Tallahassee Update, Banned Books, Teacher Salary and “O, Miami” Poetry


Tuesday, April 26, edition of Sundial:

How what’s happening in Tallahassee could affect you

Lawmakers have been doing a lot lately in Tallahassee — and what they voted on could affect Floridians across the state.

There’s the governor’s fight with Disney, the redrawing of maps, even a new election police.

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the POLITICS journalist covering politics and politics, Gary Finoutjoined Sundial to bring more context to some of the issues that will ripple through lawmakers and affect everyday people.

He had this to say about the recent Democratic protests in the House during the vote on state redistricting maps:

“They stayed there for about an hour. And then, all of a sudden, the Republicans all came back. And basically, [Speaker of the House Chris] Sprows said, you know, we’re going to do our job and we’re not going to let you interrupt us… he fired them and they basically voted,” Fineout explained. “And then they approved the two Disney bills without debate as the protest continued. It’s something I’ve never seen. And I’ve been covering Tallahassee and its sessions since the 90s.”

Democrats were protesting the cards because of what they were doing to “minority access districts.” The maps, now enacted, change the configuration of two seats currently held by black Democrats, changing how voting in those areas will take place in the future.

Regarding the broader political division in the state right now, Fineout described a climate that is being impacted by the upcoming midterm elections, and even the 2024 presidential elections:

“It’s going to be tough running for office in Florida if you’re seen as an opponent of the governor,” he said. “It started in COVID and it continued as he dealt with culture war issues. Governor DeSantis is now, he’s a force and he’s a rising star, a potential 2024 presidential candidate. And you don’t have any Republicans who at this point over time are willing to cross him.”

How what’s happening in Tallahassee could affect you

Forbidden books and teachers’ salaries

Broward County voters will decide approve millions of dollars for the school district. The money would be used to hire more security, more mental health specialists and help teachers.

The vote is coming up in August and it would increase the amount of taxes homeowners pay.

Without the money, the district fears more teachers will leave the area, where schools already face a growing shortage.

“Our student allowance is still one of the lowest in the country,” said Anna Fusco, president of the Broward Teachers Union. “We need resources, we need a lot of components…there’s such an increase in everything, but salaries aren’t increasing.”

Fusco also joined Sundial to talk about the Florida Department of Education reject dozens of math books, citing critical race theory.

Forbidden books and teachers’ salaries


Poetry “O, Miami”

Have you noticed any additional poems lately? Maybe on your commute, on school fences, at ice cream shops… you might have noticed a haiku or two decorating your favorite public space.


That’s because April has become synonymous with poetry in Miami.

The directory O, Miami Poetry Festival takes place all month with events in physical and virtual spaces designed to bring people together.

WLRN and O Miami have once again brought back the “ode to your zip code” or zip odes as we like to call them. These are poems designed around your neighborhood, and the lines are determined by the numbers in your zip code.

The Zip Odes final will take place on Wednesday. You can participate on facebook live or Youtube from 19h

O Miami founder Scott Cunningham joined Sundial to talk poetry.


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