Episode 2

Governing, guns and getting things done


June 11th, 2021

51 mins 25 secs

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About this Episode

Co-hosts Peter Schorsch and Jared Moskowitz present the new “State of Emergency,” joined by a special guest, Democratic Sen. Lauren Book of Plantation.

On this episode of State of Emergency:

— A discussion of Pride Month, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ transgender bill signing on the first day of Pride and the Acosta Bridge lighting controversy.

— Does DeSantis have a ‘homophobic streak?’ Moskowitz says that’s not the person he knows, relating an insider’s story about the administration and its proclamation of the Pulse tragedy’s third anniversary.

— “Not everything is intentional,” was Moskowitz’s lesson while in government, adding that the number of moving pieces could leave to perceived slights. “Government is not that organized,” adding that the Acosta lighting kerfuffle is “ridiculous.”

— Most people in state government are apolitical, Moskowitz notes. Politics just doesn’t enter the equation for them.

— What’s up with the emerging Senate battle between Rep. Val Demings and incumbent Marco Rubio?

— Is Rubio’s “hostage video” response and frequent Bible quotes helping or hurting him?

— Vaccination hesitancy, access, pushback against “vaccine passports,” and what that means for the state’s cruise industry.

— Much of the problem with vaccination is transportation to get a vaccine, Moskowitz says.

— Sen. Book, as the new leader of the Democratic Caucus, talks about the 2022 Session and what that means for priorities of the minority Party.

— “We have a lot of work to do,” she says. “We have to get our hands dirty and do some of the work that has been neglected for some time.”

— One challenge is to connect with the people, beyond fundraising and door-knocking during campaigns. Book announces a Democratic statewide listening tour to every caucus member’s district starting October, to meet with constituents and boost voter registration.

— Moskowitz and Book discuss the epidemic of gun violence and the challenges of representing many of the families touched by the Parkland high school shooting.

— “It will always be a cloud around our community,” Book says.

— Moskowitz warns of desensitizing over mass shootings, which may lead to a lack of outrage. “We lost common sense as a society,” he says. “We are not seeing that political outrage.”

— Book talks about how “purity tests” are hurting the Democratic Party. “We really need to embrace who and what we are to be successful.”

— Book also gives an update on her father, legendary lobbyist Ron Book, who lives just a block away from his daughter. He comes over every day and “is as feisty as ever.”