The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, October 3

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, October 3

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A sewer pipe burst on Sunday, October 1, spilling 23,000 gallons of untreated wastewater in a ditch along Centerville Road.

During the September 27, 2023 City Commission meeting, a number of citizens voiced their concerns related to the city budget during the time allotted for public comment.


Tallahassee man accused of strangling his roommate and dumping her body in the woods is now on trial for murder. Martin “Eric” Barrett, 61, is charged with first degree murder in the death of 74-year-old Cecilia Lopez-Quessada. Lopez-Quessada was reported missing by a coworker when she failed to show up for work on April 5, 2022. Her body was found two days later in the woods off Tower Road covered with branches.


Former Florida State Senate President Don Gaetz is running for Senate District 1 again. The official launch follows some speculation that Gaetz would run. It also comes as many wonder whether his son, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, is positioning himself for a 2026 bid for Florida Governor.

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz said he will try to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Gaetz, a longtime McCarthy nemesis, said in broadcast interviews that McCarthy was in “brazen, material breach” of agreements he made with House Republicans in January when he ran for speaker. As a result, Gaetz said he would be filing a “ motion to vacate the chair,”

While participating in campaign events in California, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis promised to deport every illegal alien who came to the United States during President Joe Biden’s administration. He also criticized former President Trump, saying that he betrayed his 2016 campaign promise of deporting illegal aliens.


Check out TR’s round-up of selected high school sporting events that took place during the week beginning Monday, September, 25th.

Despite a determined comeback from Duke, Florida State Volleyball managed to hold on and earn a key five-set victory over the Blue Devils, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym. The win marks FSU’s first 4-0 start to ACC play since the 2016 season.


8 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, October 3"

  1. @Dave — I got a kick out of Pelosi’s statement that the new guy’s prioritizing seating assignments over doing the people’s business. A not so subtle whine about losing her plush office that rightfully should have already been occupied by somebody else.

  2. As we move past McCarthy’s ouster I’m liking it more and more. The timing is damned near perfect. It comes in time to take the Nancy Pelosi budget off the table before we’re saddled with it right up to next year’s national election.

    I’m also wondering if McCarthy is thinking, “there’s never a fire alarm when you need one”!

  3. @a skeptic Agree with your assessment 100%.
    McCarthy never felt he would be held to his word of honor. But he was.
    Its not a let the chips fall where the may situation. That is the assumption that there is no plan for the future after McCarthy’s fall from grace. They have a plan for moving forward.

  4. @Pat — I don’t blame Gaetz. He and the members of his coalition endorsed McCarthy under very specific, negotiated terms. McCarthy has reneged on his promise to Gaetz.

    Gaetz’ position may be a short term loser, but it’s the only chance this government has to survive long term.

  5. This million gallon spill of raw sewage calls into question basic competency of the city management. This is the most basic function of local gov, they just raised taxes and force mains, major massive pipes near Canopy are exploding. Not acceptable

  6. Matt Gaetz is why the Republican Party is compared to the Washington Generals. The always loose. The Democrats win because they stick together and speak with one voice.

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