Good Wednesday morning.
First, I want to thank everyone for the notes and well wishes on my birthday yesterday. I’m humbled by your kindness and grateful for every one of you. Thanks again for making the day special.
Sunburn breaks news on personnel moves every week, but this one is bittersweet: our Senior Editor, Janelle Irwin Taylor, is leaving the journalism world to serve as communications director for incoming St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch.
“Working as a journalist, particularly the past nearly two years as senior editor at Florida Politics, has been a dream come true. Journalism was my first love and passion. But with all things, sometimes the time is right for change. I’m looking forward to channeling all I’ve learned throughout my career about politics, policy and strategy into this new endeavor and working with Mayor-elect Ken Welch to continue building progress in the Sunshine City,” she said.
“I want to thank everyone at Florida Politics for being not just co-workers, but trusted friends. I know they will continue to do amazing work in the Tampa Bay area and beyond, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with them as I transition into this new and exciting role.”
Janelle has been covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay for nearly two decades. Her reporting talents have been showcased in hundreds of Florida Politics articles.
She was elevated to Senior Editor early in the pandemic. She has since become the glue that holds our virtual newsroom together, serving as both a trusted resource to our veteran reporters and a valuable adviser to our younger ones.
The Florida Politics family wishes her all the best.
— SITUATIONAL AWARENESS —
—@EWErickson: I don’t think January 6th is going to help the Democrats like the media seems to think it will. But there is a genuine obsession in the press about it. It was a bad day, but it doesn’t outweigh crime, inflation, COVID, school closures, etc. for voters.
Part of my job includes promoting people-to-people diplomacy and forging ties with other nations through a shared love of culture, including music. Here are some favorite songs by American artists that I listened to this year and hope you will enjoy, too. https://t.co/msumXpVHHB pic.twitter.com/6PkLUja8la
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) December 31, 2021
—@Fineout: Campaign arm of @GovRonDeSantis sends out fundraising pitch that bashes (Joe) Biden for failing to shut down the virus as promises — it came out just as DeSantis was saying the same thing at delayed news conference. Normally they come out after the news conference
—@AngieNixon: I’m tripping because they didn’t even let him use his wheelchair to leave. Is this what we can expect of the Gov gets his own State Guards?
—@Annette_Taddeo: It seems we were the ones with a MAJOR announcement today, and at a news conference with no arrests
—@CarlosGSmith: Please STOP shaming folks for waiting in lines for COVID testing. Not everyone can just stay home for days on end WITHOUT pay. They need a negative test to return to work and without #PaidSickLeave they can’t afford to stay home. Floridians need #PaidLeave now.
Here are the double bunking primaries from 2012. In 2022, we have (so far):
WV-02 (R) Mooney v McKinley (5/10)
GA-07 (D) Bourdeaux v McBath (5/24)
IL-06 (D) Casten v Newman (6/28)
IL-12 (R) Bost v Miller
MI-04 (R) Huizenga v Upton (8/2)
MI-11 (D) Levin v Stevens#ElectionTwitter pic.twitter.com/EpTgetYbP7
— Harrison Lavelle (@HWLavelleMaps) January 4, 2022
NYC Mayor serving up truth bombs on CNN, when asked about school closures:
“THE thing in the country and the city right now is that adults must stop traumatizing children. We must stop giving the appearance that there is hysteria among those making the decisions.” pic.twitter.com/KpaXnaltaQ
— Zac Bissonnette (@ZacBissonnette) January 4, 2022
I started my normal 2 hour drive to DC at 1pm yesterday. 19 hours later, I’m still not near the Capitol. My office is in touch with @VaDOT to see how we can help other Virginians in this situation. Please stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/Sz1b1hZJZ5
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 4, 2022
—@Fahrenthold: It’s very hard to leave the @washingtonpost, especially at a time when it’s thriving and growing. I’ve loved it for 21 years. But when yr employee ID gets old enough to drink, it *might* be time to smack yourself in the face with a new challenge.
BlackBerry devices running the original operating system and services will no longer be supported after Jan. 4, marking the end of an era for the storied device that catapulted work into the mobile era https://t.co/XRsX76hCQc
— Bloomberg (@business) January 4, 2022
(Variety) – Americans now spend nearly as much time streaming user-generated videos on YouTube, TikTok and other online platforms as they do watching traditional TV.@variety @xpangler @knowledge_vital https://t.co/BWCDxYL3KF
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) January 4, 2022