The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, January 26, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, January 26, 2024



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Local Campaign Reports Show Six Candidates Surpass $50K

The latest campaign finance reports filed with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections show six candidates have surpassed $50,000 with more than six months until the first vote will be cast.

Tallahassee Police said they are investigating an aggravated battery incident that took place Thursday morning, leaving a man with a stab wound. Around 8:24 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of West Georgia Street in reference to an injured person. Upon arrival, they found a man with a stab wound. It is still under investigation. 

Wawa hit a milestone Thursday afternoon, breaking ground in Tallahassee. Wawa also hosted a community partnership event on Thursday to welcome the convenience store to the Tallahassee community.


The No. 23 Florida State Women’s Basketball team fell to ACC opponent Duke on Thursday night, 88-46, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Sophomore Ta’Niya Latson led FSU with her 18th double-figure game of the season, scoring 15 points. 

Thursday was a big night on Tallahassee’s Southside as the Rickards Raiders scored a pair of key victories as RHS’ girls hoops downed rival Godby and boys soccer defeated Ridgeview for the program’s first district tournament victory in a decade.


The Florida House passed HB 1 which will prevent children under the age of 18 from having social media accounts. But opponents questioned the bill’s constitutionality and said it would take away the rights of parents to determine whether their children use social media. Thirteen Democrats voted against the bill, while 23 Democrats joined Republicans in supporting it. The bill would require platforms to use independent organizations to conduct age verifications when new accounts are created.

A new bill in the Florida Legislature could give expanded legal protections and immunities to the Florida State Guard that the Florida National Guard currently receives. One of the other provisions of the bill would be to allow the use of the Florida State Guard outside the State of Florida – recently inspired by the border debacle in Texas and the State of Texas utilizing state personnel to enforce border restrictions. Rep. Mike Giallombardo said that in order for the Florida State Guard to operate outside of Florida, the states where they would be deployed would have to be mutually agreed upon by the other states.

Additionally, as the border debacle continues, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took to Twitter yesterday to post a video where he stated that the Founders would not have ratified the Constitution if the states had not been permitted to enforce their own borders. “They have every right to fortify the border, vis-a-vis an invasion. That’s Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution,” he said. “They’re in the right.”

In the multi-year fight over Florida’s redistricting case, the Florida Supreme Court has said they will take up the legal challenge to the new congressional maps endorsed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature. The court could take up the case soon, or by May at the latest.


A bipartisan Senate deal to pair border enforcement measures and Ukraine aid faced potential collapse Thursday as Senate Republicans grew increasingly wary of an election-year compromise that Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee, says is “meaningless.”

Schools nationwide have invested millions of dollars in the monitoring technology, including federal COVID-19 emergency relief money meant to help schools through the pandemic and aid students’ academic recovery. 

The Biden administration is delaying consideration of new natural gas export terminals in the United States, even as gas shipments to Europe and Asia have soared since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


3 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, January 26, 2024"

  1. If they can keep their cappuccino machines from constantly breaking down, great!2 Nothing more aggravating than paying for a months worth of a free drink every day, then not being able to get what you’ve already paid for (are you listening, Circle K?)
    Inland, based in Bainbridge, has opened up another store just past the Auto Museum – with 4 EV chargers.

  2. Here we go again. People going absolutely crazy because a Wawa is coming to Tallahassee It’s nothing more than another gas-station where you can also buy a piece of pizza or a sandwich. We already have a ton of places scatted around town that do this.

    So now Wawa joins the ranks of all the other establishments we have too many of. Places like mattress stores, car washes, chicken places, marijuana dispensaries and hamburger joins.

    What all these have in common is, they only offer “jobs.” Their employee turnover rate runs about 60-90%. Nobody can make a career of working for these type of businesses. No graduates from FSU or FAMU are anxious to start working at Wawa or any of these other joints.

    When is the city, county and Chamber of Commerce going to start working on attracting businesses that can offer CAREER opportunities instead of minimum wage “jobs?”

  3. Is the Stabbed Guy a Victim of the Aggravated Battery or did someone Stab him in Self Defense?

    The 1,400 new jobs and an estimated $280 million of economic investment to the Florida Panhandle from Wawa, is that for THIS Year or over the next 10 Years? If it is for This Year, that is great but, if it’s for over the next 10 Years, stop giving us Future Projections because things change and anything can happen. 3 years max is all we need to know.

    “Rep. Mike Giallombardo said that in order for the Florida State Guard to operate outside of Florida, the states where they would be deployed would have to be mutually agreed upon by the other states.” …………….. I would add: “And Paid by those States”.

    The Border should have its own Bill, that way the People will KNOW who if FOR closing the Border and WHO is against it.

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