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December 4, 2020

This week, Florida coronavirus cases passed significant benchmark: more than a million people in the state have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. But Regan McCarthy reports even as cases climb across the country - and some leaders look at potential lockdowns - Governor Ron DeSantis insists that won’t be needed in the Sunshine State.

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is travelling the state visiting restaurants and their owners to push for COVID-19 liability protections for small businesses. Ryan Dailey reports on a growing push to shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits.

Florida faces its most difficult financial hardship since the Great Recession more than a decade ago and lawmakers will not be able to simply cut their way out of it. For the first time in years, Republicans are talking about raising new revenue to balance the budget. Steve Bousquet reports on one likely place to look for new money by raising tuition.

A controversial proposal to allow guns to be carried on Florida’s college and university campuses is back. The measure has failed several times in past sessions, but the sponsor believes it will have a better shot this year. Blaise Gainey reports.

A political and public policy think tank co-founder is advocating America get away from political parties in order to ramp down divisiveness and attract more candidates to public service. Meanwhile, a prominent Florida political scientist has her doubts that party-less politics is the solution. More from Tom Flanigan.

The U.S. Postal Service expects more holiday gifts will be sent through the mail this year due to social distancing. And they’re not the only ones. FedEx is also expecting record-breaking shipping volumes as more packages are hitting their network than ever before. Robbie Gaffney has that story.