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Last call for 11/21/22 – A prime time read on what’s going on in Florida politics

Last Call – A prime time read on what’s going on in Florida politics.

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Under the pomp and circumstance of Sen. Lauren Books re-election as Senate Democrat leader, father of Parkland Fred Gutenberg said a prayer for the end of gun violence.

Guttenberg who lost his daughter Jaime, during the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, gave a talk Monday that he said was a reflection of his faith rather than a prayer. However, his address hinged on his dream that the Legislature would convene to do more to stop gun violence in the Sunshine State and America.

His message on Senate floor comes less than three weeks after the shooter was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Parkland’s father, who is Jewish, has said publicly that he has struggled with his faith since the shooting and has stopped attending synagogue.

“Others will backtrack on efforts to reduce gun violence and gun-related deaths,” Guttenberg said. “I hope you will all speak up loud and forcefully to tell them it’s wrong. I hope you will use your voice in Tallahassee to fight harder than ever to save lives.”

Guttenberg shared his thoughts in front of Democratic and Republican participants alike, including the Senate President-elect Kathleen Passidomo. Despite the bipartisan audience, Guttenberg delivered veiled criticism of the Republican leadership that had controlled the chamber for the past several years, calling for a return to decency, courtesy, and strength when necessary.

“I hope that all of you, under the leadership of my friend Sen. Lauren Book, will do whatever it takes to stop the current administration from forcing dangerous changes that will lead to more gun violence and more gun violence-related funerals,” Guttenberg said.

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House Democrats will also formalize their leader for the new term.

The caucus meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. to select the representative. Fentrice Driskell. The Tampa lawmaker will become the first black woman to chair a Florida House convention.

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This issue of Last Call is also the final call to Thanksgiving reflection.

Sunburn’s Tuesday edition will be the last one before the holidays. Please send Thanksgiving messages to [email protected].

evening reads

—”Joe Biden pardons two turkeys over possible first dog objection‘ via Travis M. Andrews of the Washington Post

—”Senate Democrats confirm Lauren Book as caucus chair, shake off red wave‘ via Renzo Downey of Florida Politics

—”A red wave in Florida. A blue tide in Michigan.‘ about FiveThirtyEight’s Ryan Best, Humera Lodhi and Geoffrey Skelley

—”Ron DeSantis, Others Differ With Donald Trump In 2024 GOP Nomination Race‘ via Alex Leary of The Wall Street Journal

—”The pollster finds DeSantis beating Trump and Biden in Florida‘ via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

—”Where did $1.4 million in flight money for migrants go? DeSantis won’t tell the Floridians‘ via the editors of the Miami Herald

—”Officer’s suicide after Jan. 6 riot is death on duty, DOJ says‘ via Peter Hermann of the Washington Post

—”Democrats face bleak odds for an immigration deal before 2023about Marianne Levine and Burgess Everett of POLITICO

—”The Early Agenda of the Supreme Court of John Roberts: A Study in Disenchantment‘ via Adam Liptak of The New York Times

—”The health care agency’s secretary, Simone Marstiller, resigns‘ via Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics

—”Kevin Guthrie remains director of the Division of Emergency Management‘ via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

—”Disney CEO Bob Iger faces major challenges returning to the company‘ via Katie Rice of the Orlando Sentinel

—”Will the elected Broward School Board undermine the wishes of the outgoing DeSantis-controlled board?‘ on Anne Geggis of Florida Politics

—”Charges of murder and hate crimes‘ via Thomas Peipert and Jesse Bedayn of The Associated Press

—”Babies rescued from troubled migrant boat in rough seas off the Florida Keys‘ via David Goodhue, Jacqueline Charles and Syra Ortiz-Blanes of the Miami Herald

quote of the Day

“We may be down, but we’re certainly not out, and what matters now, my friends, is how we rise.”

— Sen. Lauren book on the future role of Democrats in the Senate.

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