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1 big thing: Major rulings on abortion rights

People march together to protest the Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health case. Photo: Allison Dinner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Advocates are confident that Florida's Supreme Court decision to allow the state's near-total abortion ban to take effect could boost their effort to enshrine reproductive rights in the state's constitution.

Why it matters: Republicans hold a supermajority in Florida's legislature and have leveraged that to chip away at abortion access β€” first to 15 weeks, then to six weeks. Now, voters will have a chance to weigh in.

  • Abortion opponents called the high court's decision to greenlight the ballot effort "disappointing," adding that if it succeeds, Florida will become "the most pro-abortion state in the southern U.S."

Catch up quick: Abortion rights supporters began collecting signatures for the ballot effort nearly a year ago, a month after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a six-week abortion ban into law.

  • They hit the signature threshold needed to trigger a state Supreme Court review of the ballot question in September and gathered enough to make the ballot this January.
  • On Monday, the high court authorized the ballot question β€” but also upheld the 15-week ban currently in place, a ruling that triggers the six-week ban to take effect in 30 days.
  • The amendment would protect access to abortion until fetal viability, which is generally around 24–28 weeks of pregnancy.

What they're saying: "Today's rulings prove exactly what is at stake at the ballot box," Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried said. "Florida is now home to one of the strictest abortion bans in the country."

  • "Floridians value their freedom from government interference," Lauren Brenzel, director for the Yes on 4 campaign, which sponsored the amendment, said in a statement. "They will make that known loud and clear with their votes in November."

The other side: "Today's victory for unborn children who have a heartbeat and can feel pain is in line with the views of the majority of Floridians," Katie Daniel of SBA Pro-Life said.

  • "We are very disappointed that a deceptively worded pro-abortion amendment is allowed to appear on Florida's ballot in November," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Evan Power said.

2. πŸ’¨ Recreational marijuana also heads to ballot

Cannabis plants in a greenhouse at a Cresco Labs facility in Indiantown. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida voters will have their say this November on whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

Why it matters: A majority of Florida voters support adult-use marijuana, polls show.

State of play: State Supreme Court justices on Monday approved the language of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to make the policy change.

  • Their ruling comes five months after justices heard from lawyers representing the group backing the amendment and the office of Attorney General Ashley Moody, who asked the court to disqualify the initiative.

Between the lines: Whether it will be enough of a majority is still in question. The ballot initiative needs at least 60% approval.

  • Two-thirds of respondents to a University of North Florida poll conducted in November said they would vote in favor.
  • But a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll found an approval rate 10 points lower, just under the 60% threshold. The chamber joined Moody in challenging the initiative.

Go deeper: Medical marijuana giant funded group behind amendment

3. Cafecito: South Florida’s porn boom

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

πŸ“’ President Joe Biden's reelection campaign announced that three veteran Democratic operatives will lead its efforts in Florida, a move some say signals the state's importance. (Miami Herald)

βš–οΈ Miami-Dade prosecutors dropped all charges against Joshua Epstein, the son of former Surfside Commissioner Eliana Salzhauer, who was accused of shoving Vice Mayor Jeff Rose at a candidate forum. (Local 10)

  • The arrest of the 18-year-old Surfside activist sparked a protest outside town hall and calls for an independent investigation ahead of last month's election.

πŸ’» Florida has one of the nation's largest communities of adult entertainment creators β€” second only to California β€” with the majority in the Miami-Dade and Tampa Bay metro areas. (WLRN)

Ex-NFL cornerback Vontae Davis, a former Dolphins first-round pick, was found dead at his mansion in Southwest Ranches. He was 35. Foul play is not suspected. (Miami Herald)

4. 🫡 You're a poet. She wants you to know it

Photo: Caridad Moro-Gronlier

Cuban American poet Caridad Moro-Gronlier wants to help Miamians express the stories hidden within their hearts as Miami-Dade County's new poet laureate.

Why it matters: Moro-Gronlier, an award-winning poet, literary editor and English professor, was appointed to the county post Monday on the first day of National Poetry Month.

  • Her 2021 book, "Tortillera," details "the queer experience of coming out while Cuban" and reclaims the Spanish slur.

What they're saying: Moro-Gronlier, who teaches dual enrollment English at Miami-Dade Public Schools and Miami-Dade College, tells Axios that she wants to host poetry events for residents of all ages to create connections in a divided society.

  • Sharing your story in a poem can be cathartic and act like a "vehicle of empathy," allowing others to step into your shoes and see life from a different perspective, Moro-Gronlier says.

Keep reading: Moro-Gronlier hopes to work with the library system

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5. πŸͺΊ Egg-sighting news!

One of the osprey parents with its eggs (left) and after two hatched (right). Screenshots: University of Florida Osprey Cam

A family of osprey at the University of Florida is growing β€” and you can tune into the cuteness via a live video feed.

The latest: Two baby chicks hatched over the weekend, and parents Stella and Talon are awaiting the birth of a third, UF wildlife ecology and conservation professor Mark Hostetler tells Axios.

  • The couple have created a 100-pound nest from moss, twigs and other material on top of a light pole near a softball field on the Gainesville campus.

Catch up quick: The fish hawks have called UF their seasonal home for the past two years, according to a press release.

  • Early this year, Stella began laying the eggs in her nest 75 feet above the softball field, now nicknamed "Home Plate" or "the Cheap Seats."

Go deeper: Third egg could hatch soon

πŸ“š Sommer is reading "How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water" by Angie Cruz, and loving it.

πŸŽͺ Martin was left speechless watching Cirque du Soleil's Echo show at Gulfstream Park.

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This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by Nicole Ortiz and Anjelica Tan.