Hello and welcome to Tuesday Florida’s main is lastly here. And there are no strategies to stop it.
On the run— Barring some significant turnaround of fortune, expectations are that both President Donald Trump and previous Vice President Joe Biden will run away with their celebration primaries today. Of course, that does not indicate this election is regular. It is anything however.
Us and them— Florida has actually been the land of hanging chads and disorderly states. Now it gets to include coronavirus to the mix. It’s triggered prospects to stop marketing in the state, required some election managers to rely on constable’s deputies due to survey employee scarcities, and needed lots and lots of ballot locations be moved to brand-new places at the last minute.
Speak to me— While a handful of other states have actually delayed their elections due to the break out,Gov Ron DeSantis has stood his ground. “We’re not going to panic,” he stated on Monday, thinking there will not be big crowds since there’s just one race in many locations and individuals will move in and out of ballot locations rapidly. But the guv has actually likewise declined to exercise his emergency situation powers to waive or modify the guidelines and laws surrounding the election in spite of the crisis and the pleas from some ballot rights groups.
Eclipse– So let’s take “judicial notice” of that in the fall when the problems will be louder and the stakes are much greater.
— WHERE’S RON?– Nothing authorities has actually been revealed forGov DeSantis however he has actually held Tallahassee interview about coronavirus for each of the last 4 days.
IT’S HERE— “Florida is weird. Thanks to coronavirus, its primary will be, too,” by POLITICO’s MattDixon and Gary Fineout: Door knocking?Nope Surrogate stops?Canceled The bubbly?Corked Even the prospects will be AWOL. Florida, a state well known for its weirdness, is getting ready for among its weirdest election days on Tuesday, when Democrats and Republicans will brave a pandemic to cast main tallies for their governmental candidates.
LATE-NIGHT CLAIM— Several civil liberties companies and 5 Florida signed up citizens late Monday night submitted a suit in federal court in Gainesville versusGov Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State LaurelLee The suit competes the DeSantis administration isn’t doing enough to accommodate citizens amidst the coronavirus break out. “Florida’s governmental main election is [Tuesday] and unless instant action is taken by the state, countless citizens might be disenfranchised,” stated Rachel Gilmer, co-director of Dream Defenders, in a declaration. The other groups signing up with the suit are New Florida Majority and OrganizeFlorida The Florida locals are 2 trainees at each Bethune-CookmanUniversity and the University of Florida, 2 senior locals of Miami-DadeCounty and a citizen who remains in seclusion since she returned from a worldwide journey.
The demand— The suit asks a federal judge to take a number of actions, consisting of waiving existing vote-by-mail due dates and “mandating safe and sanitary procedures” for all citizens who wish to get involved. One of the primary demands is to enable individuals to ask for vote-by-mail tallies approximately March 24 with a March 27 due date to return them. (March27 is the due date for military and abroad tallies to be returned.) The suit likewise desires the state to send out tallies by means of e-mail or fax.
SANITIZE THE VOTE– “Supervisors prepare for Election Day with soap and sanitizer,” by News Service of Florida’s AnaCeballos: “As Floridians head to the polls to cast in-person ballots in Tuesday presidential primary election, they could likely encounter some unusual scenes as election officials take measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”
ON THE RELOCATION– Kayla van Wieringen has actually been worked with as political director of Ruth’s List Florida, a group that works to choose progressive females to workplace. She most just recently worked for Elizabeth Warren’s project in Florida, and prior to that was an assistant to Florida Democratic stateRep DanDaley
STILL ON– “Miami-Dade, Broward say CDC limits on gatherings will not affect Tuesday’s primary,” by Miami Herald’s AlexDaugherty and David Smiley: “Florida election authorities stated Monday afternoon that the state’s governmental main on Tuesday will continue in spite of tightening up suggestions from the federal government to slow the spread of the unique coronavirus by preventing big crowds … Miami DemocraticRep Debbie Mucarsel-Powell advised Florida to postpone the main. “Ron DeSantis, please follow the lead of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and work to push back tomorrow’s election to a further date,’ Mucarsel-Powell tweeted. ‘I’m concerned about disenfranchising voices across this state. Hearing reports of lack of mail ballots in South Dade, we must push back.’”
PROGRAM GOES ON– “Florida’s presidential primary still set for Tuesday while Ohio to postpone amid coronavirus worries,” by Orlando Sentinel’s StevenLemongello, Lisa Maria Garza and Stephen Hudak: “After months of marketing and canvassing and preparation, Florida is lastly set to hold its governmental main onTuesday But rather of the fight in between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the last 2 Democrats left running for president, the most significant concern entering into Election Day was whether it needs to be held at all amidst the coronavirus break out.
LOCKED OUT– “Ohio governor shutters polling places for Tuesday’s primary,” by POLITICO’s ZachMontellaro and Alice Miranda Ollstein: OhioGov. Mike DeWine stated late Monday the state’s health department will purchase all ballot positions not to open for Tuesday’s main elections to safeguard citizens and survey employees from the coronavirus break out.
CARRYING ON– “Some Marion County polling places vote ‘No’ to using their facilities,” by Ocala Star Banner’s Carlos E. Medina: “Nothing is normal right now. Thanks to the new coronavirus pandemic setting off panic across the world, even local elections, set for Tuesday, are feeling the pressure, with a few polling stations balking at hosting hundreds of voters in the age of COVID-19.”
IN NON-CORONAVIRUS NEWS– “Does Florida really want ex-felons to vote?” by New York Times’ NicholasCasey: “The two men were strangers and stood steps from the courthouse that had once sent them both to prison. Julius Irving spoke first. He said he had come to register potential voters. Florida had recently overturned a lifetime ban on voting for most people who had been convicted of felonies and were free. A big election was on the way this year, and both of them now needed to vote.”
AHEAD– “Trump with slight lead over Biden and Sanders in new Florida poll,” by Miami Herald’s BiancaPadr ó Ocasio: “Donald Trump has a slight lead over Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in Florida, a key battleground state that the president likely must win in November to be reelected, according to a new Univision poll released Monday.”
‘DISCONNECTED’— “Meet the young voters who refuse to vote for Bernie,” by POLITICO’s SabrinaRodriguez: In a location where young Cuban Americans joined their senior citizens in the streets with pots and pans to commemorate Fidel Castro’s death, the Vermont senator’s Democratic socialism and previous rejections to completely condemn Castro and other Latin American authoritarian leaders are showing expensive. “I’m more progressive than Biden, but I also don’t want to stand next to the dummy in the Che Guevara T-shirt at a rally, and that’s true here regardless of age,” stated Carmen Pelaez, an establishing member of Project Cafecito, a grassroots effort in Miami that leads get-out-the-vote efforts for progressive prospects.
GELLER MOVING UP–Democratic FloridaRep Joe Geller has actually been on the frontlines for Joe Biden in the Sunshine State for over a year. He played a huge function in assisting the previous vice president wrangle lots of early Florida recommendations He is now getting a promo within Biden World, being called an official Florida legal consultant. This is from an internal project e-mail sent out Monday from Vince Evans, the projects Southern & & Northern Political Director: “Your leadership these past months in securing state and local endorsers, helping to execute a successful representation of the campaign at the FL Democratic convention, and providing strategic advice and guidance has been invaluable.”
— “Miami-Dade, Broward take precautions for voters ahead of presidential primary,” by WSVN’s JessicaHolly
— “Ross Spano suspends campaign activity amid coronavirus social distancing efforts,” by Florida Politics’ JanelleIrwin Taylor
2020 BY THE NUMBERS–So far, 1,307,082 vote-by-mail tallies have actually been cast. Of those, 656,757 have actually been from Republicans and 632,453 have actually originated from signed upDemocrats Overall, there are 866,035 mail tallies asked for that have actually not been returned. Of those 349,063 tallies are held by Republicans and 487,963 are withDemocrats Additionally, 651,356 individuals have actually voted at early ballot ballot locations: 209,061 were Republicans, while 438,326 were Democrats.
“IT’S BAD”– “Trump recommends avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people,” by POLITICO’s Nolan D. McCaskill: President Donald Trump launched standards Monday advising Americans to prevent celebrations of more than 10 individuals for the next 15 days to slow the spread of the unique coronavirus. The White House’s brand-new standards likewise recommend Americans to prevent consuming and drinking at bars, dining establishments and food courts; going on shopping journeys and making social sees; and checking out assisted living home and retirement or long-lasting care centers.
— “Sweeping dine-in restaurant closures set for Miami-Dade after Trump calls for stricter limits,” by Miami Herald’s MartinVassolo, Lawrence Mower and David Ovalle
THE TOLL– Florida coronavirus cases grow to 160 with 5 deaths. State, locals battle to maintain,” by Tampa Bay Times’ Zachary T. Sampson and Lawrence Mower: “Florida health officials announced more coronavirus cases Monday, and the death of a fifth person, as the state and its residents struggled to keep pace with a pandemic that is causing an unprecedented contraction of public life. The new batch of positive tests brought the total the state is tracking to 160, covering both Floridians and visitors who are isolating here. It’s an incomplete accounting of the true breadth of the disease, hampered by a lack of initial testing.”
NEXT ACTIONS– “Florida governor opts for a light touch on coronavirus closures,” by POLITICO’s ArekSarkissian: Gov Ron DeSantis on Monday stated he will not provide a statewide required to close Florida’s bars and dining establishments, choosing rather to make tips to towns and counties based upon assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HEADED NORTH— “Return of Canada’s ‘snowbirds’ raises COVID-19 concerns,” by POLITICO’s LaurenGardner: The return of the snowbird suggests spring in Canada– though this year, those returning from states with coronavirus cases are triggering issue instead of event …Many of those “snowbirds” live part of the year in Florida, which has actually seen a plain boost in the variety of medical diagnoses and a minimum of 141 favorable cases of COVID-19, the disease triggered by the unique coronavirus that’s spread out around the world. Those senior citizens are amongst the most susceptible populations impacted by the upper breathing illness. With increasing issue about the break out, political leaders and health authorities are questioning aloud how they’ll manage the increase as cases of the infection continue to increase in the nation.
ARMED– “As coronavirus spreads, Florida is buying way more guns than normal,” by Tampa Bay Times’ GabrielleCalise and Langston Taylor: “Toilet paper and hand sanitizer aren’t the only things Floridians are stocking up during the coronavirus pandemic. People across the state are rushing to buy more guns.”
POWERED– “FPL says it won’t cut off electricity for overdue bills during coronavirus crisis,” by Miami Herald’s DouglasHanks: “Florida Power and Light said this week it will suspend service cut-offs over overdue bills for at least two weeks as the state reels from sizable chunks of its economy shutting down during the coronavirus epidemic.”
INDECISIVE?– “2 ndOrange County lady passes away from coronavirus; Mayor Jerry Demings thinks about if he can close dining establishments, bars,” by Orlando Sentinel’s StephenHudak and Ryan Gillespie: “An Orange County resident died of coronavirus over the weekend — the first to succumb to the disease at a local facility — officials said Monday as Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings expressed frustration with a lack of direction from state leaders. Demings noted in a late afternoon briefing on Monday that the number of COVID-19 cases doubled overnight in Orange County to four and said he isn’t seeing clear direction from the state on a number of matters.”
‘SOME SORT OF OUTLET’– “Coronavirus Florida: Beaches in Pinellas County remain open for now,” by Tampa Bay Times’ MarkPuente and Kathryn Varn: “As cities and states across the country shutter bars, restaurants and other gathering places, Pinellas County plans to keep beaches open until state emergency officials request the popular destinations to close.”
MORE COMING– “More than 30 already tested at Pensacola coronavirus drive-thru site,” by Pensacola News Journal’s MadisonArnold: “Between30 and 35 individuals were evaluated for the coronavirus in approximately the very first 90 minutes that the very first drive-thru center in Escambia County was openMonday Ascension Sacred Heart opened the center at 9 a.m. Monday to offer nasal swab tests to those thought of experiencing COVID-19 Hospital spokesperson Mike Burke stated things have actually been running efficiently up until now.”
— Track statewide coronavirus cases here
COMING FASTER– “Florida coronavirus cases to be updated twice daily,” by Tallahassee Democrat’s JeffreySchweers: “As more individuals are evaluated in South Florida and other locations of the coronavirus break out, the FloridaDepartment of Health is relocating to twice-daily updates about brand-new cases beginningMonday Updates will be published midday and around 6 p.m., according to Helen Aguirre Ferr é, spokesperson forGov Ron DeSantis.”
KEEP IT SMALL– “Coronavirus: Jacksonville Mayor limits attendance at many establishments to 50 people,” by Florida Times-Union’s ChristopherHong and David Bauerlein: “In an attempt to enforce social distancing to slow the local spread of the coronavirus, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has ordered many establishments, including bars, restaurants, movie theaters and churches, to limit attendance to no more than 50 people as of 5 p.m. Monday.”
CUT!– “All local filming halted. Michael Keaton and Hallmark had spring dates,” by Tampa Bay Times’ PaulGuzzo: “Citing coronavirus, the health of cast and crew and a lack of safe places for filming, the Hillsborough County Film Commission has stopped issuing permits to productions seeking to shoot on public property.”
LOCATION UNKNOWN– “Cruise ships stranded after countries adopt virus measures,” by Associated Press’ AdrianaGomez Licon: “Two cruise liner have actually been turned away from a number of Caribbean ports, and a minimum of one by Spain, after travelers fell ill with COVID-19 Two other vessels have actually rerouted to Miami after they were turned away from their house port in Puerto Rico even with no reports of infections. “
— “Coronavirus: 450+ Duval Schools employees report need to self-isolate,” by Florida Times-Union’s EmilyBloch
— “Virus updates: Many city parks closed, blood donors needed,” by Gainesville Sun’s EmilyMavrakis
— “Coronavirus case linked to Winter Party festival in Miami Beach, LGBTQ group says,” by Miami Herald’s MartinVassolo
— “Nearly 1,000 sites will offer meals to students out of school because of coronavirus,” by Florida Politics’ JanelleIrwin Taylor
— “A lawsuit claims Norwegian Cruise Line caused stock losses with coronavirus lies,” by Miami Herald’s David J. Neal
STRESS GROW–On Monday, we kept in mind how some lawmakers were not delighted about needing to go back to the state Capitol today to take a last vote on the spending plan. This is from a Democratic lawmaker last night: @She vrinJones: “[email protected] simply canceled my flight back toTallahassee I am asking my coworkers that we reevaluate asking members to fly back toTallahassee I believe it’s malpractice at this time.”
‘HISTORIC BIND’— “Legislature to keep public away and lawmakers apart to pass budget and avoid virus,” by Miami Herald’s MaryEllen Klas: “Florida legislators scrambled Monday to come up with a safe way to reconvene this week after their decision to leave Tallahassee without finishing the budget put them in a historic bind in the face of the spreading coronavirus outbreak…When it’s time to vote, legislators will file into the House and Senate individually to cast their votes and then turn around and leave. And when it’s time to leave, they will eschew the traditional ritual of meeting in the fourth floor rotunda after they adjourn, known as sine die, and drop a hanky.”
LIFELINE– “Loan program aimed at keeping businesses ‘afloat’ during coronavirus pandemic,” by News Service of Florida’s ChristineSexton: “Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Florida will begin a $50 million bridge-loan program for businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus and that he has directed the state’s revenue department to extend deadlines for businesses to pay corporate income taxes.”
BOTTOM LINE– “As coronavirus spreads, economists can’t keep up,” by POLITICO’s ArekSarkissian: Florida‘s economists say it’ s difficult to approximate how tough the coronavirus will strike the state economy and income, as the variety of infections increases in the middle of the hectic traveler season. Unlike cyclones or oil spills, the coronavirus has actually provided the state’s consortium of economic experts with brand-new, ever-evolving variables.
‘NOT SOMETHING THAT’ S EXCEPTIONALLY ESSENTIAL’— “Sticker shock: No salary suspension for Department of Agriculture,” by Florida Politics’ A.G. Gancarski: “The problem was gas pump stickers with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s image. Fried had authorized 120,000 stickers with her face on them for pumps, a move decried as ‘political advertisement’ by the Republican House Speaker…Withholding funds was a non-starter for the Senate, as budget chair Rob Bradley made clear soon after the House proposal became known. ‘I’m not a big fan of the stickers in the present form, but my goodness. If the biggest thing we’re dealing with is stickers then there’s not much going on,’ Bradley said.”
COSTS ARE DEAD— “Dozen dead issues from 2020 legislature session,” by News Service of Florida’s JimSaunders: “As they finished most of their work Friday night, lawmakers could celebrate bills they had passed during the 2020 legislative session. But hundreds of other proposals died along the way. Here are a dozen high-profile issues that didn’t pass.”
— “Chris Latvala calls for senior-only shopping hours to prevent coronavirus spread among at-risk Floridians,” by Florida Politics’ JanelleIrwin Taylor
PREVIOUS FLORIDA MALE— “Life under coronavirus lockdown in Italy: My quarantine, a worried wait for a test result — and relief,” by Eric J. Lyman for U.S.A. Today: “Soon after, piazzas that echoed laughter and the barking of dogs went silent. Tourists disappeared. Museums, restaurants, churches, archaeological sites, schools, cinemas, coffee bars – all closed. Sporting events canceled. Weddings and funerals outlawed. Nobody can leave their homes without a signed document saying they know the risks they are taking by being out. People who pass in the streets look down and give each other a wide berth. Rome is no longer Rome.”
BIRTHDAYS: State Rep.David Smith … Former StateRep SeanShaw
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