The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, February 9, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, February 9, 2024

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The Tallahassee City Commission is investigating whether County Commissioner David O’Keefe trespassed on the construction site of the city’s new police headquarters. It’s the latest dust-up amid an ongoing conflict between the progressive and moderate factions of both commissions.

Mark S. Earley, Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, announced the initial mailing of Vote-by-Mail ballots for the 2024 Presidential Preference Primary Election (PPP).

The Tallahassee City Commission meeting briefs from the February 7, 2024 meeting are now available. Get the details.

On a recent episode of The Breakfast Club former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said that he feels abandoned by his former friends after his infamous hotel scandal saying he is “lonely, angry, and mad.” In 2020, law enforcement was called to Gillum’s Miami Beach hotel room where he was found passed out and suspected crystal meth was found in the room.


The North Florida Christian football team will be looking for a new head coach, as Brent Hill has stepped down at head coach of the Eagles to take a job in Tennessee.

Florida State Women’s Basketball used a strong fourth quarter to earn a 76-60 road win. Junior forward Makayla Timpson totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season, including her second straight.


The Florida Senate unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday expanding the “My Safe Florida Home Program,” which allows state homeowners the opportunity to protect their homes against natural disasters while reducing the cost of insurance premiums. More than 1,900 state homeowners have benefited from the program, resulting in an average discount of $981 to insurance premiums.

Florida State has asked a North Carolina court to dismiss the ACC’s lawsuit against the university. The ACC originally filed this case in December, a day before FSU’s board of trustees approved their lawsuit against the conference. Florida State called the ACC’s preemptive suit “an admitted ‘race to the courthouse’ to secure what it hoped would prove to be a more favorable forum.”

On Wednesday, the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee advanced Sen. Travis Hutson’s Fantasy Sports Contest Amusement Act to the Senate floor. The bill would allow anyone legally old enough to drink to participate in commercial fantasy sports.

The Florida House and Senate each passed their own version of the 2024-25 state budget. The legislation appropriates nearly $116 billion, dispersed throughout each department and branch of state government.  


The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday over whether former President Donald Trump’s role in the events of Jan. 6, 2021, make him ineligible for public office under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. The effort is the first time the Civil War-era provision has been attempted to be applied to a former president. 

Senate advances bill for $95B foreign aid by a vote of 67-32, one day after a bipartisan package combining the support with border security measures failed; $60B to go to Ukraine and $14B for Israel (More)

US stock markets close up (S&P 500 +0.1%, Dow +0.1%, Nasdaq +0.2%); S&P 500 briefly tops 5,000-point milestone in intraday trading (More


9 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, February 9, 2024"

  1. Interesting to see the highlight on the proposed budget cuts for the Public Defender’s Office. As a legal aid advocate, I believe it’s crucial to ensure that all citizens have access to proper legal representation, especially in cases where their liberties are at stake. Hopefully, the city can find a way to balance the budget without compromising on this vital service.

  2. I want to see the video that shows O’Keefe Trespassing.

    Well Gillum, you did that to yourself.

    But Trump wasn’t charged with Insurrection OR Inciting a Riot.

    We need to stop GIVING Money to other Countries, it has already been proven that the Money isn’t going where it should.

  3. e Mayor Andrew Gillum said that he feels abandoned

    Really, you’re a married man that got super high on drugs then had homosexual sex then passed out. And you can’t understand why you’re toxic.

  4. Do you hear these city leaders and former city leaders? It explains a lot how Tallahassee has deteriorated…. If a county commissioner wants to go take pictures of a project site where they are scorching earth to develop the property, it is his right. What is not right is taking up precious taxpayers time for three of the city commissioners to try to trump up a political vendetta misusing our law enforcement entity to do so.

    The only thing this exposes is that three of the city commissioners are in bed with their special interests, misuse taxpayer dollars, and that they are school yard bullies. The mayor , Curtis, and Dianne Williams-Cox should resign.

    Gillum: GET A JOB AND REPENT!!

  5. Sounds like he’s not sorry about what he did, but he’s terribly sorry he got caught. Now he’s trying to convince us that someone spiked his drink????? Yeah, right, Gillum. And monkeys just flew out of my butt. You’re done, Gillum. Take a hike.

  6. Well, ya know, if you avoid gay sex and crack cocaine in a Miami dive hotel, these things won’t happen to you, will they???

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