Last Call for 12.15.21 – A prime-time read of what’s going on in Florida politics


Last Call – A prime-time read of what’s going on in Florida politics.

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Lawmakers will consider ditching the Mockingbird as a state-appointed bird and consider whether or not to make strawberry shortbread the state’s official dessert. They might as well update Florida’s nickname while they’re at it.

According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, last year the Sunshine State established itself as the fist state with more than 114 live events sanctioned by the Florida Athletic Commission and three more in the works ahead of the New Year. .

That’s more than double the number of events lit by the panel formerly known as the Florida State Boxing Commission two years ago, and a 98% increase from 2020, when the Commission approved 59 events.

DBPR Secretary Julie brun, who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in February, said his boss’s anti-foreclosure and pro-business policies served as a punch that led to the boom in combat sports.

“While other jurisdictions were closed in 2020 and early 2021, Governor DeSantis has led the way in keeping Florida open for business. As a result, the number of professional combat sports matches in Florida has skyrocketed and Florida has been the Fighting Capital of the World for the past year, ”she said.

Likewise, the Florida Athletic Commission chief Patrick cunningham said DeSantis policies have delivered black eyes to blue states.

“Many events normally held in Las Vegas, California or New York have moved to Florida this year. While the health and safety of athletes remains our top priority, promoters around the world have recognized that Florida provides an exceptional environment for doing business and hosting these events, ”he said.

The Commission said events held during the fiscal year ended June 30 added about $ 1.1 million to state coffers – a 226% increase from the $ 336,000 reduction in the state coffers. state scholarship during the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

A list of upcoming Commission sanctioned events is available online.

Evening readings

Calling it ‘state sanctioned racism’, Gov. Ron DeSantis calls for a ban on critical race theory in schools and workplacesVia Gray Rohrer and Steven Lemongello of the Orlando Sentinel

How a Kennedy built an anti-vaccine juggernaut“via Michelle R. Smith of The Associated Press

The single dose problem is realVia Dylan Scott from Vox

Don’t be surprised when you get omicronVia Yasmine Tayag from The Atlantic

Democrats’ $ 2 trillion spending plan in political jeopardy as Joe Biden and Joe Manchin talks appear to collideVia Tony Romm and Seung Min Kim of the Washington Post

CDC viral tests were contaminated and poorly designed, agency saysVia Emily Anthes of the New York Times

Nikki Fried Says University Trustees Should Donate $ 100,000 to Governor DeSantisVia Scott Powers of Florida Politics

Monoclonal Antibody cheerleader Dr Ken Scheppke appointed Assistant Secretary of HealthVia Renzo Downey of Florida Politics

Ashley Moody vows to ‘aggressively push back’ Head Start vaccine mandate”Via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics

Grand jury: after Surfside collapse, demand frequent inspections, stricter association rulesVia David Ovalle of the Miami Herald

Jeff Brandes and Jason Fischer file proposal to extend family property exemptionVia Kelly Hayes of Florida Politics

Did Mark Meadows’ texts include communications with Matt Gaetz?Via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

NFL and NBA games now decided by COVID-19 testingVia Andrew Beaton and Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal

On broadband, Congress has a chance to show it can still governVia Arthenia Joyner for Florida Politics

Leon County Commission asks staff to write ordinance on public defecation and camping”Via Tristan Wood of Florida Politics

Quote of the day

“DeSantis’ nominations are stacked with its biggest donors – and boards of directors are no different. She maintains her comments from last night, and I think it’s very clear that there is a quid pro quo for getting these nominations. – Drew godinich, spokesperson for Nikki fried, on his claim that the renewal of directors’ terms depended on campaign donations from the governor.

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