Top Three Takeaways – June 4th, 2021
- Swing state no longer? An interesting thing happened in Florida in April. We lost 33,798 voters. Pretty weird for a state whose population is growing like a weed with an estimated 900 new residents per day. These types of things typically happen when the state’s cleaning voter rolls from those who’ve died or moved rather than an odd phenomenon of people going out of their way to say they’re not voting anymore. But it’s not just how many voters were purged that’s the story. It’s where they mostly came from. Democrats accounted for more than 27,000 of the lost voters. In so doing two things happened. While both parties have lost net registered voters this year, while NPA registrations have surged, Republicans had fared worse than Democrats through March...meaning that after years of Republicans gaining ground on Democrats in Florida, the tide had shifted. Only temporarily as it turned out. Exiting April, the registered voter advantage Democrats now hold in Florida is the lowest in our state’s history. Already you don’t have to look far to find “Make America Florida” hats. If this trend continues, especially in an off-election year, not only will Republicans be on track to overtake Democrats in voter registration by the 2022 election cycle for the first time ever. The question wouldn’t be if DeSantis would win, it’s if Florida would even still be a swing-state. And by the way...to the Make America Florida peeps. I want royalties (but I’ll settle for some gear). For nearly twenty years I’ve been saying that one day Florida would save this country from itself. Suddenly that day doesn’t seem far away and suddenly people have stopped calling me crazy for talking about it.
- Ring’s gone woke. Twice Amazon has bought things I’ve liked and made them worse. The first was Whole Foods. Really though, I was more upset as a Whole Foods shareholder than I was a customer. Publix does the job for me. Not this time. I knew the day Amazon bought Ring nothing good would come of it. And that nothing good is here. The woke social justice warriors at Amazon have struck at Ring and the safety of its users. On Thursday they announced that effective next week law enforcement agencies and fire departments will no longer be able to communicate directly with users of the cameras for video requests to aid in investigations. Instead, they’re mandating all requests go through the public forum of their neighbor's app so everyone can see all requests. Naturally for the purpose of public scrutiny of those requests. Amazon via Ring has intentionally made it more difficult for law enforcement agencies and fire departments to obtain video footage which could prove critical to their efforts with the double-edge sword of opening them up to public scrutiny of those who aren’t even involved. Amazon via Ring is erroring on the side of perpetrators over victims and those who keep us safe. Ring’s gone woke and is ironically making all of us less safe.
- That’s my governor. Snakes in Washington, snakes in Silicon Valley, snakes the Everglades he’s ready to slay them all. I’m all about the now annual python challenge. Really, given the destruction caused by the Burmese pythons, there’s a case to be made that the challenge should never stop (and the hunts never do). Anyway, in announcing this year’s challenge yesterday, Governor DeSantis said something new that made my heart sing. As part of my focus on restoring the Everglades, I’ve charged FWC with dedicating more resources and taking innovative approaches to removing invasive Burmese pythons. Yes, to all of it. At times it’s felt like the python hunts have been pest control. In tying the pythons to the Everglades Restoration Project, he hit the nail on the head. To complete the restoration of the Everglades, we have to rid it of what’s been destroying it. Including the pythons.
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