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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.

06/18/2019 | Episode 016 | 1:23:49

He Said, She Said: On the road at the Florida Democrats' annual convention - Part 2

On the road at the Florida Democrats' annual convention - Part 2: Celebrity crime stories with Dave Aronberg; Carlos Guillermo Smith condemns Rep. Mike Hill; POLITICO Florida's Gary Fineout

On this episode of He Said, She Said, we get part two of the podcast live from the Florida Democrats' annual convention. Peter and Michelle welcome Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who talks reality TV celebrity crime stories and closing the write-in loophole. For their first repeat interview, they welcome Carlos Guillermo Smith to talk about the homophobic comments of Rep. Mike Hill and what republican leadership should do about it. POLITICO Florida's Gary Fineout joins the pod to talk about the state of journalism.

Key Insights

  • This episode is part two of three, recorded live at the Florida Democrats' "Leadership Blue" annual conference and gala.
  • Michelle and Peter outline their issues with the structure of the upcoming debates for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
  • Peter talks pop culture: Streamapolocalypse - Black Mirror, Handmaid's Tale, Black Phoenix all returned. Spoiler alert: Black Mirror sucked.
  • Michelle and Peter talk "When They See Us," a documentary about the Central Park Five. The prosecutor in the Central Park Five case is now a very successful crime novelist. Because of this documentary, she has been dropped from her publisher and was removed from consideration for a lifetime achievement award.
  • Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg joins the podcast for the first interview of the podcast.
  • He talks the power and the responsibility of being a state attorney, and shares what surprised him most about the job.
  • Florida man: "If we could do something about mental illness, we would have fewer of these crazy cases."
  • Michelle has her moment when Aronberg talks high profile celebrity cases like the Countess of the Real Housewives of New York and Tiger Woods' DUI.
  • Aronberg: Being state attorney is much different than being a state legislator. Aronberg must be particularly judicious of any speech that could affect pending cases.
  • Aronberg talks Florida's write-in loophole, which he says defrauds the voters. His office began scrutinizing fake write-in candidates' financial forms, and he has officially put the system on notice that he's watching.
  • Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith joins the podcast for the second time to talk about Rep. Mike Hill's homophobic comments about LGBTQ people.
  • Last week marked 3 years since the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were murdered because they were gay.
  • Guillermo Smith on Hill's comments: "Homophobic rhetoric and homophobia is just as dangerous as antisemitism, just as dangerous as racism. Just think for one minute how lawmakers would have reacted if an elected member of the legislator joked about the gasing of Jewish people, or the lynching of black people in the South."
  • Guillermo Smith argues that Hill should be stripped of his committee assignments.
  • Guillermo Smith: "There is room for republicans to stand on issues related to LGBTQ equality."
  • Michelle and Peter talk feminism, gender roles, and how the national conversation on gender is changing.
  • POLITICO Florida's Gary Fineout talks about writing as a generalist for AP and now finding his niche at POLITICO Florida.
  • Michelle's hot take: This Democratic event was so much more fun than any Republican event because a whole cast of Disney characters came out in full patriotic garb.
  • Peter's very first soccer hot take: Scheduling misogyny - The men's soccer final was scheduled over the women's World Cup final.

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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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