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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 which he’s proudest is “husband and father.” That’s what makes his new podcast so exciting: Peter’s co-host, 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. 

03/27/2019 | Episode 006 | 2:02:21

He Said, She Said: #NoCollusionDay and the Guardian program

#NoCollusionDay with U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz; Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Rep. Shevrin Jones on the pros and cons of the Parkland-Guardian program; Plus high school reunions and Elizabeth Holmes

On this episode of He Said, She Said, Peter and Michelle welcome some of their most influential guests yet. They talk #NoCollusionDay with U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, apologies owed to Trump, and vindication. They get into the difficult questions that follow Parkland and both sides of the Guardian program with Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Chair of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Statewide Commission and Rep. Shevrin Jones, a former teacher in a Title 1 school. They hash out the story of Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes, Michelle's 20-year high school reunion, and March Madness.

Key Insights

  • On this episode of He Said, She Said: #NoCollusion Day & a focus on Florida public schools' Guardian program.
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Chair of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission & Shevrin Jones, member of the Florida House weigh the pros and cons of the Guardian program.
  • U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz joins Peter and Michelle by phone to talk #NoCollusionDay on his whirlwind day of media appearances.
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz on Democratic investigations: "I'm concerned that in expectation of this outcome, my democratic colleagues have launched an 81-prong investigation on the president and his allies."
  • "If Bob Mueller had all of these subpoenas over 500 witness interviews, what does the US Congress believe they're going to find that Robert Mueller didn't find?"
  • Gaetz spent much of Monday calling people out on Twitter. He's asking for apologies from Democrats for what he calls "irresponsible statements regarding collusion."
  • On the Mueller report: "I do believe that all of the material facts of the Mueller Report need to be made public. It's not enough to get a summary, I agree with my Democratic colleagues. Let's just get it all out in the open."
  • On President Trump's reaction: "I think he will bask in the vindication, at least in the short term. He's been so frustrated that the tremendous work he's done on behalf of the country has been in spite of these really substantial headwinds."
  • On lighter notes, Peter and Michelle talk about attending Michelle's 20th high school reunion at H.B. Plant high school in Tampa.
  • March Madness rears its ugly head: No. 9 seeded UCF played No. 1 Duke - and only lost by one point. Peter: "Frickin' Duke broke our daughter's dreams, but you know, that's what Duke does."
  • What's going on in the legislature: Senate and House released budgets last week, now the fun of squaring up the three budgets from the House, Senate, and Governor begins.
  • We learn the term "sprinkle": The funds sprinkled on at the end for special projects.
  • More legislative food fights, including personal injury insurance protection and Amendment 4 implementation. A bill is circulating through the Florida House that would not allow those with felony records with outstanding fines or unpaid restitution to vote.
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Chair of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission shares some of the gruesome realities of the Parkland shooting and what made him change his mind about the Guardian program.
  • On the other side of the Guardian program is State Rep. Shevrin Jones. Jones was a teacher in an inner city school, and is now in his final two years in the Florida House. Next election he will run for Florida Senate.
  • Stand your ground: Rep. Jones and Peter talk the complications that could come along with the Guardian program, particularly if a teacher feels threatened by a student: ""We're going to have a poor black kid confront a middle aged white teacher and we're going to have a stand your ground issue." - Peter
  • Aside from his criticism of the Guardian program, Rep. Jones also talks criminal justice legislation. His Dignity of Incarcerated Women legislation addresses the problem of women being denied pads or tampons while incarcerated.
  • Finally, Peter and Michelle break down a hot cultural topic of the moment, Elizabeth Holmes and her fraudulent company Theranos, detailed in both a podcast and a Netflix documentary.

Daniel Ducassi/POLITICO

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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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