The Tallahassee Reports Morning Briefs: Tuesday, Jan. 17

The Tallahassee Reports Morning Briefs: Tuesday, Jan. 17


On Wednesday, January 18th, the Tallahassee City Commissioner will host the City’s Annual Retreat. The Retreat will provide an opportunity to review the progress that has been made towards Tallahassee’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Staff will also give updates on two initiatives—the Southside Action Plan and the Clean Energy Plan. Get the details.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey has appointed Dionte Gavin as his Director of Communications. Gavin, who started the job last week, most recently served as Senior Operations Director for Visit Tallahassee. Get the details.

State Attorney Jack Campbell says his office is scaling up its efforts to go after students who bring weapons to school and make threats. His comments come after scores of worried parents rushed to Godby this week to get their kids after a rumor of a potential shooting on campus began circulating on social media.

A Leon County jury found a Tallahassee man guilty on all counts in connection with a lengthy October 2021 standoff with law enforcement. Myrick Rittman was arrested after a six-hour standoff with Tallahassee police, barricaded inside an apartment at the University Green Condos off Corvallis Avenue. The trial lasted two days and a sentencing date has not yet been set.


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking at least partial credit for Manny Diaz resigning from being the Chair of the Florida Democrat Party. “In terms of the resignation of the other party’s Chairman, there ain’t many … as many Democrats around as there used to be in the state of Florida, and we had something to do with that in November 2022,” DeSantis said.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson has withdrawn from a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Law Enforcement over the information the state police agency gives out during background checks for concealed weapons licenses. The lawsuit was launched in October 2022 by former Commissioner Nikki Fried. Simpson said the agencies had reached an agreement for the FDLE to provide more details during the application process.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott is calling on an investigation to be launched regarding Chinese police stations on U.S. soil. The letter from Scott urges “immediate action and coordination between the FBI, State Department and local law enforcement” to “end these illegitimate and illegal operations and provide the American people with full transparency.” FBI Director Christopher Wray also has expressed concern over Chinese influence from back in November.


Florida State women’s basketball freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson continues to break records. Latson has tied the conference record by winning her ninth ACC Rookie of the Week award. In FSU’s two games last week vs. No. 11 NC State and Louisville, Latson averaged 21.0 points and shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the floor. She has scored in double figures in all 20 games played this season.

Florida State men’s basketball goes on the road to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight at 7:00 p.m. It’s the second meeting of the season between the Seminoles and the fighting Irish, as the Florida State took a 73-72 win at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on December 21, 2022, for its second ACC win of the season.


12 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Morning Briefs: Tuesday, Jan. 17"

  1. Mr Ed

    Here is additional accurate data to add to your selective data so as not to skew the results.

    The City Commission is 100% pro-abortion. That would include:

    *Mayor DAILEY. –
    *Curtis Richardson –
    *Dianne William-Cox –

    *They include being supporters of the BLM movement and recipients of bundled contributions.

    You are calling the above named Marxicrats, to be clear.

    Got it!

  2. Margaret Sanger – hero to the Marxicrats – created PP for the express purpose of suppressing the birth of children of color. And the Marxicrats – the true and historically-proven racists in the country – have made certain that the majority of PP clinics are located in communities of color.

    Them Marxicrats sue do love killing them some innocent babies, particularly in communities of color.

  3. @Rusty

    “one out of every two black pregnancies in America end in an abortion.”

    I had never heard the statistic phrased that way. I was aware that while blacks make up about 16% of our overall population, the account for 38% of all abortions.

  4. Mr Rust

    Your obsession with Malow and Porter is entertaining. They have brought good things to the table which are far better than the others who sweep things under the table and go years and years without cleaning it out. You should expend your energies on looking at ways to improve as I have never heard you give an intelligent thought in that direction. You are allowing the inmates to run the asylum. Not a good accomplishment to be proud of.

  5. @Ed, if Dr. King were alive today, he’d be “canceled” by progressives like Matlow and Porter who prefer equity over equality.

  6. “Statistically, a southside black child born today will be …”

    Statistically, a southside black child won’t be born at all because one out of every two black pregnancies in America end in an abortion.

  7. @Ed, @Nicholas, @Pat — you’re all correct. This is a multifaceted problem that has been going on for generations. As I like to sign my overt political statements:

    SSDD — Same S(tuff), Different Democrat.

  8. Mr Ed

    I believe you need to correct your statement and say Dr King Weeps at how some of his own people still attempt to use the color of their skin to get by rather the content of their character. Case in point Andrew Gillum.

    Perhaps you should take a few moments and reflect as I never heard Dr King resort to name calling an attempt to blame others.

  9. Happy MLK Day to the fine outstanding members of our African American community that became residents of the Leon County Lockup and dominated yesterday’s booking report. The common thread is they committed another felony crime either while on parole or as a convicted felon. This is a Dailey occurrence. Too bad our local media doesn’t cover this problem. Black crime is a big problem and all the new statues and parades will not stop it. The problem cannot be fixed until government acknowledges the problem. Statistically, a southside black child born today will be from an unwed couple, dependant on welfare, be raised by their grandmother, father in prison or dead, lag behind white kids starting in kindergarden and likely to turn out just like their parents.

  10. A lot of old news and especially the mayor’s new communications director. This should be questioned inside; a strategic maneuver at the taxpayer’s expense. Some investigative reporting is needed here. Didn’t the former Communications person file a lawsuit against the city, then they put in an Insider, and now another new communications director? Someone needs to tell the mayor that WCOT is not for the taking to run his reelection campaigns, but to serve the taxpayers who pay for it. The same press release has already been published and I didn’t see it in the Tallahassee Democrat. What is going on here? This is a big story screaming for an investigation.

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