Episode 187

Rulings

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Federal courts have been making life remarkably interesting for Florida politicians.

Also, on today’s Sunrise:

— For starters, Monday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender persons in the workplace is equivalent to sex discrimination … making it illegal under federal law. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith offers his take.

— Next, a federal judge in Tallahassee who ruled against the state in a case involving the voting rights of former felons refuses Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to put his decision on hold while the case is being appealed in the Atlanta circuit court.

— While we’re talking about the 11th Circuit Court, they’ve just rejected an appeal from a state lawmaker who tried to get out of a lawsuit by claiming he has both legislative and sovereign immunity. The court ruled Rep. Chuck Clements is not protected in this case, allowing the lawsuit to continue.

— The Florida Department of Health reported 1,758 new cases of COVID-19 Monday — a slight improvement compared to the Saturday and Sunday, when we added more than 2,000 new cases per day.

— Checking in with Florida Man, who went for the trifecta: public racism, public sexism and public urination.