The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Monday, January 15, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Monday, January 15, 2024

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To honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in the spirit of his profound legacy, the City of Tallahassee, with support from other agencies and community organizations, will host the annual MLK Day parade and celebration on Jan. 15, 2024. See the schedule.

The Tallahassee City Commission will conduct interviews for the City Attorney position on Tuesday, Jan. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. Get the background on the four candidates.

Tallahassee Police announced on Friday public safety cameras will be installed in the next coming weeks in certain areas to prevent crime and increase safety. Cameras will be installed in the Tuskegee neighborhood and along West Pensacola Street

LCS Board member Rosanne Wood said that some social apps cause chaos in schools everyday and noted the impact on a student’s self image, depression, bullying and suicide rates. Listen to her comments here.


Florida State men’s basketball got a win on the road Saturday against Notre Dame to start ACC play 4-1. The Noles won 67-58 by forcing 14 turnovers and holding the Irish to 42% shooting from the floor. Next up, it’s the first matchup of the season against Miami and former Nole Matthew Cleveland on Wednesday night at 7.

On Saturday, FSU landed another transfer portal commit as Florida offensive line transfer Richie Leonard IV announced he will be playing for Mike Norvell in 2024. A graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining, Leonard IV brings a wealth of experience after starting all 12 games at left guard for the Gators in 2023.


Florida Democrat lawmakers filed legislation that would disband the Florida Department of State’s Office of Election Crimes and Security, along with other measures aiming to “increase access to voting.” The press release said since the creation of the Office of Election Crimes and Security, it has “served as a politicized weapon to intimidate Black voters from exercising their freedom to vote by arresting Floridians whom the State genuinely misinformed about their voting eligibility.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has endorsed former President Donald Trump for president. Rubio follows Sen. Rick Scott in endorsing the former President’s try to be Republican presidential nominee for a third time.

Florida State Rep. Dean Black said he received “death threats” after filing a bill that provides formal definitions for the terms “man” and “woman” under Florida Statutes. On Florida’s Voice with Brendon Leslie, Black said he received “death threats over this particular bill” and he said people have called for his “assassination.”


The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal challenging a judicial ruling that established a constitutional right to vagrancy. A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2022 blocked the Oregon town of Grants Pass from enforcing “anti-camping” laws on public property. The judges said the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibits cities from arresting or imposing penalties on homeless people for squatting on public property if there aren’t enough shelter beds for every vagrant.

The 2024 presidential election cycle kicks into high gear today with the Republican Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest of the primary season. Former President Donald Trump enters the day as a significant favorite, with the closely watched Iowa Poll showing him with 48% of the vote. Former Gov. Nikki Haley (SC) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL) are in a tight race for second, polling at 20% and 16%, respectively. The next closest candidate, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, sits at around 8%. See poll averages here

Markets mixed at close of trading Friday (S&P 500 +0.1%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq 0.0%) as fourth-quarter earnings begin to be released (More). 


4 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Monday, January 15, 2024"

  1. DIPS obsession with DeSantis only confirms his diagnosis known as Transference. Perhaps your recovery would be more successful if you would stop the self-medicating and switched over to “legitimate” prescription medication.

  2. > All the offenders were Democrats.

    Can you provide any evidence toward this statement? I doubt it.

    By way of example, here are two cases of MAGA morons in the Villages voting twice for Trump in 2020.

    “TWO RESIDENTS OF the Florida retirement community The Villages pleaded guilty to voting more than once in the 2020 presidential election, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

    Charles Barnes, 64, and Jay Ketcik, 63, could face five years in prison for the third-degree felony, but will avoid jail time as long as they participate in 50 hours of community service and take a three-month civics class, among other requirements outlined by the state attorney.

    Barnes has no listed party affiliation, and an arrest warrant indicates he had a Connecticut address. Ketcik is a registered Republican who made several Facebook posts in support of former president Donald Trump, Orlando CBS affiliate News 6 reported at the time of his arrest. He admitted to voting by mail in Florida as well as absentee in Michigan.”

    From the same article, Trump’s chief of staff (one of many!) was dual registered!

    “The news of Villages voter fraud comes the same day the Asheville Citizen Times reported that the state of North Carolina removed former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows from its voter rolls. Meadows is under investigation for voter fraud, and was reportedly registered in Virginia and North Carolina at the same time, with his North Carolina registration being tied to a mobile home in the middle of nowhere where he doesn’t appear to have ever lived.”

    It’s always projection with Republicans. Always.

    > I’d much rather waste a few million dollars on rooting out voter fraud,

    But they didn’t ‘root out’ anything; a quarter of the cases were thrown out of court and only one person was actually sentenced. Think of it like this, if they wanted to ‘find’ 1% of the vote 11M votes cast was ‘fraudulent’, they’d need to find another 110,000 illegal voters. So far, they’ve found 25. The math is a dumb as trickle down economics, but I doubt any Republicans will stop yammering for it.

  3. DSP left out the most fun observation… All the offenders were Democrats.

    I’d much rather waste a few million dollars on rooting out voter fraud, than waste 100’s of billions on a wide-open border and all of the fraud and waste that comes with it. I have no problem with fun, keep it comin’.

  4. Fun reality based observation; DeSantis’s joke of an election security taskforce was a total waste of tax payer money. They managed all of twenty four ‘arrests’, over a quarter of which were dismissed in court, and only one person has seen any jail time.

    Google any of the below to see the site; TLHReports doesn’t play nicely with links.

    “One by one, many of the initial 20 arrests announced by the Office of Election Crimes and Security have stumbled in court. Six cases have been dismissed. Five other defendants accepted plea deals that resulted in no jail time. Only one case has gone to trial, resulting in a split verdict. The others are pending.”

    “In its first nine months, the new unit made just four other arrests, according to a report the agency released earlier this year. Critics say the low numbers point to the overall strength of Florida’s electoral system and a lack of sufficient evidence to pursue further charges. Nonetheless, as he gears up for a possible presidential run, DeSantis is moving to give the office more teeth, asking the legislature to nearly triple the division’s annual budget from $1.2 million to $3.1 million. The Republican governor also pushed through a bill ensuring the statewide prosecutor has jurisdiction over election crime cases — an attempt to resolve an issue several judges have raised in dismissing cases.”

    For context, Florida has arrested < 30 people out of a population of 22.5M, which means, we spent a few million dollars to 'find' 'fraud' in 0.00013636363636364% of the population. Great job, Ron! It looks a lot like his Iowa poll numbers, frankly.

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