Welcome to Brunch,

Good morning from Las Vegas, the place Michelle and I are celebrating our tenth marriage ceremony anniversary.

That is the primary version of Brunch for the 2022 Legislative Session. This text will come to you every Sunday for the subsequent two months so that you’ve got one thing to learn whilst you’re having fun with your eggs Benedict and bloody marys.

Thanks to contributors Jason Delgado, Ryan Nicol, and Drew Wilson for serving to produce this version, in addition to Rochelle Koff, who gives the content material for the meals part on the backside.

The Buccaneers host the Eagles at 1 p.m. Tom Brady and Co. are favored by eight and a half factors, in accordance with the BetMGM Sportsbook. I feel the Bucs will win, however in a more in-depth vogue than one would possibly assume.

Tom Brady will doubtless win, however it will likely be nearer than anticipated.

We’ll be watching the sport as a part of our second honeymoon. Sunburn is off Monday in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. vacation.

Talking of soccer, right here’s a pigskin-related SPOTTED — On the Hula Bowl in Orlando: Gov. Ron DeSantis, Marcus Allen, Lou Holtz, Wade Phillips, Mike Smith, Ballard Companions’ Adrian Lukis, Brad Burleson, Brady Benford, Courtney Coppola, Jordan Elsbury, Mat Forrest, Bridget and Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Right here’s what we’re serving up for Brunch …

— Floridians bullish on future —

Florida is heading in the right direction, in accordance with contemporary ballot numbers launched by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The statewide ballot discovered that fifty% of Florida voters consider the state is headed in the best course, whereas almost three-quarters say the nation is on the incorrect observe.

— The takeaway: In line with Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson: “If Florida was a inventory, I might purchase as a lot as I can afford.”

Mark Wilson is bullish on Florida’s economic system in 2022.

— Benefit, GOP: The Chamber additionally highlighted up to date voter registrations stats, which present Republicans proceed to outpace Democrats in new registrations, although new NPA registrations outpaced voter registrations for both main social gathering final 12 months.

— Extra tourism, please: Floridians assist funding VISIT FLORIDA by a 2-to-1 margin, with 64% in favor of preserving the tourism advertising arm round and 30% wanting to tug the plug. Republicans have been most supportive (73%-22%), adopted by NPAs (64%-30%) and Democrats (57%-38%).

— What’cha thinkin’ bout? VISIT FLORIDA isn’t what voters take into consideration when attempting to sleep at night time. For males, Republicans and NPAs, jobs and the economic system are the highest points; for girls and Democrats, it’s COVID-19.

— Election outlook —

The Chamber additionally appeared on the 2022 election cycle, in addition to one main situation certain to poke its head out as soon as the election heats up.

— Who’s the boss? All 160 state legislative seats, 28 congressional seats and a U.S. Senate seat will probably be on the poll this 12 months, however all eyes are educated on the Governor race. As of now, Gov. DeSantis is the double-digit favourite. He’d beat U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist or Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried by 12 factors in a head-to-head. His benefit grows to 16 factors if Sen. Annette Taddeo is the nominee.

Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried and Annette Taddeo are within the highlight — for now.

— Survey of Comparative Politics 101: The Chamber additionally measured voters’ opinions on capitalism and socialism, asking which “was extra more likely to produce a society the place everybody has an equal alternative for achievement.” Capitalism gained the duel 63%-23%. Nonetheless, socialism is not any mere specter in some pockets — 59% of voters within the Tallahassee media market view it favorably and, statewide, 47% of voters beneath 40 stated they like capitalism and socialism about the identical.

— The high-quality print: The ballot was performed Dec. 31-Jan. 10 by Cherry Communications throughout stay phone interviews of doubtless voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%. The pattern measurement included 240 Democrats, 245 Republicans, and 120 Others, for 605 respondents statewide.

— Burgeoning Trump-DeSantis battle? —

American Bridge, a pro-Democratic group, is seeking to ramp up the battle between Gov. DeSantis and former President Donald Trump over Trump’s COVID-19 insurance policies.

— Punch: In a Tuesday discuss with OANN, Trump seemingly focused DeSantis — with out mentioning his identify — for dodging questions on whether or not he’s gotten a booster shot. “I watched a few politicians be interviewed, and one of many questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ — as a result of they’d the vaccine — and so they’re answering like — in different phrases, the reply is ‘sure’ however they don’t need to say it. As a result of they’re gutless,” Trump stated.

Democrats are relishing the prospect of a Donald Trump/Ron DeSantis feud.

— Counterpunch: DeSantis not directly responded — once more with out mentioning his potential 2024 presidential opponent — on the right-leaning Ruthless podcast by criticizing Trump’s COVID-19 lockdowns. “I used to be telling Trump, ‘Cease the flights from China,’ as a result of we didn’t know what we have been coping with. However, you understand, I by no means thought in February, early March, that it could result in locking down the nation. I simply didn’t.”

— Wanting again: DeSantis stated he needs he would’ve been extra vocal in criticizing the transfer. “Nobody was speaking about shutting down the nation. And I feel figuring out now what I knew then, if that was a risk earlier, I might’ve been a lot louder about, you understand, attempting to say, ‘This isn’t,’” DeSantis added earlier than slicing off abruptly and swapping to criticism of Anthony Fauci.

— Elevating consideration: American Bridge is now seeking to spotlight discord between the 2 as DeSantis seeks a second time period as Governor and weighs a run for President. “Quickly, DeSantis goes to must decide — totally kiss the ring, or separate himself and infuriate Donald Trump even additional,” stated American Bridge twenty first Century spokesperson Alexandra De Luca. “It looks like he’s selecting the latter. Let’s see how that performs out for him in 2024.”

— Purple Canine Blue Canine returns —

After a 12 months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Session favourite is scratching on the again door. Celeb bartenders compete in Purple Canine Blue Canine, what’s often an annual fundraiser benefiting native animal rescue organizations.

— The bartenders: Representing the Purple workforce will probably be Sens. Aaron Bean, Jason Brodeur and Joe Gruters, together with Rep. Demi Busatta-Cabrera. On the Blue workforce are Sens. Shevrin Jones and Jason Pizzo, plus Reps. Mike Grieco and Michele Rayner-Goolsby. Whichever workforce earns probably the most ideas wins.

Will Shev Jones be given a handicap for the Purple Canine Blue Canine charity competitors? Picture by way of Instagram.

— An Aaron Bean twist: Bean is rarely one to overlook auctioneering alternative. This 12 months, he’s been requested to public sale off a few secret prizes. “Meaning our workforce’s going to win,” Bean stated.

— Pet love: “After a hiatus final 12 months, we’re thrilled to carry again this occasion,” stated RDBD’s Sara Clements. “You get to cheer in your workforce, hang around with some cute pups, and have legislators serve you drinks — all whereas elevating cash for a terrific trigger. What’s to not love?”

— Foster residence: For the primary time ever, Purple Canine Blue Canine has a presenting sponsor. The respect comes from Rubin, Turnbull, and Associates.

Save the pet playdate: RDBD’s triumphant return will happen on Jan. 25 at Township in Tallahassee’s School City. The occasion runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

— Lawmakers candy on new state dessert —

The sweetest invoice of this 12 months’s Legislative Session cleared its first committee Wednesday, bringing strawberry shortcake one step nearer to turning into the state’s official dessert.

— Designated dessert: The invoice, filed by Dover Republican Rep. Lawrence McClure, formally names strawberry shortcake because the state’s primo dessert. McClure hopes the measure will promote the very important position that Florida-grown strawberries play within the state’s economic system. Sen. Danny Burgess filed an equivalent invoice.

— Delectable {dollars}: “The Florida strawberry is our financial driver, virtually a billion-dollar financial affect,” McClure stated. “So, this invoice is absolutely meant to carry some enjoyable consideration to what drives our economic system.”

— Key lime pie drawback: Whereas McClure claimed he “isn’t attempting to take the ‘Key lime-light’ away from the official state pie,” some followers of the citrus delight raised questions on the Home Public Integrity and Elections Committee. Sure, it’s referred to as the PIE committee. “As a fan of Key lime pie, I’ve slightly concern that this might prioritize it as a state dessert,” stated Rep. Erin Grall, who recommended that maybe the invoice be altered to designate the candy as state cake as a substitute of dessert.

In line with an evaluation of the laws, Florida’s strawberry business is the second-largest producing area within the U.S. and the highest area for the nation’s winter provide. Plant Metropolis is called the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.

— The flock is rising —

Sen. Jeff Brandes is all in on getting the mockingbird eliminated because the state chicken of Florida. And the St. Petersburg Republican says the flock of lawmakers who assist his decision to rescind the mockingbird’s particular designation (SCR 324) is rising.

— El Partido Flamenco: It’s turning into a bipartisan coalition. From throughout the aisle, Miami-Dade Democratic Sen. Jason Pizzo this week despatched Brandes his suggestion for a brand new state chicken — within the type of a pink flamingo statue.

— Ailing eagle decorations: Pizzo tried to position the statue at Brandes’ desk for the opening day of Session. He additionally tried to carry his personal Ted Lasso cutout onto the ground, however apparently, the decorations would’ve violated Senate guidelines.

— Right here to roost: Brandes says the flamingo statue will probably be prominently displayed outdoors his Capitol workplace on daily basis till the top of Session. Even when the invoice passes.

Ruffling feathers: Brandes says he’ll personally oversee the Rotunda’s reworking. “The mockingbird comes off the Rotunda as soon as the invoice will get handed. With a ladder and a chisel,” Brandes stated.

Is Jason Pizzo trolling Jeff Brandes with flamingos?

— Home Victory workforce expands —

Rep. Ramon Alexander has introduced on a brand new government director at Home Victory. After studying the political ropes in North Carolina and Virginia, Drew Shannon is returning to his native Florida.

— The resume: Shannon managed the 2021 re-election marketing campaign of Virginia Delaware Elizabeth Guzman. He was additionally the sector director for the North Carolina Democratic Home Caucus within the 2020 cycle. Within the 2018 cycle, he labored in Florida.

— First week on the town: Shannon began as government director on Jan. 3, however final week marked his first week in Tallahassee.

Marketing campaign veteran Drew Shannon is coming to Florida.

— Sine die: Come March 11, the final day of Session, Shannon stated Home Victory plans to hit the bottom working.

— An outdoorsman: Shannon says he grew up fishing and being outside. Seeing the size of environmental points, like pink tide and dying reefs, develop in his lifetime has been jarring.

Studying curve: Will he must relearn Florida points? “Each state strikes quick,” Shannon stated. “I grew up in Palm Seashore. I don’t assume it’s too tough to catch again up.”

— Jessica Cary joins Sachs —

Sachs Media has employed Cary to function an account supervisor. In line with a launch, she will probably be “overseeing consumer work in sectors that embody well being care, greater training and authorities.”

— Departing FDLE: Cary spent simply over 5 years with the Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement, working as a communications coordinator. She has a long time of expertise in PR and communications, with stints on the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Company for Well being Care Administration and elsewhere.

PR professional Jessica Cary is the latest on Group Sachs.

— Welcome to the workforce: “At a time when many organizations are dealing with a fluid and difficult enterprise setting, we’re happy that our progress and stability present the chance so as to add such a flexible and robust colleague to our excellent workforce,” stated Sachs’ founder and CEO Ron Sachs. “Jessica’s wide-ranging experience in strategic communications will bolster our capability to ship distinctive outcomes for our shoppers.”

— Portfolio: Cary’s work will cowl numerous sectors, together with well being care, greater training and authorities, in accordance with the agency.

— K9s for vets —

K9s For Warriors, a bunch that gives service canines to army veterans in want, is backing laws from Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Sam Garrison to assist full a coaching facility for these pups in Ponte Vedra. On Wednesday, Hutson and Garrison will maintain a information convention boosting the measure

— Who: Hutson, Garrison, K9s For Warriors CEO Rory Diamond, and three army veterans with service canines will attend the presser.

Travis Hutson and Rep. Sam Garrison are going to the canines.

— What: The group will talk about how the Ponte Vedra facility will allow extra veterans to beat PTSD, mind accidents, and sexual trauma by utilizing a service canine. The measures look to supply funding to make sure the middle is accomplished.

— When: The information convention will happen Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2:45 p.m., with the press requested to reach by 2:30 p.m.

— The place: 4th Flooring Rotunda on the Florida Capitol.

The K9s For Warriors facility will home “greater than 150 kennels, full veterinary clinic, indoor coaching facility, and Ok-9 enrichment areas.” The group hopes the ability in Ponte Vedra, the place K9s For Warriors is headquartered, will shorten the waitlist for service canines by as much as two years.

— Inflation strikes the Capitol —

Floridians know costs are up, however that enhance will quickly be felt within the halls of the state Capitol constructing.

— Earley’s announcement: The favourite meal spot introduced impending value will increase that can happen as lawmakers, lobbyists and others collect for the 2022 Legislative Session.

Earley’s Kitchen is feeling the pinch.

— The unhealthy information: “As a result of rising prices of products and providers, Earley’s Kitchen will probably be implementing pricing will increase efficient Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.”

That’s a blow for these seeking to quiet down after a heated committee assembly or flooring debate for a meal or dessert. Earley’s gained a five-year contract to supply meals providers on the Capitol in 2019.

— Jacked-up Foot Caucus —

There’s a brand new caucus on the town, and so they’re hobbling by way of the halls of the Florida Capitol Complicated.

— Inform me extra: Led by Democratic Sen. Shervin Jones and James McFaddin of The Southern Group, the two-man band is united by a shared plight they found final week: a “jacked-up foot,” stated McFadden.

— The Backstory: McFadden, with a damaged foot, and Jones, with Plantar Fasciitis, each wore boots in the course of the opening week of the 2022 Legislative Session. The pair seen one another’s braces throughout an impromptu assembly on the Senator’s Workplace.

— The small print: “After snigger at one another and lamenting our tales of how we damage ourselves, we snapped an image and joked about beginning the jacked-up foot caucus,” McFaddin stated.

— Million-dollar query: Will the harm affect your legislative efficiency? “I can kick ass only a tad bit higher now,” Jones informed Florida Politics.

— Brunching Out —

Dawn or sundown, Eve on Adams provides gorgeous views of Tallahassee from its seventeenth story perch above the Hilton’s DoubleTree resort. In case you’ve been right here for cocktails or dinner, breakfast is a special, extra serene scene than Eve’s nighttime persona.

— Setting: Early birds get the bonus of seeing a wonderful sky at Eve on Adams. To get there, take the elevator to the sixteenth flooring after which swap to the elevator to the seventeenth. Glass limitations encompass the out of doors patio, which juts out past the constructing, permitting prospects to have an unfettered view of downtown, particularly the west and south views. Within the morning, the place was fairly quiet, making it work for purchasers right here for enterprise conferences or digitally engaged.

Brunch with a view? Take a look at Eve on Adams. Picture by way of Tallahassee Desk.

— Design: The inside is surrounded by glass, so you may nonetheless benefit from the view for those who’re sitting inside. The decor options vibrant murals by native artist Cosby Hayes referring to the Eve on Adams theme. There are elegant touches resembling an illuminated translucent onyx bar, crystal chandeliers, and fanciful paintings, but the sensible addition of a giant TV display screen.

— Menu: A dish of flavorful rooster and waffles introduced strips of buttermilk-fried rooster tenders wedged between two Belgian-style waffles with a touch of cinnamon, served with breakfast potatoes. My associate had the croissant sandwich with scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese with grits. Different choices function breakfast bruschetta, create your individual omelet, a traditional breakfast platter, yogurt parfait, and brief pancake stack. Prime off your meal with espresso, a mimosa or bloody mary.

— Particulars: 101 S. Adams St.; 850-521-6018. Open 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. each day; 5 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 to midnight Friday-Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Out there for on and off-site catering and personal events.

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