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If nothing else, Florida politics is always entertaining.

Now you can hear the stories that make politics in the Sunshine State so special.

So, start the coffee and listen to the stories that are driving the day.

Welcome to SUNRISE, the daily podcast on the issues, people and policies behind The Process — and beyond.

SUNRISE features guests from all stops on the political spectrum in the Sunshine State: elected officials, consultants, and other behind-the-scenes players.

Also powered by the plugged-in journalists of Florida Politics and elsewhere. Hosted by Tallahassee broadcast veteran Rick Flagg and brought to you by Peter Schorsch, publisher and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics and "SUNBURN," the daily digest of what is hot in Florida politics.

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If nothing else, Florida politics is always entertaining.

Now you can hear the stories that make politics in the Sunshine State so special.

So, start the coffee and listen to the stories that are driving the day.

Welcome to SUNRISE, the daily podcast on the issues, people and policies behind The Process — and beyond.

SUNRISE features guests from all stops on the political spectrum in the Sunshine State: elected officials, consultants, and other behind-the-scenes players.

Also powered by the plugged-in journalists of Florida Politics and elsewhere. Hosted by Tallahassee broadcast veteran Rick Flagg and brought to you by Peter Schorsch, publisher and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics and "SUNBURN," the daily digest of what is hot in Florida politics.

    Changes

    Changes

    Something odd is happening to the Florida COVID-19 casualty reports. The Department of Health usually updates the numbers shortly after 11 a.m. … but Wednesday, the stats were delayed for six hours without explanation, except to say the state Surgeon General plans to make some changes in the way fatalities are reported.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — When the state finally released the numbers, the DOH recorded 105 new deaths and 2,145 new cases of COVID-19. The pandemic has also claimed 1,600 more jobs. That’s the number of employees laid off by an Orlando timeshare company.


    — Congressman Charlie Crist is going to bat for union workers in Florida, including the Postal Service. The USPS has become a pawn in the presidential campaign and employees are fed up.


    — Environment Florida is releasing a new report on the increased use of renewable energy. They say we’ve come a long way over the past decade.


    — According to the report, Florida is a national leader in electric vehicles … but the Sunshine State lags in (of all things) solar energy.


    — Sunrise speaks with civil justice protesters talking about the Governor’s proposal to crack down on demonstrations.


    — And finally, two Florida Man stories that include flying squirrels and meat cleavers. Don’t worry, they didn’t use the cleavers on the squirrels.

    • 21 min
    Stay open

    Stay open

    Gov. Ron DeSantis insists there will be no more school closings because of COVID-19 — no matter how bad it gets.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — The Governor says keeping kids out of school does more harm than COVID in the classroom. He’s also claiming credit for the return of high school football.


    — The only thing missing from DeSantis’ news conference was the big banner in the background saying, “mission accomplished.”


    — Unions representing faculty and graduate students at the University of Florida are demanding answers after they were ordered back to the classroom next semester.


    — Other universities are also pressuring faculty to teach in person instead of remotely in January; unions want to know who’s behind this. But they know … and you do too if you were listening about 30 seconds ago.


    — A new congressional study says Florida has a lot at stake in the fight against global warming. According to the report, we could save more than 100,000 lives in Florida by returning to the goals of the Paris agreement (you know, the one that was overturned by Donald Trump).


    — And finally, a couple of Florida Men lost their jobs after being accused of myriad offenses: sexual harassment, unwanted advances, a physical attack and sexual assault.

    • 20 min
    Downplay

    Downplay

    Florida Department of Health statistics shows more than 16,000 Floridians have now died from COVID-19. The actual figure is 16,021. If you include the people who lived elsewhere but died in Florida, that total rises to 16,222.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — As the Ron DeSantis administration continues its campaign to downplay the threat from COVID-19, they’ve begun talking about one way to try to stop the daily dirge of stories about all the Floridians dying from the disease. The idea: stop the daily reports and start releasing them on a weekly basis.


    — Joe Biden’s running mate comes to Florida on Day One of early voting. Kamala Harris addressed a drive-up rally in Orlando.


    — Early voting is now underway in 54 counties ... Liberty and Sumter counties begin today. By Saturday, all 67 Florida counties will be open for early voting.


    — After years of playing a secondary role to men, women are stepping up in politics. Political scientist Susan McManus says women are now outvoting men; there are more female candidates and women are also donating more money to candidates than ever.


    — And finally, checking in with a Florida Man and a Florida Woman busted for drunk driving … and drunk boating.

    • 17 min
    Early voting

    Early voting

    Early voting is now underway in 52 of Florida’s 67 counties, including all of the major metro areas of the state. More than 2.5 million Floridians have already voted using mail-in-ballots.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Florida could reach another milestone in the battle against COVID-19. When the state releases the list of deaths, it’s likely the number of Floridians killed by coronavirus will pass the 16,000 mark.


    — A new ad featuring the Florida Gators attacks the President’s response to coronavirus. That’s from the Lincoln Project, a group of GOP “never-Trumpers” who are doing their best to get him out of the White House.


    — Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to reopen as many businesses as possible during the pandemic, Florida’s unemployment rate went up by three-tenths of a percentage point in September.


    — Under normal circumstances, an increase of three-tenths of a point in the jobless rate would set off all sorts of alarms in state government and at the Chamber of Commerce, but in the age of COVID-19, it’s just another day at the office.


    — The archaeologist hired by the state to search for more hidden graves at the former juvenile prison known as the Dozier School for Boys says they’ve completed their work and cannot find any more hidden graves at the campus in Marianna. But survivors of Dozier are not convinced.


    — Sunrise takes a deep dive into Dozier, where three survivors say this isn’t done yet.


    And finally, a couple of Florida Men who were jailed for something they ate … or wanted to eat.

    • 18 min
    Triple digits

    Triple digits

    Florida’s death toll from COVID-19 is back in triple digits. The Department of Health reports 144 new fatalities and we’re closing in on 16,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed Florida is doing a better job protecting seniors in nursing homes than other states. But the AARP parsed the numbers, and they say Florida doesn’t measure up anymore.


    — What makes it important is the more staffers who get sick, the better the chances of infecting residents at nursing homes.


    — Team Donald Trump spends the day in Florida. While Trump was fundraising at Mar-a-Lago and doing a town hall in Miami, Vice President Mike Pence told Hispanics in Miami-Dade the choice is Trump or socialism.


    — A South Florida Congresswoman says Hispanics in Miami-Dade are being targeted with disinformation, and the FBI is on the case.


    — Sunrise chats with a state lawmaker who wants to name the Devil Crab as Florida’s official state crustacean. Technically, there’s no such thing, deviled crab is a deep-fried treat made with blue crab and Cuban bread.


    — Sen. Janet Cruz says she’s doing this to try to lighten the mood during a very stressful time — and she’s expecting a fight from the stone crab lobby.


    — And finally, a Florida Man who supports Donald Trump is accused of vandalizing a Trump campaign sign because he thought it makes the President look like a racist.

    • 22 min
    Full-court press

    Full-court press

    The Donald Trump campaign is executing a full-court press in Florida. The President and the Vice President are both campaigning in Miami-Dade — including a rally and a nationally televised town hall meeting.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Sixty-six more people have died in Florida from COVID-19, bringing the death toll the 15,788. That’s more than the entire population of St. Augustine.


    — A new report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says state officials are fudging the COVID-19 numbers by using an unusual method to calculate the positivity rate. If they use the standard method, our rate would be twice as high, and doesn’t meet the standard for reopening.


    — The latest casualty of Florida’s COVID-19 crisis is the Gator football team. Sunday’s game against LSU had been postponed after 19 UF players and two coaching assistants tested positive.


    — This is the time of year when migrant workers start harvesting the fall crops in South Florida. The state is setting up added COVID-19 testing sites for farmworkers in St. Lucie and Miami Dade counties.


    — According to a new poll, Trump is in trouble in his new home state. Sunrise talks with pollster and pundit Steve Vancore, who says Joe Biden has a solid lead in Florida.


    — And finally, three Florida Man stories featuring crooks who left a calling card, the campus crapper, and a middle school girl ordered to quarantine because she got her period.

    • 16 min

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