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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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    • 4.6, 56 Ratings

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.

    Hopeful signs

    Hopeful signs

    Florida’s Department of Health is reporting another 247 fatalities from COVID-19 — the 3rd highest daily death toll since the state began counting. But within those numbers are some hopeful signs: The number of newly confirmed cases Tuesday was under 10,000 for the 10th day in a row.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Throughout the crisis, Gov. Ron DeSantis emphasized the importance of protecting seniors and visitors banned from nursing homes and adult living facilities. Now he’s trying to find some way for families to visit their loved ones again.


    — DeSantis asked Mary Daniels of Jacksonville to be part of the group that will come up with a visitation plan. She’s the woman who found a way to visit her husband at his memory care home by getting a job there as a dishwasher.


    — The director of the United Faculty of Florida talks about reopening college campuses, posing the ultimate COVID-19 question: “Are we all expendable?”


    — The latest on a Florida Man accused of hacking his way into Twitter to steal more than $100,000 worth of bitcoin.

    • 21 min
    Trend?

    Trend?

    Florida’s Department of Health is reporting 72 more fatalities from COVID-19. It's the second day in a row where the death toll was under 100 and the governor is thrilled that the overall positivity rate is headed in the right direction.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — But two days of improvement is not exactly what you call a trend. And Ron DeSantis says there continue to be problems with the testing program in Florida.


    — Starting today, the state-run COVID-19 testing sites at Marlins Park and Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade will offer 15-minute tests for people who have symptoms — or are 65 and older.


    — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest initiative to cope with Coronavirus is called “One Goal, One Florida.” But Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says that doesn’t cut it.


    — So Fried, who has been ignored by the Governor since the start of the crisis, has come up with her own initiative called “Be SMART Florida.” Among other things, she says masks should be mandatory.


    — Graduate assistants at the University of South Florida are saying USF is using the COVID crisis to screw them financially.


    — The tropical storm that went cruising up Florida’s Atlantic coast over the weekend is no longer our problem, but DeSantis says it gave them to chance to test new procedures for sheltering during a pandemic.


    — Checking-in with a Florida Man accused of murdering a fast-food worker because the food wasn’t fast enough. Can you imagine getting shot over Burger King?


     


     

    • 22 min
    Distractions

    Distractions

    Over the past week, Florida set another record for COVID-19, as the Department of Health reported 1,230 deaths, smashing the old record of 872 fatalities in the previous week.
    Also, on today’s Sunrise:
    — At times like this, we could all use a bit of a distraction. How about the SpaceX crew returning to earth off the coast of Pensacola?
    — And if that’s not distracting enough, what about that tropical system brushing the Atlantic Coast? COVID-19 complication meant not many evacuations.
    — But in the end, all roads lead back to #coronavirus. State prisons were hard-hit during the pandemic and now — after visiting a prison in Lake City — the secretary of the Department of Corrections has tested positive for the virus.
    — We look at the Blue Gala hosted by Miami-Dade Democrats, as they prepare for the August primary and the November election.
    — Since Miami-Dade is also the epicenter of the virus in Florida, the Democrat’s gala was virtual. That includes the appearance of Joe Biden.
    — Checking-in with a Florida Man who crashed his golf cart. He blamed Donald Trump.

    • 18 min
    No football?

    No football?

    For the third day in a row, Florida sets a record for COVID-19 fatalities with 191 deaths reported Tuesday, 217 on Wednesday and 253 fatalities Thursday. This time Gov. Ron DeSantis actually acknowledged those deaths.
    Also, on today’s Sunrise:
    — The Florida Department of Health reported almost 10,000 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the number to 461,379. Over the past week, we’ve averaged 10,216 new cases, 518 hospitalizations, and 154 deaths every day. But the Governor says that’s no reason to close down again.
    — But don’t be surprised if football fans go fetal when they hear the news the annual game between Florida and Florida State will not be happening this fall, thanks to COVID-19.
    — Let’s not forget about Tropical Storm Isaiah. It’s on the way.
    — Can 2020 get any weirder? A Donald Trump tweet suggested the November election should be delayed. It caught DeSantis by surprise.
    — Trump asked whether the election should be delayed until people can properly, securely, and safely vote. DeSantis says they already can — at least in Florida — and there’s no need for delay.
    — Trump says he’s worried about massive fraud from mail-in ballots, but he didn’t offer any proof that it’s happening or explain how delaying the election would solve a problem that doesn’t appear to exist.
    — And the story of an epic confrontation between Florida Man and Florida Woman. There are no winners; only a couple of losers.

    • 13 min
    Hurricane, too?

    Hurricane, too?

    Florida shattered the record (just set yesterday) with 217 new fatalities. The state’s death toll from the pandemic has now reached at least 6,457.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — And what did Gov. Ron DeSantis have to say about the rising death toll? Not a thing. However, he had time for a roundtable discussion on reopening schools that went on for almost an hour.


    — The Governor made his pitch at a school that specializes in kids with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Teachers at the Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater told him they’re anxious to get back in the classroom.


    — COVID-19 isn’t the only threat on the horizon. DeSantis says they’re tracking a tropical system heading our way.


    —If we do get a hurricane, the power companies say it will take more time to get the lights back on because their repair crews have to engage in social distancing and they can’t count on assistance from other states that don't want to send their people to a virus hot spot.


    — A deeper dive into how the power companies are dealing with all those unpaid bills piling up during the pandemic. Six-hundred thousand Floridians are behind on their utility payments.


    — And the stories of two Florida Men dealing poorly with the COVID crisis. One opened fire in a hotel lobby because of social distancing; the other used federal stimulus money designed to protect paychecks of employees — spending it on dating websites, jewelry, clothing, high-end hotels and a Lamborghini.

    • 18 min
    Great job

    Great job

    Florida sets another record for COVID-19 fatalities, with 191 additional deaths Tuesday — 186 were residents of Florida. Five were from out-of-state. The disease has now claimed at least 6,240 lives in Florida.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Two hours after those numbers were released, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion with doctors in Orlando to talk about what a great job everyone is doing in fighting the disease. This time, the Governor actually acknowledged the rising death toll.


    — But DeSantis doesn’t like to dwell on death; he spent most of the time at this roundtable prompting the doctors to say good things about where we are now. They talked about stabilizing, plateauing, and increased survivability.


    — The Governor also talked about his finding some way to allow family to visit residents of nursing homes, closed to the public since mid-March. He was also asked about extending the moratorium on evictions, which is due to expire at the end of the month.


    — Just what we need during a pandemic — a tropical system brewing in the eastern Caribbean. The first forecast tracks from the National Hurricane Center show it hitting south Florida as a tropical storm on Sunday.


    — Florida’s premier NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer is filing suit against four people over nasty emails sent to her after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.


    — Checking in with the Department of Economic Opportunity, best known as the agency that “screwed the pooch” on unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve got $80 million from the feds to help communities deal with coronavirus. Let’s hope they do a better job than they did with unemployment checks.


    — And the latest with Florida Man: The clueless doctor edition.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

JayDelg ,

First review, long time listener

Want to stay in tune with the pulse of politics in Florida? Look no further. Flagg will deliver you the scoop on Florida news and also serve you a couple laughs along the way.

Writeball ,

Informative and fun

This is Florida politics. What possibly could go wrong, and in a presidential election year with #FloridaMan to boot.

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Best daily podcast

What can I say? It’s the go-to podcast for everything going around FL. I love the FL man segment at the end.

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