Last Call for 10.31.22 — Primetime reading on what’s happening in Florida politics

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

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Florida TaxWatch named the Attorney General’s Office Ashley Moody its state agency of the year.

TaxWatch presented Moody with the TaxWatch Productivity Award on Monday morning. Treasury watchdogs have credited the attorney general’s office with fighting human trafficking and seizing more than $3 billion from major players in the opioid epidemic.

“This is such a prestigious honor for our agency, and I am grateful for all of our hardworking public servants who wake up every day ready to fight to protect Floridians,” Moody said. “We strive to serve the public and be good stewards of taxpayer funds. I hope this award reaffirms to all Floridians that we take this role very seriously and will always work to do the best we can with the state funds entrusted to our agency.”

TaxWatch Productivity (or TPA), originally known as the Davis Productivity Awards and more recently the Prudential Productivity Awards, is a more than 30-year-old, nationally unique program, according to TaxWatch.

“As the government’s trusted watchdog and taxpayer ‘eyes and ears’ for more than 40 years, Florida TaxWatch understands the value of highly productive state employees and managers better than most,” TaxWatch President and CEO Dominik Calabro he said. “We recognize that without them, critical functions of government would surely falter, taxpayers would pay the price, and ultimately Florida would be diminished in size. For that reason, we are extremely grateful to Attorney General Ashley Moody and the many other 2022 Florida TaxWatch Productivity Award winners, and we congratulate them for all they have done and continue to do to bring real and lasting improvement to our great state. You can’t have a great workforce without great leadership!”

Sponsors Kyra Solutions and co-sponsors AvMed, Capital Health Plan, Florida Council of 100 and State of Florida assisted with the award presentation.

“The public servants we honor today and the thousands we have honored in the past represent the very best in government service for Florida taxpayers,” said Florida Council of 100 president and CEO. Bob Ward.

Evening reading

—”Charlie Crist cast his ballot in St. Petersburg as Democrats trailed in early voting numbers” via Emily L. Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times

—”The Supreme Court appears open to ending affirmative action in college admissions” via Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post

—”‘Caution is key!’: Rick Scott warns of ‘drug cartels’ targeting Halloween candy” via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics

—”Halloween candy: no, fentanyl won’t be in your kids’ trick-or-treat bags” via CNET’s Oscar Gonzalez

—”Outraged officials condemn anti-Semitic messages emerging in Florida” via Lisa J. Huriash and Susannah Bryan of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

—”QAnon Democrat? In 2022, a merciless war will break out in deep blue California” via Ken Bensinger of The New York Times

—”The Ohio representative is mourning his niece, Anne Gieske, who was killed in South Korea” via Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer

—”Tracking dollars in Florida’s political money puzzle” via Tristan Wood of City & State Florida

—”Senate GOP ad portrays Joy Goff-Marcil as radical extremist in closing days of SD 10 campaign” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

—”Republican Broward lawmaker reacts to attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband: ‘Maybe they’ll be tougher on crime now.’” via Anthony Man of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

—”A Hialeah man accused of beating a Republican campaigner now faces another felony charge” via David Ovalle of the Miami Herald

—”Wellington father sues high school for ‘homosexual indoctrination’” via Josh Miller of The Florida Standard

—”Disney is giving $1 million to support FAMU’s journalism school” via Katie Rice of the Orlando Sentinel

—”Florida Politics’ annual humorous guide to Halloween safety” via Florida Politics

Quote of the day

“Gov. (Ron) DeSantis rejects attempts to scapegoat the Jewish community — it has no place in Florida.”

— press secretary DeSantis Brian Griffin on the wave of anti-Semitic demonstrations.

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