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Fresh "florida" from Captain Mike Anderson
"Supporting Can't cancel pride and equality for the LGBT Q. Plus community learn more it can't cancel pride dot com Steve Foster NewsRadio W by fell a Warm and muggy this morning, but mostly dry. I expect a few more breaks in the passing clouds. As we go through the day leading to warmer temperatures, highs will be up near 92, but overall will be drier. Just a 20% chance for a few, mainly inland afternoon storms. Tonight near 78 Sunday afternoon high near 90. A few more clouds and rain chances back up to a 30%. I expect an even better coverage of showers and storms on Monday on Tuesday on the water today, south winds at 15 knots I'm Max to mentor eight meteorologist Amanda Holly. This is Chris Collinsworth. Here's what's trending on the I Heart Sports Network presented by Draftkings raise losing streaks, not four games after another loss on the road in Seattle. Tonight's Game four for the Lightning and Islanders on the road. Tampa Up two games to one Florida Gators, We well represented an Olympic track in Tokyo with 13 current or former members of the trials, and Tom Brady's admitting the idea of playing until he was 50 years old was quote a long time. Even for him. The goat still has two years left on his contract. I'm Bob Hauer, download the draft Kings app and use code sports to get a free shot and millions of dollars up for grabs this week with your first deposit..
Pence Heckled at Conservative Conference in Florida
"Mike Pence, was heckled during a speech at the conservative gathering in Florida Friday, Mike Pence, spoke to a Faith and Freedom Coalition policy conference in Orlando. A few attendee shouted out traitor at the former vice president who had been vilified by former President Trump and his supporters for stating the fact that he Pence did not have the power to overturn Joe Biden's election victory before the inauguration in January in Orlando. Pence ignored Outs and plowed through his address, saying that it was great to be back with Patriots dedicated to faith and freedom. And the road to the majority. Pence appears to be weighing a presidential run in 2024. I'm Jackie Quinn.
Fresh "florida" from Saturday Morning Update with Rick Fowler
"The White House is making clear that President Biden is opposed to letting the federal gasoline tax rise at the rate of inflation to help pay for an infrastructure package. A bipartisan group of 21 senators is trying to craft that package. The gas tax increase part of an early package that called for 579 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, rail and public transit. Georgia's secretary of state is publishing a list of nearly 102,000 voters who will be removed from the rolls unless they act to preserve their registration. Republican Brad Reference burger announcing yesterday, he says he's six to remove voters who died or moved away, his office says. Remove ALS include about 67,000 voters who changed addresses and about 34,000 voters. Who had election mail returned. Georgia has about 7.8 million voters. A federal judge has ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging the U. S senators for Disease control and Prevention the order, making it difficult for cruise ships to sail due to the coronavirus pandemic. U S. District Judge Stephen Merrit Day wrote in a 124 page decision on Friday that Florida would be harmed if the CD See order effectively blocking most cruises or to continue the Tampa based judge granting a preliminary injunction that prevents the CDC from enforcing the order pending further legal action on a broader Florida lawsuit, Murray Day offering both sides to return to mediation to attempt to work out A full solution. It's 6 32. This is the Saturday Morning update on W m A. L L b D is in the W. M a L traffic center on the Maryland side of the Beltway from Prince George's County through Montgomery County. You're not going to tap the brakes on the antelope or on the outer loop between the two beltways in P. G county on the BW Parkway in on 95. Northbound lanes are at the posted speed limit. Same thing on the southbound side. On route 50 in Prince George's County between the Beltway and the Bay Bridge. Right now, no delays he's found or westbound. And at the Bay Bridge, you have two lanes headed east and three lanes Coming West and on to 70 in Montgomery County. It's all clear North groundhog found between the Beltway and Frederick and now from garage door repair dot com. The W M A L Storm Watch seven forecast Partly cloudy, warm and muggy. Today We're expecting high temperatures back in the upper eighties under partly cloudy skies will also have the possibility for.
Pence Heckled at Conservative Conference in Florida
"And Freedom Coalition policy conference in Orlando. A few attendee shouted out trader at the former vice president who had been vilified by former President Trump and his supporters for stating the fact that he Pence did not have the power to overturn Joe Biden's election victory before the inauguration in January in Orlando, Pence, ignored the shouts and plowed through his address. Yes, saying that it was great to be back with patriots dedicated to faith and freedom and the road to the majority. Pence appears to be weighing a presidential run in 2024. I'm Jackie Quinn.
Fresh "florida" from Walton And Johnson
"The crash of a small plane has left two people dead. The FAA says. The single engine Cessna went down yesterday in the ST Marys River along the state line between Florida and Georgia. The cause is under investigation. Emergency responders in North Carolina remain optimistic that two missing tubers will be found alive. On Wednesday, a group of nine people went over a damn while floating down the Dan River on inflatable tubes. The bodies of three people were recovered for other people were rescued. People often, rafter go tubing on the river, but exit when they start seeing signs for the damn this group went over Wednesday night, but emergency crews weren't called until Thursday. Fox says Eben Brown is believed all nine people are part of the same family. They've been docked for well over a year. But next month, cruise ships are expected to set sail again from Florida after a federal judge size with the state and not with the C. D. C. A federal judge in Tampa said the CDC went too far with its interpretation of the Public Health Service Act. And that the state of Florida is likely to succeed in litigation, He said. As of July 18th, the CDC sale order will become a recommendation or guidance for the cruise industry, and that the agency has until July 2nd to propose a narrower rule for cruise ships in light of the pandemic. After the judge's ruling Florida Governor Romney. Santa's accused the CDC and Biden administration of trying to sink the cruise industry hiding behind bureaucracy and delays. And he said that this court ruling is a victory for all states that want to preserve their rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach. Jessica Rosenthal Fox News As the Delta variant of the Corona virus spreads rapidly in Britain, Germany and France are calling on citizens to be vigilant. New infections in Germany are low at the moment, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is morning. We can't pretend that Corona is over pants himself, Fox News You've got the best of Walton and Johnson on KPRC.
Pence Heckled at Conservative Conference in Florida
"Mike Pence, was heckled during a speech at the conservative gathering in Florida Friday, Mike Pence, spoke to a Faith and Freedom Coalition policy conference in Orlando. A few attendee shouted out trader at the former vice president who had been vilified by former President Trump and his supporters for stating the fact that he Pence did not have the power to overturn Joe Biden's election victory before the inauguration in January in Orlando, Pence, ignored the shouts and plowed through His address, saying that it was great to be back with Patriots dedicated to faith and freedom and the road to the majority. Pence appears to be weighing a presidential run in
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on AP 24 Hour News
"Wednesday night in North Carolina. The people who were rescued spent some 19 hours caught near the dam. I'm Tim Maguire. AP News A federal judge In Florida has issued an injunction to help clear the way for cruise ships to resume sailing in Florida without following government guidelines on Covid safety. The judge sided with the state of Florida, which says it's being harmed by strict guidelines for cruise ships set by the U. S Centers for Disease Control. The CDC presented a four phase conditional framework to allow cruise ship operations to resume including rules on wearing masks and requiring proof that most passengers have been Vaccinated something that Florida's governor has banned. The judges. Preliminary injunction prevents the CDC from enforcing its health order pending further legal action and orders both sides into mediation. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody praised the decision, saying the federal government does not nor should it ever have the authority to lock down an entire industry indefinitely. I'm Jackie Quinn, Biden and vaccinations. I'm Tim Maguire with an A P news minute. President Biden hails the effort to get people vaccinated over the past several months. Thanks to this wartime response. We've gotten 300 million shots. In the arms of Americans in 150 days. Months ahead of what most anyone thought was possible. The nation made Miss Biden's milestone of 70% of people at least partially vaccinated by July. 4th. The president says variants of the virus are a threat to people who have not gotten the vaccines. The best way to protect yourself against these variants. To get fully vaccinated. So please, please. If you have.
Mike Pence Booed, Called Traitor at Conservative Christian Conference
"I want to thank my friend. Ralph reed for those overly generous words. I'm deeply humbled by them. Ralph reed knows me well enough to know the introduction. I prefers a little bit short. I'm a christian and a republican in that order. And i am honored to stand before you. Today they weren't buying the pious mike pence act at that gathering today but the trump up sucking was on full display. Fealty was on full display at this faith and freedom conservative conference today in florida. We are going to defeat the woke assault. Then all of us need to wake up. it's very simple. Go back to the remain in mexico policy and build president trump's wall fight against this woke mob and these radical democrats who are trying to destroy this country. I may ask you something. Do you miss president. Donald trump still with us. I'll thanking and bill kristol bill. I'm not even a supplicant. Can catch a break these days. I heard you bill on another broadcast tonight. Make the best point that. I'm going to ask you to repeat now. It would've cost mike pence nothing other than a few seconds of his remarks to do what some people in the crowd started to call the trader to say. Wait a second. Let me explain what happened on january six. Here's what i did. Why did what i did. I upheld the constitution. This is the role of the vice president. We have no choice at no choice. Not legitimate choice. I delivered Legitimate choice on what to do There was the election votes. Were counted fairly. He could've spent ninety seconds relating lewis
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"They've been docked for well over a year. But next month, cruise ships are expected to set sail again from Florida after a federal judge size with the state and not with the C. D. C. A federal judge in Tampa said the CDC went too far with its interpretation of the Public Health Service Act. And that the state of Florida is likely to succeed in litigation, he said. As of July 18th, the CDC sale order will become a recommendation or guidance for the cruise industry, and that the agency has until July 2nd to propose a narrower rule for cruise ships in light of the pandemic. After the judge's ruling, Florida governor Rhonda Santa's accused the CDC and Biden administration of trying to sink the cruise industry. Hiding behind bureaucracy and delays. And he said that this court ruling is a victory for all states that want to preserve their rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach. Jessica Rosenthal Fox News As the Delta variant of the Corona virus spreads rapidly in Britain, Germany and France are calling on citizens to be vigilant. New infections in Germany are.
Conservative activists heckle Pence at conference in Florida
"Former vice president Mike pence was heckled during a speech at a conservative gathering in Florida Friday Mike pence spoke to a faith and freedom coalition policy conference in Orlando a few attendees shouted out trader at the former vice president who had been vilified by former president trump and his supporters for stating the fact that he pence did not have the power to overturn Joe Biden's election victory before the inauguration in January in Orlando pence ignored the shouts and plowed through his address saying that it was great to be back with patriots dedicated to faith in freedom and the road to the majority pence appears to be weighing a presidential run in twenty twenty four I'm Jackie Quinn
Judge Rules for Florida on CDC Order Blocking Cruise Ships
"A federal judge in Florida has issued an injunction to help clear the way for cruise ships to resume sailing in Florida without following government guidelines on cold food safety the judge sided with the state of Florida which says it's being harmed by strict guidelines for cruise ships set by the US centers for disease control the CDC presented a four phase conditional framework to allow cruise ship operations to resume including rules and wearing masks and requiring proof that most passengers have been vaccinated something that Florida's governor has banned the judge's preliminary injunction prevents the CDC from enforcing its help order pending further legal action and orders both sides into mediation Florida Attorney General Ashley moody praised the decision saying the federal government does not nor should it ever have the authority to lock down an entire industry indefinitely hi Jackie Quinn
Tropical Threat Takes Aim at Gulf Coast
"A tropical system is expected to bring heavy rain store. Serge and coastal flooding to the northern Gulf coast through the weekend. A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issuing a state of emergency due to the potential weather
Shark Bites Florida Man Swimming Near Fishing Line
"A shark bit of Florida man who is swimming off Santa Rosa Beach. The man had visible wounds to the upper body and was taken to a local hospital, where he's expected to recover. The fire department says the shark was apparently heading for a fishing line and possibly mistook the man for
Self Storage Investing with Jacob Vanderslice
"I've always. I've always really liked self storage and see how fast i mean. It seemed pretty fast to me when you said you really started getting into it about two thousand fifteen. Is that right now. You've grown over the last five and a half years to wear at. That's that's impressive. Yeah the quit so going back to that kind of understanding this. You said you started to go to the mid west. How many states are y'all in currently about ten states. We got a bunch of deals in the florida. Panhandle carolina colorado of course ohio michigan illinois wisconsin. So we generally like the mid west in the southeast quite a bit. We of course like the mountain west. But it's tough to find yield right now in our own backyard. Denver's been rather oversupplied and pressing expectations in dividend yields are just not what we can find in some of these more secondary markets. How're you finding these. Are these Something that broker brings you chop off market or combination. We've i've done a little bit of both. We did a. We applied some of our single family marketing practices to self storage acquisitions and we played about ten million off of a direct mail campaign. It was a pretty basic letter to saying. Hey we're not brokers were buyers we love to give an offer on your facility and the rest of our acquisitions have been just through our broker network. I hate using the term off market because often an off market deal maybe not a good deal but we've gotten a few we believe really good off. Market deals just through broker relationships for the listed We did a twenty million dollar. Acquisition in michigan and that portfolio was not listed. We got through a broker contact in gave him a price that made sense for the sellers and enclosed so most of us broker networking but a little bit of direct to seller initiative. As well
Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Affordable Care Act
"And then also pay attention to local officials as well. Landfall may occur anywhere from near the Texas Louisiana border to the western part of the Florida Panhandle number two the Supreme Court's latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle the affordable care act signals and knew that the GOP must look beyond repealing the law off if it wants to hold the nation's healthcare problems into a winning political issue. Thursday. 72 ruling was the third time the court has rebuffed challenges to the health care overhaul. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Affordable Care Act has
Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Northern Gulf Coast
"People along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico are readying for a possible tropical storm that could be a major rainmaker the national hurricane center has issued a tropical storm warning that runs from intercoastal city Louisiana through New Orleans to the Alabama Florida line forecasters say the system off the Yucatan peninsula could bring up to a foot of rain starting Friday through the weekend from the coast northeast toward to the southern appellations Louisiana governor John bel Edwards says coastal parts of his state are under a state of emergency we can expect all of south Louisiana to be impacted if the system reaches tropical storm strength it will be called Claudette I'm Tim McGuire
Florida Supreme Court Nixes Recreational Marijuana Ballot Proposal
Energy Milestone: Florida Utility Topples Last Coal Chimney
"A demolition in Florida highlights how one utility is taking call off the menu spectators cheered as Florida power and light the largest electric utility in Florida imploded the towering chimney of the Indiantown cogeneration plant Martin County the company's last coal plant in Florida the four hundred ninety five foot stack raised a cloud of dust as it fell on its side in one piece a spokesman bill or law says the demolition is a sign of things to come it is a milestone it is another marker that we're saying we've now ended cold here in the state of Florida the company says it'll tear down the rest of the plant later this year and put in a solar energy facility I'm Jennifer king
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"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.
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"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.
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"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 there's the legal side of this but there's also the emotional side of just what it's like to be you know sixteen years old and in high school and scared that you don't fit in and now the leaders of your state have just put a target on your back and basically invited your appears to bully you as you mentioned this is this is probably the first sort of anti lgbtq pill that's passed in florida in about two decades. What do you think changed in the political climate now to get this bill through or maybe previous attempts to limit. Lgbtq writes in. florida failed. Well i think we're all experiencing a rise and hateful rhetoric and we're all kind of seen that the these tenants of bipartisanship in and fairness in our political system aren't as strong as they need to be We need to have a lot more respect for each other In our political discourse so part of what we're seeing here is that they're so there's more extremism in our state legislature and. There's more kind of jockeying for political power and the governor thought. He could score some points with his biggest donors by signing something like this and and really sacrificed the the mental health of transgender youth and their families in the process. So i think we really need to remember that. This is really just about respect at the end of the day naive as that may sound. I think we're in this polarized environment. Now where these basic ideas of respect and have kinda gone out the window. Sometimes we got to bring them back so as we said there's thirty or so bills Around the country looking to limit trans rights in different ways. What are some of the other examples of other proposals around the country. That were saying the other kind of attack that. We're seeing a lot of our bills that seek to criminalise transgender youth accessing care You know when young people come out they might want to see counseling. They might wanna talk through therapy. Has they might access different physical medical care and those kinds of decisions should be between a patient a doctor and their parents in the case of minors. I think we can all agree that Politicians are not the ones who should be making healthcare decisions. It's doctors and patients and families who should but a lot of these These bills are seeking to outright ban. Young people from getting certain types of healthcare. And that's really dangerous. I mean and again it really sends the message that transgender youth don't belong It really sets the tone that somehow being transgender is not valid and that this is something to be ashamed does and that's that's really hurtful especially young people who are still trying to trying to figure themselves out and figure their place in the world. I mean we should be supporting young people not not singling them out like that. What kind of message..
Why the Internet Is a Luxury
"Hi emily irony. How many people in the us don't have access to the internet so this is actually a surprisingly hard question to answer. The fcc says that they think it's around twenty million people so that's about seven percent of the population you kind of think of the size of the population of new york state or Florida but some groups say that it's much higher maybe even double the amount. It's a lot of people so it might be new york and florida don't have the internet. Might be new york and florida which is big so before we get into politics are involved here. I think it's important talk about some of the bigger factors and internet access and those two biggest ones are geography and income. Can you explain why geography and income affect whether people have internet or not. Yeah so. I think the way that i think about this is sort of that. Broadband internet isn't access problem. But it's also in affordability problem so we talk a lot about the access problem which is sort of the geography part here rate the. Us is a very very big country. And how do you get internet to every right. Which is why they're a gazillion congressional hearings on rural broadband. Right like everybody has heard about this because there are just as you said. Us a big country. There are mountains in the middle all sorts of challenges to getting people. The internet part to here is the one that we don't talk about. Which is the affordability problem. So basically even if an internet line runs by my house. If i don't have sixty dollars to pay for that i don't have access to the internet so it really is a two part problem
Republicans to Introduce Censor Resolution Against the Squad for Contributing to Anti-Semitic Attacks
"Group of Republicans This is from Breitbart will introduce a sensor resolution to condemn and censure the so called squad. For defending foreign terrorist organizations and using rhetoric, which contributed anti Semitic attacks across the United States. Now you would think this is not controversial. We're talking, of course about centering Omar. An AOC and Talib and Presley. But it is controversial because this is the heart and soul of the Democrat Party. And the Republicans. The group has led by Michael Waltz of Florida. Good guy Jim Banks, Indiana. Claudia, attending New York. She's great to remember they tried to steal the race from her. The resolution says the squad members of defended foreign terrorist or I didn't hear the attorney general talk about this. I didn't hear that fake phony fraud. Merrick Garland talk about this. As the late great Bob Grant would say. The central resolution says the squad members have defended foreign terrorist organizations. And inciting anti Semitic attacks across the United States. And so forth. The group of Republicans wrote in the resolution that Talib has accused the Israeli government ethnic cleansing and claimed Israel was promoting racism and the human humanization. The resolution meant his Omar calling the Israel military response to Hamas strikes an act of terrorism rather than self defense. She also accused the United States are backing crimes against humanity. This is why Judy Jazz, Ceron. I want you to listen media it. Your low IQ Cuba phones, media matters you low I Cuba phones. Paid for him bought for This is a jihadi wing of the Democratic Party. Most Muslims do not conduct themselves this way.
MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos' Ex-Wife, Is Giving Away Another $2.74 Billion
"Is doing some really fabulous philanthropy with the money that she got when she divorced Jeff Bezos. So she gave away $6 billion in 2022 500, different organizations. And now for the third time in less than a year, Mackensie Scott has announced a new round of grants worth 2.74. Billion dollars Good for her that she is showing the billionaires how to do it. That's right. So the latest grants are going to be distributed to 286 organizations, including major universities, arts groups, nonprofits working to combat racial injustice. Excuse me and domestic violence of some of those the average size of a grant that Mackenzie Scott is giving his $10 million right. Wouldn't it tell me would change everything for an organization could be incredibly life changing, So some of these organizations include the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Broward College in Florida and Jazz at Lincoln Center. So you know,
California Reopens, Says Goodbye to Most Covid Rules
"It's a big day for millions of california their reopening after fifteen months restrictions. She's it's the happiest place on earth. Disney land allow out of state visitors. Hey but there's a mask mandate it's also ending for those who are fully vaccinated. So i don't know how that works. The actually said which. I was surprised by this. They are not requiring any type of vaccine passport zealand. There's basically kind of like the the trust some they're trusting people say yeah am fully vaccinated so i can go on and who's not gonna say that for right right. Of course they are. Of course i got back suneeta
Disney World to Let Vaccinated Visitors Take Off Masks
"Lisa Brady Fox News, California is also lifting restrictions today and Disneyland will start accepting visitors from out of state Disney World in Florida will starting today. Like guests who are vaccinated, not wear masks even is Over the cases declined. Deaths keep inching higher. Slowly. We're just shy of now
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"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..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"That that is telling i mean the people who are doing elections four living who know the most about it a many of whom are republicans. Don't don't see the need for this. Don't think that the changes are warranted. They're gonna make it more difficult for people to vote. And so if this does cause big problems. I think the supervisors might be some of the first people to express concerns about it and maybe ask for changes of the next time around so obviously the emphasis didn't for this didn't come locally. I mean the elections went off without a hitch. We are probably one of the shining examples in the whole country during the recent election. Which was a new thing for florida. Right is this part of a national push by republicans to what they say is bolster security at the polls but it might have other implications as well. Yeah if you if you talk to. Gop base voters just recently went to a rally in bradenton that Featured michael flynn the former national security advisor to president trump and roger stone is obviously vamos and i talked to a lot of people at that rally in the biggest issue to them. Is you know day. Believe these unfounded claims that the there was widespread election fraud in the trump was cheated and robbed and voter integrity addressing election fraud. Even though there is no evidence that that has been accepted by a court of law that says that there was a lot of fraud. That is the animating issue for many republicans right now especially Somewhat trump's most ardent supporters in. So you're seen Republican legislatures respond to that at pass some of these Laws are being pitched as voter integrity efforts which critics view as voter suppression efforts. Basically making it harder for people to vote in an effort to make it more likely. That republicans win elections in some of these states Going forward one of the big words a came out of the state capital. This year was preemption Proponents say these laws and rules should be uniform throughout the whole state. But opponents say i'll ask is becoming kind of a big brother stomping on local initiatives. It's to some of the preemption. 's that they let a pass this year op. I one They allow guns in churches right..
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"There's a concern that you could. You could be involved in a protest that starts peacefully and then you have one bad apple does something smashes a window or something and then all of a sudden doubt becomes a peaceful protests in that a lot of people could get swept up to the to that who had no intention of doing anything bad and There's there's people who worry that this will make people hesitant to engage in protest. Because they're about what might happen or it when people do protests that you know the people who were not intending to do anything bad will will get a lumped in with those who might do some some things said rick law right. I guess the fear here is that people are kind of standing around just kind of watching. They could be swept in with everybody else. If somebody throws a bottle at a police officer they can be know charges as an accessory to Is this facing any kind of legal challenge or do you think it might in the courts. Almost certainly it is likely to be challenged Groups like the the aclu and others have questioned whether this was the suppression of st raw free speech. Obviously the rights of protests is one of the most fundamental rights. I mean that we have in this country to address grievances against those in power and So there are lots of questions. Obviously people don't have the right to destroy other people's property harm other people and if you know it can be argued that this has a chilling effect on free speech. I think that is the argument. That critics are gonna make court alright. Well speaking of killing effects on another one of the contentious bills was election. Bill places restrictions on voting by mail. You know supporters. Say this you know addresses some security issues such as the use of dropbox from alan ballots and they say it's to ensure election security and integrity. Do you foresee any backlash nationally. Like what happened after georgia paths some similar. Bill's a little little harder core. I don't think that'll happen as much here in florida. We first of all. We don't have as many of the big corporations than have those big national brands that where people are putting pressure on a similar coca cola in atlanta or some of these other big brands it And i just don't see corporate activism as much in florida around some of these issues. So i don't know and it's also this. Bill is not considered as aggressive in terms of changes to voting. A rules is what we saw in georgia. So i i don't think so. I mean what what has happened in the past is when the florida legislature has put some new restrictions on voting cutting back on early voting days things like that. That's kind of blow up in their face. you know they. They did cut back early voting during a previous election than there were some huge long lines. People waiting for hours of and it was a bit of a fiasco and then they went back and had to change that in expand the early voting again in the face of public pressure so if there is a reaction it probably would come from the implementation of these laws and people pushing back against them because they're viewed as onerous so we'll have to see how onerous they really are and whether they cause people to revolt to some degree one thing that's really telling about this law is that the supervisors of elections don't want it. They they came out before the law was passed. And many of these supervisors are republicans. I talk to republican supervisor of elections in sarasota county and mansi counterpoint. Them said this law wasn't needed. You know they came out of the head of the supervisor of elections association. Craig lattimore there in hillsborough county came out with a letter after the law was passed and said this this basically wasn't needed in will make it harder for people to vote by mail and so.
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"To help balance the budget is to make a college in university students. Pay a little bit more. I don't know if that is something that bill bill end up doing but it is certainly a possibility now with the scott. Not in the governor's mansion anymore and it is a situation where tuition has not gone up for you. Know about a decade now so You know it. It is an area where you could argue that you know. Maybe that's something they could justify a trying to get a little bit more money. You can also say though that the university experience is not what it was a now that you have the coronavirus into limitations on on campus activities and things like that so pretty much. Every state is is facing a budget crunch right now of proportions because of the pandemic How likely is it. Do you think that the the biden administration and congress will offer some kind of stimulus. I'm kinda lifeline to to state and local governments. That need it. Will that seem to be the biggest issue in the The last over a coronavirus relief package and the way that they were able to get. That package approved was to take out the help for state and local governments in you saw republicans in the senate and to some degree in the house Post to that of days. They seem to think that it would help. Blue states more than than red states. Like florida which you know have been more aggressive. I guess about cutting budgets Don't have maybe as large of a budget Florida vs new york. It's a different philosophy on spending. And so you. Rick scott's a florida's us senator often said. Did you know that would bail out blue states but it would also benefit. You know states. Like florida. Florida is projected to have billions in a budget deficit. Going forward so. I think it's still potentially on the table for another round of corona virus relief but it shows how difficult it was to get approved by the fact that they had to take it out to get this. This last bill passed. So we'll see. I mean it is an issue. Where if if the state and local governments are cutting spending if they're laying people off Than that could deepen the economic problems that the country has an end limit The ability of florida and other states in the nation to to climb back from this deep dish that we've been thrown into what about options for raising more revenue we know republicans aren't fans of tax increases. But i know there has been some talk of either expanding Sports betting sports gaming As as a revenue source or taxing medical marijuana which is not taxed currently. Is there much of an appetite for for either of those proposals to to get through in the session they will certainly be some discussions about it. But there hasn't been any efforts like dat since when charlie christmas Governor there was. They raised some of the sin taxes taxes on tobacco and things like that to help balance the budget. It's it's a tough vote for republicans to take. They worry about getting hit in primary elections from the rights from people accusing them of raising taxes..
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"This is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sesing. Ham despite not being officially allowed to live in Florida until seventeen sixty three Jewish people escaping expulsions and exclusions were among the earliest settlers of the state. They've been politicians business leaders artists Nobel prize winners and more and what is being called. The first comprehensive history of Jews in Florida was published this month. The book is called Jews of Florida centuries of stories and its author Marsha Josipovic. Who's with me in the studio Marsha? Welcome to Florida matters. Thank you it's good to have you here. So the book is more than four hundred pages of stories and photographs going back to the eighteen. Hundreds what was your impetus for putting all this together. Well it starts back in the sixties. When moved to Florida? I was originally from West Virginia and moved to Florida. My husband was in the military we moved to McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando. And I'm a person that asks a lot of questions Jews in nor- not notoriously ask a lot of questions so I got to Orlando and I got very involved in the Jewish community organized Jewish community and I started asking like where did people come from. When did they come how long they've been here? How did they contribute to the community? How did they get along with the Non Jewish community and nobody had any answers and then I got very involved in the statewide and national organized? Jewish community? I was invited to sit on the first United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet and I went to my first retreat in Washington and as the women sat around. We talked about how we got involved why we got involved. Almost everyone said because my aunt my grandmother or my mother before me was involved and then I realized that in Florida we didn't have those depths of generations so Jewish continuity which is the major goal of every Jewish organization and every Jewish families continuity I realized we had a major challenge here in Florida because people did not know the history. I found out that in the northeast with scholars never addressed Florida. They always thought it was post world. War Two condo commandos mentality Miami beach who cared and they really honestly thought these academics that it started post World War Two so I got very entrenched and passionate about this subject and began a two hundred fifty thousand mile eight. Your Trek around Florida set up task forces and thirty. Different communities recruited hundreds of volunteers. I did not do this alone. I had lots of help. Now you're talking about. I don't know if you're going into the mosaic project. Because I know this turned into a big museum exhibition called mosaic. Right yes that's what that's what I'm leading into. That's that's what it led to the issue was that no one had ever dug into Florida. Jewish history are you. Let me just ask you are you. What did you studied? Are you a historian you would you consider yourself a self taught historian? I'm definitely self taught. I was trained as a Dietitian. I worked in a hospital and When I it was and I realized myself that I needed to see pictures of people here. Their personal stories see their things and then they became alive and then I remembered them. I now I have you know thirty five thousand photographs that I collected and people always say to me. How do you remember the names and dates as they're like my children you don't forget your children's names and dates because become very important stories have really become part of you that you've really taken them in and I guess a lot of them just going through them really moving? Thank you especially the early early families. I wanted to ask you talk about some of these people. Who would you say? What's the WHO's the earliest family? Who was the earliest Jewish family in? Okay the the longest Continuing Jewish family in Florida is the Dolinsky family from Jacksonville. Actually they lived in this area too and there were perfect family for telling the story because not only are they longest continuing Jewish family they came from Prussia and they landed in New York in the late. Eighteen Forty S. They came to Jacksonville by eighteen. Fifty when I say they the the first first person that came was Philip Dolinsky and he brought from Europe his father and mother. His mother unfortunately died in New York but he brought his father Abraham at eight siblings to Jacksonville so there was a whole large family and this was an eighteen fifty. The family ISTEL IN JACKSONVILLE. Still Jewish into the eighth generation but a lot. I mean tentacles all over the state because I saw you said he had a hotel. In Fort me absolutely polk county he had holdings and borrow so all over the state right. That's with Jews in the early days while even today is not a new phenomenon They moved around. According to the economic opportunity. First of all they came to America. And you mentioned expulsions and exclusions originally came to America because of anti-semitism fact. It's a word. I use fifty times in my book because what propelled people to move from place to place and the cost of the exclusions and expulsions in Europe. They came to America and the Jews that came from the early in the early days from Europe. They were never allowed to be farmers. They couldn't own land so they were very attracted to Florida because it was an economic opportunity was religious freedom and they could work the land. That's why so many of the early pioneers you're saying they couldn't work the land back in Europe right on land right Europe but when they got to the United States so they got into citrus. They got into Florida was attractive because they was a way for them to be independent not have to work for someone else to support their family. And that's what they were looking for. They were looking away to support their family in freedom. So yes that Dolinsky family. You mentioned yes. They moved all over the state because as economic opportunities opened up like when Tampa opened up when different areas opened up they would moved to strike out a new fortune and one area would decline in one opportunity in one area would would be on the rise so they moved around the state but they had their roots in Jacksonville and the family is still enjoying. They're still there so were they. Founders of that synagogue in jazz one of Mars. Dolinsky was Phillips. WanNa fill brothers. Became the first president of the second congregation in the state. Which is a Hamath Hassett in Jacksonville? He was also mayor at the same time. Law The only Jewish mayor still right in Jacksonville. we've had Over two hundred Jewish mayors in Florida in the early days there were more the first one was Henry Brash Marianna in eighteen seventy nine and is because they were educated. They came educated. They were trusted. They were good speakers and people people respected them. I think some people might be surprised about that that there would be that much tolerance for Jewish people that they would elect them mayor of their town. Wouldn't you you know lot of times? You wouldn't think that. But South Carolina the same way. There was a lot of tolerance towards different religions towards the Jewish religion. Back then right. Surprisingly I spent thirteen pages of my book which is a large chunk on politics. I have a list of every Jewish. May I hope every you know I always say you know as best I could get? It took me years. I've been doing this for thirty five years. This book is a combination of my thirty five years of research so I listed the Jewish mayors all the Jews in the state legislature all the Jews in the federal. In in who have been Basler's. We've had one Jewish governor David Schultz in nineteen thirty three. As a matter of fact he was attacked because of antisemitism his opponent stated that he was Jesus Alma Pesca Pilat Episcopalian but my my opponent is Jewish and he tried to use that to you know to put him down. But he actually got elected. By the largest plurality of that time I think people would be familiar with the name Yuli and Levy County. That was an early Jewish family. Right Moses leaving no in central Florida around Gainesville okay. Moses Levy is the most important person in early Florida. Jewish history is a very important person in Florida history. He was the first developer in Florida. The form the First Development Corporation in eighteen nineteen. His Attorney was Alex Hammer Alexander Hamilton Junior. Who was the? Us Attorney for the district at that time. So he Bought a hundred thousand acres in like starts getting Gainsville area latches county orange seminole county all the way over here to to Hillsborough County Tampa. It one hundred thousand acres and he formed a colony a plantation in Mecca. Nope call pilgrimage plantation specifically to bring Jews that were already being persecuted in northern Europe before they were even persecuted in Eastern Europe to bring them to central Florida to become farmers and as I mentioned Jews in Europe. Were not used to being informed. They they were not farmers because they couldn't own land so he brought them to central Florida just a little south of Gainesville. He was a founder of Mickey. He brought he. He devoted a thousand acres to this plantation and they spoke Hebrew. They taught them farming. He brought the first citrus trees. He bought the first sugar tree. Sugarcane trees How many people? There were up settling there. There were probably about thirty five. There were five Jewish families that came Felix Wartburg of the German. Warburg family was his agent in Europe to recruit. In fact Warburg came there to live himself fact on the campus of the University of Florida. There's a Lake Warburg name for him. There's a Levy Lake which is Off The property where he has plantation but he He was the first. Commissioner of Education for Florida was responsible for the first public school and Saint Augustine. He was amazing. He was a brilliant man. He was against slavery. He was an abolitionist. He went to England and spoke out for abolition He had slaves but he believed that his slaves should be free when they became of age. They wouldn't but he wouldn't free them until they were educated. He wanted to keep families together. He if he was known as an abolitionist in Florida that would have been a problem because the Florida economy was based on slavery at that time. So he was a practicing Jew than it's worth about early to mid eighteen hundred eight. He was his plantation was from eighteen twenty to eighteen thirty five but he came into Florida in eighteen nineteen when he started buying land. But I think I read in your book that his descendants now do not consider themselves Jewish. That's that's when you ask me. Who is the longest continue to be the Dolinsky? Okay but he was of course very well known because he was the father eventually of David Levy Yuli when he got he got divorced. The family had come from Morocco and gone to Cuba. Saint Thomas in Cuba as a matter of fact. It's very interesting. Because his son David Levy who you mentioned became the first person of Jewish ancestry to serve in the US. Senate there have been. There's been a book written about Judah Benjamin Has the first Jew to serve in the US Senate but he was not. He was eight years after David. Levy Yuli and they were actually cousins and their fathers were business together in Saint Thomas. And it's interesting that both of the sons became. Us senators went from Louisiana one from Florida. So David Levy you only became the first Florida senator. He was actually responsible for bringing Florida in as the twenty seventh state in eighteen forty five. He helped draft the constitution. He had back to the plantation. He had worked on the plantation with his father. And that's where his father wanted him to be and they had many differences of opinion..
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"And then you know let me know what. Where do you think the really interesting interesting debate is going to be the session? What Committee hearings are you GonNa make sure that you're going to be sitting in on? I am going to be paying a lot of attention to education. I think number one education makes up the majority of our general revenue spending in. It's the second largest piece of overall overall state since the state spending it's impossible to ignore and with as many asks as have been proposed every single committee is is going to be not very much one to watch as the legislature tries to grapple with how to fulfil governor dances. Goals another issue. I'm going to be watching is how this issue of e-verify plays out. We haven't really talked about that yet. but for those who don't know what it is. It's a federal system that that states can use to see whether or not certain people are qualified to work in the United States and it is full of holes and it has been controversial. And you know governor. Santa's wants Florida Florida businesses to use this. But he's GonNa get a lot of pushback especially from the agricultural community he's also already getting being pushed back from the Senate over this particular issue and so you know whether or not he gets that it has been tried and failed before that is going to be an issue to watch. I think I just wanted to to underline what Lynn just said. This is one more. This is another example of an area where Rhonda Santa's honeymoon in office could hit some bumps. He's well staked out in favor of e-verify but it has Proposals to enforce it have failed on more than one. Recent in more than one recent session of the legislature over the last few years because because of opposition from agricultural interests and others many of whom employ large numbers of illegal immigrants and don't want to be forced to verify people title citizenship status when they're hired a lot of these interests agriculture and tourism are very politically powerful. Also high on the agenda as always. These are these divisive cultural issues concerning abortion and guns gun rights and gun control. There is an abortion bill. Will that set to be heard by the full house. It's already ready for the full House that requires parental consent for a minor to obtain gene and abortion Lynn. What do you think's going to happen with that I think that is actually going to pass the fact that it's been teed up early kind of signals the legislature wants to get this done and out of the way You really don't want to get mired down in something like this. You don't want it to drag out. It's sort of sucks the oxygen out of the room. But I think that you have seen the house Has Obviously ready for it. The Senate is close to teeing it up and governor the Governor Rhonda Santa's agrees with it so you know the legislature has been sort of trying this for years but I think now is the time where it will actually pass. But that's you know once it passes the legislature groups already ready to sue. We've we've seen this sort of time and time again. What I think is really interesting about this ears? Sort of culture wars fights Is that advocates for. Some of these bills are really pushing the idea of parental rights And that's something thing that I think is a new Emergent conversation they're framing a Lotta these around. I am the parents. I am the guardian of this. This child it's my duty to protect the this child and you the legislature the things that you pass sort of infringe on that and that's sort of now emerging in a a Lotta these culture war conversations when parents are really stepping up and saying these are my kids. I should have a say over what they do. And that has been something that we've seen so far during committee weeks with a lot of these issues. So I think that with respect to the abortion and requiring parental consent in most cases not in all cases but most cases. It's going to go through. It's GonNa go quickly because the legislature doesn't want to get mired down in it and that's not the only abortion restriction. No it's not there as heartbeat. Bill has also been filed which prohibits abortion when you can detect fetal heartbeat. That bill has not moved in previous sessions. My guess is it won't this year because the Republicans who control the legislature. Don't want to push the argument. That far of my guess is they. Don't want to enact what would amount to an on almost complete abortion ban but It has been introduced and as Lin noted. We're the parental consent. Bill is much more likely to pass. it's worth noting. Florida now has a law regarding parental notification. This would move it forward to parental consent. And and I'm just curious about that. So notification did a parent have to just sign off saying yes I know of a about it. How did you How would someone prove notification as opposed to consent while the medical authorities involved? If I'm right would be re have been required to notify parents. Parents when they when they perform the now they actually have to get an active consent. This would require right if this passes. And as as Lin Lin said this will probably repeat the pattern that we've seen over the past several years of the legislature passing abortion restrictions that are popular with the conservative culturally conservative base and then litigation being filed overtone right and so the interesting thing is the state. Supreme Court has overturned these bills sales in the past. But isn't that. The makeup of the Supreme Court is a little different than it has changed drastically because of appointments by Rhonda Santa's who Ah has already made three appointments to the court changing the majority to to a majority of justices appointed by Republicans. And so that could have some this year airing on issues abortion. That's right this year. Could be different in terms of how the Supreme Court reacts now the Gun Bills Goals say seem to run the gamut there. There are bills making gun control more restrictive and then there are other bills that would repeal the restrictions that were past After the MARJORY Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. What what seems to have a good chance of making it this year? Lend Glenn ooh that's a toughie You know I think that with respect to the gun bills because so much of this is just high into school safety any proposal. That targets guns in schools is definitely going to be one to watch The Marjorie I do do not believe that you're gonNA see the legislature walked back some of its provisions. That were put in place by Marjory. Stoneman Douglas. I think that that is a no go I know that Anthony Santini's actually filed some of those repeal bills But I don't think that they are going to get anywhere if there's anything if there's anything that the legislature has sort of put its foot down about it. Is that the laws and rules put in place after Stoneman. Douglas are absolute. So it's probably really think you're going to see any sort of appeal. Yeah and you know what it's probably important to point out at this point that about ninety five percent of the bills that are filed by the legislators. Don't even never reach the governor so it is really a small fraction of bills that ended up going anywhere actually only a small fraction ever. Actually we got voted on even Elon Committee rocks less on the floor of the houses of the legislature itself. But I will say one proposal that I think I think we'll definitely be one to watch is whether or not the state will move ahead with some sort of expansion of the red flag laws Those those have been working law enforcement has been using those you know those. Those are the laws that enable law enforcement to petition the court to remove firearms from people bull who are deemed threats Now there are proposals to expand that to allow family members and some other people to sort of raise similar alarms. The legislature slater may consider that there's also the task force that Senate President Bill Galvano created. He charged senator. Tom Lee to sort sort of look into how do we strengthen some of these provisions and so that group has not come out with recommendations yet it might roll out something later on on As session gets going but that's going to be something that people should be paying attention to. Yeah that Task Force. It seems like they would have some bearing on this session. Then the right and it's unclear what they'll propose most likely they'll propose things in the area of mental health funding Behavioral Threat Assessments assignments. Something like that I think We could also note that campus carry is likely to be a big issue again this year and that is the right of the right of universities. Well anyone who has a concealed carry permit. which which part of that is you have to be twenty one so not all students but but those twenty one and older who have concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry weapons on campus And the the university presidents in general are strongly opposed to this particular. John Thrasher at Florida state so the state tourism agencies is life is hanging in the balance that is visit Florida. Will there be another extension for the funding for visit Florida. Glenn what do you think well. That's definitely what the Senate wants. The Senate is firmly in visit Florida's corner but that is not what the House wants a house speaker. Jose Louisville would be perfectly happy. If visit Florida died in a fiery is very much opposed to This agency and elite US perspective is Florida Capri much market itself. We don't need a tourism agency to market US WHEN WE ORLANDO and Disney and Miami. Do a perfectly good job marketing themselves million dollar paycheck to pit bull that just put everybody over for the ads did it did. And it really soured visit Florida in the eyes of a lot of People but the flip side of this is that visit Florida is not just marketing. Miami and Orlando you know it's marketing places like crestview. It's marketing places in the the Pan handle places that you know people would not think to go. It does a lot of work with a lot of local tourism Departments in the ground. It did a lot of work after the hurricanes to say hey Florida's still open and so there's really this kind of tug of war. It has a new leader in former Senator Dana Young who was tasked past with sort of leading this. And it's it shrunk. It's gotten a lot smaller After the legislature cut its funding by a lot last year and Dan. You Know Young's argument is that the agency is leaner it's meaner it has learned its lesson. No more pit bull contracts but is that going to be enough to save it and that's GonNa come down to really Senate President Galvano House Speaker. Jose Leyva and again governor Ronda Sant now governor onto Santa's is okay with visit Florida's so the question is who is going to win this battle. I will tell you that this is going to be one of those things that is negotiated at the last minute. It has usually is during final budget negotiations. So what happens to that agency Is something that's going to be decided very late in session but the people who work at visit visit Florida are hoping that they will get some sort of extension another bill that I'm interested in now. I'm a nonsmoker. And I know lots of US have probably gone to the beach and we put down our towel and were there to breathe in the nicey air and we start breathing in the cigarette from the person in the next towel over and it's gross But Senator Joe Gruber's is pushing a bill that would ban smoking on the beaches and and the state parks. I'm wondering if.
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"You're talking about a lot of money In addition to that he also wants another three hundred million dollars for a bonus program. You're talking when all is said and done about a billion dollar boost Into K twelve and the question that lawmakers have and where he's already he's starting to run into the pushback is where the heck are we going to get. That billion dollars from something is going to have to give and already you're seeing a little bit of blowback on that proposal. I think House Speaker. Jose Leyva who was very sort of Luke warm to it And then you're GONNA have to deal with you know if they pass and if they allocate this money how does it filter down because teacher pay is something that is negotiated down at the Individual School district level so Aw that is probably one of the biggest priorities for session and that is definitely going to be one that involves a lot of tug of war between the Legislature Governor to Santa Mantis. And even the Teacher's Union. So William I mean one thing that legislators must do and really the only thing that they must do during the session is pass a budget and this is a good money year. This is not a lean year. The economy's going along pretty well. What does the money looked like this year? Lynn was mentioning more money towards education. Is that going to be a battle because the state does have some money. It's certainly will be a battle. The state does have some money. But it also has some major needs needs Education is one of them. The prison system is another world. Probably talk about that later and this could be one of the governor Rhonda Santa's first real conflicts with the legislature. Because after he's how wonderful honeymoon for its first year office Because he has staked himself self out for a sharp increase teacher. Pay On and as Lynn mention some Some legislators including Jose Alita the very powerful speaker from the State House are not super crazy about the idea. It doesn't seem like one of the most divisive issues. Everybody likes to see money going towards education. Everybody likes to see teachers. Paid more. You you hardly ever hear people shouting. No we don't want more money for teachers. Sure but the question is how much and how they they do it the And the the Teachers Union. The teachers themselves are not crazy about about dishonest proposal. Because it's yet another bonus US program. The dirty little secret here is that the Republican legislature does not want to simply appropriate enough money for the schools to pay teachers well because because as Lynn mentioned salaries are actually negotiated at the district level with the Teachers Union and the Republican. Legislators hate the Teacher's Union and don't want to to do anything that would involve them with the process. They want to themselves set the amounts of money that teachers get and set the criteria for it. And that's why we end end up with these endless bonus programs instead of simply teachers roses coming in this program would be in addition to the raises right Len. Well yes but keep in mind again to what Williams said they want it to go to forty seven five. How do you get there when the legislature created the best and brightest program That by all accounts was a failure and they did it so that they could circle invent the teachers unions. So the question is how do you get to that level and keep in mind. That's only for starting teachers. What about those who have been teaching for five ten fifteen twenty years? This is a real point of contention. How do you do it while trying to go around the unions when you know the the the law the Constitution gives that negotiating power to the local unions? So you have a real issue here both with breath how how the legislature will do it whether or not they're going to try and put this bonus component in which is what governor Santa's wants and even when they put some of this money into k twelve. There's still a lot of trickle-down going on here. So it's complicated. It's not just as simple as saying we're going to do this and get it done. I just wanted to point out the best. And we mentioned the best and brightest program. And that's the thing. Yeah that's the existing bonus program. That's just gotten gotten a lot of of opposition so so lynn mentioned the problem. That this that this Pay Program the salary increase would affect only starting and teachers and then you'd have teachers with five or more years experience who are suddenly making the same amount as people just tired fresh out of school but Lynn. Correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't there another a problem that there are some counties including I think Miami Dade where the starting pay is already higher than the four that descend US wants to set. Yes yes there are and so the question becomes well what happens in places like Miami Dade places I think Broward another high. Pay County where you're already at or above that level. There's no answer to that right now and so. I think that some of the concerns that some of the lawmakers have raised about out how they go about doing this are legitimate And it was interesting to me. The Senate has already voted to start moving forward to repealed press best and brightest and they to raised some of these concerns while admitting that the bonus programme did not work out exactly as they thought thought it would so very big goal one of those you know big hairy audacious goals that's been laid out but the question is how do we get there and you're going to kind of conceal you're going to see that as we get closer and closer toward the end of session and into budget talks that's going to get really complicated and really really weedy so I haven't really heard anything new about charter schools This year William. Anything is the battle for that pretty much over her. I don't know that it's over and but what happened was last year and last year session. The legislature passed a major piece of legislation that made a fundamental change in allowing state funding to go to private schools And it's also passed a lot of favorite of legislation recently favorable to charter schools. What what they did last year was for the first time they allowed state tax revenue to go directly to to private schools through the the voucher program in the past? What's what's been happening is? Corporate tax payers were allowed to divert their tax money into contributions to agencies that provided vouchers for private schools. Now for the first time Money that's already been paid to the state and taxes can go from the treasury into those programs and this this is of course a major change and raises a constitutional issue. And it's being litigated. There's a lawsuit against it so I don't think you'll see anything coming up in this year's legislative session that will be as major as what past and is now being litigated And last year session so moving on you mentioned the the Prison System William and one of our local legislators state Senator Jeff brandis of Saint Petersburg has really been pushing hard for reforms to the state's criminal final justice system. Can you tell us a little bit about that sure. Well what's happened. Is that the secretary of the Department of Corrections. Mark Inch recently recently made a report to the legislature to the effect that the state's prison system essentially is in crisis because of low pay staff turnover over the kind of budgetary problems that have resulted in thousands and thousands of of brand new inexperienced guards on duty of staying being forced to work twelve hour shifts mandatory overtime and basically inches warning was that the problems have gotten so bad that he fears they could easily lead to major violence within the Florida prisons. He even has asked all of his the high level staff of the prison system. I'm to read a book about a deadly riot in nineteen eighty in New Mexico and how that riot occurred fearing that something similar could happen here. The in addition to that there have been several three or four incidents over the last year in which violence by prison staff members. Prison guards against inmates resulted in major scandals including one incident in our calipers and left a woman inmate paralyzed from the neck down for life. After a beating I several guards. This is going to be a critical issue for the legislature to face. And it's going to require to solve. It is just going to require money. So Jeff Brenda specifically I know has been looking at reform packages to reduce the sentences of young adults and juvenile offenders. Lynn Lynn. Can you tell us about that. Yeah so a lot of the proposals are dealing with issues like gain time. which is you know getting time off for good behavior and mandatory minimum reform? We've been talking about these things for years. Last year brand had a really ambitious plan that if the legislature had approved it. I believe that state economists had estimated. It can save more than eight hundred million over ten years. You're talking about Florida. which is a state that has the third highest prison population with some of the lowest paid employees to sort of guard that population our prisons? Thousands are crumbling. You saw a lot of damage due to many of them during the last few hurricanes so this is a serious issue and Brandis has really been pushing to reduce the state's prison population. You know it's going to take a lot of money to be put into the system to bring a lot of these facilities up to code up to par but Florida does not want to build any more prisons. So what do you do you either. Invest the money or you reduce the population that you have to guard either way. Something has to give and I think that the book that Secretary has been circulating. It's called The Devil's butcher shop. And he's been very passionate about that. He's been talking to anybody. You know who will give him a microphone to say we have to do something and this is coming coming off about a decade long push to sort of cut the corrections budget cut cut cut cut cut and now it's sort of at a at a very Critical stage so now. It's time to cut sentencing. I guess mandatory sentencing which has become controversial that something that lawmakers want to change and also reducing sentences for for the younger offenders and maybe for a less serious drug offenses things like that I. I personally think it's interesting to note robin that that these kinds of proposals Eliminating Mandatory minimums in many cases on allowing gain time in mini cases. Basically all they're doing is undoing. The anti the get tough on crime steps that were taken in the nineteen ninety. You're listening to Florida matters. We're going to take a short break and we'll be right back. This is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sussing Ham. And today we're talking about the upcoming state legislative session. My guests are William March longtime political reporter and Tampa Bay Times correspondent and Lynn had her the news director at W. FSU which is the NPR member station in Tallahassee..
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"At syndicated by the labels they all do taste like what they're made out of. which was that was important? It was very important. One thing I wanted to mention gene is when I looked at the map of the Florida wineries You're in Saint Petersburg but a lot of them I'd I'd say the majority of them are in really small towns and rural areas. And they've got to be helping the economy of whatever tiny little town that area and I think that they they're sort of a rural economic driver that that we hadn't thought about right when you talk about agrotourism how big that's getting in the state you know with people full having their small farms and having activities for for families and people to visit and get those organic and locally grown produce is. I think that these isn't local wineries. He's Florida wineries just fit perfectly into that and they're definitely off the beaten track a lot of them. Do you ever go around and try Vince. Do you ever check out your competition or go round to other wineries. Yes for you know many years. Of course we've been members of the Florida wine and grape growers association. I used to be their treasurer. Her So yes got to meet everybody at the annual conference and then we do go around in visit and being on the state's Viticulture Advisory Council. We have opportunity to come in contact with a lot of them. Vince shook is president of Florida Orange Groves. Winery Chuck Hallway is a hobbyist hobbyist grape grower and winemaker and Gina Birch is host of great minds podcast from wgn. Thank you all so much. This has been so much fun because because nine purchased. Thank you for by very enjoyable. You can tweet us at Florida matters and know that Florida matters is available as a podcast. You can search for it where wherever you get your podcasts.
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"White wine which when it's made properly as much like a Chardonnay Cigna except it has that kind of Musky pop to its stink. You're very distinct. And then we have a noble which is is a similar Red Berry which we use a lot of times for our grapes? Angry it makes a great sangria wine. I'm sure events knows that and Admire admire Vince and his operation. He does a lot of things in Muscat grapes. Most growers don't so My aspect MMA hobbyist is. I'm I'm not financially in involved in it to the point that I can't display with my grape so we do a lot of blending we do a lot of I have some new cultivars I find in coming up. I still have room to put more Roseanne. I'll put a few plants in to see what happens. University of Florida brought the delicious to market. What seven years ago I believe Dr Dennis Grave From University of Florida Culture Breath Dat in Apopka and He gave a presentation which Benson I heard of the Florida Grape Growers Association annual conference and I said Dr Gray. How did you get the name delicious for that grape? And when you know he said well everybody who had tried them said they were delicious so it stuck so you know that kind of thing that runs our industry. It's kind of a senior pets. The tremendous amount of science behind it considering it took him almost fifteen years to bring that grape variety or that grape cultivar to market known. The they're working on at the University of Florida as you mentioned also Florida Am University has a viticulture department. They're having a great harvest festival. Coming up you know. There's a lot of research going on to make grapes. I guess guests more suitable for Florida and good. Now there's a difference between a tasting grape and a good wine making grape isn't events yes and that's what a a lot of this research is directed towards is to find the best varieties and do the The most experiments to develop those varieties that will have the characteristics to make the best wine. So a lot of that research is funded by the viticulture. Advisory Council for the State of Florida and Department of Agriculture. Yes Florida porn the culture and consumer services right the different varieties that Like Chuck referred to that are now coming out onto. The market is a direct result of a lot of that research search. So that's kind of exciting. So what's the difference between a hobbyist chuck and a commercial grower because chuck you say you're hobbyist but it sounds like you're pretty serious areas The differences were not licensed so night and day thing licensing requires a lot of oversight by the TB Tax Tobacco Bureau A lot lot of compliance goes with that we do not sell it we make just enough for personal consumption and frenzied correct. Jean what about Bolt Florida wine. How do we judge? The quality. Are there competitions. Are there awards that are given to Florida wine where they would be maybe compared compared to each other rather than compared to a Napa Valley winery or a New York state led most all states have some type of competition though they do it a lot of the state fairs. There's and we do have that type of competition here in the State of Florida and I think what makes Florida at also unique is besides the grapes. It's the tropical fruit wines. So then you're talking about a whole `nother category of wines and how they're made and the quality and perception. I think Florida nationally. Dan even within our own borders. People have a perception that there's not any good wine. It's all Kiwi or it's all And that doesn't mean that the Kiwis not good. It's just not grapes so people are looking at it differently. and that's apples and oranges. It's Kiwi grapes. It's not the same. It requires a change in your mindset. You know I can NC. How a lot of wine connoisseurs would look down their nose at a mango wine or avocado wine? I've heard of they do make that in Miami. Hey make that in Miami so so you could see how a Somalia in a fine French restaurant might say we would never carry a sweet avocado wine but it does require a a different mindset because it's apples and oranges vince. I want you to talk about because you guys at Florida orange groves winery. You make wine at of tropical fruit. Yes we make forty three different kinds of different tropical citrus and Barry Wines to justify that for me Let's start way back about thirty five years ago. Oh and there was a study that came out in the Wall Street Journal and it was the first study on all wine consumption in the United States at that time eleven percent of the people in the United States consumed all the wine line that was sold forty percent of the population said they had tried wine but they were not drinking it and the rest of the people who did not drink you know alcoholic beverages look caught our eye. Hi In that study and we were in the citrus business. At the time squeezing the difference uses and everything. I haven't been out of college too long so we were still trying to make all wine out of the different citrus. Chris Juices yes. We did in our dorm rooms anyway. That's study was interesting because they went back to the forty percent sample. That said they had tried wine and they weren't drinking it and then he asked them one simple question. Why aren't you drinking it number one answer? It does not taste like what it is made out of number for two didn't taste like a great exactly and number two. It wasn't sweeten up number three. We don't taste like the taste of alcohol so if you look at that as an entrepreneur her and you say well my goodness that is a potential market. That is four times as big as the existing wine market in the United States. Therein lies the appeal appeal for the type of wine that we are making so this has been quite an evolution for us. It's been thirty years in the making to get where we are today. In the tropicals goals side of the variety productions especially. But we always like to say when we're pitching our wines for sale to you know whether it be restaurants or whatever that mindset that you're talking about is the hardest thing to get over okay so we always say they look Our winds will bring flavor and style characteristics to your meals that regular grape wine can never hope to accomplish so you pair them with the right foods and you're off to the races when I give my talks at Disney because we're a good partner with one of the things I talk about. is we make a cranberry wine. I said now. What are you going to pair that with? We have Thanksgiving coming up Turkey mashed josh potatoes and gravy and cranberry wine and there isn't a person in the audience. That doesn't look left around. Go like Oh yeah it does sound good. So that's what we're after. We're after that that market. How much fruit do you need to make the wine? The rule of thumb and it varies up and down depending on what type of fruit that were making but generally it goes ten pounds ten pounds for one bottle of wine. Is that expensive or does it depend on the fruit. It is and that's one of the problems that we have. Is that grapes. Basically are you know one of the least expensive things to make wine out of really when you go to red raspberries blackberries act berries mangos key limes things like that. You have a whole different production process. That's involved in getting the juice like for example mangos. I mean you've got to put them or well how we used to do it You put them in commercial potato pillar rough up the skins on the outside. Then you have to enzyme the the meat of the fruit off the stone you have to get those stones Outta there is quite a process so in mangles are a lot more expensive than grapes are so but you can't charge a lot for mango wine. People won't pay it. I mean one reason. Listen I think these are attractive. Winds Gina Right is because their people would see them a fruit wine as an affordable wine a typical. Yes one of the things that makes some of the wines wines made from grapes out of Napa expensive as as you pointed. It's not the fruit it's to real estate it's what they're paying in mortgage for that really nice piece of property that's high up on the mountain that has all of this history and these high ratings so they are able to charge a hundred and fifty dollars for this Napa cab when really you know if those same aim grapes in that same style with somewhere else. It might be a twenty dollar bottle of wine so it is. There is disparity there as well. It's not just with like the mangoes Versus is the other fruit. I mean it's it's I think it's with the industry in general. That's interesting so chuck. You are using grapes you know. Have you ever thought about using MM fruit or do you ever know. The grapes are enough of a challenge. The the fruit is a challenge. I was listening to Benson how much it takes to make a bottle of wine. Mine is twelve to fourteen pounds of musket and grapes per gallon of wine. A gallon makes five bottles of wine. So there's surprised comparison so a lot less expensive for US check you are retired. You're retired financial wealth adviser so how much let's have you put into this one all winemaking equipment. How much would it set somebody back to to start making line to start a vineyard and then by the equipment the vineyard and the equipment the bottling and everything you have in fact my wife is packaging manager? Talk if you don't mind I'm going to ask an intrusive question but like yeah. How much do you think you have invested in in all of it? It's under ten thousand dollars per really with the acreage and the grapes. Acreage is different. Yeah the acreage adds another sixty seventy two. It probably right but you love seeing the grapes out there they do. They're my babies. How many acres do you have in grapes? One one Acre and it makes all those very prolific then musket. Okay Okay and then. What about you Vince? How many acres and what do you do? You have groves yourself or do you buy the fruit. How do you work at for most of our wines that we make we? Actually you purchased the fruit. So there's no way that we can have You don't have to have a main house key lime groves and things like that we work with producers that are willing to squeeze the juice to our specifications so we do have some land at We lease for musk dying. Vineyards that Get as qualified as a Florida farm..
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"At syndicated by the labels they all do taste like what they're made out of which was that was important was very important. One thing I wanted to mention gene is when I looked at the map of the Florida. wineries You're in Saint Petersburg but a lot of them I'd I'd say the majority of them are in really small towns and rural areas. And they've got to be helping the economy of whatever tiny little town that area and I think that they they're sort of a rural economic driver that that we hadn't thought about right when you talk about agrotourism how big that's getting in the state you know with people full having their small farms and having activities for for families in in people to visit and get those organic and locally grown produce is. I think that these isn't local wineries. He's Florida wineries just fit perfectly into that and they're definitely off the beaten track a lot of them. Do you ever go around and try Vince. Do you ever check out your competition or go round to other wineries. Yes for you know many years. Of course we've been members of the Florida wine and grape growers association. I used to be their treasurer. Her and So yes got to meet everybody at the annual conference and then we do go around in visit and being on the state's Viticulture Advisory Council. We have opportunity to come in contact with a lot of them. Vince shook is president of Florida Orange Groves. Winery Chuck Hallway is a hobbyist hobbyist grade grower and winemaker and Gina Birch is host of great minds podcast from wgn. Thank you all so much. This has been so much fun because because nine purchased. Thank you for by very enjoyable. You can tweet us at Florida matters and know that Florida matters is available as a podcast. You can search for it where wherever you get your podcasts.
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"We all need roger. You were saying that you took a scuba diving trip down to the reef to actually look at what was happening. What did you see down there. You know i i got a chance to see coral up close and it was devastating it was it was very sad to see coral that was dead that you see coral that is living but what has lost all of its color color that we were that were very much used to seeing to see less animals in those coral reefs that were relying on them. Yes you got the shark doc once in a while and some fish but i seem to recall back in the seventies when i was there as a kid much more vibrant in color much more species of fish. It was really really fun on while snorkeling was fun. It was also again depressing just to see the crashing of this right before our eyes so if only four five percent is alive right now carrie i mean this. This has to be obvious to people who are down there. Snorkeling kind of looks like a ghost town. I think it it depends on your perspective so as rogers said he had been there thirty years ago. <hes> and i think sometimes of people haven't seen it previously. They don't necessarily understand what's it's happening. <hes> if you didn't see aquarium that had eight hundred fish and you saw one that had a hundred fish you may think that still think that aquarium is beautiful wilhite but you never saw what it was like before so he's looking really pale and white now compared to how colorful it used to be. It is so what happens is after the coral loses its tissue that algae will start to over grow the skeleton so you do still have that three dimensional structure of the reef at least for a little while so you will still have some fish <hes> but ultimately that coral gets overgrown by algae so it just sort of <hes> looks like a sandy covered algae patch and then eventually things he's get in there that start to erode that structure and it will collapse and that's when you really start to have problems because now you don't have the habitat and the structure for fish anymore and for lobsters stirs and and things that need those places to hide telling me bravo. Let me build on that because i can't carry brought up. It was very interesting because we were snorkeling down there. There were several of these other snorkeling boats. You know you can come down as a tourist and you can go out on a guided tour and those folks were there and they are having the time of their life because they may not have had a reference friends and so for them to be able to get in the water to snorkel you see this florida arenas while you're in the keys and you see some animals. Maybe you see a shark. Oh by once in a while. We obviously want to preserve that so let's talk about research. That's being done now to save the choral aaron. You had talked a little a bit briefly about what you're doing to transplant sort of cut coral up into into little polyps and then transplant those is that the main indirection of your efforts mote marine laboratory has been a leader in coral restoration so part of that is the actual physical propagation and out planning leaning of these corals and and we do utilize techniques where we can fragment corals up into new individuals out plant them onto the reef but we're my science. It's kind of comes in and fits within the restoration scope is is that i screen these different quarrels that we're using for resilience to some of the major threats that are affecting the reef tract <hes> some of the ones that we've been talking about such as increasing water temperatures and and disease and and a funnel that information into our restoration practitioner so that they can and populate the reef with as resilient quarrels as possible so that they can be surviving hundreds of years from now. I can't imagine how slow that work is because because corals grow at what like a half an inch a year maybe a couple of inches a year so putting down those corals waiting for them to grow as got to you've got to <hes> have patients. That seems like yes so some coral species do grow very slowly typically just a couple of millimeters year but we've actually revolutionized the technology -nology for.
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"Erin dan hi and from the florida aquarium kerry o.'neil is the senior coral scientist at the floor aquarium and roger german is here to he's. He's the c._e._o. Of the florida aquarium thank you both so much for being here but thank goodness okay so let's talk about coral. Coral is kind of weird. I mean it's like nothing else. People don't know whether it's a plan torn animal. Where does it live. Why does it live in these special places carrie. What is coral sure so a lot of people think that coral is just a rock or a plant. It's actually an animal and it lives only on the bout 'bout top inch of it's hard stony skeleton made of calcium carbonate that it builds over time as it grows so the coral actually has little mouths and little tentacles and has soft tissue on the outside of this hard skeleton and they come in all different shapes and sizes and colors. There's and some are just big mounds and some very fine and branched chain and all of these corals species growing together are what form the coral reef inform all all this intricate habitat for all the other organisms that rely on a coral reef so take home message is that corals are animals <hes> just because they don't have eyeballs <hes> <hes> and they can't give you a sad little look doesn't mean that they're not live than they actually are victims of their own circumstance because once they've settled the very first i part of their life they they settle onto a rock and then that's where they live for potentially thousands of years after that they can't get up and move away from things that are happening to them. They can't run away aaron but they do live in a symbiotic relationship with plants with algae right and that's what gives them their colors. Yeah absolutely corals roles themselves. The animals are often just translucent you know so when you're looking at the coral colony you see a vibrant coloration but it actually has very a little to do with the animal itself that color that you see the unique browns and greens and oranges sometimes even blues are associated with the symbiotic relationship russian ship that these animals have with a single cell algae that live inside their tissue and the common name for that single cell algae is called suzanne kelly those those little algae's actually provide food for the corals to live through the process of photosynthesis and the coral animal themselves. Give those anthony home home to to live in an and so it's a form of protection and these are really ancient creatures. I would think yes they've been around for millions of years. Some they've withstood did the test of time. Although of course the species that we have now weren't around millions of years ago so they've evolved into different species and providing different niches says for our ecosystem so roger german your c._e._o. Of the florida aquarium tell us about florida's coral reef chief and why the florida aquarium feels like it's important to be involved in those research efforts so i grew up in chicago and i have to be honest. I didn't realize that the the third largest coral reef tract in the world is right here in florida so coming down here. I was like that's really cool. People travel you know thousands of miles to the great barrier reef even australia or believes but we have this amazing nature in our backyard and the florida aquarium we are committed to.
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"This is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sesing ham. It's the end of an era at the university of south Florida after nineteen years as the president of USF, Judy Genshaft is stepping down today on Florida matters. We're talking about the highs and lows of president gin Chaffetz long tenure. I'm going to say at the outset that Florida matters and USF public media is based at the university of south Florida and received support from USF but is editorially independent with me in the studio is Mark Schreiner assistant news director at W, USF, and longtime, producer of university vit. He's been reporting on the university of south Florida for many years, highmark. I Robin, thanks for having me, and Steve newborn WS assistant news director and reporter, Steve attended USF as a student in the eighties. So he seen a lot of changes to the university over the years. Hey Steve glad to be here. Well, nineteen years that is an unusually long time for one person to remain a college president, isn't it? I mean, what's been her secret to her staying power, do you think Mark thinks this thing is Robin nineteen years? I think she passed Jon Allen is the longest tenured president of USF about five years ago, Jon Allen, the first president of the university. And what I think, really worked well, for president Genshaft is that she was always a cheerleader for the university, the joke that has been going around particularly for the last year, but it was very noticeable every speech she ever gives and I mean, you probably wouldn't like someone asks her, you know, paper or plastic. She probably says paper and then she throws in a go bulls at the end. Making that the bowl logo. Yes. Which should I'm surprised one of her hands isn't, you know, posed. An but, but she's, she's a huge like I said, a huge cheerleader for the university while at the same extent a job like that you need to be politically, astute, you need to work with not just a board of trustees who you answer to, but you work well, with city legislators, and of course, with the US F system. You're not just talking Tampa. You're talking Saint Petersburg, you're talking Sarasota manatee. You're talking Polk County with lakeland in polytechnic for a while there. And then state lawmakers because of course it's a state university. It gets funding from the state, and she was very much into a strengthening those relationships and keeping strong bonds with those lawmakers and powers that be in the community constituency. It's a big university. Do you know how many people it's actually? And that's the other thing that that is really being trumpeted now is the idea. Of the growth that took place in the two decades under, again shaft, you know enrollment growing by forty percents. Oh my God. Yeah. Yeah. Right now, I want to say realize that yeah, that's the thing is that just the growth in terms of students. I want to say between the US F system. It's in the neighborhood of now, fifty thousand students on the three campuses of USF Tampa, Saint Pete, and Sarasota manatee, and then another thirty thousand staff and faculty, Mark talk a little bit about her background. She was a professor, I guess she started out, yet, she actually went to university of Wisconsin Madison, social work and psychology. And then she really focused in on school counseling when she got her graduates, and doctorate at Kent state university, and the, the focus, there was how schools reached out to students and you saw that more and more throughout her tenure with the honors college back when she started in two thousand USF's honors college wasn't even a college. It was an honors program at the time. Quickly. She wanted to set it up as a college brought in directors to run it as a college, and now the last probably the last thing that she's going to be best known for is this twenty million dollar gift to create an honors college that will bear her name, twenty million dollar gift from her and her husband. Stephen Greenbaum for this college, that's going to expand to about five thousand students, and at that ceremony in may, when she talked about the gift, one of the things she stressed was the idea that this was something that she has always been about from her education days from her days in college of focusing in add student achievement. All right. So you mentioned Mark that she came on board as president of university of south, Florida and the year two thousand and Steve, she got kind of off to a rocky start. She became president in July two thousand the next year. We had nine eleven and then soon after that the admit. Station suspended a professor by the name of Sami Al Aryan, and this was a national brouhaha and you were were reporting on that at the time, right Semioli, Iran was a professor. He started a group called wise the world in Islam institute at USF L on came under investigation by an independent documentarian by the name of Steve Emerson, who basically accused wise of being a front for a group called Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which was later declared a terrorist group, by the United States government, the month after nine eleven you gotta remember emotions were running really, really high and Ari on when on the Bill O'Reilly show, the O'Reilly factor on FOX and a Riley, basically ambushed him. And people were phoning in death threats bombing threats against USF so Genshaft and the new university board of trustees. You gotta remember the board of trustees had just been established. Replacing the longtime board of regents here, and it was a group of basically business people who are running the university. Just a lot of disruption at this time disruption they came to an agreement that they were going to fire him. They didn't actually do it at the time. And this created a firestorm of controversy from professors, who believe that the university should be a beacon of academic freedom. This became a national even international issue, and it really didn't come to a head until L Aryan wasn't died about the federal government about a year later, and they quieted down a lot of people who were defending him became silent at that point, because it looked like okay. They had reasons beside freedom of speech. They had reasons to suspend him. And you've got to remember back then the image of the university took a really big hit of we, we were being called jihad. You really a nationally. We're getting getting to be embarrassing. Yeah. Rodney plot of bad press. So Steve, you're. Reporting on this story of Al Arian and the university of south Florida, at the time and we have some archival tape of Judy Genshaft at the time. This university has been through a great deal and it's, it's hurt the university, and it's been very difficult for us. And I believe that, that severing all ties of this misuse of our university is a very important step. This university is larger than this particular case. So she did, so she survived that she went on, but then Mark, she did have some run ends after that with faculty. And again, you're going to have that, that, that push and pull at any university, where faculty and administration bump heads. Whether you're talking a pay issues or tenure or things like that, one of the big arguments at USF, which is a big argument in higher education in general, right now is the use of adjunct faculty, which are. Professors and instructors who, don't get a tenure don't get benefits in many cases are poorly paid are working basically part time jobs, as a full-time basis. So that has long been an argument anytime that's Genshaft salary came up the idea that she was at one point in time, the seventh highest paid public university presidents in the country as of two thousand sixteen seventeen academic year, that argument always was, you know what about the faculty. What about the adjuncts how you paying them? But again, it's an industry wide issue right now recently, the university decided to consolidate all of its branch campuses, and this caused quite a bit of concern among people in Saint Petersburg, especially where USF Saint Petersburg, is located. I'm going to put the disclaimer on that of the university may have decided it, it may have been decided outside the university that USF was going to consolidate. There's a lot of. Speculation on who really came up with this idea was it Representative crisp rolls, a USF alum based out of palm harbor. Was it president shafter self? She has been quoted multiple times as saying that she had heard talk about consolidation being an idea, but she was surprised when the state legislature put it in a proposal. But again, you know that there's never really been a definitive answer of whose idea it was as far as I know. But the concern was for years. And this again, predates president Genshaft, the idea of Saint Petersburg, and Sarasota manatee wanting more autonomy, maybe even at some point, separating and becoming their own colleges, while again, the state's nest necessarily was going to allow that, but the campus is ended up with a lot more atonomy under consolidation. Some of that on Tommy is going to be taken back some of that's going to. End up in the hands of Tampa. What comes with consolidation though is more money for those regional campuses. And what a lot of university officials are praising is the idea that a student now can enroll at Sarasota manatee can enroll at Saint Petersburg, and end up taking the same classes that they can take on the Tampa campus. So kind of keeping them as as strong branch campuses with their own identity. But at the same idea, making those programs cross borders across the three, I think one thing that probably in the back of president in Chaffetz mind. This whole thing was the, the lesson of what happened to the USF lakeland campus USF had a joint campus with Polk munity college for many years, and after the started bursting at the seams, literally, they USF wanted to build a branch campus. USF polytechnic is what it was called and somewhere along the line a very. Powerful politician by the name of GD, Alexander who was speaker of the house at the time is very big landowner a Polk County as well. He decided that he wanted to make this a separate campus and he used his considerable political will to basically cleave this off of the us system. And it became Florida polytechnic. It's now this beautiful building with, well, it's university state university. Right. The, the beautiful building this right on I four. But that had to be in the back of her mind. The lesson there of how to keep these branch campuses in Sarasota and Saint Petersburg in the USF or breaking off. And I thought, you know, people who are involved in that very bitter, fight must have also been thinking, well look what happened to the branch campuses. After all good thing, we went ahead and became an independent university that was one big fight that Judy Genshaft ended up losing, when USF lakeland, which became USF polytechnic. It's split that was in two thousand twelve that was that. Must have been quite a rough time. I'm not going to necessarily say that they lost because what ended up happening after, you know, USF losing. Yes, the polytechnic campus which I'm sure was a loss for the university. What happened then was the budget deal? The budget battle that immediately followed that in early. Twenty twelve where JD Alexander basically is the guy who controlled the pen and control the money was going to say, you know, what USF you fought me on this. I'm gonna punish you and he was looking at cutting funding for the university somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty eight million dollars. I mean that is like taking a blow torch to a university. That's almost a fifty percent budget cut at the time. And I remember there was a lot of talk about salaries being cut. So it was affecting people in personal level, a lot of angst around, there was and again, that, that goes all the way from faculty down to, how's it going affect students classes. We're talking about being caught, and you saw something similar when? Then preeminence happened with the university preeminence being a mercury get into that. But just as an explanation, a metric system that the state sets up that allows for extra funding for schools that reach these levels at a point in time when USF looked like it was going to attain preeminence, in join Florida and Florida state's the goalposts got moved, and I had the opportunity to watch the board of trustees and president Genshaft at that time rally the troops, and they did something similar with this budget battle back in two thousand twelve and this is again, that political animal that political power that a president needs to use is to reach out to the community to reach out to not just your board of trustees, but businesses around the community to reach out to lawmakers in the community to reach out to power brokers and say, we need a hand..
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"This is Florida matters. I'm Robin sussing ham, your bottom from the Florida sunshine orange juice seem like an easy sell, and the days of Neto Bryant citrus has shaped the state's identity for one hundred years, but it's been a tough ten years with freezes hurricanes development, pressure and worst of all the disease, Hong long being otherwise known as citrus greening, and when the industry, needs help the most Tallahassee doesn't seem to be that interested. There's nobody with a powerful political position right now that has a citrus background and legislators just cut the budget to the Florida's citrus commissioned by about eighty percent. Citrus is at a crossroads we have in the studio with us, Kevin. Buford senior reporter at the ledger. Mike sparks, the CEO of Florida, citrus mutual, and Shannon Shep, executive director of the Florida Department of citrus. Thank you also much for being here. Thank you. Kevin you recently wrote kind of an alarming article at the ledger. The orange growers have not been able to sell any of their Valencia orange crop two processors this season. Yeah. It was an unprecedented situation. Basically, the orange juice inventories had gotten so high that the processors were no longer interested in or there was insufficient demand for the new crop of Valencia's and from what I understand subsequent to that article, it all goes back to hurricane Irma, when there was a lot of concern among the processors of how quickly the crop would recover so they made these long term deals with importers, mainly from Brazil to bring in imports, and it lasted into this season. So that's what led to the up of inventories and for the market, just basically freezing for an entire. Fire month in may. So Mike, sparks you represent growers. How does that strike you that they haven't been able to sell Valencia oranges and that there are contracts in place with foreign growers? Well, you know what we've had is as Kevin describe somewhat of the perfect storm. But first, let's make sure we understand just how material this issue is if you're a grower that did not have the opportunity to sell this fruit. This is a huge issue. But the vast majority of the growers have long term contracts, they are involved in other citrus coops, but there are a few growers that were unable to harvest and sell their fruit this year, it is frustrating, especially after we're just rebuilding our crops from hurricane Irma, but you can somewhat understand it. The processors our partner in this industry could not be caught short. They had to negotiate long-term contracts with Mexico and Brazil, so. So their inventories or high that limited the cash market, which is, again, a small amount of this year's crop. But very important at those growers at participate, President Trump is, you know, he's concerned about foreign imports. He's put tariffs in place, and other obstacles are there, anything Shannon's ship, anything like that happening to help Florida orange juice, Florida orange growers with say Brazilian imports? We have long-standing trade agreements that have impacted Florida orange juice and imported orange juice most of those for negotiated back in the late eighties early nineties, and many of those tariffs that were placed on imported juice, or now waning or gum on there haven't been any dumping cases or any type of world trade violations, that would lead us to do anything else, different, but that would be something Mike's organization would handle on behalf of the growers if there were. Right now. You know, we're kind of in the right we're not in the right zone for growers. But we are where we negotiated to be back in those NAFTA negotiations. I've heard some complaints from Florida orange juice companies Mike, I mean about foreign imports, but Shannon says things are about where they should be. We'll think about it. The, the fact of the matter is in Florida. We cannot grow enough oranges to keep our processing fully on board. We've lost sixty percent over the last decade of our processing capabilities. And so there are the needs for imports come along with production. We've also lost the capability to process, the oranges because those places have gone out of business. I guess the processors have gone out of business as the orange crop has been decimated. In those processors are big national brands like Tropicana minute, maid Florida's natural and so those big processing. Clamps are made to do one thing, crush oranges and make the high quality orange juice that we enjoy. So there is going to be more imports from Mexico and Brazil, and the tariffs that are there are still good. Now, the other thing to address the high inventory, and this is for Florida orange juice only USDA has been very receptive and made another commitment of United States Department of agriculture purchase a bonus purchase of orange juice of not seven, but now, ten million gallons. This can help get the Tories to down and put upward