The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, December 21, 2023

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Lawton Chiles High School Principal Joseph Burgess has announced he is challenging Rocky Hanna and will run for Leon County Superintendent. Burgess said that running has been a dream of his and that he would make the students the focus of his campaign. Burgess, who has served as Chiles High principal since 2012, plans to continuing serving his current role while running for superintendent.

During the City Commission Meeting on December 13th, Mayor John Dailey addressed the out-of-control comments being made from the unagendaed speakers and informed the Commission he would be “tightening up the ship” in regards to how the Commission handles the agenda. Get the details.

After a string of fatalities this week in Tallahassee, police announced Wednesday evening an ongoing suspicious death investigation. Investigators are looking into the case at the 1500 block of Ridgeway Street.

A body was found at the Flying J Travel Center in Midway Wednesday afternoon. Midway Police, Gadsden County Sheriff’s office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating. No foul play is suspected. The person’s identity will not be released until next of kin have been notified.


Yesterday was the early National Signing Day for high school football athletes, and the Florida State Seminoles were able to maintain a Top 10 recruiting class, however they lost out on five-star safety KJ Bolden when he committed to the Georgia Bulldogs at the last minute. Florida State still has five-star Charles Lester, four-star Jamari Howard, four-star Cai Bates, and four-star Ricky Knight III in the fold.


Political commentator Tucker Carlson blasted DeSantis’ online political operatives and the “nastiest” and “stupidest” people he’s ever seen. Christina Pushaw – DeSantis’ director of rapid response – said “I guess we should do better and rise to the refined level of Team Trump, by calling opponents’ wives the c-word and accusing cancer survivors of faking it.” A spokesperson for DeSantis’ campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Carlson’s remarks.

Senators Rick Scott (R-Fl) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have filed the Protect American Gun Exporter Act to nullify President Joe Biden’s recent ban on gun exports. On October 27, 2023, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a 90-day ban on the export of firearms, ammunition, and component parts.

Floridians Protecting Freedom, a pro-abortion group, reports surpassing the state-required threshold of 891,523 verified signatures, claiming more than 1.4 million for a constitutional amendment to establish abortion rights until fetal viability. The amendment, which aims to counter Florida’s existing 15-week abortion limit, has 753,771 signatures validated so far, with further authentication needed from the Secretary of State.


4 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, December 21, 2023"

  1. Desantis’ people should keep their fire directed at Democrats. When they attack Trump, I can’t tell the difference between them and the Biden administration. So, there is no way on gods green earth I can vote for them if they look and act just like Joe Biden.

  2. Hey Christina Pushaw, how about stop worrying about Trump and just worry about DeSantis’ Platform and keep him on Point. He doesn’t have a chance against Trump, it’s Haley he needs to worry about.

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