Whats up and welcome to Monday.
Query time— Increase your hand for those who thought Gov. Ron DeSantis and different Florida Republicans would make greater than $2 billion in taxpayer cash out there to assist bolster the state’s shaky property insurance coverage market? Increase your hand for those who thought Republicans would inform insurers that they couldn’t deny protection to owners with roofs lower than 15 years previous?
Change of tempo— These are simply two of the stunning parts of the excellent property insurance coverage package deal GOP legislators rolled out late Friday night time prematurely of the particular session being held this week on the Capitol.
Go huge or go house— The scale and scope of the legislative package deal negotiated between the DeSantis administration and Home and Senate leaders is an acknowledgment of the complexity of the issue that has resulted in some insurers going out of enterprise and owners getting hit with huge fee hikes.
Not glad Bob— The options, nonetheless, are prone to get pushback and protests. Stringent new restrictions on lawsuits towards insurers will possible draw opposition from trial attorneys. Insurers will not be too thrilled with new pointers on protection.
What’s in your pockets? — After which there’s the thought of state authorities setting apart billions in taxpayer cash (albeit quickly) to offer a brand new type of reinsurance — aka insurance coverage for insurers — to assist insurers cowl claims. The protection additionally comes with a mandate: Insurers that take part within the new program, which is able to function individually from the state-created Florida Hurricane Disaster Fund, should scale back charges both this 12 months or subsequent 12 months.
Will it work?— The preliminary buzz is that the highly effective reinsurance trade is OK with this strategy as a result of it’s not everlasting. However that is one thing that will have been unthinkable underneath former Gov. Rick Scott, and there’s positive to be some who may float the B-word — bailout. Put all of it collectively and it’s an unprecedented enterprise that can assist DeSantis maintain his phrase on “important” reforms. The massive query is whether or not it would work and stabilize the market whereas serving to owners.
— WHERE’S RON? — Gov. DeSantis will maintain a press convention in Cape Coral with Florida Housing Finance Company Director Trey Value and Division of Financial Alternative Secretary Dane Eagle.
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COMING ATTRACTIONS— “Florida lawmakers launch sweeping property insurance coverage payments days forward of particular session,” by POLITICO’s Matt Dixon: Florida lawmakers late Friday night time launched a sweeping property insurance coverage reform package deal that, amongst different issues, creates a brand new $2 billion reinsurance fund and makes controversial authorized reforms lengthy sought by the insurance coverage trade. Lawmakers will take into account the 2 payments filed by the Home and Senate subsequent week as a part of a particular legislative session known as by Gov. Ron DeSantis to overtake the state’s property insurance coverage market, which has lengthy confronted structural issues however was not addressed by legislators in the course of the common 2022 legislative session.
— “Florida lawmakers need to repair property insurance coverage. Listed below are the large points,” by Tampa Bay Instances’ Lawrence Mower
— “Florida insurance coverage teams divided on proposed particular session invoice,” by Insurance coverage Journal’s William Rabb
— “Legislature’s property insurance coverage payments suggest sweeping adjustments, together with a reinsurance fund,” by Florida Politics’ Christine Jordan Sexton
— “As price of rental insurance coverage soars, legislators stay silent,” by Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas
THE NEXT ROUND— “Florida needs to keep away from essential race idea and ‘social justice’ in social research texts,” by POLITICO’s Andrew Atterbury: Florida’s Division of Training is explicitly aiming to maintain essential race idea and “social justice” out of social research textbooks that the state will finally undertake for its new instructing requirements. The company, in latest undated steerage, requested textbook publishers to keep away from these matters on high of “culturally responsive instructing, social and emotional studying, and some other unsolicited theories” because the DeSantis administration and Republicans proceed to scrutinize what college students are studying in public colleges, particularly on the problems of race and gender id.”
— “DeSantis claims credit score for jobs document, trolls Biden on identical financial growth,” by Palm Seashore Put up’s Antonio Fins and Hannah Morse
— “Anti-abortion group plans rally exterior the Capitol subsequent week,” by POLITICO’s Arek Sarkissian
CRIST’S DISAPPEARING ACT— Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried picked up a major endorsement over the weekend when the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida — an official affiliate of the Florida Democratic Celebration — backed her over rivals Rep. Charlie Crist and state Sen. Annette Taddeo. The explanation that is noteworthy is that Crist has gotten substantial help — greater than 70 endorsements up to now — from Black elected officers and group leaders.
Not right here— Fried received the endorsement after Crist bypassed a candidate discussion board held by the group regardless of initially saying he can be there. Samantha Ramirez, a spokeswoman for the Crist marketing campaign, acknowledged that he was scheduled to attend however acknowledged that he had a “private household battle” that got here up however didn’t present some other particulars. Hmm.
What’s occurring?— This might only a temporary stumble for the Crist marketing campaign, nevertheless it seems to be one other unforced error by the frontrunner. His choice to not attend the caucus’ discussion board got here a day after Crist held a press convention saying he would challenge an govt order on abortion rights if he was elected governor. Crist has been emphasizing his abortion place amid repeated jabs by the Fried marketing campaign over his latest and at-times complicated statements the place he says he’s “pro-life” but additionally in favor of abortion rights.
— “Charlie Crist, Democratic candidate for governor, publicizes abortion rights firewall order,” by The Daytona Seashore Information-Journal’s Mark Harper
Marketing campaign roundup— State Sen. Lauren E book — the minority chief caught in a aggressive main — is already launching her second broadcast tv advert. E book’s new advert entitled “Fighter” options E book explaining to her twin 5-year-old kids why she spends time in Tallahassee. The disclaimer on the advert exhibits that that advert will not be being paid by E book’s marketing campaign, however the Florida Democratic Legislative Marketing campaign Committee, the committee designed to help Senate Democrats and that may accepted limitless donations. The advert is definitely what is called a three-pack advert (a strategy to sidestep caps on direct help to at least one candidate) and contains the names of two different candidates in small print within the disclaimer.
SWEETNERS— “Sugar trade helps gas Simpson’s huge April haul,” by POLITICO’s Matt Dixon: Senate President Wilton Simpson’s statewide 2022 midterm marketing campaign for Agriculture Commissioner introduced in almost $1.5 million in April, a large haul for a Florida Cupboard candidate bolstered by an enormous fundraiser organized, partly, by the state’s politically influential sugar trade…Certainly one of Simpson’s greatest occasions final month was held April 12 on the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston, a metropolis within the South Central area of the state dominated by the sugar trade. The invite for the occasion, a duplicate of which POLITICO obtained, was circulated to lobbyists and donors by U.S. Sugar’s high lobbyist Robert Coker, however included a variety of regional agriculture pursuits.
JUST A STRAW POLL, BUT HMM— “GOP activists cut up in WisPolitics.com straw ballot on Trump 24 run, plurality helps DeSantis,” by WisPolitics.com: “GOP activists are cut up on whether or not they need Donald Trump to hunt the presidency once more in 2024. Even when he does, a plurality most popular Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the celebration’s presidential nomination in two years, in accordance with a WisPolitics.com straw ballot at this weekend’s state conference. Forty-three % (141 votes) of these collaborating within the straw ballot stated they need Trump to run once more, whereas simply lower than 32 % (103) had been opposed and 22 % (72) indicated they had been uncertain. Viewing a possible 2024 GOP subject, almost 38 % (122) backed DeSantis. Trump was second at 32 % (104), whereas former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was a distant third at simply greater than 7 % (24).”
MAGIC 8-BALL SAYS— “Do Biden coverage strikes on Cuba, Venezuela doom Democreats’ probabilities in Florida?” by South Florida Solar-Sentinel’s Anthony Man: “Because the nuances of the insurance policies are debated over cafecito at espresso counters, parsed by teachers and denounced on Spanish-language radio, the political reverberations are alarming some Democrats. Writing on Twitter shortly after the Venezuela coverage information broke this week — which was lower than 24 hours after the Biden administration outlined its Cuba coverage adjustments — Fernand Amandi was unsparing of his evaluation of the one-two punch: ‘In case you had any doubts that Florida is not a precedence state for Democrats.’”
— “‘Keep Woke, Go Vote rally stirs spirited feelings, heartfelt pleas,” by South Florida Solar-Sentinel’s Chris Perkins
— “Rubio will get backing from high police union in race with Demings for legislation and order label,” by Miami Herald’s Bianca Padró Ocasio
— “Race for brand new Florida congressional seat may get expensive,” by Tampa Bay Instances’ William March
NEXT ROUND — “Florida appeals court docket reinstates DeSantis congressional map,” by The Related Press’ Brendan Farrington: “A brand new congressional map drawn by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ employees that would diminish the state’s Black illustration in Washington was reinstated by an appeals court docket Friday, every week after a decrease court docket choose stated the map was unconstitutional. The first District Court docket of appeals dominated Decide Layne Smith erred when he ordered a substitute map be used for the 2022 election. The newest order means the governor’s map is reinstated pending the result of a lawsuit difficult the constitutionality of the map.”
‘NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW’ — “Salazar on Jan. 6 GOP subpoenas: These ‘known as and questioned ought to go say the reality,’” by Miami Herald’s Bianca Padro Ocasio: “U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar appeared on Sunday to name on fellow Republicans who’ve been subpoenaed by Congress’ Jan. 6 investigative physique to testify on what they find out about what occurred in the course of the riot. Throughout a recorded interview with NBC 6’s Jackie Nespral that aired on Sunday, Salazar responded to a query in regards to the subpoenas to 5 GOP Home members, together with Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, saying that ‘nobody is above the legislation.’”
NOTED — “Rick Scott says Republicans ought to ‘be clear’ about white supremacy: ‘It’s improper,’” by The Hill’s Olafimihan Oshin: “Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) stated on Sunday that Republicans ought to ‘be clear’ on the subject of white supremacy, saying that the ideology is ‘improper.’ Throughout an look on CBS’s ‘Face The Nation,’ moderator Margaret Brennan requested Scott if he thinks it’s vital for leaders to publicly condemn white supremacy, noting a CBS Information ballot wherein 75 % of Democrats and 23 % of Republican respondents stated it is necessary for political leaders to reject the ideology.”
— “Rick Scott makes case for Joe Biden’s resignation to New Hampshire viewers,” by Florida Politics’ A.G. Gancarski
WARNING SIGN? — “All of South Florida strikes into excessive COVID threat class after ‘processing error’ in state’s knowledge,” by South Florida Solar-Sentinel’s David Schutz: “All three South Florida counties have excessive COVID-19 group ranges, regardless of the latest knowledge from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management exhibiting the area having medium ranges. The distinction between the degrees is important. The CDC recommends that individuals in areas with excessive group ranges ought to put on masks indoors in public locations and lists further precautions for high-risk individuals.”
‘I AM ON A JOURNEY’ — “‘Both you die otherwise you succeed’: Haiti’s northwest coast spawns migration tide to Florida,” by Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles: “Prior to now eight months Haitians have been leaving from the island and close by coastal areas on the mainland by the a whole lot to succeed in the Keys — the most important exodus of boat refugees since 2004. Most are stopped at sea and despatched again to Haiti. Numerous others are misplaced at sea on what have come to be known as ‘invisible shipwrecks,’ incidents involving migrant deaths that go unrecorded as a result of nobody is aware of about them. Nonetheless, greater than 600 Haitians have efficiently made it into the U.S. mainland, the place immigration judges will decide their destiny.”
R.I.P.— “Betty Reed, longtime Tampa legislator and group advocate, dies at 81,” by Tampa Bay Instances Romy Ellenbogen: “Betty Reed, a longtime state consultant and group advocate who pushed for extra assets for Black moms, higher colleges and extra mentorship in Hillsborough County and past, died Friday. She was 81 years previous. Born to a household of 12 kids in a small Georgia group, she moved to Florida in her early 20s and settled in Tampa, the place she raised her 5 kids as a stay-at-home mom.”
— “Surfside rental collapse website to be bought for $120 million to Dubai developer, no different bids,” by Miami Herald’s Martin Vassolo
— “Presumptive case of monkeybox probed in South Florida,” by The Related Press
— “Jacksonville Metropolis Council will vote on reimbursing metropolis workers’ journey for abortions,” by Florida Instances-Union’s David Bauerlein
— “Native choose ordered to pay $30,000 wonderful, face reprimand after intervening in son’s arrest,” by Tallahassee Democrat’s Christopher Cann
— “May the Pensacola Accomplice monument come again? Federal ruling might make it potential,” by Pensacola Information Journal’s Jim Little: “Pensacola might face the prospect of getting to revive the Accomplice monument after a federal appeals court docket overturned a earlier ruling that cleared the way in which for the town to take away the monument in 2020. The eleventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals in Atlanta dominated Monday that the federal court docket didn’t have jurisdiction over the case when it dominated the teams that sued the town to dam the removing of the monument lacked standing to file a lawsuit.”
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