Way more of local politics than you want to know, but if you do want to know, read on
He made it official yesterday afternoon. The GOP legislature, in a breathtakingly slimy move, decided to, without any forewarning, insert abortion restriction language into a bill around lunctime, making all the House and Senate debate about abortion all afternoon and stealing media coverage from Charlie.
It gets worse. Florida has a tradition called Sine Die
. On the last day of the legislative session, the House and the Senate Chambers both open their doors, so that the Speaker and the Senate Pres face each other. It's way too far for them to see each other though, so the sergeant-at-arms for each chamber gets at either end of the rotunda in between the two chambers and drop white handkerchiefs at the same time. The Speaker and Pres can see these, however, and so they, as leaders of their respective chambers, can synchronize their gavel strikes to close the session. (The FL Constitution mandates this)
It's actually a lot cooler than it sounds. All the legislative aides (at least 70% female and dressed very nicely) and lobbyists line the halls. The legislators come out and the Speaker, Pres, and Governor all give speeches about how much they accomplished and how much they love each other. Then everyone walks across the street to this strip of bars and gets hammered. It's really an awesome time.
The Speaker is now boycotting Sine Die
because of Charlie "betraying" his party. This is the same guy that proclaimed at the start of session that he and his party (GOP) were committed to cleaning up this mess and eliminating all the waste. Sounds great, except the GOP has controlled all three branches of FL government for the last twelve years. You're cleaning up your own mess, you asshat.
Anyway, I should probably stop typing this on a state computer
, on the taxpayer dime.