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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.

    Vaccine imminent?

    Vaccine imminent?

    Gov. Ron DeSantis says vaccines for the coronavirus should arrive in Florida in three to six weeks.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — DeSantis made the announcement in a video posted on YouTube so he wouldn’t have to answer any questions from reporters … and those questions are piling up.


    — The state reported more than 9,000 new cases of coronavirus Thursday and 81 additional fatalities. Our death toll is now more than 18,000.


    — The COVID crisis has forced us to produce new ways to get things done and state officials say video conferencing is what makes it all possible.


    — It took years for Florida lawmakers and the medical establishment to accept the concept of telehealth ... but it’s worked so well during the pandemic that it will be with us even after the virus is under control.


    — The COVID crisis has cost billions of dollars and thousands of jobs at Florida’s ports. The people who run the ports haven’t received any funding from the feds to help during the crisis … but they are optimistic once the new Congress and President are sworn in.


    — And finally, a Florida Woman found a decapitated body while cleaning up a beach near Pensacola.

    • 18 min
    Holiday shopping

    Holiday shopping

    Retailers expect a decline in sales during the all-important Christmas holiday shopping season, all thanks to COVID-19.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Florida just passed another milestone in the COVID-19 crisis: The number of cases just blew past 900,000; at the current rate, it won’t be long until we hit 1 million. The number of fatalities is closing in on 18,000, and five Florida Mayors are asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to change the way the state responds to the crisis.


    — State education officials are contemplating what happens next semester in public schools during the pandemic. Most parents want their kids back in the classroom, but not all.


    — Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran says he’ll release a new executive order by the end of the month and parents will still have the choice of remote learning next semester.


    — A deep dive into the three “p”s of the Florida Legislature: police, protest and patriotism.


    — And finally, a Florida Man will serve 50 hours of community service for poking a manatee with a fishing pole.

    • 20 min
    Silence

    Silence

    Florida’s Legislature concludes its one-day postelection Organizational Session.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Wilton Simpson is the new Senate President. The new House Speaker is Chris Sprowls, who wants to stand up for police and patriotism while cracking down on what he calls the “Twitter Mob.”


    — Republicans (who control both chambers) spent a lot of time talking during the single-day Session, but Democrats say they barely mentioned the biggest issue of all: the pandemic that has killed almost 18,000 people in Florida.


    — The Senate did observe a moment of silence for the people who died from COVID-19 … but we still have no idea what the Legislature is going to do about it. Florida reported 86 more deaths Tuesday and almost 7,5000 new cases.


    — While other states are still counting, Florida’s Election Canvassing Commission signed off on the final counts in the Sunshine State. It took less than two minutes.


    — And finally, events and two Florida Man stories: One featuring a Florida Woman who was busted by her own son; the other is a Florida Man who strapped a stolen utility pole to the roof of his car in hopes of selling it to a recycling company.

    • 22 min
    Organization

    Organization

    Florida lawmakers have gathered in Tallahassee for a one-day postelection organizational Session.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — Donald Trump may have lost the presidential race, but Republicans in the Florida House are celebrating because they padded their lead over the Democrats.


    — One of the issues facing the new Legislature will be how to deal with COVID-19. Department of Health officials reported almost 4,700 new cases Monday. Oddly enough, it's almost a relief after Sunday’s surge of more than 10,000 cases. There have also been 41 more fatalities.


    — And finally, a couple of Florida Men: One rammed a Highway Patrol cruiser, while the other bought an 8-year-old boy along with him during a crime spree to “toughen the kid up.”

    • 19 min
    Surging

    Surging

    Florida is seeing a huge surge in COVID-19 cases. Sundays usually have the lowest numbers in the daily casualty reports, but the 10,105 new infections reported yesterday is the highest one-day total since July.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — The surge in COVID cases comes as the Florida Legislature is about to begin a one-day postelection Organizational Session.


    — Lawmakers who control the House and Senate have imposed a series of restrictions to try to prevent the session from turning into a COVID-19 super spreader … but they won’t be doing a thing about the virus itself.


    — Remember the panhandle lawyer who dressed up as the Grim Reaper and sued when the Governor refused to close the beaches because of coronavirus? The 1st District Court of Appeal is not amused. A three-judge panel says Dan Uhlfelder’s lawsuit was frivolous and is threatening him with sanctions.


    — The task forces created to review the state’s plan to build 330 miles of new toll roads issued their final reports. The task forces did not conclude that any of them are actually needed … but the skids have already been greased.


    — And finally, checking in with two Florida Men: One is a peeper, while the other walked out of a police station in broad daylight — still wearing handcuffs.

    • 16 min
    Bad hire?

    Bad hire?

    Gov. Ron DeSantis is under fire for hiring a guy who spreads conspiracy theories about coronavirus as a data analyst for the state budget office.


    Also, on today’s Sunrise:


    — The surge in COVID cases continues in Florida with more than 5,600 new infections and 73 fatalities reported on Thursday. The death toll now stands at 17,585.


    — The recount in Senate District 37 is over and incumbent José Javier Rodriguez loses by 34 votes. He says it would have been different if Republicans hadn’t run a straw candidate with the same last name to siphon off his votes.


    — Sunrise speaks with some of the people involved in the 2020 campaign as they talk about the lessons learned … and it’s not good for Democrats.


    — Democrats may be celebrating Joe Biden’s win, but Republicans can look at the down-ballot numbers and see good things happening in Florida.


    — Electric vehicles are all the rage these days, but the folks at the Florida DOT says the transportation trust fund will take a hit because it relies on gasoline taxes. The DOT is also making plans for a series of recharging stations across the state —and portable charging stations to help along evacuation routes.


    — And finally, checking in with two Florida Men: One was busted after pitching a fit over the lack of lettuce on his burger; the other is a former City Commissioner sentenced to community control for taking bribes from a strip club. Perhaps it was paid in singles?

    • 20 min

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