Sunrise says goodbye to Rep. Kristin Jacobs of Coconut Creek, who died after a three-year battle with colon cancer. She has been universally praised as a force for good in Broward County politics. We feature a conversation with the lawmaker from a month ago, where she talks about life, the universe and everything — including her hope for the future, despite the political divisions that are ripping our country apart.
Also, on today’s #Sunrise:
— Casualties continue to climb in Florida’s fight against coronavirus.
— Gov. Ron DeSantis says we’re testing more people than ever. Nevertheless, it’s still less than 1% of the state population, making it hard to get an accurate idea of just how bad the problem is. DeSantis hopes to hit the 1% mark this week.
— Florida nursing homes and adult living facilities are asking the Governor to issue an executive order giving them immunity from lawsuits for any deaths occurring during the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis has already refused to release the names of homes that have COVID-19 cases. And when the Miami Herald threatened to sue under the public records law, the Governor’s lawyer pushed back, forcing the Herald’s law firm to back off.
— DeSantis has extended his executive order prohibiting short-term vacation rentals until the end of the month. He’s trying to keep people from fleeing to Florida to escape local stay at home orders.
— Checking in with a Florida Man who really seems to hate Italians.