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A daily podcast about what’s hot in Florida politics.


Good & bad
Aug 12 • 23 min
Most of Florida’s COVID-19 numbers are looking better — except the most important one. The Florida Department of Health reported another 276 fatalities from COVID-19. That’s a new record for the most fatalities reported in a single day. Florida’s death…
Some good news!
Aug 11 • 26 min
There’s good news to share on the COVID-19 crisis. Florida is reporting almost 4,200 new cases of coronavirus for Monday — the lowest since June 23. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Florida Department of Health also reported Monday another 91 fatalities…
Big gamble
Aug 10 • 19 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ big gamble is underway — public schools are beginning to reopen amid the worst pandemic in a century. And if county health officials don’t think it's safe, too bad. The Governor has tossed them out of the decision loop. Also, on today’s…
School fight
Aug 7 • 20 min
The battle over reopening schools is moving to Tallahassee, where the Florida Education Association is suing the Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran over their emergency order forcing schools to reopen by the end of August. Also,…
Another milestone
Aug 6 • 23 min
Florida passed another milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. The state reported 5,400 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday, driving the today past half a million — 502,739, to be exact. The state’s Department of Health also reports 225 new fatalities from…
Hopeful signs
Aug 5 • 21 min
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…
Trend?
Aug 4 • 22 min
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…
Distractions
Aug 3 • 18 min
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…
No football?
Jul 31 • 13 min
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…
Hurricane, too?
Jul 30 • 18 min
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…
Great job
Jul 29 • 17 min
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…
Vaccine ahead?
Jul 28 • 27 min
The state reported almost 8.900 new COVID-19 cases Monday. That may sound awful, but that’s the smallest daily increase in almost three weeks. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Mike Pence comes to the University of Miami to announce the start of clinical trials…
Voices
Jul 27 • 19 min
The state reported 872 Floridians died of COVID-19 over the past week, the largest weekly toll since the pandemic began. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Florida recorded another 9,344 new cases of coronavirus Sunday, with almost 74,000 in the past week and…
Grim record
Jul 24 • 19 min
Florida sets another grim record for the greatest number of COVID-19 deaths reported in a single day. When asked about the 173 new fatalities, Gov. Ron DeSantis responded by challenging the phrasing of the question. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — While…
Back to school?
Jul 23 • 21 min
Florida’s Department of Health reports 140 additional fatalities and almost 10,000 if new cases of COVID 19. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers a message to the parents of Florida’s schoolchildren. He says they’re better off back in…
No worries
Jul 22 • 20 min
Florida’s Department of Health reports almost 9.500 new cases of coronavirus and 136 new fatalities from COVID-19. But our optimist-in-chief doesn’t seem to be worried by those numbers. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a roundtable…
Restart
Jul 21 • 26 min
Florida is now facing a lawsuit over the reopening of public schools. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Florida Education Association says no one should be forced to return to schools until the COVID-19 crisis is under control. And it’s not. The state…
No improvement
Jul 20 • 21 min
Florida’s number of COVID-19 cases (and fatalities) keep piling up, and Gov. Ron DeSantis tries once again to downplay the danger. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — As for the pandemic, you won’t see any improvement just yet. Quite the opposite. In the past…
Stacked deck
Jul 17 • 20 min
Florida continues to set records Gov. Ron DeSantis would rather not discuss. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The state Department of Health reported 156 fatalities from COVID-19 Wednesday, the largest number of deaths in a single day. There was a record…
Disgruntled Dems
Jul 16 • 23 min
Florida has now logged more than 300,000 cases of COVID-19, with more than 10,000 new cases reported Wednesday — along with 112 fatalities. The state’s coronavirus death toll to 4,626. Also, on today’s Sunrise: Gov. Ron DeSantis tells the state board of…
Epicenter
Jul 15 • 26 min
Florida has set another record for COVID-19 fatalities reported in a single day. The state Department of Health reports another 132 fatalities, the most in Florida since the pandemic began. The total number of fatalities so far is 4,514. Also, on today’s…
Heckler
Jul 14 • 25 min
Florida’s Department of Health reports 12,624 new cases of coronavirus, with 35 more fatalities — and Gov. Ron DeSantis faced his first heckler at a coronavirus news conference. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — If you listened to Monday’s show, you heard the…
National record
Jul 13 • 23 min
Florida set a COVID-19 record Sunday — not just for the state, but for the entire nation. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Florida Department of Health reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, setting a new one-day nationwide record. New York previously…
Loans
Jul 10 • 20 min
Florida Democrats are returning the interest-free loan they obtained from the federal government under the Paycheck Protection Plan. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says it wasn’t supposed to go to political organizations like the Florida Democratic…
Ocoee
Jul 9 • 18 min
Illuminating another dark chapter in Florida history — the Ocoee Election Day Massacre. Sunrise will discuss some of the disturbing details in depth. Also, in today’s Sunrise: — The Florida Department of Health reports almost 10,000 new cases of…
School’s in?
Jul 8 • 24 min
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is ordering public schools to fully reopen in August, regardless of the COVID-19 crisis. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz says that’s unwise — and unconstitutional. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron…
Nothing to see
Jul 7 • 22 min
Florida keeps setting records for COVID-19, and Gov. Ron DeSantis keeps urging people to stop focusing on all those new cases. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — There have now been more than 206,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus exposure in Florida. an…
10K
Jul 3 • 23 min
Florida has achieved the dubious distinction of setting another record for COVID-19 cases, more than 10,000 new cases in a single day. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis meet in Tampa to talk about the surge in…
Beach party
Jul 2 • 24 min
Florida’s Department of Health reports more than 6,500 new cases of coronavirus and 45 more fatalities. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — If you’re planning an outdoor party (or headed to the beach) for the 4th of July, you have the Gov. Ron DeSantis’ blessing.…
Big day
Jul 1 • 18 min
More than 6,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported by the health department Tuesday, which brings Florida’s running total to more than 152,000 since March. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The COVID-19 surge in Florida is now so bad that even the military…
New Budget
Jun 30 • 19 min
Florida’s Department of Health reported more than 5,200 cases of coronavirus Monday — which was good news (in a perverse sort of way). We’ve averaged more than 9,000 new cases for each of the past three days, so 5,000 seems kind of tame, given the…
Dismal numbers
Jun 29 • 19 min
Number crunchers at the Florida Department of Health keep cranking out dismal news: The state set a record for coronavirus cases Friday, then we broke that record Saturday. And it was almost as bad Sunday. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Over the past three…
New streak
Jun 26 • 23 min
Florida has now had two days in a row with more than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — As the Chamber of Commerce works to get Florida back in business, a warning from the head of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. Raphael Bostic…
Another record
Jun 25 • 20 min
Florida didn’t just break the record for newly reported COVID-19 cases — we smashed it. The Department of Health added another 5,500 confirmed cases Wednesday; that’s 1,400 more than the previous record set Saturday. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron…
Cracking down
Jun 24 • 27 min
Florida’s Department of Health reports almost 3,300 new cases of COVID-19 — driving the total to more than 103,000 since the pandemic began. Also, on today’s Sunrise:/br> — Florida has begun cracking down on bars and restaurants that are ignoring social…
Grim milestone
Jun 23 • 21 min
Florida has reached another grim milestone in the fight against COVID-19; we’ve now had more than 100,000 cases. And the death toll has reached 3,266, averaging more than 29 fatalities per day since the first deaths were reported on March 5. Also, on…
Focus
Jun 22 • 15 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking the media — and the public — to stop focusing all its attention on the huge spike in COVID-19 cases over the past week. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — What it actually means: We’ve now had so many new cases that even DeSantis…
Record-setting
Jun 19 • 18 min
Florida just set another record for COVID-19. The Health Department reported 3,207 new cases of coronavirus Thursday — shattering the previous record set Monday. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Over the past week, Florida has recorded more than 17,000 new…
No return
Jun 18 • 20 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis says there’s no going back on his plan to reopen the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. But if the Governor won’t act, Saint Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says local officials will have to pick up the slack. Also, on today’s Sunrise: —…
Mandatory masks
Jun 17 • 20 min
Members of a group called Physicians for Social Responsibility are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make face masks mandatory for people gathering in public places. Three of those doctors explain why. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The doctors’ call to “mask…
Rulings
Jun 16 • 15 min
Federal courts have been making life remarkably interesting for Florida politicians. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — For starters, Monday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender persons in the…
New normal?
Jun 15 • 22 min
Florida’s daily increases in COVID-19 cases are looking a bit less like a spike and more like a new reality. Time will tell. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis says don’t blame the increase on how the state is reopening Florida for business.…
School’s in?
Jun 12 • 21 min
Florida education officials say they have a plan for the safe reopening of public schools. Sunrise hears from both Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Florida hits a record for coronavirus: 1,698 new…
GOP giddy
Jun 11 • 24 min
The Florida GOP is giddy over reports that Jacksonville could host the Republican National Convention in August. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The state Health Department says there have now been 67,391 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida. That an…
Task force?
Jun 10 • 23 min
Florida’s spike in COVID-19 cases continues — seven days in a row with at least 1,000 new cases. Also, on today’s Sunrise: Three state Senators are asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to help fight the spread of coronavirus by setting up a task force of medical…
Qualifying
Jun 9 • 23 min
Qualifying week is underway for state and local offices. One surprise on opening day was the announcement from state Sen. Tom Lee that he won’t be running for anything and is leaving with two years left on his term. On Sunrise, he’ll tell you why. Also,…
Streak
Jun 8 • 15 min
Florida has now experienced five consecutive days where the number of new COVID-19 cases has exceeded 1,000. Gov. Ron DeSantis says that is because of more testing, but it could also have something to do with the reopening of Florida and all those…
Records
Jun 5 • 17 min
Most of Florida is entering Phase Two of the COVID-19 recovery. While that might sound encouraging, it is happening right after the Department of Health reported a record number of new cases in a single day. Also, on today's Sunrise: — After calling time…
Phase Two, Too?
Jun 4 • 27 min
Florida’s Department of Health is reporting a spike of COVID-19 cases. Nevertheless, that did not stop Gov. Ron DeSantis from announcing most of Florida is about to enter Phase Two of the recovery. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — There were more than 1,300…
Lull
Jun 3 • 17 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis says there’s been a lull in the violence that arose from protests against police brutality in the state. Hopefully, it will stay that way. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — There were 70 more fatalities from COVID-19 in Florida, making it one…
Silence?
Jun 2 • 25 min
Today, COVID-19 takes a back seat to protests of police violence. Sunrise hears from a Mayor, a minister and two members of Congress, but nothing from the Governor. Gov. Ron DeSantis has said nothing in public about the protests, not even the one held…
Riots
Jun 1 • 18 min
After a weekend of violence during protests against police brutality, Gov. Ron DeSantis has called out the National Guard: 150 Guardsmen were sent to Miramar, 100 to Tampa, and 150 to Camp Blanding, the Guard’s headquarters. Also, on today’s Sunrise: —…
Grievances
May 29 • 25 min
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried finally gets the chance at a Florida Cabinet meeting to air her grievances about the way the state is responding to COVID-19. She claims Gov. Ron DeSantis is keeping them in the dark; DeSantis’s only response was:…
Scrubbed
May 28 • 13 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis blew off his usual coronavirus update so he could attend the launch of the SpaceX Dragon at the Kennedy Space Center, but they scrubbed the launch just 17 minutes before lift-off because of weather. They’ll try again Saturday. Also, on…
Full strength
May 27 • 22 min
The Florida Supreme Court is now back to full strength — since Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed two new Justices from South Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — One of the new justices is from Jamaica; the other is the child of Cuban refugees. Hear…
Uncharted
May 26 • 19 min
Florida has entered uncharted territory, according to the latest stats from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Sunshine State now has an unemployment rate of 12.9% — the highest since they started the current counting system back in the 1970s. There are at…
New record
May 22 • 15 min
Florida is releasing unemployment figures for April. We could be setting all sorts of records — not in a good way. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Universal Orlando wants to reopen to the public by June 5; masks and social distancing will be required. Disney…
Manipulation
May 21 • 23 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis faces more backlash over claims that his administration is manipulating the official stats for COVID-19 and unemployment claims. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Democrats in the Legislature are dismissing the Governor’s claim that the…
Invalid
May 20 • 20 min
Gov. DeSantis is defending the state’s unemployment compensation, saying that the state paid more than 97% of valid claims — and there are good reasons why almost 30% of the applications have been rejected. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The woman who…
Umbrage
May 19 • 22 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis holds his latest COVID-19 update next to a busy highway in Orlando, which got some special attention because of the pandemic. Good news if use I- 4 on a regular basis. If you don’t, well, consider yourself lucky. Also, on today’s…
Phase 1.1?
May 18 • 21 min
Florida has entered a new stage of reopening. It’s not Phase Two yet … more like Phase 1.1. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Big changes are ahead for restaurants, retail shops, gyms and sports facilities. But theaters and movies are still closed (unless they…
Phase Two
May 15 • 20 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Jacksonville to announce he’s lifting some of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Currently, we are in Phase One. In Phase Two, people from vulnerable populations would still be asked to self-isolate, but groups of up to…
Death toll
May 14 • 24 min
Florida’s death toll at nursing homes continues to rise: 776 residents or staffers at long-term care facilities have now been dies of COVID-19. However, Gov. Ron DeSantis claims we’re doing better than most other states. Also, on today’s Sunrise: —…
Empathy
May 13 • 24 min
Gov. DeSantis decided not to talk about the COVID-19 crisis — at least not to the media — by skipping the usual briefing. That was fine with Sen. Jason Pizzo, who says he’s tired of the BS over Florida’s failed unemployment compensation system and the…
Payday
May 12 • 20 min
Over the weekend, Florida’s state unemployment office sent out a lot of money, but still has a long way to go before it can get to all the claims already filed. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — When the pandemic began, a test for COVID-19 meant meeting all…
Haircuts
May 11 • 19 min
You can once again get a haircut or a perm in Florida, now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared that barbershops and beauty salons can reopen during the pandemic. You won’t even need a mask — but the barber will. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The state…
Scary numbers
May 8 • 26 min
Florida’s Department of Corrections release some scary numbers about the spread of coronavirus behind bars. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A huge swamp fire in Northwest Florida is tangling traffic by closing the I-10. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Agriculture…
Mobile testing
May 7 • 22 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis heads to Hard Rock Stadium to talk about coronavirus testing, show off the state’s new mobile laboratory — and do some China-bashing. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Phase One of Florida’s reopening may have started Monday, but stay-at-home…
RV
May 6 • 23 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis is announcing a new tool in the fight against COVID-19 in Florida — it’s an RV. Also, on today’s #Sunrise: — Although the state health department didn’t confirm the first case of coronavirus in Florida until March 1, a new report in the…
Hard hit
May 5 • 23 min
The fiscal impact of the COVID-19 crisis is starting to add up. State tax collections were down by more than $750 million in March. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis is using his bully pulpit to defend the state’s unemployment system. Well,…
Lifting bans
May 4 • 25 min
Florida’s statewide stay-at-home order has lifted for every county except Miami/Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, and restaurants can reopen for business — but with limitations. The end of the lockdown does NOT mean an end to social distancing. Also, on…
Virus Session?
May 1 • 23 min
Florida House Democrats are trying to engineer a Special Session on coronavirus. Rep. Evan Jenne says enough lawmakers have now submitted a formal request to the Secretary of State — and she is legally required to poll the entire Legislature. Also, on…
Phase 1
Apr 30 • 21 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils his plan to reopen the Sunshine State, with Phase One beginning Monday — except for Miami/Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — In short, the reopening plan has schools sticking with virtual learning…
Grand reopening?
Apr 29 • 22 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis will release his plan to reopen the state economy and get Floridians back to work. The Governor made the announcement during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — During a half-hour session…
Glitches
Apr 28 • 24 min
Florida has mailed out more unemployment checks, but the state also rejected a record number of jobless claims. One applicant with the rejected claim says he was able to reach a human being at the Department Economic Opportunity and was told it was a…
Unemployment fix
Apr 27 • 25 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis will soon be announcing progress made toward fixing the state’s broken unemployment system. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — DeSantis spent the weekend holding briefings with medical experts in Miami and Orlando. Coronavirus hasn’t…
Special Session?
Apr 24 • 20 min
Democrats in the Florida House are calling for a Special Session to address several issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Today’s the day Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force is supposed to come up with the first…
Not as bad
Apr 23 • 27 min
Florida’s death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise as Gov. Ron DeSantis insists we’re doing a lot better than some other states. The pandemic is nowhere near as bad in Florida as some of the experts had feared it might be, he adds. Also, on today’s…
Another victory lap
Apr 22 • 25 min
It sounds as if Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking a victory lap. No, COVID-19 has not gone away, but DeSantis says it’s nowhere near as bad in Florida as people had feared it might be. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — VISIT FLORIDA CEO Dana Young says the COVID-19…
Rebuilding
Apr 21 • 27 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis presides over the first meeting of his task force to rebuild Florida's economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. It was — as expected — conducted remotely. Also, in today’s Sunrise: — As politicians talk about restarting the economy, some…
Virtual education
Apr 20 • 19 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis has decided kids will NOT be going back to school on May 4 after all. The class of 2020 will finish off the school year virtually. Both DeSantis and the Florida Education Association president weigh-in. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The…
Skyrocket
Apr 17 • 18 min
Florida’s latest unemployment numbers will be released — the first monthly report that includes the impact of the coronavirus shutdown. The question is not if the rate goes up, but by how much. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Unemployment checks are in the…
Shutdown
Apr 16 • 24 min
Florida’s teacher’s union is not the only group asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep campuses closed until the start of the new school year. The Florida PTA and four different medical groups are making the same request. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The first…
Schoolin’
Apr 15 • 17 min
Florida’s Department of Health reports 21,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 571 fatalities. Seventy-two of your fellow Floridians died over the past 24 hours. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The teacher’s union is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis NOT to reopen…
Reappearance
Apr 14 • 21 min
After an extended absence, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees finally made an appearance at the Governor’s daily update on COVID-19. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Rivkees used to be a regular at these briefings, but this is the first time he’s shown up…
Farewell
Apr 13 • 19 min
Sunrise says goodbye to Rep. Kristin Jacobs of Coconut Creek, who died after a three-year battle with colon cancer. She has been universally praised as a force for good in Broward County politics. We feature a conversation with the lawmaker from a month…
Show and tell
Apr 10 • 23 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis is presiding over what might best be described as “show and tell” about how the state education establishment is dealing with coronavirus. One thing they did NOT say is when schools will reopen. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — There is…
Price Tag
Apr 9 • 23 min
Florida’s toll from COVID-19 continues to climb. The Department of Health is reporting 15,698 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 323 fatalities. Twenty-seven more Floridians died over the past day. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Army Corps of Engineers…
Hydroxychloroquine
Apr 8 • 21 min
Florida is now approaching 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and almost 300 fatalities. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis is showing his allegiance to President Donald Trump by hopping on board the hydroxychloroquine train. A million doses…
Flattening
Apr 7 • 22 min
A new forecast is showing Florida has failed to flatten the coronavirus curve, which means the official projection is that the worst of COVID-19 will occur April 21 instead of early May. As of last night, there were 13,629 confirmed cases in Florida, with…
Beleaguered
Apr 6 • 15 min
As of last night, Florida had 12,350 confirmed cases of coronavirus: 1,555 hospital admissions and 221 fatalities. Miami-Dade County leads in the number of cases, followed by Broward, Palm Beach, Orange and Hillsborough. Liberty and Taylor counties in…
Stay-at-home
Apr 2 • 19 min
Florida is now under lockdown. The Sunshine State becomes the Stay-at-Home state as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order to combat coronavirus takes effect. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A record number of Floridians filed first-time unemployment claims last…
Lockdown Part 2
Apr 2 • 19 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis finally decided to impose a statewide lockdown at one minute after midnight in hopes of containing the coronavirus pandemic in Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The governor’s reversal is a win for Florida Democrats, who have been…
Casualties
Apr 1 • 22 min
Casualties from coronavirus continue to grow; now there are 6,741 confirmed cases in the Sunshine State, with 85 fatalities. Also, on Today’s Sunrise: — To open the new month, the April Fool’s joke is all the monthly bills are due. It’s no laughing matter…
Newborn
Mar 31 • 23 min
Some happy news for a change: Gov. Ron DeSantis and the First Lady have a brand-new baby girl. But the Governor wasn’t in the delivery room because of coronavirus. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Florida Department of Education has extended school…
Checkpoints
Mar 30 • 21 min
President Donald Trump has backed away from earlier statements about wanting people back at work by Easter. He is now saying that the social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC will remain in effect until the end of April. Also, on today’s Sunrise: —…
Casualty
Mar 27 • 22 min
The human toll from COVID-19 continues to rise, with Florida’s latest casualty being a 67-year-old doctor from Broward County — which just issued orders for residents to stay at home — as well as two poll workers who dealt with voters during the state’s…
Disaster
Mar 26 • 27 min
Florida is now amid a major disaster after the President has made it official with a formal declaration. As of Wednesday night, there have been 1682 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida and 22 fatalities. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Despite the growing…
Easter?
Mar 25 • 25 min
Gov. DeSantis is pondering the President’s latest pronouncement — he wants America back to work by Easter. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — DeSantis is also doubling down on his refusal to order any sort of statewide lockdown. He says people in New York and…
Lockdown
Mar 24 • 20 min
Gov. DeSantis is once again refusing to issue any sort of statewide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus — despite the number of confirmed fatalities rising to 18. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — DeSantis is under attack for his failure to act on…
Surge
Mar 23 • 25 min
Florida’s unemployment office is facing an unprecedented surge. Hundreds of thousands of people already lost their jobs in the hotel and restaurant industries and Florida has the stingiest unemployment benefits in the country. Also, on today’s Sunrise: —…
Victory lap
Mar 20 • 22 min
Florida’s 2020 Legislative Session has officially ended, but there are some rumbles about it having to return to The Capitol later this year to respond to the impact of coronavirus. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — In a rare display of bipartisanship, the…
Return
Mar 19 • 22 min
Florida lawmakers are back in town to approve the budget and finally put an end to the 2020 Session — and not everyone is pleased. They’re worried that all those people coming in from every corner of the state could spread the coronavirus. Also, on…
Restrictions
Mar 18 • 17 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis imposed a series of new restrictions to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It will affect universities, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and beaches. Florida also has its first fatality inside an adult living facility and health…
Primary
Mar 17 • 24 min
It’s primary day, and coronavirus has already thrown a monkey wrench into the system. Most of the volunteers who help the elections office at the precincts are seniors, and a lot won’t be showing up to help with the primary — but officials insist…
Session’s end
Mar 16 • 27 min
Florida lawmakers now have a deal on the budget, putting an end to the 2020 Session (finally) later this week. Which is just as well, because the only thing most people care about right now is the struggle to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Also,…
Cooling-off
Mar 13 • 21 min
Florida’s Legislature is hoping to wrap things up by Wednesday. The tentative plan is to sign off on the budget by Sunday and then return for a vote Wednesday — after the mandatory 72-hour cooling-off period for the budget bill. Also, on today’s Sunrise:…
Limits
Mar 12 • 29 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis offers the latest details on the coronavirus in Florida — imposing new limits on who can visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities and universities are holding online classes. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — It’s a good day for…
Tracks
Mar 11 • 23 min
Session is now running on two separate tracks. Track one is business as usual — both chambers meeting all day long and lawmakers are moving as many bills as possible in what is supposed to be the final week of Session. Track two is going on behind the…
COVID-19
Mar 10 • 31 min
Coronavirus fears are overshadowing the closing days of the 2020 Legislative Session. Gov. Ron DeSantis meets with reporters to share the latest stats and talk about the state’s efforts to contain the virus, and the House Speaker says they need to prepare…
Overtime
Mar 9 • 13 min
This is supposed to be the final week of the Legislative Session, but it won’t. Senate Budget Chair Rob Bradley says they’ll need to go into overtime, if only for a few days. — While the budget talks are still a work in progress, several major issues were…
Masks
Mar 6 • 23 min
In Florida, the number of COVID-19 cases is creeping up. Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update and some advice on the use of surgical masks. Rep. Chip LaMarca talks about how Florida ports are dealing with the threat of coronavirus. Also, on today’s Sunrise:…
Scandal
Mar 5 • 19 min
The state has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and former director Tiffany Carr — the woman at the center of the scandal. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The House approves “Kaia’s Law,” named in honor of a 6-year-old…
Stalemate
Mar 4 • 31 min
A budget stalemate between the House and Senate is forcing the 2020 Legislative Session into overtime. Gov. Ron DeSantis says it’s no big thing. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — And then there were three. A new case of coronavirus has emerged in Florida — the…
Emergency
Mar 3 • 19 min
Right now, the Legislature is secondary to a public health emergency. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared the emergency and Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, who has details on the two confirmed cases of coronavirus, offered a list of suggestions for protecting…
Tunnel
Mar 2 • 22 min
There is light at the end of the tunnel, as we’ve entered the penultimate week of the 2020 Legislative Session. It also means it’s time to start making deals to move all those bills that are on hold. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Florida primary isn’t…
Coronavirus
Feb 28 • 21 min
The Ron DeSantis administration is trying to calm any public fears about the spread of coronavirus. The Governor says they’re committed to transparency, but there are still some questions they will not answer. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Despite…
Citizens
Feb 27 • 32 min
After clearing the Rules Committee, a bill making it harder for citizens to amend the state constitution heads for the Senate floor. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The House approves a bill to keep sex offenders who victimize children from being released…
Clock ticking
Feb 26 • 25 min
As the clock starts running down on the 2020 Session, bills are dying. One example — alimony reform. The Senate sponsor says it’s not going to happen this year. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A group called Veteran’s Cannabis Project is asking state…
Faux pas
Feb 25 • 20 min
Bernie Sanders managed to unite Democrats and Republicans, by committing a major faux pas by saying something good about Fidel Castro — the kiss of death in Florida politics. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Congressman Charlie Crist wants the state Surgeon…
All-nighters
Feb 24 • 28 min
With just three weeks to go before sine die of the 2020 Legislative Session: Good luck to all the legislative staffers who’ll be pulling all-nighters during these final weeks. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A House committee is raking the Florida Coalition…
Signing
Feb 21 • 32 min
The House is sending Gov. Ron DeSantis a bill requiring parental consent for minors who seek an abortion. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Senate Appropriations Committee approves a bill to raise the age for vaping and ban almost all flavored vaping…
Voting
Feb 20 • 25 min
The House will be voting today to require parental consent for abortions and to strip the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence of their exclusive contract with the state. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A federal appeals court in Atlanta rules against…
Crackdown
Feb 19 • 19 min
A Senate committee votes to impose new regulations on fertility clinics, cracking down on doctors who secretly use their own sperm to inseminate patients. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A Senate budget subcommittee votes to get rid of the statute of…
Gator Days
Feb 18 • 26 min
It’s “Gator Day” at The Capitol and University of Florida President Kent Fox will discuss taking over Florida Polytechnic, the backlash against higher education in the Legislature and his favorite FSU jokes. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — After passing new…
No-bid
Feb 14 • 19 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the House has subpoenaed more than a dozen current or former employees. Sen. Aaron Bean filed a bill that would eliminate the coalition’s no-bid deal with…
Come together
Feb 13 • 27 min
Members of the House Education Committee approved a bill to turn New College into a branch campus of Florida State University and Florida Polytechnic goes to the University of Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The House and Senate take up their…
Consolidation
Feb 12 • 17 min
State lawmakers have been talking about the death penalty — but don’t plan to do anything about it. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Bad news for the smallest of the state universities. If one lawmaker gets his way, Florida Polytech and New College of Florida…
Silence
Feb 11 • 24 min
House lawmakers advanced a bill requiring a mandatory minute of silence before school. Bill sponsor Kim Daniels downplayed the religious aspects of her bill by calling it a moment of silence or meditation. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A Senate committee…
Halfway
Feb 10 • 22 min
Wednesday marks the halfway point: Day 30 of the 60-day Session. This is when the political roller coaster kicks into high gear. It’s also the day of the annual Capitol Press Corps Skits. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — There’s been a newfound acceptance of…
Abortion consent
Feb 7 • 30 min
Florida’s Senate has approved the highly controversial bill requiring parental consent for abortion. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Education Committee in the Florida House advances a bill allowing college athletes to cash in on their fame without losing…
Alignment
Feb 6 • 18 min
Florida’s House and Senate budget committees have wrapped up their respective spending plans. The House budget is about $1.5 billion less than the Senate and it takes aim at the only Democrat elected to statewide office. Needless to say, Nikki Fried is…
Occupation
Feb 5 • 19 min
State Senators have decided not to vote just yet on SB 404, a controversial parental consent abortion bill. But that isn’t stopping a protest by opponents, who will hold a symbolic “occupation” of The Capitol. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A House committee…
Walking
Feb 4 • 18 min
State Sen. Lauren Book talks about her annual Capitol Walk for Child Safety. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A Senate committee approves raising the legal age for vaping and smoking from 18 to 21, but as things became a bit complicated, the issue gets split…
Epic battle
Feb 3 • 25 min
Lawmakers are gearing up for an epic battle over abortion rights that will play out this week on the Senate floor — and the corridors outside the chamber. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Some companies that help pay for Florida’s school voucher program are…
Investigation
Jan 31 • 19 min
Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are calling for an outside investigation into the officer-involved shooting that took the life of a 22-year-old FAMU student. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Despite a landmark death penalty ruling last week by the…
Preparations
Jan 30 • 22 min
Florida’s Emergency Operations Center is gearing up for the Super Bowl — just in case. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A Senate committee approves a bill that would allow the early release of inmates 65 and older. They also want to speed up the release of…
Controversy
Jan 29 • 18 min
The Senate is taking up a controversial bill forcing minors to get permission from their parents to get an abortion. The House is also considering a bill that says your genetic information is off-limits to insurance companies. Also, on Sunrise: —…
Full agenda
Jan 28 • 25 min
House committees are considering bills to loosen regulations on wine containers and craft distilleries and allow college athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Senators will consider repealing the Best and Brightest…
Workdays
Jan 27 • 13 min
The House and Senate have each scheduled a floor session for Wednesday, where lawmakers will vote on bills overturning Key West’s ban on chemical sunscreens and a bill prohibiting insurance companies from using genetic information to set rates or deny…
Tourism
Jan 24 • 23 min
VISIT FLORIDA is looking for support in the legislature. The state will abolish the tourism marketing agency later this year if lawmakers don’t act. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Headed for the House floor after clearing all its committees is a bill to…
Abortion
Jan 23 • 21 min
The Senate Rules Committee celebrates the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision by approving a bill forcing minor girls to get permission from their parents if they want an abortion. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The House votes to terminate the…
Sunscreen
Jan 22 • 23 min
Banning sunscreen bans is on the agenda for the Senate, which seeks to overturn a local ordinance in Key West that prohibits the sale of certain chemical sunscreens. Meanwhile, the House is talking about abolishing the Constitution Revision Commission.…
Suggested security
Jan 21 • 24 min
A Senate committee will debate a bill seeking to implement more of the recommendations made by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A couple of lawmakers want to change the law passed after the…
Reform
Jan 17 • 31 min
State Sen. Rob Bradley’s criminal justice reform bill has gained traction in the Senate Appropriations Committee, where members approved giving first-time drug offenders a break from minimum mandatory sentences. Under his proposal, anyone convicted of the…
Fireworks
Jan 16 • 28 min
State Sen. Kelli Stargel’s controversial bill requiring parental consent for minors to obtain an abortion clears another Senate committee … just barely. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A bill to legalize the sale of fireworks on national holidays — but not…
Session
Jan 15 • 20 min
The 2020 Session of the Florida Legislature is off and running. On today’s Sunrise: — Hitting the highlights of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ second annual State of the State address, as well as the response from Democratic leaders of the House and Senate. DeSantis…
Strike?
Jan 14 • 17 min
On the eve of Session, The Capitol complex was teeming with teachers asking lawmakers to do a better job funding education. Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued some vague threats about it being an “illegal teacher strike” that could lead to…
Good start
Jan 13 • 16 min
On the eve of the Session, thousands of teachers will converge on The Capitol to push for better education funding. While Gov. Ron DeSantis is recommending close to a billion dollars in new money for salaries and bonuses, the Florida Education Association…
Growth
Jan 10 • 18 min
Florida’s Chamber of Commerce is issuing its economic forecast for 2020 — and it’s huge: 200,000 new jobs created, and 320,000 new residents moving to the Sunshine State. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The Supreme Court dealt a death blow to the…
Preemption
Jan 9 • 13 min
Florida already requires criminal background checks if you want to work in law enforcement, schools and day care, among others. Now there’s a bill that says Amazon delivery persons should face the same sort of scrutiny. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Earlier…
Pot fight
Jan 8 • 14 min
Tallahassee’s political establishment is asking the Florida Supreme Court to keep a marijuana adult-use legalization amendment off the ballot in November. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran delivered his plan to get rid of…
Fallout
Jan 7 • 22 min
State Rep. Anna Eskamani, the only Iranian American serving in the Legislature, gives her take on the fallout from President Donald Trump’s decision to take out Iran’s top general with a drone strike Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Medical marijuana may be…
New year
Jan 6 • 10 min
During an appearance at a Florida megachurch, President (and newly minted full-time Florida Man) Donald Trump is defending his decision to kill an Iranian general with a drone strike. He also says the Democrats who impeached him are crazy. Also, on…
Year-end
Dec 31, 2019 • 15 min
The new year brings a ten cent per hour raise for minimum wage workers. While it’s bad for businesses that like to lowball employees, to balance it out, workers’ compensation rates will be cut and the tax they pay to lease commercial space is also…
Suspensions
Dec 30, 2019 • 17 min
Florida may be great, but there’s one thing that’s not so good — the number of Floridians who have their driver’s license suspended. It’s currently at about 2 million people … or one out of every eight drivers. Most of the time, the suspensions have…
Christmas
Dec 23, 2019 • 22 min
It’s a #Sunrise Christmas — a collection of holiday stories past and present from the staff at Florida Politics, as well as from some newsmakers featured on the podcast. — The lighting of the official Capitol Christmas tree in the lobby of the Governor’s…
Raise
Dec 20, 2019 • 13 min
Despite objections from the business community, the Florida Supreme Court ruled there’s no legal reason to prevent a minimum wage amendment from appearing on the ballot next November. Also, on today’s Sunburn: — The battle over impeaching the President is…
Drugs
Dec 19, 2019 • 17 min
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar visits the Sunshine State to announce the federal government has taken the first step in bringing affordable drugs to Florida from Canada. Apparently, socialized medicine isn’t always a terrible thing.…
Meet-n-greet
Dec 18, 2019 • 21 min
Senate President Bill Galvano meets with reporters for breakfast and a preview of the upcoming Legislative Session. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — State employees get an end-of-the-year bonus. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that they will not have to work on…
Stipanovich
Dec 17, 2019 • 26 min
GOP icon Mac Stipanovich is retiring for lobbying but is now writing columns for an old nemesis — the Tampa Bay Times. Stipanovich joins Sunrise in the studio to talk about the transition. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Backers of one of two constitutional…
Verified
Dec 16, 2019 • 13 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for a law implementing federal the E-Verify system for all new hires is running into some trouble in Tallahassee. Also, in today’s Sunrise: — There’s also trouble brewing at the Florida State University College of Medicine after…
Retention
Dec 13, 2019 • 17 min
Approximately 1,000 people work for the state as child protection investigators. But almost half of them quit after a year, and only about a fourth of them last for two years. Officials at the Department of Children and Families say they’re working on it.…
Reefer
Dec 12, 2019 • 16 min
Reefer madness rears its head in the Tallahassee as lawmakers gather ammunition to fight efforts to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the Sunshine State. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A House committee passes state Rep. Cary Pigman’s bill that…
Divine
Dec 11, 2019 • 18 min
Sen. Kelli Stargel’s bill to require minors to get permission from their parents before obtaining an abortion advances its first Senate committee … with a little help from the “God Squad.” Also, on today’s Sunrise: — First Lady Casey DeSantis and the head…
Consent
Dec 10, 2019 • 19 min
A contentious bill requiring women under age 18 to get parental consent for an abortion is up for a vote in the Senate Health Policy Committee. Last month, opponents ran out the clock and delayed the bill … but that won’t happen this time. Also, on…
Meetings
Dec 9, 2019 • 12 min
Florida lawmakers are back in The Capitol this week for one final round of committee hearings before the start of the Legislative Session next month. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Another Florida town is suffering through the aftermath of a mass shooting ……
No tolls
Dec 6, 2019 • 17 min
No Roads to Ruin Coalition is launching a campaign to kill M-CORES — Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance — a plan for three proposed new toll roads in rural Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — State Rep. Tina Polsky of Boca Raton is…
Clemency
Dec 5, 2019 • 12 min
Christmastime
Dec 4, 2019 • 14 min
The Christmas trees are up in the Capitol building and the Governor’s daughter had the honor of firing up the lights at her dad’s office. Also on today's Sunrise: — The Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments as the Attorney General and both major…
Arguments
Dec 3, 2019 • 18 min
Threshold
Dec 2, 2019 • 15 min
A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow voters to cast a ballot in primary elections regardless of party affiliation has enough signatures to make the 2020 ballot. Also on today's Sunrise: — The ACLU is suing the state to get access to public…
No cruelty
Nov 27, 2019 • 12 min
President Donald Trump signed a new law providing harsh penalties for animal cruelty. The prime sponsors of the bipartisan bill are Florida men Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A new audit says the Florida Department of Law…
Homecoming
Nov 26, 2019 • 20 min
President Donald Trump visits South Florida for his own version of a “homecoming rally” in his newly adopted state; Democrats are bringing the Baby Trump Balloon as part of the protest. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Two people well-known in Florida…
Snafu
Nov 25, 2019 • 24 min
Florida Politics correspondent Noah Pransky gives an exclusive report that should cause some soul searching at the Florida Department of Transportation and the Governor’s office over the SunPass snafu. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The 2020 census is…
Flashers
Nov 22, 2019 • 11 min
A pair of Orlando-area lawmakers have filed a bill to crack down on flashers. They want to increase the penalties and make it easier to prosecute them. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A South Florida lawmaker wants to repeal the Florida law that prohibits…
Promotions
Nov 21, 2019 • 17 min
U.S. Senators have confirmed the appointment of Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa to the federal appeals court in Atlanta. For those keeping track: That makes two promotions for two Florida judges in two days. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Three…
Debate again
Nov 20, 2019 • 17 min
Democrats are gathering in Atlanta for the latest in (what seems like) a never-ending series of presidential debates. The impeachment hearings are sure to be a hot topic. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Florida’s hepatitis A problem is getting bigger as the…
Increases
Nov 19, 2019 • 15 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis is unveiling his second budget for the state of Florida — $91.4 billion. While that may be the biggest budget in Florida history, it’s also one of the smallest increases over a decade. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — State Sen. Jeff Brandes…
Budget
Nov 18, 2019 • 15 min
State Sen. Gary Farmer and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith talk about once again filing bills to ban assault rifles in Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a news conference this morning for what his office calls “a major…
Protests
Nov 15, 2019 • 24 min
Again, students with “March for our Lives” held a protest in The Capitol over gun violence, offering a six-point plan to help reduce the epidemic of mass shootings. This time, they’re hoping lawmakers will listen. Also, on today’s #Sunrise: — The…
Leadership
Nov 14, 2019 • 14 min
A battle for leadership of the Florida Senate in 2022 is over — with Kathleen Passidomo of Naples winning — if Republicans can hold their majority, that is. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Good news for Ursus americanus floridanus; the House advanced a bill…
Droning on
Nov 13, 2019 • 25 min
A Senate committee has approved a bill allowing police and deputies to use unmanned drones in certain circumstances. But authorities promise they won’t use them to spy on us. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Many, including Agriculture Commissioner Nikki…
Consent
Nov 12, 2019 • 17 min
Just in time for Veterans Day, VISIT FLORIDA launches a new military-friendly web site to assist service members, veterans and their families on where to go in Florida. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A Senate committee will consider a controversial bill…
Veterans
Nov 11, 2019 • 12 min
Happy Veterans Day! Good news for Northwest Florida. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t offer crop insurance on trees, they’ve agreed to nearly $400 million to help growers who suffered huge losses from Hurricane Michael. Also, on today’s…
Guardians
Nov 8, 2019 • 20 min
Sunrise takes a deep dive into Florida’s Guardian program, as lawmakers try to figure out how to respond when people take advantage of the wards they are supposed to protect. It’s a response to the death of a 75-year-old man after his professional…
Restitution
Nov 7, 2019 • 18 min
Florida’s Supreme Court is taking up an issue with huge political implications — do former felons have to pay all their fines and make restitution before having their voting rights restored? Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Two Central Florida lawmakers are…
Election protection
Nov 6, 2019 • 20 min
Two Central Florida lawmakers are making another run at their election protection bills — and two South Florida lawmakers are trying to get a hearing for their bills banning conversion therapy on children. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A bill to revive the…
Water
Nov 5, 2019 • 16 min
Five years after voters approved the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment, conservation groups are urging the Legislature to finally obey that amendment and spend more to preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — It’s…
Committees
Nov 4, 2019 • 23 min
It’s committee week at the Florida Capitol as lawmakers kick into high gear to prepare for the Legislative Session beginning in January. Florida Politics’ Jim Rosica stops by the studio with a preview of what’s in store. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — A new…
Guns
Nov 1, 2019 • 16 min
Another day, another gun bill. This time, it’s a proposal to prohibit domestic abusers from possessing firearms. Domestic violence is responsible for more than half the mass shootings in America. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Bill Galvano’s M-CORE law…
Security
Oct 31, 2019 • 16 min
Sunrise gives an update on election security in Florida. The Russians hacked into two county databases during the 2016 election, and the Secretary of State’s office is spending millions of dollars to try to prevent a recurrence in 2020. However, details…
Victory
Oct 30, 2019 • 13 min
Gov. Ron DeSantis plucks victory from the jaws of defeat after his Republican Party of Florida announced they were postponing a big fundraising dinner. It’s back on. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — DeSantis is asking lawmakers to pass a bill requiring private…
Loopholes
Oct 29, 2019 • 14 min
Florida may be known as the “Gunshine State,” but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from filing a battery of bills on gun safety. For the 2020 Session, a South Florida lawmaker filed two bills to close the loopholes that allow Floridians to buy guns without…
School trip
Oct 27, 2019 • 15 min
Florida’s teachers’ union is coming to the Florida Capitol, part of a statewide bus tour with 50 stops in every corner of the state to talk about funding for public schools. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Another day … another photo emerges showing the Gov.…
Paradigm shift
Oct 25, 2019 • 11 min
Now the Florida Senate has decided to uphold Ron DeSantis’ suspension of the Broward County Sheriff, local officials statewide — especially sheriffs — are beginning to realize there is a major shift in the political landscape. You don’t have to commit a…
Removal
Oct 24, 2019 • 24 min
Unsurprisingly, the Florida Senate voted to uphold Ron DeSantis’ removal of Scott Israel as the elected Broward County Sheriff. The decision brought relief to Parkland parents, but also set a troubling precedent of expanding the Governor’s executive…
Consensus
Oct 23, 2019 • 13 min
The Florida Senate will decide the fate of former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel — and it looks like a partisan vote, meaning he probably won’t be getting his job back. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — As for those Ukrainian businessmen associated with Rudy…
Suspension
Oct 22, 2019 • 16 min
The Florida Senate meets in Special Session to decide whether Scott Israel should be reinstated as sheriff of Broward County. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel for the failures of his deputies during the killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as…
Decorum
Oct 18, 2019 • 13 min
Ahead of next week’s Special Session on suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, the Senate issued a decorum advisory after the Special Master in the case received a death threat. Also, on today’s Sunrise with Jim Rosica, filling in for Rick Flagg: — The…
Lawyer up
Oct 17, 2019 • 15 min
Ron DeSantis lawyers up to press his case that former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel should go. The Governor brought on George Levesque, an attorney with GrayRobinson and was a finalist for one of two openings on the 1st District Court of Appeal as…
Well-Being
Oct 16, 2019 • 19 min
The Department of Children and Families wants its employees to “be well,” creating a state Office of Well-Being. The agency’s mission is to “…decrease employee trauma and burnout … increase employee physical (and) mental health, well-being, and retention…
Debate night
Oct 15, 2019 • 17 min
Tonight’s fourth Democratic presidential debate will be the largest primary debate in American political history — featuring 12 candidates. Also, on Sunrise, with Jim Rosica filling in for Rick Flagg: — Wilton Simpson will be designated Senate President…
Jetset
Oct 11, 2019 • 21 min
First Lady Casey DeSantis flew on a private jet of a political contributor to her husband, which is raising some interesting ethics questions — particularly because Mrs. DeSantis attended both a Republican Party fundraiser and a health care policy event.…
Consequences
Oct 10, 2019 • 13 min
A judge sentenced a Florida man to 10 days in jail, one-year probation and 150 hours of community service because he overslept and failed to show up for jury duty. Records show he’s done it before, and some suggest the punishments were based on race.…
Targets
Oct 9, 2019 • 16 min
Supporters of new restrictions on firearms are taking aim at Sen. Rick Scott … and he’s not the only one in the crosshairs. Also, in today’s Sunrise: — A national organization called Support Working Animals is challenging Florida’s constitutional…
Raise
Oct 8, 2019 • 15 min
A new law setting up a process to restore voting rights for former felons is being challenged in federal court. Amendment 4 was supposed to make the process easier, but ACLU lawyers say the implementation law is undermining it Also, on today’s Sunrise: —…
Fine mess
Oct 7, 2019 • 20 min
Impeachment fever is sweeping Washington, and Florida Republicans are trying to figure out how to deal with the mess. While North Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz plays defense, he also thinks House Democrats will impeach Donald Trump by Thanksgiving. Also,…
Progress
Oct 4, 2019 • 15 min
It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle. Leaders of a group called Rebuild 850 say recovery is underway — but there’s a lot more work to be done and progress is slow. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — NPR’s chief…
Facing facts
Oct 3, 2019 • 14 min
There is a brand-new effort to get Florida leaders to face up to the issue of “climate change” — words that were once verboten in state government Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Donald Trump is coming to Florida to talk about Medicare in “The Villages,” a…
Slow burn
Oct 2, 2019 • 11 min
Sunrise looks at new rules from Florida’s Agriculture Department imposing limits on forest and agricultural burning. Before any controlled burn of an entire field of sugarcane remnants, they will now have to check things like fog and the air quality…
Good laws, bad laws
Oct 1, 2019 • 14 min
A national leader in the fight against human trafficking says Florida is one of the state’s leading the way — but we still don’t know the full extent of the problem or a way to prevent it. Also, today on Sunrise: — The state wildlife commission is…
Questions
Sep 30, 2019 • 20 min
A suicide in Sarasota raises troubling questions about tactics used by the cyber-cops in the Sunshine State to entice and entrap people into sex stings. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Ron DeSantis is sticking to his guns on the suspension of Broward County…
Expecting
Sep 27, 2019 • 22 min
First, all of us at Sunrise want to congratulate Ron and Casey DeSantis, who are expecting their third child. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — In Bay County, the Governor unveiled the first in a series of grants to help towns like Mexico Beach hard-hit by…
Redemption
Sep 26, 2019 • 16 min
A special master hired by the Florida Senate concludes the Governor’s decision to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for failures at the Parkland school shooting was wrong. Senators will meet in Special Session next month to decide if Israel will…
Impeachment?
Sep 25, 2019 • 25 min
Florida lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for the possibility of impeachment hearings. Sunrise checks in with GOP consultant, author and “never Trumper” Rick Wilson to see if this is another sideshow or (perhaps) the real thing. Also, on today’s…
Consequences
Sep 24, 2019 • 20 min
While you may know about the new state law beefing up the texting-while-driving ban, there is also something you may not be aware of; a prohibition on using hand-held cellphones while driving through school and work zones. That part of the law takes…
Conversations
Sep 23, 2019 • 20 min
Sunrise talks with first-term U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, a former Green Beret who now represents Flagler, Volusia and portions of Lake and St. Johns counties. Waltz gives his take on the President’s decision to put U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia. Also, on today’s…
Shame
Sep 20, 2019 • 15 min
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried takes aim at now-Sen. Rick Scott, accusing the former Governor of an ‘ideological war’ against Floridians with HIV. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — After years of avoiding any talk about climate change, Republican leaders…
Numbers
Sep 19, 2019 • 17 min
This week, lawmakers are parsing Florida’s budget in Tallahassee as state Rep. Chris Sprowls — the newly designated House Speaker for next year — says they have a spending problem. But Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Rob Bradley disagrees, saying:…
Industry
Sep 18, 2019 • 12 min
Holly Bell, the state’s Cannabis Director at the Agriculture Department is telling lawmakers the first legal hemp crop could be planted in Florida by the end of the year. It will be the first in the Sunshine State since the 1940s. Also, on today’s…
Designation
Sep 17, 2019 • 14 min
Legislative committee week in the Florida Capitol begins as the state Senate starts discussion about gun violence in the aftermath of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — Florida House Republicans gather to crown Chris Sprowls of…
Back To Work
Sep 16, 2019 • 16 min
Summer vacation has long been over. And now, the Florida Legislature gets back to work for committee week in Tallahassee — which means lots of workshops, bill filings — and fundraising. — Sunrise talks with the man scheduled to take over next year as…
Reckonings
Sep 12, 2019 • 15 min
A blockbuster report in The Guardian casts blame on former Gov. Rick Scott for a surge in HIV cases during his time in office. The paper says Scott, now a U.S. Senator, refused to accept about $70 million in federal funding to fight the disease — likely…
Previewing The Democratic Debate
Sep 11, 2019 • 15 min
The Legislature’s plan to stop school shooters by arming teachers is going over as well as you might expect — like a lead balloon. In other items on today’s Sunrise: — If you ever wondered why state legislators seem to ignore the poor, it’s this: Nearly…
Rise In The Rankings
Sep 10, 2019 • 11 min
The new U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges in America rankings were released, giving Florida State University and FSU President John Thrasher reason to cheer. FSU made the cut at No. 18. In other items on today’s Sunrise: — Gov. Ron DeSantis gets…
Welcome to Sunrise: Rick Flagg is back!
Sep 7, 2019 • 13 min
Welcome to Sunrise, a podcast hosted by veteran journalist Rick Flagg. Each day, Flagg will bring the hottest in Florida political news, data and more, as well as heads-up to what to expect each day. In this premiere episode: — After Hurricane Dorian’s…