John Morgan drops potential bid for governor, another layer to the feud between Aramis Ayala and Rick Scott, twerking on Interstate 95 and other things you may have missed this week.
John Morgan says he won't run for Florida governor as a Democrat: After teasing his entry into the Democratic race for months, Orlando attorney and medical marijuana advocate John Morgan announced via Twitter last week that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for the governor of Florida. "Spent all of Thanksgiving with my whole family," Morgan said in his initial post. "While it's amazing to be leading the polls for governor without being a candidate I can't muster the enthusiasm to run for the nomination." Morgan also said he would register as an independent voter, and if he ever ran, run as an independent candidate, leaving Florida Democrats without one of their major donors. "I can't muster enthusiasm for any of today's politicians," he said. "They are all the same." The Democratic field currently includes Winter Park businessman Chris King, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
Ayala, Scott bicker over who missed deadlines for death penalty case: Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Gov. Rick Scott are quarreling over whose office is responsible for missing a deadline in a death-penalty case. Ayala's office filed the state's intention to seek the death penalty for accused killer Emerita Mapp after the 45-day window had expired between the initial indictment and the state's filing. Mapp's attorneys have filed a motion to quash the state's notice of intention to seek capital punishment because of the missed deadline. Scott said in a statement that Ayala's failure to seek justice was "absolutely outrageous," while Ayala put the blame on Scott's office, saying the governor "failed in his review" of her cases. They have been feuding publicly since Ayala declared that her administration wouldn't pursue capital punishment for any cases and the governor responded by removing murder cases from her office. Ayala sued Scott in the Florida Supreme Court but lost and later assembled a panel of prosecutors who would determine which cases deserved the death penalty.
Floridians twerk for deliverance from Trump traffic congestion: While most Floridians stewed in silent rage as they sat through a traffic jam on Interstate 95 caused by President Donald Trump's arrival to Mar-a-Lago last week, others found a more booty-popping outlet for their frustrations. Sportswriter and author Jeff Pearlman was stuck in the I-95 congestion on the way to dinner in Palm Beach County when he saw (and tweeted video of) two barefoot people getting out of the vehicle in front of him and twerking for their lives right there on the highway. Thank you, Florida, for keeping it interesting, and thank you, Pearlman, for providing the receipts.
Workplace vaping ban among proposed 2018 Florida amendments: A ban on vaping in the workplace is among the proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot. The measure comes from former state Sen. Lisa Carlton, who says she wants to make clear that the state's existing ban on workplace smoking also applies to vaping. Because Carlton is one of the 37 members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, her amendment can be put on the ballot without petition signatures for legislative approval.