Newly sworn-in Leon County Commissioner Christian Caban has named Allison Richards as his top aide. Richards is the daughter of the late Leon County Commissioner Jimbo Jackson, and Caban is the first commissioner from District 2 to not live in the Fort Braden community in over two decades. Richards’ role will include coordinating constituent services, preparing Caban for meetings and reviewing policy issues before the Commission. Caban stated that he wanted to keep all corners of District 2 represented while he is a commissioner.
Developing story: The Tallahassee City Commission evaluations of appointed officials for 2022 are in. Two things we know: Commissioner Matlow rated City Manager Reese Goad a “0” on a 0-5 scale and Commissioner Porter did return her evaluation by the requested date. Get the details here.
After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threw his weight behind numerous school board candidates across the state, the newly elected officials are working to oust their school systems of administrators and educational leaders who enforced COVID mandates. In Brevard and Sarasota counties, school leaders are offering to leave voluntarily as the newly installed school board members are ramping up the pressure. Boards in both counties now have conservative-leaning majorities who sought change in the 2022 Midterm elections. Both counties, additionally, sacked their respective superintendents the same day that the DeSantis and Moms For Liberty-backed members were sworn in.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio recently penned an op-ed calling for decreased dependence on foreign pharmaceutical production as RSV in children has been on the rise this fall and the needed drug, amoxicillin, is in short supply. Rubio’s opposition to foreign drug importation runs against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2019 efforts to have lawmakers work to increase drug importation.
Florida State women’s basketball prepares for their matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Noles are looking to move to 13-2 all-time in the interconference challenge and are looking to avoid just their second loss this season. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. and can be viewed on Big Ten+ or on 96.5 The Spear.
Florida State basketball fell at home to the fifth ranked Purdue Boilermakers last night, 79-69. Darin Green tied his career high with 23 points, and Matthew Cleveland set a new season high with 20 points. The Noles fell to 1-8.