Takeaways from Tallahassee — Shattering glass ceilings

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Mission accomplished

Salesia V. Smith–GordonHer alma maternity is her way of giving back. And in return, her alma mater — Florida State University — is thanking her publicly.

On Thursday, the Florida State University College of Law will hang a portrait of Smith Gordon in its rotunda. This marks the first time that a Black alumna has been recognized in this manner.

Smith-Gordon, a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, donated $200,000 to the law school in order to establish an endowment to provide scholarships for Black law students. It will also support greater cultural diversity at the college. It is the largest gift a Black alumna has ever given FSU’s law school.

Jeraldine Williams and SalesiaSmith-Gordon, a mother-daughter team, have already made school history. Image via FSU.

“As an African American female lawyer, I felt it was of the utmost importance to find a way to help ensure that Black students, especially women, had the support and resources needed for academic success,”She made the statement in a prepared statement.

While Smith-Gordon is the first Black alumna to be recognized with a portrait in the rotunda, she’s already made school history. Her mother Jeraldine WilkinsFSU Law graduated Smith-Gordon in 1981. Smith-Gordon, who graduated in 1992, was a part of school’s history as she was one of the first mother/daughter pairs to graduate from FSU Law.

Smith-Gordon helped launch the Black Alumni Network (BAN) in 2021 with the goal of creating increased opportunities for Black students to attend law school and to increase diversity on the College of Law’s campus.

FSU College of Law was founded in 1966. Honorable Zebedee W. Wright was the first Black graduate in 1971. Smith-Gordon stated that 591 Black students have graduated from BAN since then in a promotional video.

“That’s not a small number,” she saidAt the time. “But it’s not a large number either in comparison.”

In the first year of BNA, her goals included highlighting the success of FSU College of Law Black alumni in the courtroom. She wanted BAN members to work together to encourage Black students to go to law school and to support them in their retention.

And her last goal?

“We will have an endowed scholarship to show that we didn’t just walk through these halls but we thrived in spite of them,”She said.

Mission accomplished.


Coming up, the usual assortment of news, intel and observations from the week that was in Florida’s capital city by Peter Schorsch, Drew Wilson, Renzo DowneyChristine Jordan Sexton Florida Politics staff.

But first …

Take 5

The “Takeaway 5” — the Top 5 stories from the week that was:

Over migrant flights, there is still backlash — Resistance against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to send flights of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard continued mounting this week. DeSantis and Transportation Secretary were sued Tuesday by Venezuelan migrants who flew to Massachusetts Island. “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme”They can be relocated. Charlie CristContinue condemning “political stunt.” Sen. Jason PizzoDeSantis was stopped from continuing the program by filing a lawsuit. A flight that was due to land near President Trump also caused a commotion. Joe Biden’sDelaware home, which DeSantis reportedly canceled “punk”Media. Although the former President Donald TrumpI dodged a question regarding the flights Jared KushnerDuring a Fox News sit-down, he criticized the move: “Seeing them being used as political pawns one way or the other is very troubling to me.”

Judge denies Andrew Warren’s request to be reinstated — Federal Judge Robert HinkleMonday’s rejection of a request by Warren to reinstate him as Hillsborough State Attorney and overturn DeSantis’ move to suspend him from office over a pledge he made not to prosecute abortion-related crimes. While Hinkle rejected the injunction, he scrutinized the state’s argument and opted instead to hold a trial on the matter. Hinkle expressed concern about “yo-yo-ing” the office if he were to reinstate Warren, then DeSantis appeals and the Governor’s chosen replacement, Susan Lopez, is put back into.

DeSantis calls for further crackdowns on Chinese influence — DeSantis signed an executive order Thursday prohibiting state agencies from contracting with Chinese-based companies for projects that could allow them to access Floridians’ personal data. It’s part of a broader crackdown on the Chinese government’s attempts to “infiltrate”institutions throughout the country. DeSantis also said he’ll push the Legislature next year to ban gifts from certain “malign”Higher education institutions in foreign countries such as Iran, Russia, China, Cuba, and Russia can receive gifts from these countries. The proposal follows a law DeSantis promoted for last year’s Legislative Session, which requires universities and colleges to disclose any gifts worth more than $50,000.

DeSantis floats $1.1B tax cut aimed at kids’ items — Flush with a $20 billion surplus, padded with the federal COVID-19 stimulus, DeSantis wants lawmakers next year to pass another large tax cut plan, which he says will save families $1.1 billion. The proposal largely targets eliminating the sales tax on items for babies and small children, including diapers, toys, cribs, strollers and children’s books. DeSantis would like to make the exemption permanent. Lawmakers have already granted a one year exemption from sales taxes on diapers, clothes, and other baby items. The provision will save consumers $133million.

Florida asks SCOTUS visit social media ruling — Florida is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect Florida’s social media “deplatforming”law after appeals courts issued contradicting rulings. Attorney General Ashley MoodyOn Wednesday, the Court was asked to overturn a ruling of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that in May had overturned the law on First Amendment grounds. However, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a conflicting ruling just last week over a similar Texas law, putting the issue on a path destined for the nation’s high court. The internet groups representing the two states have agreed to take the matter before the high court.

Young entrepreneurs

DeSantis donated $1.9 million to support entrepreneurship and training programs at eight state college campuses and 17 school districts in Florida.

The funding was announced Thursday to help students learn how to start a small business and connect them to available opportunities in their local area. The grants will be used to support programs at middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

“Becoming a business owner is one of the best ways to achieve economic mobility,”DeSantis stated in a recorded video, “and in Florida, we have created a climate that allows small businesses to thrive.”

On top of a booming small business industry, which DeSantis credited to the state’s economic policies since 2020, the Governor touted Florida’s education system as the best in the world for entrepreneurship education and training.

More than 20,000 Florida students have received an industry certification (ESB) in Entrepreneurship and Small Business. This certification was mostly awarded since 2020. About half of all ESB certificates in America were earned in Florida since the certificate was launched in 2017.

“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has led the way in ensuring our students have adequate skills-based training through Career and Technical Education programs,”Commissioner for Education Manny DíazIn a prepared statement “These programs are rigorous, in-demand and allow students the opportunity to dive into a career quickly and without debt.”

Force quit

Attorney General Ashley MoodyShe continued to push to silence the annoying robots bugging Floridians all day.

Although not as perilous as the Cyberdyne or Hyperdyne models, robocallers have stolen the U.S. Telephone and the dissolute companies that support them are making millions of dollars from Americans through fraudulent schemes. They’re costing law enforcement and telecom companies a bundle, too.

Ashley Moody is just like you about robocalls. Image via AP.

Moody wants to stop bots and advocate for more rigorous enforcement of the Federal Communications Commission. This week, Moody joined 50 other Attorneys-General to support a proposed change in the rule regarding “gateway providers,”They are basically switchboard operators that give bots bogus phone numbers and an all access pass to the telephone network.

The new rule would expand on a recent FCC amendment to get the few remaining phone companies that, while largely invisible to public, are solely responsible for routing illegal and fraudulent calls across the U.S. network.

The rule would also require companies respond to law enforcement traceback requests within 24-hours and block illegal traffic as quickly possible.

“I am joining attorneys general from across the nation urging the FCC to strengthen federal rules to ensure gateway providers are doing everything they can to protect Americans from unlawful robocalls,”Moody stated.

Safe Fiona relief

Agriculture Commissioner has been appointed in response to the devastating effects Hurricane Fiona had on Puerto Rico. Nikki FriedHere are some tips for Floridians to help support those affected.

Most charities that solicit money in Florida must register with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provide financial information. It is up to the donors to decide if their donation will be spent in the manner they want. However, the department makes it easier to access this information online. FloridaConsumerHelp.com.

After Hurricane Fiona, Puerto Rican citizens need assistance. Image via AP.

Fried and FDACS “encourage Floridians looking to support recovery efforts to review our list of best practices to avoid scams and sham charities so that your generosity can make the most impact possible for our neighbors in need,”She made the statement in a statement.

FDACS lists a few tips to help donors stay safe, including using its Check-a-Charity tool, googling the organization’s name to check for complaints, scams and reviews, asking how much of the donation goes to administrative costs, paying with a credit card or check and not giving in to pressure to donate immediately — a possible sign of an illegitimate charity.

“We are praying for the strength and safety of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Fiona,”Fried said. “This most recent storm has caused widespread devastation to the island’s infrastructure and residents that are still recovering five years after being struck by Hurricane Maria, a deadly category 5 storm.”

Storm’s a-brewin’

With South Florida looking down the barrel of a possible hurricane, it’s time to re-up calls for hurricane preparedness.

In the coming days, Tropical Storm Ian will become a hurricane and hit Southwest Florida. This is the tail end National Preparedness Month. Floridians hopefully took advantage of the first four weeks of September to do their hurricane prep, but it’s not too late to fill your pantries and gas tanks.

Jimmy Patronis wants Floridians to protect their lives — and their property.

On Thursday, the Chief Financial Officer was appointed back in the days when the tropical system was called Invest 98L. Jimmy Patronis The storm was predicted to make landfall midweek, according to projections.

“The height of the 2022 Hurricane Season is upon us and right now there are multiple storms brewing in the Atlantic that we are monitoring closely; particularly Invest 98L,”Patronis made this statement. “I am urging Floridians not to wait until the storm begins to approach the state, but to gather hurricane materials and personal essentials before it’s too late.”

The 2022 National Preparedness Month theme has been “A Lasting Legacy.”

“Hurricanes are dangerous and unpredictable and that is why you need to prepare now to protect you and your family and leave ‘a lasting legacy’ of preparedness for future generations to follow,”Patronis continued. “When it comes to disasters, having a plan is vital and our Emergency Preparedness Toolkit is designed to help you prepare a home inventory and organize your financial information to ensure you can recover from a storm quickly.”

PrepareFL.comThis section contains information about storm resources and preparedness tips, such as conducting a home inventory and securing flood insurance coverage. It also includes advice on how to ensure adequate coverage, consider additional living expenses coverage, and not wait until the storms arrive. Patronis warned that property insurance companies will not accept new claims or requests for increased coverage once a hurricane approaches Florida.

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The Week in Appointments

Judicial Qualifications Commission — DeSantis named Jonathan Bronitsky Michelle Montanaroto the commission, which is charged in investigating allegations of misconduct by judges and justices. The Governor must appoint nonattorneys for the commission’s fifteen-member members. Bronitsky, a Delray Beach resident, is the cofounder and CEO at Athos Media Strategies. He is also the former chief speechwriter for the U.S. Attorney general. William BarrFormer senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice. Tallahassee-based Montanaro is a paralegal at Shutts & Bowen. She was previously a judicial assistant at 2nd Judicial Circuit Court. Both were appointed to continue the term that expires Dec. 31, 2026.

Judicial Nominating Commissions — The Governor made four appointments and reappointments to the state’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. Attorney Shelley ReynoldsPensacola resident, Judith N. Clark, was elected to the 1st Judicial Circuit JNC. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and her law degree from Florida State University. Natalie ChristmasTallahassee native, Christmas, was appointed to 2nd Judicial Circuit JNC. Christmas is the Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy for the Office the Attorney General. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick partners Hunter NortonSarasota resident, he was reappointed to the 12th Judicial Circuit JNC. He received his bachelor’s degree from Regents College and his law degree from the University of Miami. Tyson & Mendes partner Charles Reynolds IIThe 13th Judicial Circuit JNC was appointed to a Tampa resident. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Mercer University.

Supervisor of Elections in Brevard County — DeSantis appointed Timothy BobanicEffective Oct. 1, Bobanic was appointed as the Brevard County Supervisor for Elections. Bobanic, a Melbourne resident, is the director for information technology and election services at the Brevard County Supervisor Of Elections. He has held this position since 2013. Bobanic was previously the Hillsborough County Supervisor for Elections’ director of information technology. A master Florida certified election professional, Bobanic earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of South Florida.

Cancer Connect

First Lady and breast-cancer survivor Casey DeSantis says Florida’s centralized website for those battling cancer has been updated with a full Spanish translation.

Florida Cancer ConnectNow, the site is translated and testimonials from Hispanic survivors of cancer are available. These testimonials were recorded in English and Spanish. These videos will be available over the next month. Existing English testimonials will also have Spanish subtitles.

Casey DeSantis has made the new portal for cancer bilingual.

DeSantis hopes that the website will be able to reach more Floridians by adding a Spanish translation and Spanish testimonials. This will help spread awareness about the state’s resources.

“Florida Cancer Connect is an extension of our longstanding commitment to all Floridians impacted by cancer,”The First Lady made the statement in a statement. “Our goal is to make cancer resources user friendly, which is why I’m excited to announce the addition of readily available Spanish resources to increase the accessibility of support to those in the cancer fight looking for help and hope.”

Florida is the third-largest state in the country for newly diagnosed cancer cases.

Florida Cancer Connect was launched last week by the First Lady. This initiative was initiated by her. The website offers information about cancer treatment, caregiver tools, and stories from brave Floridians that have fought the disease.

Give the power back

The Public Service Commission will meet next week to discuss proposed changes to a 30-year-old rule that clean energy advocates say will entrench the harm that causes Floridians’ higher bills.

On Tuesday, the PSC will hold a rulemaking session at 9:30 AM to hear from all stakeholders, the public, and power company representatives regarding its rules. draft ruleon setting energy efficiency targets. Clean energy advocates at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy are billing the meeting as an electric showdown between customers and the state’s biggest power companies, a rage against the machine.

When the right light is used, insight can be achieved through study.

“Thousands of comments have been filed by customers demanding that the commission reform its outdated practices,” George CavrosFlorida director and energy lawyer for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Despite mounting public criticism, the commission’s most recent draft rule would cement the status quo and further burden hard-working Floridians with higher power bills. This workshop is the perfect arena for Florida families to make their voices heard.”

The current rule, in place since 1993 describes the process through which utility companies propose 10-year targets and the PSC sets them. The proposed rule requires that each utility file a technical possibility study. This would be used to establish demand-side management, efficiency, and conservation benchmarks.

Find out the date

Gold Star Family Day can be celebrated by Florida families this Sunday.

DeSantis signed this week a proclamation declaring Sunday, the Gold Star Family Day, the last Sunday in the month. This day honors the mothers, fathers, and siblings of those who have lost their lives in the line of service.

Since World War I, a “Gold Star Family”This symbolises a family that has lost a member in combat. A Gold Star Service Flag may be displayed by the family to honor any military family member who has died for any reason. Each flag has a gold star that signifies death.

Gold Star Family Day allows you to honor those who have lost loved one in the line of duty. Image via AP.

Although not as well-known as Memorial Day, Congress declared the last Sunday of September 1936 as the “last Sunday in September” by declaring it as such in 1936. “Gold Star Mother’s Day.”Former President Barack ObamaThe declaration was amended in 2011, allowing for families to be included as well as mothers.

Today, the holiday can be celebrated by any immediate family member. This allows them to display the Gold Star Service Flag.

Florida will fly the Honor and Remember Flag in honor of the state’s Gold Star Families. According to the Governor’s proclamation, there are about 1,200 Gold Star license plates in circulation in the state as of this month.

“We honor all Gold Star Families and throughout the nation for their courage and tenacity in the face of the tremendous sacrifices made by their loved ones,”The proclamation notes.

Carefully rubbed in

Rep. Tracie DavisNortheast Florida Healthy Start Coalition will hold its sixth annual community shower in Jacksonville.

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The free event, held at the nonprofit’s The Magnolia Project building near Jacksonville University, will help connect new and expectant mothers with the tools they need to raise happy and healthy kids. The program also aims to raise awareness of the high infant mortality rates in Jacksonville.

Tracie Davis is running to be Senator and will be running a program that helps new mothers. Image by Colin Hackley.

In 2019, 136 infants were killed in their first year of life. In 2020, the city’s infant mortality rate was 7.8 — a number higher than the state rate, 5.8, and the national rate, 5.6.

“Bringing our community together to provide our new and expectant mothers with the tools they need to care for their newborn is invaluable,” Davis said. “For the sixth year in a row, it has been my pleasure to surround these families with the love, education and encouragement that is key to establishing a solid foundation and bright future for all of our children.”

The baby shower is both a drive-thru or walk-up event. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, a non-profit, is dedicated to reducing infant mortality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, their babies, and their families.

Well-being and health

Rep. Anna V. EskamaniOrlando City Commissioner Bakari Burns are lending their efforts today to the 19th Annual Caribbean Health Summit, where participants can get screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, prostate specific antigen, Alzheimer’s, as well as HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Participants will also receive vision and dental screenings.

Anna V. Eskamani with her crew will host the event from 10 am to 3 pm.

“Make Mental Wellness a Lifestyle” is the theme of this year’s event, which is hosted by the Center for Multicultural Wellness and PreventionIn collaboration with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida the Orange County Department of Health and Advent Health are now Florida Hospitals.

“This event is the only one of its kind with a crucial focus on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our community. In Tallahassee and back home in Central Florida, we’re doing everything we can to reduce barriers to accessing healthcare and invite our family, friends, and neighbors to take advantage of this great opportunity for care,”Eskamani stated in a prepared declaration.

The event is free and starts at 10 a.m. at Dr. James R. Smith Center. It ends at 3:00 p.m.


Capital City now boasts a “Wall of Honor” celebrating the history of Leon County’s property appraisers.

“The display honors the past, present, and future achievements of the property appraiser’s office,”Leon County Property Appraiser Akin AkinyemiAt the unveiling. “Each of the individuals depicted on the display have made great contributions through their service to Leon County residents and property owners. Their legacies deserve to be remembered and celebrated.”

Akin Akinyemi honors those who have gone before him.

Akinyemi was joined at the unveiling by a Leon County Property Appraiser. Bert Hartsfield Your wife. Lin Hartsfield. Hatsfield, who is often credited for modernizing the office’s infrastructure, announced his resignation almost 25 years after being elected. Akinyemi, his successor, was elected in 2016.

Additionally, Hartsfield’s predecessor, former Leon County Property Appraiser Clarence Cleveland “Dick” BrandThe celebration was also attended by a former Leon County Court Clerk Dave Lang, city Treasurer – Clerk Jim Cooke Director of Records Management Matt Lutz.

The property appraiser’s office is charged with appraising all real and personal property, administering property exemptions and classifications, processing deeds, and sending notices of proposed property taxes. The annual tax roll is used to create the budgets for Leon County, Tallahassee, Leon County, public school districts, water management districts, and special districts, including health care.

Hall of Fame bound

Scott Price is a second generation Florida State University College of Business alumnus, and in October will be inducted into its Hall of Fame — one of only three graduates who have received the honor.

Price, who graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from FSU in 1997, recently awarded a $2.7 million gift to the College of Business, of which $2 million will be directed to the Scott G. Price and Family Endowed Scholarship in Accounting.

Scott Price completed FSU bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting during the same year, 1997. Graphic via FSU.

The endowment will fund nine credit hours to high-performing accounting undergraduates that can be applied toward requirements for both their bachelor’s degree and FSU’s Master of Accounting, or MAcc. It also includes the Scott G. Price MAcc Scholarships. This endowment will provide approximately 50% of their tuition costs and fund eight Price Scholars each year.

Michael HartlineDean of the College of Business, Dr. Michael Price said that the Price Accounting Scholars Program will enable the college to attract the best and brightest accountant students. The Department of Accounting already boasts the nation’s No. According to U.S. News and World Report, the Department of Accounting is ranked 21 among public universities.

Price also earmarked $700,000. This money was used to name a seating area or connector in Legacy Hall, which will be the future home of the College of Business and the Scott G. Price Family Forum Stairs. The $700,000.00 price is on top of the $300,000.00 Price had already contributed to Legacy Hall naming.

Because Price founded A-LIGN in Tampa, a cybersecurity company with more than 600 employees. It also has more than 3,500 clients worldwide, including Alloys, Sprint, and Raymond James.

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“FSU has been a part of my life and an identity for who I am since I was a child,”Price stated. “When you get to a point in your life where you’re able to give back to something that gave you so much, you give back.”

Rattling docs

FAMU students Jazlyn byrd Shelecia Reid, have been selected to participate in the American Heart Association (AHA), Scholars Program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Quest Diagnostics will support FAMU students in this program for the second year in succession, Dr. Charlene WaltonDirector of the HBCU Scholars Program, Collegiate Diversity Partnerships Health Strategies and the AHA Southeast Regional.

“We are honored and excited to play a role in their development as future biomedical, health science and public health leaders,”Walton stated this in a statement.

Jazlyn byrd and Shelecia Reid share the honors. A mentor is Dr. Sylvie Nara, FSU College of Medicine. Graphic via FAMU

Byrd is a Tallahassee junior biology and premed student. She’s a Dean’s List scholar and a member of Teaching Our Youth Science and the National Council of Negro Women.

Out of 10 undergraduate students, Byrd was third and two graduate students were second with her research at FAMU. She is working hard in pursuit of her goal to become an Anesthesiologist. “looks forward to building professional bonds with her fellow scholars.”

Reid, a Lauderhill junior biology student, hopes to one day become a dermatologist. She earned a place on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll and is a Florida Medallion Scholar and a Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Scholarship Recipient.

Her memberships include the National Society of Black Women in Medicine and Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the Caribbean Student Association, Ardent Volunteer, and the FAMU Efferson Student Union.

Quest Diagnostics supported FAMU’s inaugural scholars in 2021. Sapphire Holston Kerstyn Russell. Quest’s support will allow this year’s scholars to attend the AHA’s International Scientific Sessions, the largest cardiovascular disease conference in the world, held in Chicago in November, and the annual HBCU Scholars Research Symposium in Durham in April.

Search history

You don’t truly know someone until you’ve seen their Google search history. Trust us, you don’t want to know most people.

But in the aggregate, search engine requests can reveal some interesting trends, such as Floridians’ favorite way to lose money. CasinoGrounds recently pulled data from various gambling terms and created an alphabetical list of the most played online casino games by state.

It was a safe wager to call poker the No. 1 casino game in Florida.

According to the database, Florida is kind of basic — the No. 1 search request was poker. This is beyond the scope of the definition. “casino game”Because it is most commonly played in man caves where ceiling plaster is yellowed from cigar smoke, The most popular tack-on to the search was Texas Hold ‘Em, a variation of the game that hit its pop-culture peak when Nickelback and OutKast were relevant.

No. Blackjack was the second-placed slot. This casino staple serves as a quick lesson in the futility and futility of most insurance policies. The third-place slot was bingo, which is a game that many people associate with Florida. It is also a common game to find in a VFW Hall as in a casino. No. 4 was baccarat, James Bond’s preferred game despite EON Productions trying its darndest to convince filmgoers otherwise. The list ends with keno, an ancient Asian game that proves people prayed to RNGesus long before the Nazarene was his first follower.

“It is fascinating to see how many people search for gambling games online. With an average of 30,000 searches each month for ‘online poker’ in the United States, online poker is the most popular online casino game in America, so it’s fascinating to see the variation in interest in classic games across different states,”A spokesperson for CasinoGames said. “The internet has brought together people who love gambling in a huge community online, where people can play a vast array of games without having to physically be at a casino.”

RIP Antonacci

Long-serving government official Pete Antonacci, who was serving as the head of Florida’s new election police unit, has died after suffering a heart attack.

DeSantis had named Antonacci, who served multiple Republican administrations — and alongside Democrats — during his lengthy career, to lead the Department of State’s Office of Election Crimes and SecurityLess than four months ago

He was at the Capitol when he had a heart attack.

Pete Antonacci was often called the Republican fixer, but both sides respected him for his service.

“730and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Antonacci, Director of the Office of Elections Crimes and Security,”DeSantis made the statement in a statement. “He was a dedicated, tenacious and assiduous public servant, lawyer and respected professional — a friend to all in the State of Florida.”

Antonacci worked as an undercover officer at the Department of State. Cord Byrd.

“Pete was a steadfast public servant throughout his career and played an important role at the Florida Department of State having been appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in July as Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security,”Byrd stated. “My thoughts and prayers and those of the employees who worked closely with Pete are with his family and loved ones.”

Others also grieved his death, such as his successor as Palm Beach State attorney. Dave Aronberg. They also worked together under the Democratic Attorney General in 1999. Bob Butterworth.

“I never knew he was a Republican working for a Democratic AG, because it didn’t matter,”Aronberg stated. “Pete always put public service and the rule of law ahead of partisanship.”

Crist also had words for Antonacci’s family.

“Governor Crist extends his deepest condolences to Peter Antonacci’s family, friends, and loved ones,”Spokeswoman Samantha Ramirez said. “Peter Antonacci was a dedicated and respected public servant with a long history of working with members from both sides of the aisle to better Florida. May he rest in peace.”

Campaign Directions

Ron DeSantis — Crossways — The $12 million question: Are the migrant flights a political win or a loss?

DeSantis ‘24 — Up arrow — You can add 99 delegates to your board.

Perla  Down arrow  Worst. Travel agent. Ever.

James Montgomerie — Down arrow — Hopefully $1.5M helps the CEO of Vitriol, er, Vertol Systems, sleep at night.

Jason Pizzo — Up arrow — He has a lot of courtroom experience. He also has a lot of questions.

Lauren Poe — Up arrow — Gainesville might need to upgrade its airport, but that’s nothing $12 million wouldn’t solve.

Andrew Warren — Down arrow — Where’s the Uno reverse card when you need it?

Jason Brodeur — Crossways arrow — He’s probably going to win another term despite the Orlando Sentinel’s efforts.

Nikki Fried — Down arrow — Somebody tell her that the 30-day, no-contact rule applies to elections, too.

Dane Eagle — Up arrow — City & State says he’s more important than Moody and Patronis, so you know it’s true.

China — Down arrow — Winnie the Pooh is feeling a lot like Eeyore right now.

Visa and Amex — Down arrow — Is the new purchase category for bonus cash back, or are they just spying on us?

Facebook, Google, etc. — Crossways arrow — Moody is challenging them to best two out of three.

Parents of school-age children — Up arrow — A year-round sales tax holiday for books, toys and sports gear should help them deal with inflation.

Freedom Week — Up arrow — What does its name say about the other 51 weeks of the year? Take the discount, it doesn’t matter.

Terry Gwinn — Up arrow — Gwinn Brothers Farm is about to become a lot more profitable.

NIL — Crossways arrow — It’s a more appealing recruit convo than the kinesiology program. Too bad it’s off-limits.

Jamie Grosshans — Down arrow — She’ll probably be retained. She probably won’t get a fan club.

Law schools — Down arrow — What would you say … you do here?

Rocky Hanna — Crossways arrow — We get his point, but it’s the lamest diss track we’ve ever heard.

FAMU — Down arrow — They could close the gap by slashing the admin budget. These functions are being handled by students.

Drew Piers — Up arrow — The youngest partner at Sachs Media is the newest winner of FSU’s Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award.

Amazon — Up arrow — Package still in transit despite being delayed

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