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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.

    Breakdown

    Breakdown

    Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees makes a rare public appearance to answer questions about the state’s response to COVID-19 and defend the vaccine distribution effort. Sen. Aaron Bean says there’s been a communication breakdown.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — One tidbit to emerge from the grilling is that vaccine tourism is entirely legal. Gov. Ron DeSantis may not like it, but state health officials say they cannot stop people from other states from being vaccinated here.


    — DeSantis held news conferences in both Ponte Vedra and Naples to announce Publix supermarkets in four more counties will offer vaccinations … beginning today.


    — Another thing we learned for sure during the COVID-19 crisis: Florida’s unemployment system is pretty much useless. Democrats in the Legislature have filed a bill to change that.


    — Donald Trump has been impeached. Again. It was a party-line vote in the Florida delegation as Republican Brian Mast and Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz debate. (Just be glad the House limited comments to 30 seconds each.)


    — And finally, stories of two Florida Men who went grave robbing for religious purposes.


     


     

    • 19 min
    Standby

    Standby

    Gov. Ron DeSantis is saying Capitol Police will have additional officers on standby to deal with any armed protests by disgruntled supporters of Donald Trump.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — During a news conference at The Villages, the Governor talked briefly about last week’s deadly riot in Washington … with one question he would not answer.


    — DeSantis may not want to answer about the President, but he is doing a bit of a victory dance over his decision to put seniors at the head of the line for COVID-19 vaccinations.


    — DeSantis also announced Publix stores in three North Florida counties will start offering vaccinations.


    — Shortly after that announcement, the Department of Health released the daily COVID-19 casualty count. As of Tuesday, 23,585 died in Florida and more than one-and-a-half million have contracted the disease.


    — On Sunrise in-depth, you’ll hear how the COVID-19 crisis has worsened the opioid crisis.


    — And finally, today’s Florida Man story is about a firefighter charged with shenanigans at the U.S. Capitol last week.

    • 19 min
    Anti-protest

    Anti-protest

    Democrats in the state Legislature are vowing to thwart the GOP plan to pass a new law targeting people who protest in public. They say the Governor is trying to use White supremacist violence in Washington to justify a crackdown on peaceful Black Lives Matter rallies in Florida.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody both joined in Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the election of Joe Biden. The Democratic leader of the state Senate says their lies about voter fraud undermined democracy and helped enable the coup at The Capitol.


    — DeSantis is also under fire for the way COVID-19 vaccinations are happening in Florida.


    — But Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Tampa says the situation will improve once Trump is out and Biden is in charge of the federal response COVID-19.


    — No sign of a break in the casualty count. The Department of Health reports 163 more fatalities from the disease and more than 11,000 newly confirmed cases.


    — Florida TaxWatch is issuing a new report saying Florida businesses will pay a heavy price if the Legislature doesn’t protect them from COVID-19 liability lawsuits.


    — Republicans in the Legislature are vowing to protect businesses from liability lawsuits and will discuss a bill this week. They have shown zero interest in fixing the broken unemployment system or dealing with the flood of evictions and foreclosures waiting in the wings.


    — And finally, the Florida Man photographed during The Capitol coup wearing a gun while dressed in a Punisher shirt and holding a handful of zip ties often used for handcuffs.

    • 22 min
    Return

    Return

    Florida lawmakers are returning to The Capitol for more than two dozen committee hearings this week. COVID-19 and a multibillion-dollar hole in the budget are big concerns.
    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Gov. Ron DeSantis travels to Bay County to check out a faith-based vaccination center that reaches out to seniors by going through their pastors and ministers.


    — DeSantis is also counting on Publix to fight the virus. After a vaccination pilot program at grocery stores in three central Florida counties, the Governor is ready to expand to other parts of the state.


    — Seniors now have first shot at the vaccine in Florida, but DeSantis still won’t say who’s next in line and teachers are getting antsy.


    — As the Governor tries to speed up the vaccination process, the winter surge of COVID-19 continues with more than 12,000 new cases and 111 new fatalities reported in the past 24 hours.


    — Florida Democrats pick former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to take over as party chair … replacing Terri Rizzo after the GOP cleaned their clock in 2020.


    — And finally, two Florida Men: One tried to hide with the trash; the other faces federal charges after Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

    • 17 min
    Blame

    Blame

    Florida’s Department of Health reports 170 fatalities and almost 20,000 new cases in a single day. That’s the second day in a row setting a record for new cases.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Ron DeSantis held news conferences in Bradenton and Vero Beach Thursday to talk about COVID vaccinations and never mentioned the rising number of casualties … but he did confirm the state is investigating reports that a posh nursing home in Palm Beach County gave vaccines to rich people who don’t live there but made big donations to the company that owns the home.


    — In the aftermath of the failed coup by Donald Trump supporters, DeSantis is calling for swift action against the people who stormed The Capitol in D.C.


    — One person DeSantis did not blame for inciting the riot was the President. And he takes no responsibility for his role as Trump’s top enabler in the Sunshine State who encouraged challenges to Joe Biden’s election.


    — Instead of distancing himself from Trump, DeSantis is using the violence in Washington to justify his idea to slap new limits and penalties on protesters … which was his response to the Black Lives Matter movement over the summer.


    — Florida Man also made an appearance at the coup. A resident of Manatee County was identified as the protesters who was photographed walking through The Capitol after stealing a lectern adorned with the official seal of the House Speaker.


    — Today on Sunrise in-depth, you’ll hear from some women who serve in the legislature who are horrified by a new Department of Justice report about the treatment of inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution, the state’s largest prison for women.


    — And finally, an Illinois resident became an honorary Florida Man after mailing a dead rat to his ex-wife in Tampa.

    • 16 min
    Riot

    Riot

    Donald Trump supporters violated every norm of American politics when they stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop the counting of the electoral votes that sealed the election of Joe Biden as the next President. How did Florida politicians respond?


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Florida set another record for COVID-19 cases, as Gov. Ron DeSantis defended the slow progress of vaccinations statewide.


    — The state has received approximately 1 million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines; if you look at the official stats from the Department of Health, it appears that only a third of them have been administered. But DeSantis says the reports are lagging.


    — The Governor also says it’s not fair to blame his administration for long lines to get a shot because the state doesn’t make appointments … they leave that to local hospitals and health departments.


    — COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact in communities of color, so a coalition of black pastors has created the “Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Community Engagement Task Force.” Their goal is simple: Work with churches and historically Black colleges and universities to turn them into vaccination sites.


    — It’s been more than three weeks since vaccinations began in Florida, but the COVID-19 surge has reached record levels. The health department reported 132 additional fatalities Wednesday and 17,783 new cases. That’s the most in one day since the pandemic began. But, once again, the governor is refusing to impose any statewide restrictions to mitigate the spread of the virus or let local governments enforce their own restrictions.


    — And finally, a Florida Man decided to ignore the COVID-19 protocols so his wealthy friends and donors could be vaccinated — without waiting like the rest of us.

    • 18 min

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