Winner and Loser of the Week in Politics in Florida – Week of 1.16.22
As the legislature focuses on high-profile issues such as abortion rights, gun laws, education, etc., the The Miami Herald reported on something that deserves more attention.
The House is considering a measure that would make it easier for lawmakers to hide the sources of their donations.
The bill would prohibit any government agency from requiring corporations, associations and nonprofits to disclose their direct or indirect financial support to any entity.
representing Toby Overdorf, a Republican from Palm City, is sponsoring the bill.
“A lot of donors want to remain anonymous, or they do. [give] huge amount of money, and they don’t need to let everyone know how much money they give to certain organizations,” he told the Herald.
That’s the money quote right there, so to speak.
Mr. Overdorf, this desire for anonymity is the problem. Money powers almost everything in Tallahassee, and the public deserves to know where it comes from.
The Senate is considering a similar bill.
Campaign finance laws are confusing enough to make you lose your eyes, but they are also vital. And they are not limited to one major party or the other.
Anything that reveals where the money is coming from tells the public it’s none of their business.
Now it’s time for our weekly game of winners and losers.
Honorable mention: Navelists. The Oxford Language Dictionary defines the navel as “the complacent or excessive contemplation of oneself or of a single problem, at the expense of a larger view”.
With that in mind, it must be Christmas in January for those following the increasingly entertaining dance between donald trump and govt. Ron DeSantis.
Will Trump run for president again?
If so, is DeSantis just putting his ambitions on hold out of respect for the man who no doubt sent him on a rocket ride to the Florida Governor’s mansion?
Pass the popcorn!
The Washington Post weighed in with a story titled, “The emerging Trump-DeSantis clash.”
The Post noted, “DeSantis refused to say he would defer to Trump — which is would be the main source of tension.”
In effect, the Governor behaves like someone with their eyes on a higher price. His loyalty to Trump only seems to go so far. It seems to hit the big guy’s feelings.
“He clearly sees DeSantis as, at best, an ingrate who will not rely on him and, at worst, a real problem in 2024,” the Post wrote. “Trump doesn’t seem happy to let the situation play out, but rather wants to force DeSantis to declare his intentions and back down in a way that DeSantis quite ostentatiously refused.”
Of course, the presidential race is more than two years away. Still, this soap opera is compelling and hugely entertaining drama. The real news will come later.
Almost (but not quite) the biggest winner: Casey DeSantis. The first lady of Florida announced that she had completed her last course of chemotherapy as she battled breast cancer.
“She fought really hard, and we think she responded really well,” said her husband at an event in Hardee County. “She still has things to do, but it’s a big step because it’s nasty stuff when they do that.
“I just wanted everyone to know that she got it, that she ran that gauntlet, that she’s okay. We look forward to continued good news in the weeks and months to come. . »
Casey tweeted it thanks to her husband.
“Thank you for being by my side from the start, but especially yesterday as we celebrated my LAST chemo treatment together,” she wrote. “I am grateful, very humbled and blessed.”
The big winner: the independence of the Senate. We know that DeSantis has tremendous power over the Legislative Assembly. The Governor almost always gets what he wants.
That’s why it was refreshing, and perhaps a little surprising, that the Senate stuck to its draft map of Congress for redistricting instead of obediently following a controversial map proposed by DeSantis.
POLITICO reported that the Governor’s map has given Republicans a more decisive advantage heading into the 2022 midterms. DeSantis’ proposals appear to give Republicans 18 seats that Trump would have won in 2020. The Senate map has 16 likely Republican seats .
The Senate approved his bill by a 31-4 bipartisan vote.
“I want to thank you for a wonderful product; it’s a great way to end the redistricting process,” the Jacksonville Democrat said. Audrey Gibson noted.
As we know, however, this “wonderful product” could start a confrontation with the governor, which does not respond well to dissent.
However, the President of the Senate wilton simpson has shown he will stand up to DeSantis if he thinks it is necessary. In particular, he hard critical Joseph Ladapo, Surgeon General handpicked by DeSantis, over a tussle with the Democratic senator. Tina Polski.
Dishonorable Mention: Trump’s Taxes. Former President and current Florida Man lost his battle to protect his financial records from New York prosecutors. The US Supreme Court ruling means he must hand over eight years of personal and corporate tax returns as part of an investigation into possible shady dealings.
The New York Times noted, “The Supreme Court order set off a chain of events that could lead to the surprising possibility of a criminal trial of a former US president. At a minimum, the decision wrests from Mr. Trump control of his most closely held financial records and the power to decide when, if at all, they would be made available for public inspection.
The big one was not happy. He called it “a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”
He also repeated his false claim that he won the 2020 election.
Almost (but not quite) the biggest loser: hospital fast food. Tampa General Hospital has a well-deserved reputation for top-notch care. However, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine criticized the hospital for offering McDonald’s hamburgers and fries in its cafeteria.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that the nonprofit representing more than 17,000 physicians, including more than 1,000 in Florida, made his point spectacularly.
He erected a 10-foot-tall, 36-foot-wide illuminated billboard on car-crowded Adamo Drive near downtown Tampa. In a dig at McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” slogan, the sign reads, “I’m Not Lovin’ the Ventilator!” High-fat fast food may contribute to obesity, putting Covid patients at risk of intubation.
He urged people to tweet “Go #FastFoodFree” at TGH.
The hospital replied that it offers a variety of healthy foods. A statement from TGH said in part, “We believe our team members, physicians and visitors can make their own choices in what they choose to eat on campus.”
The billboard will remain on until February 12.
Biggest Loser: Al Lawson. The congressional maps offered by DeSantis put the U.S. Representative from Florida’s 5th Congressional District right on target.
If passed, it could essentially legislate the disappearance of Lawson’s seat.
Yes, the Senate map projects would likely allow Lawson to stay in office, but the governor’s office called his current district “unconstitutional gerrymander.”
Lawson, a Democrat from Tallahassee, lambasted DeSantis once news of the governor’s cards became public knowledge.
“It’s obvious that DeSantis is trying to restrict the representation of minorities, especially African-American voters,” he wrote in a statement.
“I will ensure that the people of Florida’s 5th District have the congressional representation they rightly deserve. My district has a large minority and urban core, (and) protecting minority voting access is critical to meeting the needs of this region.
He didn’t stop there.
“I am convinced that this attempt by the Governor to dilute the voting rights of my constituents is in flagrant violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution,” he wrote in a statement.
“Voting rights organizations like Fair Districts, the NAACP and other community interest groups have not had an opportunity to weigh in on the governor’s proposed partisan map, which would negatively affect people in color. More importantly, voters did not weigh in.
Remember how we congratulated the Senate on their proposed map earlier in this article? Well, DeSantis holds a veto over the cards, although that would certainly trigger a legal challenge.
“For the Congress card, it needs my signature,” DeSantis noted Friday. He then raised concerns about alleged constitutional issues with the Senate map in CD 5.
“We had lawyers who worried about what they were doing,” he said. “So this process will work by itself and hopefully we’ll end up with a product that makes a lot of sense.”
Translation: stay tuned.