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While Peter Schorsch holds many titles — blogger, consultant and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics, the most influential political website in the Sunshine State — the one of which he’s proudest is “husband and father.” That’s what makes his new podcast so exciting. Peter’s co-host is a woman every bit as accomplished as he is: his wife, Michelle Todd Schorsch. “He Said, She Said” has Peter and Michelle — previously a respected political consultant, now the CEO of the bustling Schorsch household — discussing the driving topics of the day, especially how politics really goes down in Florida. But the political talk is just a jumping off point to a wide-range of subject matter, from the latest in pop culture to some very strong opinions on family life and parenting. Listen in to hear how one political couple balances it all.


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09/10/2019 | Episode 026

He Said, She Said: After Dorian with Nikki Fried, Jared Moskowitz, Shevrin Jones and Babycycle's Torrie Jasuwan

After Dorian with Nikki Fried, Jared Moskowitz, Shevrin Jones and Babycycle's Torrie Jasuwan

On this episode of He Said, She Said, Peter and Michelle recap Hurricane Dorian with some of the major players in Florida, including Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried and Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz. They speak with Rep. Shevrin Jones, who gives the perspective of people on the ground and Babycycle's Torrie Jasuwan, who shares the biggest donation needs of families in the Bahamas, including pack 'n plays for children to sleep in.

Key Insights

  • Peter and Michelle recap the start of college football season and the new US News & World Report rankings that puts FSU at #18 for national public universities.
  • Rep. Shevrin Jones joins the podcast to talk about the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas.
  • "There was nothing to prepare us for what we saw," said Jones. The commercial airport was destroyed, planes were strewn everywhere. Many people lost everything and are living in their cars.
  • According to Jones, the Bahamian government is overwhelmed, and Floridians need to continue to push to let Bahamians come to Florida.
  • According to Sen. Marco Rubio, despite the visa controversies with the federal government, Bahamians have some of the lowest rates of overstaying visas.
  • Irma PTSD? Michelle and Peter talk about the hurricane path changes, empty gas stations and grocery stores, and Denis Phillips' Rule #7
  • Torrie Jasuwan joins the podcast to talk about BabyCycle Diaper Bank, which distributes diapers, wipes and other much-needed goods to women and children in need throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough County.
  • After the birth of her second child, Torrie realized that there was a need for a Diaper Bank in the Tampa Bay area that collects all kinds of supplies for mom and baby.
  • The need for diapers and pack n' plays in the Bahamas is great. Check the links below to donate.
  • Listeners may be familiar with Torrie. She was on Below Deck, a Bravo reality TV show about a yacht crew and the guests on board.
  • Red carpet week at Florida Politics: Campaigns are rolling out announcements this week, after they were delayed by Hurricane Dorian.
  • Florida Politics reported a major story about Gary Farmer, the democratic leader designate in the Senate, who disclosed his separation with his wife and his relationship with a Tallahassee lobbyist (who shall remain unnamed).
  • Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried joins the podcast to talk about preparations, evacuations, and messaging during Hurricane Dorian.
  • Commissioner Fried explains her responsibilities to both consumers and suppliers around food and gas, and the challenges of coordinating emergency teams throughout the state.
  • Working across party lines during the Hurricane: "It's state before party, especially in times like this. You don't need to hear political bickering between politicians and party lines during times like this, we are all in this together. The hurricanes doesn't hit houses because they're Democrat or Republican."
  • Jared Moskowitz, Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, joins the podcast. He was appointed by Gov. DeSantis in January 2019.
  • Moskowitz and his team transformed the Emergency Management department. They moved $800+ million dollars in eight months for recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Michael.
  • When he took office, Moskowitz has pledged to better communication with counties, and he plans to visit every emergency operation center in the state.
  • According to Moskowitz, the real MVP of hurricane preparedness is coffee.
  • Moskowitz's changes for the next hurricane: Better logistics, not matching Gov. DeSantis every day.
  • Winner of the week: Ron DeSantis; Loser of the week: Donald Trump.

"It's state before party, especially in times like this. You don't need to hear political bickering between politicians and party lines during times like this, we are all in this together. The hurricanes doesn't hit houses because they're Democrat or Republican." - Commissioner Nikki Fried

 

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While Peter Schorsch holds many titles — blogger, consultant and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics, the most influential political website in the Sunshine State — the one of which he’s proudest is “husband and father.” That’s what makes his new podcast so exciting. Peter’s co-host is a woman every bit as accomplished as he is: his wife, Michelle Todd Schorsch. “He Said, She Said” has Peter and Michelle — previously a respected political consultant, now the CEO of the bustling Schorsch household — discussing the driving topics of the day, especially how politics really goes down in Florida. 


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