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Bathrooms Take Center Stage In Panhandle Congressional Race

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
The Florida Channel

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) is dragging up an old fight in his District 1 congressional bid.

Gaetz co-sponsored a failed 2015 effort to restrict bathroom access based on a person’s sex at birth.  The measure didn’t end up making it to the floor in either chamber of the Florida Legislature.  But now Gaetz is criticizing his opponent, Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) for refusing to bring up the bill in committee.  At the time, Evers chaired the Senate Criminal Justice Committee—first stop for the measure in his chamber.  Gaetz chides Evers for speaking out against new federal bathroom guidance when he didn’t take up the bathroom bill last year.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.