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Fresh update on "florida" discussed on The Big Take
"In 2020. And the candy pulled it off. And he'd beat Donald Trump. I think he would have a pretty good shot to beat Donald Trump again. The danger for Joe Biden if he does run, and I'm with Nancy thinking that he will run anyone who watched that day after the election press conference. That's the guy who's running for president. If it's not Donald Trump, that's a much tougher thing. You know, obviously a lot of buzz around round desantis, the Florida governor, who had an enormous victory on election night 20 points, carried Miami dade county. Heavily democratic Miami dade area there. He is writing very high. So now you have with Trump, you don't have so much of an age contrast or roughly similar to Santa's very young, much, much different, very much a next generation Americans always like to pick the next generation for their president, not really look backwards. So, you know, tell me who his opponent is going to be and I'll tell you how he does. I actually do think he could sort of replicate the Biden, the Biden coalition for lack of a better word in 2024 to be Donald Trump. Is it enough to beat any of a few other people? That's a much higher heel to climb, but the problem with the Democrats is their bench is not great. There we come to vice president Kamala Harris. Again, I think she would be almost the guaranteed successor. She is the vice president, a historic figure, obviously first African American for South Indian American, very hard for the Democratic Party to say, you know what, Kamala, you didn't do such a great job as vice president. We're going to go with the Gavin Newsom or fill in the name of somebody else. Not a lot there beyond her, obviously, historically the historic nature of her own vice presidency to get excited about for Democrats as an electoral force in 24. So we hear Craig spelling out this kind of dilemma that the Democrats have where it would be really difficult for them not to make Kamala Harris if Joe Biden didn't run for one reason or another. But not a whole lot of enthusiasm about her as a candidate. What do you see from sort of inside The White House about that question of is Kamala Harris the default democratic pick if Joe Biden isn't running again? Well, I think that that is part of the reason. I mean, I think Trump and also that quandary is exactly why Biden would run again. I don't think that The White House views her vice presidency as something that has been, you know, it's been a real mix back. There's been a lot of stuff turnover, a lot of problems. And so I don't think it's something that people inside The White House would feel totally comfortable having her be the successor. And so, you know, I just think they're really conscious of that. And I think that that will factor into Biden's decision, along with the idea that he's the one that can stop Trump, you know, he is a centrist Democrat at a time and a lot of progressives are pulling the party very far left. There's a firm belief inside The White House that that is a very key part of him running to because regular Americans they think want a more centrist approach than what some of the hill Democrats are proposing. But I do think if she did, if Biden didn't run and she ran, there would also be a bunch of Democrats who would jump into the race. Governors like pritzker or in Illinois. In Illinois, Gavin Newsom of California, it would just be like a much more wide open field. But it's just been tricky because Democrats haven't really had as much success building the benches as Republicans. And I think there's a much wider Republican field of people who have eyed or expressed interest in writing for the presidency. Murray, you're going to get the last word here. You heard both Craig and Nancy say they think that Joe Biden looks like a guy who's running. You covered Donald Trump as White House correspondent. Do you think Biden versus Trump two Biden or Trump wins? And if it's not Trump and it's someone like desantis and Florida desantis can Biden beat him. Great question. Well, I think in terms of Biden Trump, the polls show that Biden would still former president Donald Trump two rematch. Think that as we talk about this right now at this moment, you call it symmetry, poetry, whatever your favorite term is. But Biden has often said that Charlottesville was the impetus for him running. The white supremacists, et cetera, as we're recording this right now, Donald Trump is still dealing with the aftermath of sitting with a white supremacist as well, right? So that has to inform the dinner that he had in Florida. Exactly exactly. So if you're one, if you're Biden, you're deliberating on as to whether to run again, this is a nice sign if you want. For you to be emboldened. Biden versus desantis, again, right now the polls show many of the polls show Biden edging him, but I think that Republicans will welcome that one for sure. Mario Parker, Nancy cook, and Craig Gordon, thanks so much for coming on the show. Thanks for having us. Thanks, Wes. You can read more from Craig Gordon. Mario Parker and Nancy cook, and follow all of Bloomberg's politics and election coverage. At Bloomberg dot com
Tampa police chief resigns after dodging traffic ticket
"The chief of police in Tampa Florida has resigned her position. Accused of abusing her authority after a traffic stop in a golf cart last month. According to the conversation on a pinellas county deputy's body cam video. On November 12 he pulls over Kevin O'Connor, who's the husband of the temple police chief. We went to the club. It was closed, so we went over and picked up some. Is your camera on? Who knows? I left the police chief in Tampa. Mario Connor asks the deputy. Hoping that you just let us go tonight. Oh, okay. Say thank each other for their police service and the O'Connor's drive off. But the Tampa police department launched an internal affairs review and determined that Mario O'Connor violated department policy using her position to avoid a ticket. The mayor who used to serve as the city's police chief said O'Connor failed to abide by ethical standards and failed to lead by example. The assistant chief will serve in her place until a new chief is selected. I'm Jackie Quinn
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on AP News Radio
" The chief of police in Tampa Florida has resigned her position. Accused of abusing her authority after a traffic stop in a golf cart last month. According to the conversation on a pinellas county deputy's body cam video. On November 12 he pulls over Kevin O'Connor, who's the husband of the temple police chief. We went to the club. It was closed, so we went over and picked up some. Is your camera on? Who knows? I left the police chief in Tampa. Mario Connor asks the deputy. Hoping that you just let us go tonight. Oh, okay. Say thank each other for their police service and the O'Connor's drive off. But the Tampa police department launched an internal affairs review and determined that Mario O'Connor violated department policy using her position to avoid a ticket. The mayor who used to serve as the city's police chief said O'Connor failed to abide by ethical standards and failed to lead by example. The assistant chief will serve in her place until a new chief is selected. I'm Jackie Quinn
Airplane crash in Gulf of Mexico leaves 2 dead, 1 missing
"Two people are confirmed dead and authorities are searching for a third person after a private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast. The plane crash happened Saturday night, but a search for the rented single engine piper Cherokee didn't begin until around 10 a.m. Sunday, when the plane had not returned to the airport where it had left in St. Petersburg, Florida, a spokesperson in Venice, Florida says recreational boaters found the body of a woman floating about two and a half miles west of the Venice shore, and divers from the Sarasota county sheriff's office located the plains wreckage, about a third of a mile off shore, directly west of the Venice airport, the body of a girl was found in the plains passenger area, and rescuers are searching for a third person, believed to be a man who was either the pilot or a passenger. I'm Donna water
Pratt accounts for 5 TDs, Tulane tops UCF 45-28 to win AAC
"Tulane won the American athletic conference championship and a likely trip to the cotton bowl by booting out Central Florida 45 28 in the AAC title game. The green wave offense rolled over the night scanning 648 yards of total offense. Four of the 6 two lane touchdowns covered more than 40 yards, including three of Michael Pratt's four TD passes. That's huge. I believe the first conference championship. And we kind of set in stone after last season. We knew the goal at hand. Perhaps proof for 394 yards and ran for 48, including the game stealing touchdown, while Tasha spears rushed for 199. I'm Tom.
Clark's 18 lift No. 3 Virginia past Florida St in ACC opener
"PA Clark scored 18 points and third ranked Virginia earned its 15th straight ACC opening win by downing Florida state, 62 57. The Cavaliers trailed 22 21 before opening the second half on a 22 9 run. Neither team shot over 30% in the first half, combining for only 13 field goals. We speakman hit four free throws over the final 34 seconds to secure the win. Jaden Gardner added ten points and 7 rebounds for the 7 O Cavaliers. Darren green scored 17 points in FSU's 5th straight loss. I'm Dave ferry
Antisemitic celebrities stoke fears of normalizing hate
"Violent attacks against Jews are on the rise in America, and some leaders are warning a new surge of anti semitism being expressed by celebrities could make that type of hate normal in America. The comments from rapper Kanye West, including his love for Adolf Hitler. An anti semitic film being promoted by the nets Kyrie Irving, and Donald Trump hosting a Holocaust denying white supremacist at Mar-a-Lago, are raising fears for some that the U.S. is returning to a darker place. We are prominent leaders spread conspiracy theories about Jewish people without impunity. The mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, Dan, says these are not idiots that no one's heard of. He says when influential mainstream cultural political and even sports icons normalize hate speech, everyone needs to be very concerned. The anti defamation league reports nearly 3000 cases of assault, harassment and vandalism against Jewish people last year. A 34% increase over the previous year, and the highest number in four decades. I'm Jackie Quinn
Federal judge to decide if DeSantis unlawfully suspended 'woke' prosecutor
"A federal appeals court has removed a hurdle in the criminal investigation of president Trump's handling of top secret information sees from his Florida estate. I Norman hall. A three judge panel of a federal appeals court based in Atlanta has ruled unanimously to end an independent review of the seized documents. The decision represents a significant win for federal prosecutors. It clears the way for them to use as part of their investigation the entire set of documents seized during an August 8 FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, the ruling also amounts to a sharp repudiation of arguments by Trump's lawyers for months they have said that the former president was entitled to have a so called special master
Atlantic hurricane season ends with 14 named storms
"It's farewell to the Atlantic hurricane season. I'm Lisa dwyer. The Atlantic hurricane season that had 14 named storms has officially ended, leaving residents in the Florida keys to celebrate, even as others around Florida and Puerto Rico continued to grapple with the damage caused by hurricanes, Ian Nicole and Fiona. The 2022 season had an unusually calm first half but made up for that with three destructive hurricanes in the second half, ending the season with an average number of named storms, the official season runs from June 1st until November 30th. I'm Lisa dwyer
The Atlantic Publishes Hit Piece on Gov. Ron DeSantis
"More than the first political bullet the first missile has been fired at the santas now Laying the groundwork for what will be more This is the Atlantic a guy by the name of Mark leibovich But no shortage of alleged heavyweights have entered previous primary races only to reveal themselves as decidedly not ready for prime time Or even the late night C-SPAN I think he's going to run into some challenges says Carlos Cabello Former Republican congressman from Florida who serve it to Santos Is that question that often comes up in politics the question of would you want to have a beer with him This is a big time cliche of course but it does feel pertinent Will he grow on voters like a catchy song or like molt Desantis has this robotic quality that he asked to shed Cabello said Everything else checks the box He's smart competent committed to his ideology He just has to humanize himself Oh you mean like Biden
DeSantis Hits Apple for Threatening to Drop Twitter From App Store
"Yesterday on this program, I invade against Apple, threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store. And I'm glad to set the stage. I'm glad to lead the way, but when the hammer came down, it was Ron DeSantis yesterday hitting in the afternoon in a speech, apple for threatening to remove Twitter, cut number 19, the governor of Florida. And then as you've seen that go on in China, you know, there's reports that Apple is not allowing the protesters to use this AirDrop function where they're trying to communicate. That obviously is providing aid and comfort to the CCP. And so you see that report and that's very concerning. And then when you also hear reports that Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store because Elon Musk is actually opening it up for free speech and is restoring a lot of accounts that were unfairly and illegitimately suspended for putting out accurate information about COVID. That's like one of the main things that's being reinstated. So many things these experts were wrong at and you had people on Twitter that were calling that out and Twitter, the old regime and Twitter, their response was to try to just suffocate the dissent. And in the Elon Musk knows that's not a winning formula. And so he's providing free speech. And so if Apple responds to that by nuking them from the App Store, I think that that would be a huge, huge mistake, and it would be a really raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress. And so don't be a vassal of the CCP on one hand and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their right to express themselves. And so I'm glad I'm glad things are changing at Twitter. And I know there's a lot of work to do with big tech generally, but this is big progress. And we're really happy that that is now happening.
Gov. Ron DeSantis: What Has Elon Musk Done That Is so Horrific?
"Want you to listen to what Ron DeSantis had to say today At a press conference About Apple possibly getting rid of Twitter on the App Store What is it that Elon Musk has done that is so horrific What he's done ladies and gentlemen is similar to what Ron DeSantis is done in Florida And whether people want to hear it or not it's similar to what Donald Trump did as president As the culture continues to decline and as the ideological monopolistic tactics of the Marxist left take hold and are enshrined any pushback is to be met with all out destruction And so the goal now is to destroy Elon Musk to destroy his businesses To mob his advertisers And to use the instrumentalities of government To investigate him to investigate his company and to threaten him
Tim Tebow on the Importance of Aligning Your Priorities
"Tim Tebow. No kidding. Look, there he is. Hi Tim. Good to see you. I love how you want to respond to that area. I don't know. I don't know. I'm looking for dead silence for confusion. Look, you do so much. But now you've written a book which is a devotional, it's called one year devotional mission possible. And you were talking about a number of things just a minute ago, I think a lot of people struggle with a lot of the things that you were talking about. Like, you know, how do I live consistently? How do I, you know, because some people are really disciplined or some people it comes naturally to them. Other people are a little bit more elliptical in the way they pursue life. But you always talk about identifying your priorities. And so when you say that, what does that mean for you? I think it's so important, Eric, that we understand what's most important in our life and most important in our heart. And then we align our priorities based on those things, right? What's most important is that we're building a relationship with God that we're serving other people that we're making a difference that we're helping, then let's put time for what we say is our top priorities, right? And then it's also, I think, so important. And I go back to this, I mentioned it, that we also reframe our perspective and our mindset because one of the hardest things to gain in the easiest thing to lose is perspective on what matters. And I'll give you example. This weekend, I mean, there's so many families that are going to Thursday celebrate Thanksgiving. And then Friday and Saturday based on all the raibaru weekend, the Florida Florida state and Georgia Georgia Tech and auburn Alabama and Ohio State Michigan and there's literally going to be for 48 hours. House is divided and you know what's going to be a big deal and I love it because I love sports, but all of a sudden that's become a priority that so many people drastically changed their life for when ultimately it's hard to then remember hey Eric, it's just a game,
Desperate for Oil, Biden Turns To Venezuela
"If you haven't heard the news yet, the vitamin administration is now going to allow Chevron big American oil company to pump oil out of Venezuela. So what's unusual about that, you might say, is, well, the fact that we had previously been sanctioning Venezuela because we have repeatedly accused the regime there of being a dictatorship. You see, we have recognized a totally different politician and totally different guy Huang Guaido as the real president of Venezuela. So now we're doing a deal with Nicolas Maduro. And the reason we're doing it, let's be honest, is because we have to. We absolutely have to. I am a realist and I've said all along, it really hasn't made a ton of sense to treat Venezuela like such an enemy in light of the fact that they're so close to us. I mean, let's just go back to the Monroe doctrine for a second, right? They're right here in our hemisphere. You're talking a few hours from Florida and for some reason we've treated them in a more hostile way than we treated Russia until recently. In a more hustle way than we've treated countries like Iran. So why the change now? What's so special about this moment in time? Well, oil prices are through the roof. And it just so happens that this week they're likely going to go even higher because now these sanctions we are putting on European countries and others Vis-à-vis Russia, they're going to go into effect. And that means you're going to have even less energy on the market. And so what do they do? Well, they get all this oil sitting down there in Venezuela, and it's getting sold anyway, frankly, illegally on the black market. I've walked you through this whole triangle before. Because you're a Caribbean island where they switch the flags on the ships, and then those container ships filled with oil, go over to Asia where again, they switch the flags and then they go eventually to China. My sources have walked me through this and I've walked you through this. The oil is making its way onto the global market in one way form or another.
Irene Cara, Oscar-winning singer and actress, dies at 63
"Award winning singer and actress Irene Cara has died at the age of 63. The cause of death has not yet been released. Her publicist calls Irene Cara a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will forever live through her music and films. That includes fame and flashdance, Cara was the voice behind some of the most joyful, high energy tunes of the 80s. First coming to fame in the movie fame, costarring Debbie Allen featuring performing arts high school talent, Cara died in her home in Florida at the age of 63. I'm
Lots of sports options on Black Friday
"AP sports I'm Tom Miriam, World Cup soccer, the U.S. held England to a scoreless draw in their second match of the opening round. But the Americans now must be to ran on Tuesday in order to avoid elimination and advance to the knockout round. The NBA feasted on 14 games of the day after Thanksgiving, the Celtics and bucks want to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings while the sons and nuggets did the same out west. 13 NHL games led by the bruins setting a league record by becoming the first team to win his first 12 home games after three two overtime win over the hurricanes. Plenty of college football action on Black Friday and the only game matching two ranked teams tulane edge Cincinnati 27 24, Florida state UCLA and Texas also posted wins. Band aid for North Carolina as the 17th ranked tar heels football team lost to NC state and the top ranked UNC basketball team was defeated by Iowa state. Defending champion Kansas had its 17 game winning streak snapped by 22nd ranked Tennessee. Time Arian AP sports
Packed Black Friday sports schedule
"AP sports I'm Tom Miriam. On Black Friday, the NBA and NHL were as busy as the shopping malls. 14 NBA games and 13 on the ice were played the day after both leagues were off for Thanksgiving. The Celtics added to their league leading record by beating searching Sacramento as Jason Tatum scored 30 with help from the Boston bench. I think when we might have been down for the end of the half of ten, he knows because of those guys came in and just changed the momentum. The bucks kept pace by beating the Cavaliers thanks largely to a 35, ten third quarter in which Bobby port has played a key role. Felt good for us overall as a basketball team, because it felt like we was playing books, basketball, for a chance. Victories also for the Lakers heat suns, warriors, nuggets, grizzly sixers pacers, rockets, thunder hornets, and the trailblazers in overtime over the Knicks. NHL, the bruins became the first team to win its first 12 home games in the season, as they beat the hurricanes three to two in overtime on David pasternak's gold. Big win for us, obviously, and coming from behind, you know, after Thanksgiving, the game is never easy, so it's good with. The devil's after having their 13 game win streak snap bounced back with a three one win in Buffalo. Other winners, the capitals penguins islanders red wings, Maple Leafs Canadians kraken jets, senators kings and lightning, with Braden points scoring too early goals. I think both teams were into it right away. It was nice to get a couple goals for us early. Pretty good jump on the game. I thought it was a fun game. World Cup soccer, the United States finished in a scoreless tie with England as coach Greg berhalter's young team had the better scoring chances. Overall, pleased with the performance of the group, most importantly, the belief of the group, because that never wavered. The U.S. now must be to ran on Tuesday to advance to the knockout round. Plenty of college action on Black Friday, football winners included four ranked teams tulane, Florida state UCLA and Texas, and basketball top ranked North Carolina lost a wire with state. Tom Arian AP sports.
After a year, omicron still driving COVID surges and worries
"COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in the U.S. and health officials are worrying about new waves of infections after Thanksgiving gatherings. It's been a year now since the omicron variant of COVID-19 was identified and again its jeopardizing the nation's health. The Mayo Clinic says cases are increasing already in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. And that's before holiday gatherings. The daily average for new infections this week is already over 39,000 and some 340 patients are still dying every day. A hospital in Phoenix is again creating COVID wards. One factor being mentioned, people are no longer masking up, and interest in booster shots has faded. I'm Jackie Quinn
Oklahoma police: Suspect nabbed in killings of 4 at pot farm
"Suspect in the weekend killing of four people at a marijuana farm in Oklahoma is in custody in Florida. I Norman hall. The Oklahoma state bureau of investigation says Miami dade officers arrested Wu Qin without incident. According to a statement the arrest came after a car tag reader flagged a vehicle to suspect was driving, a suspect will be charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill and faces extradition to Oklahoma, authorities said the victims three men and one woman all Chinese citizens were shot dead on a ten acre property west of Hennessy, about 55 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, a 5th victim who was also a Chinese citizen was wounded. I Norman hall
Court seems skeptical of Trump claims in Mar-a-Lago case
"The court seems skeptical of Trump's claim in a Mar-a-Lago case. A federal appeals court appears deeply skeptical that former president Donald Trump was entitled to a review by an independent arbiter of documents seized in an FBI search of his Florida state, the three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit, including two Trump appointees, repeatedly suggested that Trump was seeking special treatment the judges indicated through their questioning that they were likely to side with the Justice Department, which has sought an immediate end to a special master review process that it says has unnecessarily delayed its investigation into the presence of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. It was not immediately clear when the court might rule. I'm Lisa dwyer
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"Available and once maps become available but we might the past experience with a state like florida where the legislature really is. The primary driver for the drawing of districts is that the legislature will wait to the very very last minute. they'll be some shell bill moving through the legislature on. And then you know like maybe five minutes before midnight on the day that the New redistricting plan needs to be adopted. That's when the legislature will do a substitute amendment on that shell bill and vote in mass to enact new redistricting plan so i don't know maybe republicans in the state legislature you control. The process might have had more opportunity to and change the way in which they do the process but they weren't required to do it. So i where we we're seeing less an opportunity for public input would really be in these commission states where there's a requirement for a commission to have a public input. We don't have a commission for florida. It's the legislature so it's really to the whim of the legislature win. They're gonna make the maps ready and when they're going to release them and i'll tell you like right now undoubtedly the legislature has maps I already been drawing maps and lots of people have already. I'm sure they have test map by now as to how they wanted. Divide up the. They probably have several scenarios already So it's possible right now. I would say that a consultant where the legislature the committee in the legislature could make some maps available for people to look at it and provide public input on but again it's that's but what's probable is that we're going to have to wait until the absolute end of the deadline and the reason for that is well one. It's a fait accompli. On so that there's less time for a group like fear districts to challenge those maps in court and that's really the main reason why we're going to see it and they you know with that less opportunity it'll give The legislature ago at having uncontested districts for the twenty twenty two midterm elections and one of these deadlines is there is some kind of setting concrete deadline for all..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"Are say in florida. So i think on both parties see opportunities as far as trying to win those voters over. Do you think the power balance of power in the state of shifting maybe more towards central florida from the heavily democratic areas in south florida. Well i mean that's kind of been a story over the past forty years right as the central florida has grown by leaps and bounds. So i think that's kind of been an ongoing narrative. Mike schneider is a reporter for the associated. Press based in orlando mike. Thanks so much for coming. On florida matters. Okay thank you very much. This is florida matters. Our conversation continues in just a moment. Welcome back to florida matters now. We'll take a look at the political implications of the senses. We're talking with michael mcdonald. A political science professor at the university of florida professor. Welcome to florida matters to be with you so as you know. This is probably the most difficult circumstances for a sent census in recent memory. Not only did we have a raging pandemic. That kept pushing the deadlines back but civil unrest because of the killing of george floyd and the black lives matters movement plus the trump administration tried to require proof of citizenship for undocumented immigrants. So have you heard a lot of stories about the difficulties of getting an accurate headcount s. There were a number of challenges you've outlined many of them and In addition to some of the response issues that we had with the census with on maybe some communities that were reticent to answer the questionnaire because they were afraid that their citizenship status may affect their ability to stay. In the united states we also had challenges with census enumerators getting into homes in getting just people to answer the questions especially controlled access group quarters as they would call them apartment buildings student dorms We can actually see that here at the university of florida where. I'm where i teach one of the dorms on campus Supposedly had only seven people in it according to the census bureau but that dorm holds around three hundred fifty students on. So i don't know if that was just a problem with census bureau getting into that particular doorman and getting students to answer the questions or if there was something else that was going on there but these are challenges that were seen pretty much across the country. And it's not just that one instant but for now what we have are the numbers that the census bureau generated. They've checked over the numbers. That's one of the delays that we had in producing these data was all the verification checks that the census bureau was running on the numbers. So we hope that they're good quality but that doesn't mean that there aren't just a few will data gremlins running around in there that may throw off the numbers and these could be really important. I mean we're talking about redistricting right now because these numbers are coming out in and these numbers determine political representation on but they also determine lots of other things so like blocked grants that come from states in the federal government based on population decisions. That companies make onto where. They're going to locate their franchises. Lots and lots of different applications for these data so the reliability of them Are very important and i know myself in many other. People are looking at them very carefully. These numbers so that we can have accurate..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"Want with keeping in the district's amendment in mind right right exactly exactly You know as you know last time in twenty ten when this was done a took forty years of litigation for that was finally. Settle in in the works. But you know the expectation is it's not going to be all that different from from last time let's talk about the the republican party A lot of people believe that their basis shrinking they're mostly white base shrinking. And you numbers like this. Maybe hardened people's opinions about the future of their country. And i might make them drift more to the right on one side more left on the on the other side. They think it's gonna kind of harden your opinions about the way this country's going. I you know i. It's been interesting. The redistricting numbers were released in august. Twelve and the reaction is been pretty interesting if you look at you know political delegation. It seems like those more conservative. Republican leaning looked at the numbers put a degree of alarm But then maybe those who are more literally democratic-leaning have looked at the results of optimism so to some degree. Yeah i think these numbers are possibly going to be playing into that narrative. But i think that's why it's important to articulate the nuance that are in these numbers when we talk about white and you know people identify whites and some other race in that. It's it's not black and white so to speak as you might seem there's a lot more nuance to the numbers. Say it might be articulated in headline right. So the hispanic population which burgeoning in this in this state and the country is really going to probably determine the future makeup of politics so do you think the republicans have to or will start targeting hispanics more. Maybe easing off on their border. Rhetoric in maybe appealing to the social conservatives in that is inherent in many of these cultures from where they come from right. And i'll it especially in places like florida where the latino population is bit in. The politics of the latino population are different than say the rest of the country that they traditionally have been more republican wage. So i can definitely for sure in a state like florida You know the republicans are going to be targeting latino population in zero benefit in You know welcoming them into the party whether it's on social issues or economic issues right. I think that was born out a lot in the vote. The particularly of the large puerto rican population that has come to kissimmee area. It's not taken for granted that they'll automatically vote democratic Like a lot of people had predicted you know. They came here after fleeing hurricane maria and the customer rate conservative. Social background Things like you know. Women's rights and socialism is the big quote unquote issue. That was talked about a lot during the last election. The republicans are trying to appeal to that. Anti socialistic instinct from people come from places like cuba in venezuela right right. Yeah i mean. That's definitely more initiated south florida in central florida where i am there. There is a belief that the new arrivals from the island are right for going with either democrats or republicans just because it on the island. Politics are different than on the mainland and the democratic and republican parties are perceived differently on the island..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"Matters. I'm steven newborn. We're taking a deeper dive into the census. Now that sounds a little dry to you. Those numbers do a whole lot of figuring for the entire country. It determines how many seats estate will get in. Congress determines who gets a share of federal money through everything from block grants to money for schools to money for just about everything. The federal government helps pay for a little later in the show. We'll talk about some of the political implications of the census and look at redistricting. I we're going to look at the census numbers how effect florida our guest is. Mike schneider who works for the associated. Press in orlando mike. Welcome to florida matters. I thank you for having the big news seems to be that the white population quote unquote went down for the first time in the nation's history and at the same time there was more than three hundred percent jump in the number of people who clicked off both the white box and that of another race. So how is that a looking in florida. Yeah i mean it's florida's very much farther. That band gardell. Bud demographic change as you said for the first time on record. The share of non hispanic whites declined nationwide. Now it's under sixty percents about fifty eight percent the stories a little more nuance than just You know white. People declining as you mentioned the percentage of people who identified as some other race and also some other race and white grew significantly. And so it's a little more nuance than bad it. Also more people are identifying as multiracial. Racial and also on there is an assumption that jumped in on the category of some other race along with white by on hispanic population. This has been an issue. That's been going on for several censuses. But oftentimes hispanic population is not sure how to answer of the race question and on the census form the race. Question is a suffer question in a hispanic background question. Her the ethnic bagger question In so there has been proposals in the past to combine the two questions so that it is worth clear on a west being asked once again. You know the belief. Is that a lot of this rise in on. Some of races is to some extent driven by latinos who Oftentimes dono racial category. They.
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"Construction is at the concrete slab that the pool was built on was completely flat. So that lead over time to water pooling on it and dripping down in basically causing corrosion of the rebar in the pillars and the concrete that holds the up so so the governor is right on that. But i will say that's one part of the question because the facts of this deficiency was known and once you move beyond that it's okay we knew about it. What did anyone do about it. And so so is the governor is correct. But that's that's the beginning of the questions. I wouldn't say that's the end of the questions. You mentioned condo boards earlier. And that's kind of one of the other things. That distract is highlighted. These volunteer boards and like any volunteer operation. Some are going to be better. Run than others. what more have we learned about. How condo boards operate. Or how may they may not operate in some places right will at least here in south florida condo. Boards have a reputation. That's been around for a very long time as being dysfunctional as having kind of pervasive low level corruption. And that's not just popular opinion. That's been that has has been proven to be the case where you have condo board members sometimes giving a contract to someone who's who's a cousin of theirs and they can get a kickback whatnot so these kind of things have have contributed to just a distrust. I would say between the general public. The residents that live in the building of the condo boards Which doesn't help when there is really serious issues that needs to be addressed because some people reflexively push back on it and say no no. That's not a real problem. That needs a million dollars of fixing. You're trying to align your pockets generally even if we're talking about a counter board that's doing everything right and that there is none of that a shady business happening.
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"People are less likely to report People are more likely to you know to actually reach out and do do these in performing hate crimes against us in this area because they know the chances of being held accountable or or slim to none. And you see that a lot here in pasco county in particular against people of color and queer people of color so In our trans are black. Trans community as well. So yeah. that's first and foremost the human rights organs. I want the government to stand up and say we're going to protect everyone under public accommodation housing employment and stuff like this because still to this day it is. It is probably one of the biggest issues we face as an organization is people come to us and complaining about being fired for being trans being being evicted for being Queer or trans in. It's it's it is an ongoing battle that we still are trying to fight. What's been the from sheriff. Chris nocco from other county leaders in pasco to to your efforts to to to try to get this ordinance passed so i've met with a few and they basically said we don't think there's a need for it because there is no history what they said. There is no record of hate crimes against lgbt community. In the argument has always been if there is no pathway in which we can actually like file charges right and put this in the system than there is not going to be a record because there is literally not a pathway in which to follow. Yeah they're sitting there literally saying just because there haven't been charges filed. There's no record therefore we don't have hate crimes moscow. Yes they don't even. Oh but a lot of city council and a lot of the kind of commission has stated they don't think hate like a hate groups exist in here and we pasco county. It's one of the largest base off the p. l. c.'s. Data has one of the largest a hate crime group white supremacy issues so we have a lot of that here and the fact that they're just like well we don't see it and we don't know about it we don't see it coming down mid doesn't exist so why should we implement laws that That we don't think are an issue. Essentially i wonder though have. They heard testimony stories from people who have been victims of crime. So what what has been the commissioners government's reaction to that so They would say. Every time i don't they'll hear testimony but if they don't see the documentation for instance if they're like. I see a police report. That's because we can't file police reports on things that don't protect us right can't just file a miscellaneous a police report. So it's kind of like a circle and the biggest thing the newport ritchie They said to us was that exact same thing. They're like we have no. We have no history of it. We thank you for talking to us. But we still don't think it's an issue There's no proof that somebody did this to you. So once there's proof weaning prosecu- power right like if we had the ability to prosecute the person Committed hate crime. That would be the proof but we can't because there is no legislation to support it so it's kind of that roundabout were stuck in this this this yusra of trying to force that that on them like hey. This is why we need it so as you mentioned this has been a difficult year for a lot of people Were also we just marked the fifth anniversary of the pulse massacre in orlando You know here. We are in twenty twenty one. What do you think pride means to to to you to other folks in pasco county right now at this moment. What does it mean to be proud as a as a queer trans person.
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"President nina borders. Pride is more than just a. It's about making sure. Lgbtq people in the county have equal rights. Nita starting off. Yeah just tell me a little bit about you and how pasco pride got started. We started about three years ago and it started. After moving into this area. i'm originally from orlando. And i worked for orange county fire and i moved here about a year after i left county fire year after polls and moved here and got hired with the city of clearwater and i wanted to start. I wanted to join a group of people doing activism in pasco county and trying to push for rights. Because i i realized i didn't have any in this county in coming from an a like a a a very progressive district in orange county and then coming to pasco being like wait. I'm so we don't have. We don't have what That's kind of where it started. I got with a group of individuals who had already been doing a lot of really good work and pasco county and i started as the vice president and we joined in. We kicked off our first pride in october of twenty eighteen and i took over presidency Twenty nine thousand nine hundred and so and that's that's the good work i yeah. I realized that we couldn't just throw a party. We couldn't just throw a pride. There's so much work that has to be done in this county And it's so intersectional whether it's For people of color. It's our trans brothers and sisters whether it's Income gaps and homelessness mental health health. So we we really had to lay a groundwork we couldn't just we had to lay a foundation in which could grow pot and kind of just supersede me entire board and everybody Doing the good work. What was sort of the reaction from from longtime lgbt residents in pasco who may be desired. That kind of work desire the visibility that came with a pride celebration but that hadn't existed in that community prior to you starting this so it did actually and i and i.
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"President nina borders. Pride is more than just a party. it's about making sure. Lgbtq people in the county have equal rights. Nita starting off. Yeah just tell me a little bit about you and how pasco pry got started. We started about three years ago and it started. After moving into this area. i'm originally from orlando. And i worked for orange county fire and i moved here about a year after i left one county fire year after polls and moved here and got hired with the state of clearwater and i wanted to start. I wanted to join a group of people doing activism in pasco county and trying to push for rights. Because i i realized i didn't have any in this county in coming from an like a a very progressive district in orange county and then coming to pasco and being like wait. I'm so we don't have. We don't have what That's kind of where it started. I got with a group of individuals who had already been doing a lot of really good work and pasco county and i started as the vice president and we joined and we kicked off our first pride in october of twenty eighteen and i took over presidency Twenty nineteen and so and that's that's the good work i Yeah i realized that we couldn't just throw a party. We couldn't just throw a pride there so much work that has to be done in this county and it's so intersectional whether it's For people of color. It's our trans brothers and sisters whether it's Income gaps and homelessness mental health and health. So we we really had to lay a groundwork we couldn't just the pride we had to lay a foundation in which pride could grow pod and kind of just supersede me might hire board in everybody Doing the good work. What was sort of the reaction from from longtime lgbt residents in pasco who may be desired. That kind of work desired the visibility. That came with a pride celebration. But that hadn't existed in that community prior to you starting this so it did actually and i like to say i can tell the story because pride comes in so many forms we throw of course upfront. Our formal festival right. But there's there's individuals that have lived here from from day when they were born in pasco county and they've been throwing their own versions of pride right whether it was a community potluck whether it was everybody in the area got together for one day in june and went to the local gay club. And we through you know Just a big celebration So so pride existed just an exist on this scale is what i like to say. And and people were just so excited when we organized and we issued our permits and we really en- really got the ball rolling and we started to pick up a lot of A lot of steam a lot of press and people were just enthralled honestly they wanted to be part of it. We had people seeking like us out How can i volunteer. How can i be a part. would you need a. I have books. I have a bookstore. I have a print store. And i want to be a part of it in any way i can and it was really kind of just magical watching the public and just people that have been here for so long. Come out in support and try and help anyway. I wanna go back to intersection. -ality for a minute because i think that's important for for people to understand that it's not just about quote unquote gay rights right..
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"Her message is that being pumping transgender is again. It's just it's nothing to be ashamed of and that actually when you give supporting chance rights is about supporting freedom as you said. She's republican And she's a republican who she believes in liberty and she believes in small government and that's why she's opposed to bands like s because really bands. Like this are big government. I mean that is the government. Come between you and your doctor or come between you and your kids school and telling them what they're supposed to do. Instead of the doctor the school being able to make their own decisions so for her and for a lot of fellow republicans. It's a small government issue But even beyond that. It's also just a human issue. When i came out she was surprised A lot like a lot of parents. She had a lot of questions. She didn't really know what to think at first and then she said you know what my kid is my kid that doesn't change. Just because of someone's gender i mean family is family and i think as more and more of us come out as transgender. More more families are having that reaction so there's likely to be. I think there were already been lawsuits. Filed against the trans bill. Here in florida against some of these other pieces of legislation that have been filed around the country. What do you think the the legal fight going forward against these bills is gonna look like it's absolutely going to be widespread at. There's going to be a challenges to all of these attacks against transgender people and especially transgender youth of any stripe whether it's about sports or whether it's about healthcare And i think it's it's a matter of time until these things are Eventually struck down whether because of the courts Or whether because of the court of public opinion we are seeing more acceptance of transgender people every single year and that has been the pattern for a long time now so it is a we are winning more and more folks are realizing that being transgender is part of everyday life. That some folks are transient. Some aren't and it's not a big deal. So i think as this stigma decreases were gonna realize that. We don't need these kinds of bands anymore and they'll be struck down one way or another will rodrigo. Thanks so much for talking with us This afternoon we really appreciate it. Banks match take care. That was rodrigo. Lehtinen deputy executive director of the national center.
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"The florida bill in particular sense to. Lgbtq people around the country and around the world. you'd think about the state. There's such a large visible gay community in this state. South florida the keys disney or all popular destinations for for lgbtq tourists people who were persecuted in the caribbean and central and south america. Come to florida. Make florida their home and are able to live their their lives here fully. What do you think this. Bill does to the state's reputation as a welcoming vibrant place for lgbtq people from around the world. You know a band like this makes it seem like florida's not accepting place when a lot florida really. Is you know. i'm from florida myself. I'm from miami and my family is cuban american. As where part of that you know. Lineage of people immigrating from latin america that you mentioned we. My family left cuba and came to florida seeking freedom. Because this is a place that's supposed to be accepting and this is a place where if you work hard you can get ahead and find your footing but a ban on basically being a ban against a group of people a ban that singles a particular kind of person out. In this case transgender youth sends the opposite message A bam like that communicates. That florida is somehow not an accepting place and it's not a place where you can be yourself in. It's and it's a place where you should be ashamed to be who you really are. And i don't think that helps anybody. I mean i think all of us are better off when we're in an environment where you can you can live in that kind of freedom or you know that you're going to be judged based not on who you are but based on what you do. Do you think one of the kind of one of the after effects of this bill passing. Is that the trans community in. Florida will be more visible and more vocal about efforts like this. Absolutely this is part of how change happens that you know. There's always politicians who try to get ahead by targeting people and then those those people decide to fight back and we've seen that and a lot of the lgbt movement where there we saw this on for example marriage equality ad..
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"You think the florida bill. In particular sense to lgbtq people in the country and around the world you'd think about the state. There's such a large visible gay community in this state. South florida the keys disney or all popular destinations for for lgbtq tourists people who were persecuted in the caribbean and central and south america. Come to florida and make florida their home and are able to live their lives here fully. What do you think this. Bill does to the state's reputation as a welcoming vibrant place for lgbtq people from around the world. You know a band like this makes it seem like florida's not an accepting place when a lot. Florida really is you know. I'm from florida myself from miami And my family is cuban american. Were part of that. You know lineage. Of people immigrating from latin america that you mentioned we. My family left cuba and km to florida seeking freedom. Because this is a place that's supposed to be accepting and this is a place where if you work hard you can get ahead And and find your footing but a ban on basically be a ban against a group of people a ban that singles a particular kind of person out in this case. Transgender youth sends the opposite message. A band. like that communicates that Florida is somehow not an accepting place. And it's not a place where you can be yourself and it's and it's a place where you should be ashamed to be who you really are and i don't think that helps anybody. I mean i think all of us are better off when we're in an environment where you can you can live in that kind of freedom or you know that you're gonna be judged based not on who you are based on what you do. Do you think one of the kind of one of the after effects of this bill passing. Is that the trans community. In florida will be more visible and more vocal about efforts like this absolutely will. This is part of how change happens that you know. There's always politicians who try to get ahead by targeting people and then those those people decide to fight back and we've seen that and a lot of the lgbt movement where there We saw this on for example marriage. Equality there were a few years there. Where same sex couples were getting banned from getting married and state after state but we kept showing kept coming out and showing that gay people are in loving relationships like anyone else And that that deserves to be recognized and over time more and more of our neighbors understood that and realized. Oh you know what this is. This is nothing to be scared of. These are these are just my neighbors. My family members my friends my peers. And i think that's going to happen with transgender rights. Were seen at already. You know i came out as Undermanned myself about over ten years ago and just in the time that i've been out I've been able to see how many people in my life maybe initially didn't really understand what being transgender meant. But then they realized it was really no big deal. And i'm still me. You know what i mean. We're still friends and now they really support transgender rights. Because they see that it's really just about having the freedom to be ourselves league. Anyone wants for their own life. So i think that bands like this are a setback. There's no doubt about it but with time we're gonna see Just how unfair these things are. And more more of our neighbors are gonna realize that that chechen people are a part of the fabric of society like anyone else. You mentioned your family and your your mom Ileana ros-lehtinen was a member of congress from south florida for many years. Pretty conservative republican on a lot of issues. What's her message to her. Gop colleagues in florida. Who are supporting bills like this..
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"A bill that prohibits transgender athletes from playing high school and college sports teams. Lgbtq activists say the law is another setback during a year when many states pass legislation targeting transgender people. I spoke with rodrigo. Hang layton and activist and deputy executive director of the national center for transgender equality. Well we're starting off. We wanted to talk to you primarily about the anti trans athlete bill that was passed by the legislature here in florida. It's one of many similar. Bill's that's been passer as being considered by legislatures around the country. What happened this year that led to this sudden burst of anti trans legislation. Cropping up all over the country while you're absolutely right that transgender people and especially changing very young people are facing attacks all around the country. Actually over thirty states introduced some kind of anti transgender bill. This year that is over half the country so it's astounding and florida's ban on transgender youth plane. School sports was the very first anti lgbt bill to pass in florida over twenty years. So it's quite shocking. I think really where this is coming from. Though is that support for transgender people is growing and so the organizations that are ideologically opposed to transgender. People are going after us and they're getting desperate and they are trying to use transgender youth as a wedge issue. I think they're picking the most vulnerable amongst us to try to use us like a political football to try to score some points. And it's really heartless because you know it's gotta remember that these are kids. We're not even talking about professional athletes. We're not talking about the olympics. We're talking about a ninth grader. Who wants to play with their friends on the school volleyball team. I mean we're really. We're really talking about everyday young people who are her just trying to play with their friends. So this florida bill. In particular it's similar to a law. That was passed in idaho a couple of years ago and has been challenged in the courts. And that makes me wonder if it's if it's mirrored you know to this other bill in idaho. That's face legal challenges. How enforceable is is. What pasture in florida is almost certainly violating equal protection Rules for young people i mean. Schools are not supposed to discriminate against their students. Schools are supposed to be accessible to everyone that has a basic principle of our education system so it is quite possible that this is going to be struck down eventually. What's tough though. Is that in the meantime transgender. Young people are still being hurt. I mean ee. Let's say this bill were to this law were to be magically struck down tomorrow well that would be good but in the meantime all of these young people have already heard the message that the leaders of their state don't think they belong so i mean that that's what i would really emphasize that.
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"Lgbtq say the law is another setback during a year when many states passed legislation targeting transgender. People i spoke with rodrigue. Oh hang lehtinen and activist and deputy executive director of the national center for transgender equality. Well we're starting off. We wanted to talk to you primarily about the anti trans athlete bill that was passed by the legislature here in florida. It's one of many similar. Bill's that's been passer as being considered by legislatures around the country. What happened this year that led to this sudden burst of anti trans legislation. Cropping up all over the country while you're absolutely right that transgender people especially transitionary. Young people are facing attacks. All around the country actually over thirty states introduced some kind of anti transgender bill. This year that has over half the country so it's astounding and florida's ban on gender youth plane. School sports was the very first anti-lgbt bill to pass florida over twenty years. So it's quite shocking. I think really where this is coming from. Though is that support for transgender people is growing and so the organizations that are ideologically opposed to trans gender. People are going after us. And they're getting desperate and they are trying to use transgender youth as a wedge issue. I think they're picking the most vulnerable amongst dust try to use us like a political football to try to score some points. And it's really heartless 'cause you know it's got to remember that these are kids we're not even talking about professional athletes. We're not talking about the olympics. we're talking about a ninth grader. Wants to play with their friends on the school volleyball team. I mean we're really. We're really talking about everyday young people who are her just trying to play with their friends. So this florida bill. In particular it's similar to a law. That was passed in idaho a couple of years ago and has been challenged in the courts. And that makes me wonder. If it's it's mirrored to this other bill in idaho. That's face legal challenges. How enforceable is is. What pasture in florida is almost certainly violating equal protection Rules for young people i mean. Schools are not supposed to discriminate against their students. Schools are supposed to be accessible to everyone that has a basic principle of our education system so is quite possible that This is going to be struck down. Eventually what's tough though. Is that in the meantime transgender. Young people are still being hurt. I mean e..
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"At least all the big things that he was pushing four and his he already had a very strong support amongst the gop base if you talk to average republicans in florida you know. They like how he handled the pandemic They liked that. He you know after. The initial lockdown view was hesitant to to impose new lockdowns They liked it. He kept schools open. They like that for the most part after the initial business closer closures that he key businesses open In general i think based on his less restrictive approach to covid nineteen of that has won him a lot of fans within other republican base. I think this session will strengthen his hand with the republican base. He really pushed the most pressing issues for them. I mean people will argue that these are not the most pressing issues you know. Democrats certainly don't think these are the most pressing issues for the state but they are if you You know I mentioned earlier. This rally that. I went to with with mike. Flynn and roger stone. The three big issues that came up. Were these unfounded claims of election. Fraud the concerns about a president trump being banned from twitter and other conservatives being banned from social media companies over allegations that they were promoting Inflammatory comments and some of the concerns about backing the blue and rallying around up police who they are are being unfairly maligned during some of these racial justice protests into santa's delivered on all three of those things with his quote unquote anti riot bill with his with the election. Bill Got pushed forward and with the the big tax bill that he pushed forward. And a lotta people. I view this as as an effort for him to lay some groundwork for not only the twenty twenty two reelection campaign but potentially twenty two thousand four presidential race which. He's getting a lot of buzz about so You know this. This was a good session for him from a political standpoint with in terms of stoking republican enthusiasm for him which i think already has been considerable. Charlie crist has already announced. He's running for governor again. The current democratic congressman from saint petersburg is one in one batting five hundred when it comes to racist for governor in the last time. He wanted us a republican safety. He's got a chance at upping that average and in who else is in really in the front runners here for the democratic nomination for governor. He certainly got a chance. I mean this is florida. Anything can happen. And he's well known You know he's certainly amongst The democrats that are considering running. I think is is is by far the best known. He's run to a state..
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"And there's a lot of big money players involved and it's a these deals tend to be very difficult to pull off but the fact that they've put up a special session they. They don't really do that unless they have a deal in hand so it does seem like this is likely to happen and it looks like that's because everybody is benefiting to some degree. The pera mutuals are are getting a piece of sports betting but all of the vets have to go through the seminole tribe and they get a cut of all that and then the seminole tribe. They're able to expand some of their gambling. Some of their casino games right now that blackjack with but they will be able to get craps roulette under under this deal and so it looks like they're trying to you know. Make it a win win for all the gambling interests in the stage and a win for the state in terms of you know there's billions of dollars in new revenue that would come to florida. Through this seminal tribe had not been paying their revenue sharing of because they said the state had a broken steel by allowing some of these pera mutuals to do things that originally they weren't allowed to do and so state hasn't been getting that money to help supplement the state budget but Under this deal state would be getting a lot of money annually. It's also interesting. I don't know the politics of it. Maybe align better now governor santa's is a little bit more of a libertarian. I don't know that he cares as much about gambling. The social ills of gambling that some republicans might be against My my sense is that this may be as not as much of concerned about this social issues involving Gambling so maybe this was an easier deal. Yeah but there is a little wrinkle here this would could run afoul of constitutional amendment. That was passed by the voters couple years ago. That says any expansion in gambling has to come up for a statewide vote now. The legislature has treated constitutional amendments as kind of a minor annoyance in the past and certain things This might come up for a statewide vote in this case. Do you have any inkling about that. Yeah it certainly seems like. There's some legal hurdles that they have to overcome but the fact that it's gotten this far you know there's people who are experts in gambling that are advising on this and obviously legal experts and so they must believe that they can get it through. Somehow i i mean it's. It's probably pretty likely that it could face a legal challenge. And i guess it will partly depend on how the deal is is structured as to whether it complies with that constitutional amendment that constitutional amendment. Though i think was really the aim of it was to prevent a lot of casinos from sprouting up being full blown casinos with all the table games and slots and all that everything that you associate with a casino. This doesn't really do that. It allows the seminoles to expand their casinos. A little bit offer new games but the big thing that that it does is it. Legalizes gambling on sports games and You know so. They'll have to decide if if that is. You know within the legal confines of the constitutional amendment. But i have a feeling that they think that they can structure it in a way to survive a legal challenge or they wouldn't be doing all right. It sounds like a good at this is going to eventually become law so the future politics is looking pretty. Good zach for governor rondi satis practically got all his proposals past including the curbs on protesters voting. We talked about finding social media companies that band politicians expanding vouchers for private schools. He basically got everything he was looking for. Didn't he. I would say for the most part he did..
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"We're bringing you a conversation with. Wsf steve newborn conservation photographer. Carleton ward junior and panther biologist. Brian kelly panthers migrate north of the coosawhatchie into central florida. What kind of perils are we seeing that they're facing but it has to explore ways around it doesn't know how to avoid dangers in the beginning of the first obstacle for an individual pather the population as a whole big challenges finding wild spaces. Pray is not necessarily you. It's that habitat connectivity and car deaths or obviously a big issue whether it's a beautiful spread in the national geographic article that has a migration pathways through the florida wildlife corridor and also a lot of panther death sarah on the road especially state road twenty nine by corkscrew swamp so the main issues has been developing wildlife underpasses under roads. Do you think this is a critical. Need 'cause we're only a mile from us twenty seven and you have these huge trucks going by left and right. Certainly the while life under processes have been shown to be effective south of the river and mitigating panther vehicle collisions and other wildlife vehicle collisions so certainly strategically placed wildlife. Underpasses are also going to help maintain the connectivity of habitat nachos for panther but for other animals as well. Yes after he sees research and even my cameras have really documented how these wildlife underpasses work but Wildlife underpass can't work unless you have protected connected habitat on both sides of the road. So i think people can focus on the technical solution of building the underpass but unless the land on each side of that crossing is in permanent conservation status whether that'd be public land or conservation. Easement the state's not going to invest in building a very expensive crossing structure. But we need to be looking at the big connected corridor. The comes down and meets those places right. We're here in fishing creek while management area. It's a narrow ribbon of land here surrounded by ranches on each side the path. We just walk down. There's a barb wire fence with a huge reaction. The other side. How critical are the ranchers in the effort to preserve them and are they fearful of these big predators taking some of their calves. I mean how do we deal with that. It's a legitimate concern. Panthers are known to kill cavs and that can affect people's livelihoods ranches also provide an incredible amount of wildlife habitat and put a lot of effort into managing habitat for wildlife. In addition to cattle. They are essential pieces of the puzzle. In that patchwork of different types of land ownerships land management practices to keep enough land available for wildlife in general and in particular panther. You've worked with ranchers all your life. You come from families ranchers ago way back. How many generations has your family dinner..
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"Some of these amendments that were approved by voters We had a pretty flawless election in november compared to other states to Lawmakers in the republican majority want any kind of changes to voting procedures are election law. Haven't i haven't heard that you know. There is a lot of talk about that in other states And at the national level about you know how how you implement. Things like mail ballots You know how widespread that type of voting should be and You know other other types of election reforms. Florida has had a absentee ballots for decades You know they. They were used Without any issues here in the state during the last election You know. Florida was in the unusual position of of non having any issues as you mentioned i mean. Usually the state tends to be known for election dysfunction. We saw three statewide recounts In two thousand eighteen and concerns about a vote counting in and Ballots design and how the recount system were in florida. Obviously we had the two thousand election. Put a lot of attention on the state and sort of the dysfunction here but this this last election florida was in the position of being able to to point to the state as a as a model into. Santa's the governor really boasted about that. I think he was pretty happy to see no major problems so i i don't know You know i. It is something where things that happened in other states if it's a kind of a model ordinance You know that republicans are trying to push in other states. Oftentimes it does trickle down to florida. We've seen that in the past With election issues. But you know the fact. That florida didn't have any real problems to cycle. I wouldn't be surprised if if nothing really happens on that front something else. Governor desanta talked about is Been called anti mob legislation but it would really target protesters kind of protests that we saw last summer following the death of george floyd in minneapolis. Critics say would essentially criminalize many forms of of protests. There was talk at that. That legislation might have come back in november when lawmakers met for the organizational session at didn't is that something that's going to be a priority. Are we going to see that Come up during the during the session. Fantasists said it's a priority in when he he rolled it out. He said that he wanted every everybody. Who's running for office in the state to take a position on it in he. He seemed eager to advance it. He rolled it out at a time when it seemed like he was trying to. You know he was getting a lot of criticism over his corona virus response and it was seemed like he was trying to change the narrative of a little bit and maybe score some points with his base who was very concerned about some of the lawlessness in looting and property destruction that had followed in the wake of some of these racial justice protests not necessarily in florida but in some other places and so You know that that was sort of a high profile issue at the time and he seemed to be interested in sort of Kind of Grabbing onto that. And getting some attention for it. I don't know how big of a priority it will be for him this session but i assume that he's gonna stick with it and i think it'll be a pretty pretty big debate like you said a lot of a lot of people Democrats especially..