search of to dam or overturn election leads to battleground states gained by Democrat Biden. Some Democratic governors and different state and native officers who have been sued have filed motions asking the judges who heard the instances to impose sanctions on the plaintiffs’ attorneys and, in some cases, the plaintiffs themselves. Some even have filed separate grievances with disciplinary our bodies that may reprimand, droop or disbar attorneys who violate their skilled obligations.
— CRISIS —
“Capitol Police inspector general testifies about intelligence, staffing failures ahead of Jan. 6 riot” through Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Put up — Capitol Police Inspector Basic Michael Bolton informed Home lawmakers Monday that the power wants a stand-alone countersurveillance unit, after his ongoing investigation decided that imprecise steering and lax protocols possible triggered officers to overlook their very own warnings of impending violence forward of the Jan. 6 revolt. Bolton faulted outdated steering, poor communication procedures, insufficient record-keeping and a behavior of counting on overworked, undertrained employees as among the many the explanation why the Capitol Police have been unprepared when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol grounds and broke into the constructing.
“FBI still after ‘worst of the worst’ in Capitol riot as new arrests come at steady pace” through Pete Williams of NBC Information — 4 months after the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol, FBI brokers preserve a gentle tempo of arresting folks accused of collaborating, as one of many largest legal investigations in American historical past retains rising. Greater than 440 folks have been charged with collaborating within the Capitol siege, coming from all however six states — Mississippi, North and South Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming. The biggest quantity come from Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, in that order.
— D.C. MATTERS —
“Personnel note: Ballard Partners’ James Rubin accepts OECD appointment” through Drew Wilson of Florida Politics — Rubin, a companion in Ballard Companions’ Washington workplace, has been appointed Diplomatic Counselor to incoming Group for Financial Cooperation and Growth Secretary-Basic Mathias Cormann. Rubin has chaired Ballard Companions’ Worldwide Coverage and Technique apply since becoming a member of the agency in 2018. His appointment to OECD is efficient June 1. “We couldn’t be happier for Jamie and applaud his return to authorities service for our nation on this vital new position,” agency founder and President Brian Ballard stated. “Jamie will undoubtedly have a optimistic influence in selling stronger financial and political relationships between key nations across the globe on the OECD.”
— LOCAL NOTES —
“Data show tech workers moving to Miami — and fleeing San Francisco — during pandemic” through Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — The excitement has been constructing for months that South Florida is constructing itself into an American tech hub. New information from LinkedIn reveal some numbers to assist that narrative. Kim Hart of Axios broke down the stats, which present the Miami-Fort Lauderdale space with a year-to-year enhance of greater than 15% within the variety of tech employees, primarily based on places listed in LinkedIn customers’ profiles. That was the most important internet acquire of any main metropolis Axios analyzed. Whereas the Axios article grouped the better Miami-Fort Lauderdale space, Miami has been the key winner. Fort Lauderdale continues to be trying to capitalize on the financial migration seen over the previous yr.
“Millennium set to open two more offices in tax-friendly Florida” through Hema Parmar of Bloomberg — Izzy Englander’s Millennium Administration $50 billion hedge fund agency can have outposts in Miami and West Palm Seaside. The transfer is generally pushed by its portfolio managers’ desire for the state, which doesn’t tax earnings, estates or capital positive factors. In the meantime, high earners in New York Metropolis face among the many highest state and native taxes within the U.S. Millennium’s Miami workplace, which would be the agency’s second within the metropolis, can accommodate 350 folks and can open within the third quarter of subsequent yr, stated the individual, who requested to not be recognized discussing nonpublic info. The West Palm Seaside location can have a capability for 150 workers and can open within the second quarter of 2022.
“Miami’s Mayor leaving Greenspoon Marder to join another firm. It’s new to Miami” through Joey Flechas and Rob Wile of the Miami Herald — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is leaving his place at Greenspoon Marder to hitch Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a nationwide litigation agency that’s launching a Miami workplace. Suarez will probably be of counsel with Quinn Emanuel, which introduced the rent of 10 attorneys from Greenspoon and Hogan Lovells on Monday to employees its Miami operation. The Mayor, an actual property legal professional, is altering corporations for the fourth time in 5 years. Suarez’s transfer to Quinn Emanuel, which focuses on litigation, is predicted to reduce the potential for conflicts as a result of the agency focuses on litigation and doesn’t characterize purchasers in actual property transactions or land use issues that require Metropolis Corridor approvals.
“Battle over Palm Beach County schools’ use of the Baker Act waging behind closed doors” through Andrew Marra of The Palm Seaside Put up — When an advocacy group launched a report in March blasting Palm Seaside County public colleges for forcing too many youngsters into psychiatric services, the varsity district’s chief government dismissed it as outdated information. However the controversy over the varsity district’s use of the Baker Act hasn’t gone away. Weeks after the Southern Poverty Legislation Heart’s report, the middle and a coalition of different advocacy teams and attorneys is quietly threatening authorized motion to halt what they referred to as a dangerous and sometimes unlawful apply. Citing the report and beforehand undisclosed findings, the coalition blames the issue on the varsity district’s police division and calls for district leaders negotiate new insurance policies to curb the apply, paperwork obtained by a public-records request present.
“Superintendent Robert Runcie could get $743,052 settlement — less than he wanted” through Scott Travis of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Broward Faculties Superintendent Runcie has reached a potential separation settlement that might give him $743,052 in money and advantages. The proposed deal, agreed to Monday by Faculty Board Chairwoman Rosalind Osgood, will go earlier than the board on Tuesday. It’s about $320,000 lower than what Runcie was asking for. He had wished the Faculty Board to speculate $400,000 right into a retirement system, however now that might be $80,000. Runcie would keep till Aug. 9 beneath this proposal, however not as superintendent. An interim substitute may very well be named as quickly as Tuesday, and Runcie would assist with the transition.
“Jeffrey Epstein prosecution, perks were proper, Florida investigation finds” through Julie Ok. Brown of the Miami Herald — FDLE has cleared Palm Seaside state prosecutors and the Palm Seaside Sheriff’s Workplace of any wrongdoing in reference to the shortage of legal prosecution and liberal jail privileges obtained by intercourse trafficker Epstein. FDLE investigators discovered no proof that former Palm Seaside State Legal professional Barry Krischer, nor his assistant state legal professional on the case, Lanna Belohlavek, dedicated any crimes, accepted any bribes or items, or did something improper of their dealing with of the case. Whereas conceding that it “seems that Epstein obtained differential remedy” whereas within the custody of the Palm Seaside Sheriff’s Workplace (PBSO), state investigators nonetheless concluded that Epstein met all the standards for work launch that have been set by the county sheriff.
“Hillsborough schools avert state takeover with $101 million in bailout funds” through Marlene Sokol of the Tampa Bay Occasions — Leaders of the Hillsborough County Faculty District have obtained the primary $101 million on this spherical of federal COVID-19 aid funds, avoiding a feared monetary takeover by the state, Superintendent Addison Davis introduced Monday. “We are going to now give attention to the educational successes of Hillsborough County,” Davis informed reporters, surrounded by members of his finance employees and Faculty Board Chairperson Lynn Grey. “It’s been 9 months that I’ve been targeted on funds. [This] provides us a chance to give attention to youngsters. That is what I got here to Hillsborough to do. That is what I do greatest.” Grey, who first tweeted the information on Saturday, stated employees is to be recommended, as nicely, for getting spending beneath management.
— TOP OPINION —
“The making of a myth” through Emma Brown, Aaron C. Davis, Jon Swaine and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Put up — Key components of the baseless declare that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump took form in an airplane hangar right here two years earlier, promoted by a Republican businessman who has bought every little thing from Tex-Mex meals in London to a wellness expertise that beams gentle into the human bloodstream. At conferences starting late in 2018, as Republicans have been smarting from midterm losses in Texas and throughout the nation, Russell J. Ramsland Jr. and his associates delivered alarming shows on digital voting to a procession of conservative lawmakers, activists and donors. Briefings within the hangar had a clandestine air. Company have been requested to depart their cellphones exterior earlier than assembling in a windowless room.
— OPINIONS —
“Kevin McCarthy hits the bottom of the barrel” through Dana Milbank of The Washington Put up — McCarthy was warned. He was given an evidence. However, he endured. A couple of days earlier than the Jan. 6 revolt on the Capitol, the Home Republican chief had a convention name with GOP lawmakers. On the decision, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois warned McCarthy that his and different occasion leaders’ claims — that the election had been stolen and that Republicans had the facility to dam Biden’s victory from being licensed — “would result in violence on January sixth.” The response? Crickets, Kinzinger stated, after which McCarthy “dismissively” blew off the warning. The remainder — a Capitol ransacked, certification halted, 5 lifeless — is historical past. “This was completely predictable,” the sixth-term lawmaker stated of the lethal assault, “and it was disregarded.”
— ON TODAY’S SUNRISE —
The tempo of vaccination is slowing, not simply in Florida, however nationwide. The issue is vaccine hesitancy, and partisan politics positively performs a component.
Additionally, on right now’s Dawn:
— Blue states have the very best proportion of vaccinations; crimson states are on the backside of the checklist. Some specialists are apprehensive that so many People gained’t get vaccinated that we’ll by no means attain herd immunity. And DeSantis is anticipating one other summer time surge of COVID-19.
— The Governor indicators a invoice that claims cities and counties that attempt to do something about weapons will be sued by the general public and face extra penalties. A authorized problem to the state preemption legislation is already making its approach by the courts.
— DeSantis will get a chopper trip to take a look at the algae in Lake Okeechobee, and he’s apprehensive the Military Corps of Engineers might begin releasing that water into close by estuaries.
— And eventually, a younger Florida Man didn’t need to cease preventing when the legislation confirmed up, so he turned on the deputy — and acquired a style of the taser.
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— ALOE —
The one story that issues — “Disney Cruise Line wants to base one of its ships in Fort Lauderdale” through Brooke Baitinger of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — It could be the corporate’s first year-round ship exterior of Port Canaveral, the place the cruise line is headquartered. There’s no phrase but about which ship would possibly name Port Everglades residence or the place it might go. Usually, Disney cruises cease on the firm’s island Castaway Cay within the Bahamas. In accordance with a letter the corporate despatched to Port Everglades, the ship that might sail from Port Everglades might carry about 3,500 passengers. All three ships will probably be powered by 144,000 gross tons of liquefied pure gasoline and would have 1,250 staterooms, making them barely bigger than the Disney Dream, the letter says. The Disney Dream carries about 4,000 passengers.
“New scripted series subtly markets Florida vacations” through Kathleen Christiansen of the Orlando Sentinel — A brand new scripted collection debuting Might 10 on streaming platforms highlights distinguished locations in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, the place the dramedy is ready. “Life’s Rewards” follows Dan Kinney (Sebastian Rocha), who, after shedding on a giant gamble, is compelled to dwell off the generosity of others and his lodge factors at The Don CeSar in St. Pete Seaside. There, he should rebuild his life. Go to Florida developed the preliminary concept for the collection and coproduced it with Go to St. Pete/Clearwater, St. Pete/Clearwater Movie Fee and Sarasota-based Odyssey — The Studio at Miles Partnership. The collection provides a brand new frontier for vacation spot tourism as these organizations market their communities by using entertainment-first content material as a substitute of direct promoting.
“There was a Taylor Swift question on the AP government and politics exam” through De Elizabeth of Teen Vogue — Image this: You’ve reached the free-response portion of your Superior Placement U.S. authorities and politics examination. You flip the web page and end up watching a query about Taylor Swift. For prime schoolers who took the AP authorities & politics take a look at on Might 3, that Swiftie fantasy was really a actuality. CNN experiences that the examination included a query about voter registration legal guidelines and civic participation, and it used Taylor’s Instagram publish forward of the 2018 midterm elections for example of encouraging voter turnout. Jerome White, a spokesperson for the Faculty Board, informed CNN that the best way Taylor used her platform to mobilize voters is instantly linked to the AP course content material itself.
— HAPPY BIRTHDAY —
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