Last Call for 10.27.22 — A prime-time read on what’s happening in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read on what’s happening in Florida politics.

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Govt. Ron DeSantis the administration is drafting new rules for decorum at the Capitol complex, including cementing the authority to light up the Historic Capitol in the governor and legislature.

As he states Florida city and stateThe Department of Management Services has proposed a rule that says the governor can light the Historic Capitol on fire “to celebrate a holiday, cause, or other matter that the governor wishes to support.” The rule also allows the Speaker of the House and the Speaker of the Senate to request lighting of the DMS building in a similar manner.

Additionally, he would declare that lighting a building is government speech, giving the state — in this case, the governor — what the U.S. Supreme Court says is the ability to “say whatever it wants.” Groups reserving the stairs or surrounding areas are prohibited from illuminating the Historic Capitol in support of a message, cause or event.

DMS says these rule changes and others, including the protests, are part of an annual review to clarify rules at the Capitol complex. But the change is also the latest in a crackdown to prevent outside groups from using the Capitol to spread their message.

Last year, the state denied a request by gun control advocates from Moms Demand Action to light the Historic Capitol orange. Around the same time, the Jacksonville Transit Authority said the Florida Department of Transportation asked it to remove the rainbow light during Pride Month.

However, the Historic Capitol was lit purple for Alzheimer’s awareness, part of an annual tradition.

Other changes go beyond the state-sanctioned light show. The rules would limit protests inside state buildings if the demonstration is deemed disruptive. It would also prohibit visual and auditory displays or acts that are indecent.

The Capitol Police will have the power to remove people for trespassing if they break the rules.

Evening reading

—”Donald Trump is not waiting for 2024 to insult Ron DeSantis” via CNN’s Chris Cillizza

—”Florida newspaper ranks behind Charlie Crist in Governor’s race; how much does it matter” via Michael Moline of Florida Phoenix

—”Who exactly are the January 6 Tampa Bay charges?” via Christopher Spata and Kirby Wilson of the Tampa Bay Times

—”Elon Musk says Twitter won’t be a “free-for-all hell environment,” responding to advertiser concerns” via Patience Haggin and Suzanne Vranica of The Wall Street Journal

—”What it looks like when drought chokes the mighty Mississippi” via Brady Dennis, Laris Karklis, Scott Dance and Tim Mek of The Washington Post

—”Lucrative Hurricane Ian cleanup deals generate new storm” via Mike Schneider of The Associated Press

—”The GOP canvasser didn’t say the brutal police beating was political until Marco Rubio tweeted” via Nicholas Nehamas, Sarah Blaskey, Verónica Egui Brito and David Ovalle of the Miami Herald

—”Brian Mast and Mike Waltz condemn Janet Cruz’s attack on Jay Collins” via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics

—”Republicans now outnumber Democrats in SD 10” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

—”Universal theme parks report strong financials despite Hurricane Ian” via Gabrielle Russon for Florida Politics

—”‘Devil In The Grove’ author says he solved controversial 1987 Osceola murder case” via Cristóbal Reyes of the Orlando Sentinel

—”60 years ago today, this man stopped the nuclear Cuban Missile Crisis” via Bryan Walsh of Vox

Quote of the day

“To know a fighter requires a fighter and Ron DeSantishe’s the one.”

— UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal endorsing DeSantis in a video ad.

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