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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.

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.

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Episodes

Adios

6/15/2021
Another promising young lawmaker has decided to get out of town. Michele Rayner-Goolsby made history last year when she became the first openly LGBTQ+ Black woman to be elected to the state Legislature. Rayner is running for a congressional seat in Saint Petersburg being vacated by fellow Democrat Charlie Crist. — Gov. Ron DeSantis travels to a Jewish School in Surfside to sign a bill mandating a moment of silence at the start of every day in public schools. It's a not-so-subtle effort to...

Duration:00:19:18

De-platform

6/14/2021
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to discuss the legality of Florida's new law punishing social media companies that de-platform politicians for lying and spreading disinformation. Also, on today’s Sunrise: — The lawsuit challenging Florida's new social media law was filed by the Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice — two groups that stand for online companies. — Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a new law designed to limit the amount of money insurance companies have to...

Duration:00:15:21

CRT

6/11/2021
“Critical race theory” can no longer be taught in Florida public schools. The Board of Education heard more than an hour of testimony where opponents said it was a Marxist plot to undermine America. — Supporters of CRT say the state's new rule to prohibit discussion of critical race theory is whitewashing history for political purposes.Ron DeSantis — The Governor collected more than $7 million for his reelection campaign during the month of May and has almost $40 million in the...

Duration:00:16:59

Indoctrinate

6/10/2021
Florida’s Board of Education is being asked to crack down on radical teachers who indoctrinate their students to “hate the U.S.A.” and “shame white kids for what their ancestors did.” Or is it politically motivated censorship to teach an idealized version of America that whitewashes our history and refuses to acknowledge the racial bias that permeates our society? This should be a fun meeting. — After weeks of dropping hints, Congresswoman Val Demings drops a video saying she's in the race...

Duration:00:18:24

Unpleasant truth

6/9/2021
The union representing Florida teachers objects to a new rule that would force them to whitewash or ignore the unpleasant truths of U.S. history. — Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar has more to say on that rule during the Sunrise interview.Ron DeSantis — A Florida group trying to prevent sexual abuse of children is warning parents to keep better track of what their kids are doing online. One out of five kids who touch a digital device will receive some sort of sexual...

Duration:00:23:44

Trade secrets

6/8/2021
Florida is taking a stand against the Chinese Communist Party. The Governor signed a bill to keep communist cash out of Florida research. — Gov. Ron DeSantis also signed a bill creating a new law prohibiting the theft of trade secrets from Florida companies and institutions. That's the sort of thing the feds usually prosecute, but the House Speaker says Florida Man deserves a shot at them.Charlie Crist — Later this week, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visits Tallahassee to encourage more...

Duration:00:26:17

Reporting

6/7/2021
Florida’s Department of Health decided it will not release the daily COVID-19 casualty reports anymore. From now on, it’s only once a week. — Speaking of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined the latest GOP parlor game: “Let's Blame Fauci!”Marco RubioAnthony FauciJoe Biden — Florida courts have been working remotely since March 2020, but the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court says judicial circuits can reopen later this month and no later than August 2. — And finally, police are...

Duration:00:16:34

Reversal?

6/4/2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis is the target of a new campaign to convince him to reverse course and allow Floridians to continue receiving federal unemployment benefits over the summer instead of cutting them off later this month. — DeSantis and his business backers say cuts are necessary because unemployment benefits are so high that lazy people won't go back to work. But are they really? — Despite the Governor's claims, the Compact would indeed make it easier to bring two new casinos to...

Duration:00:24:32

Signed

6/3/2021
Florida’s $101.5 billion budget approved by state lawmakers gets the Governor's blessing. — Ron DeSantis held a news conference in New Smyrna Beach to sign the budget, doing again a couple of hours later in Zephyrhills. The Governor also vetoed more than 140 spending projects, including his own pet project: a billion-dollar fund using federal COVID-19 bucks to respond to future disasters and emergencies.Nikki Fried — Despite DeSantis saying she “does nothing,” Fried does plenty, especially...

Duration:00:23:28

Running

6/2/2021
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is running for Governor next year. Fried made the official announcement in a video on her Twitter feed. — Tuesday was the start of Pride Months for the LGBTQ+ community. What better time for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign the bill banning transgender kids from taking part in high school and college sports. — Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of military vets; many of them are dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s. There's no cure, but there is...

Duration:00:21:49

Hurricane

6/1/2021
It’s the first day of the 2021 hurricane season. It could get just as nasty as last year, which set all sorts of records in the Atlantic basin. — The official prediction from the National Hurricane Center is similar to 2020, an above-normal number of storms. While we count on the Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service to give us adequate warnings when a storm heads this way, they rely on us to be prepared. — Speaking of confusion: There’s uncertainty in the cruise ship industry...

Duration:00:21:49

Tech suit

5/28/2021
Two tech groups have filed a federal lawsuit to try to derail Florida's new law that tries to punish Twitter, Facebook, and other tech giants for censoring hate speech and misinformation spread by (among others) the former President of the United States. Matt Scheers with the Computer and Communication Industry Association says it’s an unconstitutional law that should never take effect. — They filed the legal challenge just three days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the tech bill. — Scott...

Duration:00:23:32

Victory dance

5/27/2021
Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is celebrating the end of the school year at Baker County, the first district in Florida to reopen last August during the COVID-19 pandemic. — Gov. Ron DeSantis held his first news conference (and victory dance) of the day in Baker County, before moving on to Sarasota County to deliver the same message: Florida got in-person classes right and others got it wrong. — DeSantis posed for pictures at each stop with teachers holding a giant check for...

Duration:00:22:09

Whitewash

5/26/2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran are asking the state Board of Education to adopt a new policy to whitewash American history by forbidding the teaching of “critical race theory.” — DeSantis wants schools to stick with the approved version of history and penalize teachers and schools that don't toe the line. — The COVID-19 crisis has decimated Florida's tourism industry, but Dana Young at VISIT FLORIDA says they're going to turn that around, thanks in part to a...

Duration:00:22:25

Cut off

5/25/2021
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity will no longer be taking part in the federal program that boosted the state’s unemployment checks by $300 per week. Gov. Ron DeSantis says that's going to end June 26. — DeSantis says the federal money was a lifeline when the economy shut down, but now the benefits are so high they encourage people to stay home instead of finding a job.Donald Trump — Under the new law, any Floridian can sue social media companies if de-platformed, censored, or...

Duration:00:21:11

Turkey talk

5/24/2021
Florida TaxWatch is releasing its annual list of legislative projects that somehow made their way into the new budget without following the usual procedure. It’s called the “Turkey List” and TaxWatch will be recommending that the Governor use his line-item veto power to hunt them down. — Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the bill creating three sales tax holidays over the next two months. Along with the usual tax breaks for hurricane supplies and back-to-school supplies, there's something new this...

Duration:00:20:43

A break

5/21/2021
We're finally getting a break from the Legislature … but not the pandemic. — Florida's death toll broke 37,000 Thursday, but the state's positivity rate was the lowest since October.Anthony Fauci — Fauci says we need to do a better job convincing people to get vaccinated; a new report says people who live in Florida counties that voted for Donald Trump are less likely to get a shot. — But Republicans in Tallahassee had no problem using that money to fund the largest budget in Florida...

Duration:00:22:07

The Silence

5/20/2021
The Capitol halls are quiet, and lawmakers are heading home after concluding a three-day Special Session on gambling. — Both chambers of the Legislature approved the new Seminole Gaming Compact by lopsided margins. Opponents made their last stand Wednesday in the House.Randy Fine — Fine was also responsible for the most cringe-worthy comment during the debate when he forced lawmakers to imagine him naked. Pass the brain bleach, please…Chris Sprowls — But it's not over yet. The deal still...

Duration:00:19:33

Finish line

5/19/2021
If all goes according to plan, the Special Session on gambling will end today. — The Florida Senate approved the new Seminole Compact after lawmakers learned it will bring billions of dollars into the state coffers.Jeff Brandes — But selling out was OK with the rest of the Senators. Brandes was the only one to vote against the deal … and the House will pass it today.George Gainer — Senate President Wilton Simpson says lawmakers can deal with fantasy football next year, but they won't be...

Duration:00:24:31

Big deal

5/18/2021
The Special Session on gambling is underway; it’s almost like lawmakers never left town. — Session began with a major concession as the House Speaker announced a controversial provision that could have turned your smartphone into an online casino is gone from the proposed Seminole Compact. — The former Seminole County Tax Collector pleads guilty in a federal sex trafficking investigation, promising to cooperate with the feds as their investigation continues. North Florida Congressman Matt...

Duration:00:24:37