On Monday, May 3, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order ending COVID-19-related restrictions in his state — declaring, "The approach here is Florida leading the way, again, because I think there's some states going a different direction." But an analysis from the financial website WalletHub and economists for Howard, Yale, Drexel and other major universities found that among 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida is #41 in terms of recovery from the pandemic.
According to the analysis, a key factor in Florida coming in at #41 is its low vaccination rates.
Florida Today reporter Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon explains, "Florida performed relatively well in many metrics. It ranked 46th and 45th for COVID-19 death and hospitalization rates respectively, 16th for job postings and consumer spending compared to pre-pandemic levels and 14th for active real estate listings. As a result, Florida ranked 15th on the economy and labor market indicator."
Sassoon notes that the "22 different factors" in the analysis ranged from "COVID health" to "leisure and travel" to the "economy and labor market."
"The state was middle of pack on metrics like unemployment, real GDP and average daily restaurant visits, posting 28th, 19th and 21st places, respectively," Sassoon observes. "Florida lagged in key health metrics, ranking ninth for hospitals with staff shortages and 11th for supply shortages. It also has low vaccination rates compared to the rest of the country, ranking 37th for the share of the population fully vaccinated and the share of the vaccine supply used."
Sassoon points out that in Florida, a major concern for health experts that has been the aggressive COVID-19 variants that have emerged in other countries, including the ones first identified in Brazil, South Africa and the U.K.
"A strain that is deadlier, more contagious and resistant to inoculation could undo the progress made so far," Sassoon explains. "For now, the more virulent U.K., South Africa and Brazil variants are circulating in Florida, with numbers doubling in the past two weeks. Florida has more variant cases than any other state. According to DOH data through Monday, Florida posted 9050 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, commonly called the UK strain; 464 cases of the Brazilian P.1 variant; and 52 cases of the B.1.351 variant, known as the South African variant, which is slightly resistant to vaccines."
Capitol attacker hearing gets weird when suspect shouts 'I object!' after another person's attorney criticizes Trump
Accused Capitol attacker Landon Copeland of Utah was in court Thursday and things were far from normal.
NBC News' Scott MacFarlane tweeted that Copeland called into the hearing, and the defendant began by screaming at the courtroom clerk, saying she was "evil."
That then devolved into Copeland randomly shouting "I OBJECT" during another person's case after their defense lawyer criticized former President Donald Trump.
According to MacFarlane, Copeland interjected again when the defense attorney for another person blamed Fox News for radicalizing insurrectionists.
Legal analyst Marcy Wheeler noted that Copeland is demonstrating "that he can't control his anger and doesn't listen to authority."
Ultimately, Copeland agreed that he would be quiet, but when the judge was explaining pre-trial release he interrupted to ask "is any of this negotiable? I used to be a free man... until you locked me up!"
Copeland is accused of assaulting police during the Capitol attack. Ahead of his arrest, Copeland posted on Facebook that "the only option remains when we return. We bring guns and take the Capitol building without intention of being peaceful."
See the accounting of the hearing below:
He promised he'd shut up, and then as the magistrate was trying to explain pre-trial release, he interrupted again… https://t.co/yet3MVebfh— emptywheel (@emptywheel)1620324009.0
Anthony Antonio's attorney is describing how during COVID shutdown he got Foxitis, leading him to get involved in t… https://t.co/W7O5UKBJO2— emptywheel (@emptywheel)1620326694.0
'You moron': QAnon congresswoman mocked after praising Arizona audit — and demanding one for Georgia
Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) praised the widely-panned Arizona "audit" of ballots in Maricopa County and demanded a similar effort in Georgia.
Greene retweeted Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward linking to an article by John Solomon, a central figure in pushing Russia's narrative about Ukraine that resulted in Trump's first impeachment.
"If Joe Biden won the election then there is no need to worry," Greene claimed, even though it is a fact that Biden did win the election and the Arizona audit has been criticized for lacking any legitimacy.
She wrote that "since Arizona is doing such a great job with the Arizona audit, when will Georgia do the same for ALL of the Republicans in Georgia who have been screaming and demanding a full audit?"
"GA Republican voters who voted for all the Republicans in power want a full audit," she argued. "Why are elected GA Republican leaders refusing to do what their voters ask?"
"A full audit of the Nov 3rd election is needed in GA and the people deserve it," she argued, even though there is no evidence of widespread election fraud other than Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the election, for which he's facing a criminal investigation in Fulton County.
She linked the "Big Lie" issue of election fraud to next year's midterm elections, when voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is expected to challenge GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
Speaking directly to Kemp, she said, "we need everyone in GA to trust our elections so that we can save Georgia in '22."
Here's some of what people were saying about Greene's Twitter thread:
Georgia already did a full manual recount, and the results stayed the same. You're preying on the uninformed. https://t.co/cDqLDLtJp4— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project)1620324793.0
Cyber Ninjas looking for bamboo because Q believes ballots were flown over from China and placed in ballot boxes? How fuqqing embarrassing is the GQP?
— Laura Costa 💟 (@LauraCo04347099) May 6, 2021
If? He did. It's over, quit gaslighting.
— Sandi (@sandi_fish) May 6, 2021
they did multiple hand counts Q Karen
— Broward Bred 🔥🐬🌮 (@FromRagsToGP) May 6, 2021
We did a full hand count of our election in Georgia and you refuse to accept it
We did signature checks for 15k ballots in Cobb County, found only 2 bad signatures and neither were fraud, and you refuse to accept it
You will never accept Trump lost
— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@rewegreatyet) May 6, 2021
This has already happened, under the watch of you Rep Gov. the only reason people are concerned about election integrity is because you have no integrity and will not let the results speak for themselves.
— David King (@davidsking2002) May 6, 2021
Georgia already did a full manual recount, and the results stayed the same 🙄
— 🦢🦋SomaPsycheYogi🦋🦢 (@SomaPsycheYogi) May 6, 2021
They're not doing a great job - they're likely violating federal law. https://t.co/MG0nomZqky
— The Fully Vaccinated Dorothea Brooke (@vigilabilis) May 6, 2021
Your peeps conducting the audit literally are trying to avoid all transparency. And the GOP handed the audit to a private company to avoid transparency.
You don't want transparency. You want to lie in secret.
— MT Greene's Llama 🇺🇲🦙 (@GreenesLlama) May 6, 2021
The audit in AZ, is NOT transparent. What are YOU afraid of. Fair audits are done by both parties, not people who supported the insurrection.
— Wendy (@oldWVgirl) May 6, 2021
As a taxpayer, I object to any of my tax dollars going to a shady, trumpanzee firm called “Cyber Ninjas". I hope an impartial judge will rule that neither they nor any other shady group have any legal right to touch ballots.
Your side LOST get over it!
— Chui Bluengold (@Chuibluengold) May 6, 2021
Joe Biden won the election. pic.twitter.com/mgd6eOllFW
— Roastmaster General (@TempleOfJames) May 6, 2021
@mtgreenee @JoeBiden You’re anti-democracy & a #Qanon nut. Putting countless recounts/audits/fantasies in your han… https://t.co/YYBahglTsJ— Michael Steiner (@Michael Steiner)1620324863.0
Why are AZ audit workers forced to sign a NDA? I thought you were advocating transparency?!?!?
— BHill (@bhill5) May 6, 2021
The audit done by conspiracy theorists. Brilliant. Nothing shady there.
— sixfootfourman (@sixfootfourman) May 6, 2021
We've already PAID for several recounts and all of them confirm that Biden won.
Elections ARE transparent. You just don't like the result.
— Laurie Rodriguez (@ProfessorPongo) May 6, 2021
@mtgreenee @GovKemp Since Arizona has bamboo ballots, will Georgia have silk ballots or papyrus ballots? I'm sure y… https://t.co/n5mbVsIdhu— LaserEyesFDR (@LaserEyesFDR)1620324080.0
@mtgreenee There is nothing funnier than your desperate attempt to stay relevant. The 2020 election was the most… https://t.co/RfK0PQhg2i— Human (@Human)1620326036.0
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