Less than a month ago, we were talking about peace on earth and goodwill.
This didn’t last long, right?
Nope, he arrived in 2022 wearing the same suit as his family members for 2020 and 2021. Whenever the calendar changes, it seems like things will stay the same.
The omicron variable is circulating across the state just as medical experts predicted last year. We’re still arguing about masks and vaccinations, and we’re still seeing a lot of Dr. Anthony Fauci. I imagine he feels the same way too.
We’re still talking about it Donald Trump, Unfortunately.
The big lie about a stolen election started in 2020 and continues today.
The sports leagues that have been juggling schedules throughout 2021 are still touring.
However, we strive.
Teachers are doing their best to tackle an impossible task, despite constant interference from legislators, most of whom advance in classrooms only when they were students.
Doctors, nurses, researchers, and first responders still work themselves to the bone.
And here at Florida Politics, we’re still picking the winners and losers for this week.
Let’s go to it.
Honorable Mention: Ken Welch. Petersburg’s first black mayor didn’t get the usual pomp and circumstance at his swearing-in ceremony, thanks to COVID-19. But this did not detract from the significance of the event.
“I grew up In areas of our city where my family lives not by choice, but by enacted discriminatory practices that determine where African Americans can live in our city.” “As a kindergarten and first grader, I attended the last separate classes in a school Melrose Elementary.”
Welch already has a whole host of high-priority items, including the explosive cost of housing in Saint Petersburg and rising waters due to climate change. Also, last month’s report – adopted by the city council – is detailed Structural racism issues in St. Petersburg. Welch said he is well aware of this problem, having faced it as he aged.
“It’s good that this is documented and approved by the city council as the true history of our city,” he said. “I think that shows what equity and progress look like in the future.”
Almost (but not quite) the biggest winner: the COVID-19 test. Sure, there were problems. People had to wait hours in many cases to receive the test. And while that’s not good, it’s encouraging to see how seriously people are taking the latest threat of a virus that won’t die.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control shows a record 146,665 tests reported daily in Florida through December 29. And that number is likely even higher now as people scramble to take tests before returning to work and school after the holidays.
They take the epidemic method more seriously than the state’s surgeon general, Joseph Ladabo.
“People who are unlikely to benefit … to stand in line waiting to get tested, that doesn’t make sense to me,” Ladabo said at a press conference on Tuesday. “It just doesn’t make sense to me as a clinician. It doesn’t make sense to me as a clinical researcher.”
He realizes that this virus is highly contagious, right? Just because an infected person doesn’t show symptoms doesn’t mean they can’t pass the bug to another person who could develop a potentially fatal disease.
This did not stop Florida Department of Health of issuing new guidelines for COVID-19, saying that people who are asymptomatic do not need tests.
In Orlando Sentinel, D.; Eileen Marty, professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University, called it “A recipe for disaster. “
Long lines for tests indicate that more people agree with Marty rather than Ladapo.
Biggest Winner: Jeff Brands. Politicians often talk about prison reform in our state but rarely take steps to make it happen. Brandeis, a state senator who represents parts of the Tampa Bay area, is a different cat.
His passion for change is reflected for a long time Twitter theme on this subject before the opening of the legislative session.
He wrote: “FL desperately needs a new vision for its patch system because today it doesn’t patch (and) simply repositories.” “(The Florida Department of Corrections) is currently working with spit and chewing gum. It is the responsibility of the legislature to put it on a sustainable path but it cannot do anything easily.”
Prisons are facing an acute shortage of staff, which last year led to the closure of three prisons. The guards were leaving in record numbers, reporting dangerous working conditions and a grueling work schedule.
The system has also been shaken by accusations of abuse.
a Two-year investigation The US Department of Justice painted a gruesome picture of the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala. It concluded that the state of Florida and the FDOC “failed to keep inmates in Lowell safe from sexual assault by staff.”
Worse, the report noted that the FDOC “has documented and been aware of a pattern or practice of sexual assault by staff on Lowell inmates since at least 2006.”
But they’re just prisoners, right?
That seems to be the situation, and Brands is trying to change that.
“One of the sayings I quote is Stein’s Law which says that unsustainable things will eventually stop. Florida can’t afford to stop the FDOC, and so we must put it on a sustainable path. This includes a long-term plan for facilities and programs (we don’t have one),” Brandes wrote.
To get a little more in depth, follow his Twitter thread on the topic. It’s amazing.
Disgraceful mention: The Miami Herald. Newspaper reporters and editors are accustomed to allegations of bias and other issues by disaffected readers and politicians. Even by this standard, the venerable Herald is under siege.
I started with December 20 Story in the Herald On proposed legislation dealing with rooftop solar energy. The article states that “Florida Power & Light, the nation’s largest energy company, is lobbying to block its operation.”
Florida Politics I mentioned that FPL made a comment challenging the article, only to have it appear in heavily edited form in messages to the editor section.
Herald Opinion Editor Nancy Ankrum He told FPL that the letter (half from 500 words to less than 250) was edited due to “unsubstantiated” allegations of disparaging one of the editorial staff, the Tallahassee bureau chief. Mary Ellen Klass.
So, FPL launched a webpage to make its case.
“Unsurprisingly, we found the story to be incredibly one-sided and misleading on an issue of real concern to 18 million Florida residents,” the company said.
You can Read her full refutation here.
Then the President of the Senate Wilton Simpson Wrote a lengthy review on a topic different from Klas to the Herald Executive Editor Monica Richardson.
Simpson’s anger centered on Claes’ reports on the Senate’s proposed redistricting maps.
“Mary Ellen Klass has crossed the line of reporting and informing organizations that will bring lawsuits against the legislature,” Simpson wrote.
The Senate’s initial maps were generally praised, even from Democrats.
“I have great respect for independent analysis and product review of our work thanks to the free press,” Simpson wrote. “Unfortunately, Ms. Claes has crossed the line between reporting and intervening. To address the dangerous nature of this intervention, staff have directed the Senator to disregard suggestions she has made when considering future requests for information and analysis from professional staff.”
In order to dive deeper and see the Herald’s defense of Klaas, click here.
Almost (but not quite) Biggest Loser: Matt Gaetz. Interesting American actor from Florida CD 1 I suggested employment Steve Bannon Podcast that when Republicans win control of the US House of Representatives (don’t they mean that?), they should keep the January 6 committee going and install a vice president. Marjorie Taylor Green as chief.
The commission can then get to the real cause of the riots: an unholy alliance between the FBI and Democrats to set the Joe Biden in the White House.
But wait a minute, didn’t Gates originally say that Antifa was behind the riots? And all those peace-loving people Donald Trump Supporters unfairly caught smashing windows of the US Capitol and smashing offices?
Well that didn’t stick, let’s see what the plot is behind Section 2.
“I’m ready to open it all up and get it all out,” Greene said on the Gaetz podcast.
Why don’t you do it now? If there is credible evidence of such a nefarious plot, let’s hear it. But, of course, there is no evidence. However, there is a chance to collect more money from the gullible herd who thinks such tripe.
These two were made for each other – soulmates of gossip, nonsense, and baldness.
Biggest Loser: Ron DeSantis. We’re used to exaggerating the use of steroids from the Florida governor, but even by that standard, his comments about the anniversary of the January 6 rebellion were abhorrent.
At a press conference held in West Palm Beach on January 6, DeSantis refused to commemorate the riot in the US Capitol As a tool for his old opponents – the Democrats and the hateful media – to “smear” former President Trump’s supporters.
He called it “Christmas morning” to his perceived enemies.
“Jan. 6 allows them to create negative narratives about people who have supported Donald Trump,” DeSantis said.
The novels were already there, Governor, shown on television in real time. It was an attempt by a gang of lunatics to overturn the presidential election and keep the dear leader in power. The attack on our government must be remembered forever and studied in the lessons of history.
But in the world of DeSantis: nothing you see here! Nothing to see here!
“So, I think it will end Just the politicized Charlie Foxtrot (Thursday),” DeSantis said, using military slang instead of “cluster.”
More than 725 people have been arrested in connection with that of Charlie Foxtrot. At least 165 pleaded guilty – 145 to misdemeanors and the rest to felonies.
Authorities have charged 75 Florida residents with insurrection-related crimes. This is more than any other country.
When our country witnessed riots in the aftermath George Floyd Verdict, DeSantis rushed through the ill-advised and widely criticized “riot” bill.
And two days before the anniversary of the mutiny, a 72-year-old man was arrested at a DeSantis news conference in Jacksonville after disrupting procedures.
In a tweet, the governor’s press secretary, Christina Buchou, comparing the explosion to the riots at the Capitol.
I wrote: “It’s almost the anniversary of J6, and Democrats insist in my responses that government buildings should always be open to any member of the public who wants to confront an elected official, and no one should be arrested for trespassing on a government building! Awesome!”
This is going to be a strange year, but then again, aren’t they all?