The former executive director of the Florida Public Defenders Association died Sunday evening in a one-vehicle crash in Tallahassee. Kristina Wiggins, 48, was a staffer at numerous state agencies for the past 20 years and had worked for the past two years as an operations director for Tallahassee Community College. Read WCTV report here.
On Thursday, Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch will appear on the Steve Stewart Show. The Steve Stewart Show airs on RealTalk 93.3 FM on Tuesday and Thursday beginning at noon. On Tuesday, the newly elected chair of the Leon Democratic Executive Committee, Ryan Ray, appeared on the show. Listen to the interview here.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated that he is going to be pushing for the Florida Legislature to pass a bill that would prevent teachers’ union dues from being deducted from teachers’ paychecks. He called it “paycheck protection legislation” in a speech on Monday. This adds to DeSantis’ continued fights with teachers’ unions dating back to when he fought to open public schools back up after COVID and fought to remove mask mandates.
Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger has endorsed Christian Zielger for Florida GOP chair. Ziegler currently serves as vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida and will likely be facing numerous competitors including Leon County GOP Chair Evan Power and former Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini.
The Florida Department of Health announced two new emergency rules this week that will give indication to the application process for companies seeking a medical marijuana treatment center license. With the license, companies will be permitted to “cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana.” However, the new rules did not say when the application window will open or how many licenses are going to be available.
Florida State men’s basketball plays host to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight at 8:30 p.m. With the win, the Noles will have their seventh consecutive home win against Notre Dame. However, the Noles will also be hoping to avoid another loss that would then put them with eleven losses.
Florida State women’s basketball is also playing host to the Miami Hurricanes at 12:00 p.m. It is the 67th overall meeting between the rivals and FSU holds the series lead 48-18. Ta’Niya Latson and the Noles will be looking to start conference play with a win and for their twelfth win overall.