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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.

05/14/2019 | Episode 012 | 2:13:23

He Said She Said: Sen. Jeff Brandes & Top Lobbyist Stephanie Smith

An Uber-special edition with Sen. Jeff Brandes and top lobbyist Stephanie Smith. Plus tough talk about Handmaid's Tale, Georgia's abortion law and the Broward jail birth.

On this episode of He Said, She Said, Michelle and Peter bring on Uber-special guests for a future-focused episode with Senator Jeff Brandes and top Uber lobbyist Stephanie Smith. The 2019 legislative session MVP (Brandes) talks owning policy; true north; and criminal justice reform. Stephanie Smith talks automation, self-driving cars, and Uber Health's entrance into the Florida market. Peter and Michelle talk spoilers; hot takes on holidays; and the Handmaid's Tale turned reality with Georgia's heartbeat bill.

Key Insights

  • Mother's Day weekend recap and memories of the worst foot race ever run.
  • #SpoilerAlert: Peter talks spoilers, the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, and the battle for King's Landing. Elizabeth Warren's Op-Ed was a flop.
  • Georgia's heartbeat bill: Michelle talks the abortion ban, out of state abortions, investigation of miscarriages.
  • Florida's broken criminal justice system: Mentally ill woman forced to give birth alone in an isolation cell at Broward County jail.
  • Sen. Jeff Brandes: Peter calls Sen. Brandes the MVP of the 2019 session. Brandes co-sponsored more bills than almost any other legislator.
  • Brandes loves to tackle big ideas, but he shared why he leaves two big issues alone, and why he instead focuses on transportation, insurance, criminal justice reform.
  • Sen. Brandes talks to the origin story behind his criminal justice reform work; chronic understaffing of the prisons; recaps this legislative session and likens Tallahassee to the Matrix
  • Marijuana, automation and self-driving cars: Brandes has gone from lone wolf to policy leader on these issues. He talks about Jeff Vinik's latest developments and how he plans to make his parking lots convertible.
  • Stephanie Smith, senior public policy manager for Uber. Smith talks Uber Health in Florida; Uber Eats; and autonomous vehicles.
  • Smith shares her favorite political moment from working with the Crist administration.
  • Peter and Michelle share their hot takes on Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
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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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