On tap in The Capital: Friday, January 11, 2019


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    DESANTIS MEETS WITH REPORTERS: Gov. Ron DeSantis will hold a media availability. (8:30 a.m., governor’s large conference room, the Capitol.)

    COLLEGE PRESIDENTS GATHER: The Council of Presidents of the Florida College System will meet. (8:30 a.m., Association of Florida Colleges, 1725 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

    DESANTIS, CABINET MEET: Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet will hold a regular meeting, followed by a meeting as the state clemency board. During the clemency-board portion, DeSantis and the Cabinet will take up the “Groveland Four” case of four African-American men accused in 1949 of raping a white woman in Lake County. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is expected to call for issuing pardons of the four men. During the regular meeting, DeSantis and the Cabinet are slated to consider the governor’s recommendations of state Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, to serve as executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Jim Zingale to serve as executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

    PODIATRIC BOARD MEETS: The Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine will meet in Orange County. (9 a.m., Hilton Gardens Inn Orlando at SeaWorld, 6850 Westwood Blvd., Orlando.)

    NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS HOLD CALL: The Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators will hold a conference call. (9 a.m. Call-in number: 1-888-585-9008. Code: 136103141)

    RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Nassau County. (9 a.m., Nassau County Council on Aging, 1901 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach.)

    DESANTIS APPEARS IN BROWARD COUNTY: Gov. Ron DeSantis appear in Broward County and make what his office describes as a “statement on holding government officials accountable.” DeSantis, who will be joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and Attorney General Ashley Moody, is widely expected to suspend Broward Sheriff Scott Israel over the handling of last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. (3 p.m., Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.)

    LAWMAKERS DISCUSS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., will hold a news conference to discuss the impact on South Florida of the partial federal government shutdown. (5:15 p.m., Miami International Airport, Concourse D, second level, TSA checkpoint, 2100 N.W. 42nd Ave., Miami.)

    BRAZILE SPEAKS IN VOLUSIA: Democratic strategist and commentator Donna Brazile will speak at a banquet of the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County. (6 p.m., Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.)

    REPUBLICAN PARTY STARTS ANNUAL MEETING: The Republican Party of Florida will start a two-day annual meeting that will include electing a new chairman Saturday. The new chairman is expected to be state Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota. (Events Friday include a chairman’s caucus at 6 p.m., Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr., Orlando.)

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