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1 big thing: Scott's shifting abortion stance

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U.S. Sen. Rick Scott can't evade the issue of abortion access on the campaign trail — but he can make his stance harder to pin down.

Why it matters: The state Supreme Court's abortion shot and chaser set the table for an election that will pit Republicans against the very reproductive rights that they've fought for years to curtail.

  • Florida Democrats are eager to tie Scott to Florida's near-total abortion ban as he tries to soften his stance on the issue.

Friction point: Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell criticized Scott's views on abortion within four seconds of announcing her Senate campaign against him in a promotional video.

Scott expressed hesitation but never opposed Florida's six-week abortion ban and has said that he would've signed the bill into law if he were governor.

Yes, but: He's also waffled on the issue.

  • Scott told The Hill earlier this month that he would prefer to see a 15-week ban in Florida with exceptions for "rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother."
  • He went further in an interview with The Washington Times last week. "We ought to be where the consensus is," Scott said. "In my state, that consensus is 15 weeks."

What they're saying: Will Hampson, a spokesperson for the Scott campaign, tells Axios the senator's stance is "clear."

  • "No national bans, with the consensus at 15 weeks with limitations for rape, incest and life of the mother," he says.

The other side: "Scott is a fraud who knows he won't win if he's honest with Florida voters about his radical reproductive rights agenda," Mucarsel-Powell tells Axios.

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2. 🏗️ Renderings du jour

Renderings of the custom-built office complex (left) and residential condo tower (right): Courtesy of Catalyst Communications Group

The Tampa skyline is about to get curvier.

Driving the news: Water Street developers announced plans for three new buildings in the live-work-play model that's made the area so successful over the last few years.

Why it matters: The new phase of Water Street connects the city street grid, bringing the development closer to downtown and Ybor City.

What's coming: A planned condo tower would be the neighborhood's tallest building.

  • A custom-built office complex with ground-floor retail and pedestrian-friendly green space.
  • A mixed-use development with a hotel and a parking garage for Amalie Arena and other events.

The intrigue: Strategic Property Partners, the developer, also said it's "exploring a new club concept with a social and fitness focus."

What's ahead: Road and utility infrastructure work for the buildings is expected to be completed by spring 2025.

  • Construction on the condo tower and mixed-use entertainment area could start next year, a spokesperson for SPP told Axios.

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3. The Pulp: USF protesters arrested

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🚨 University of South Florida police arrested three protesters during a pro-Palestine demonstration yesterday on campus. (Tampa Bay Times)

  • Such protests have spread in recent days after a demonstration at Columbia University drew international attention when the university's president requested that the protesters be removed by force. (Axios)

ğŸŽ¤ The Tampa Arts Alliance will hold a benefit concert tonight at Crowbar to raise money for Artspace, an affordable housing and studio space for up to 60 local artists. (Creative Loafing)

🩺 A Tampa doctor is starting a program to remove barriers faced by Black patients seeking kidney transplants. Black Americans face higher rates of kidney failure but have lower transplant rates. (Bay News 9)

4. 🤙 Woogity woogity wardrobe change

Randy Arozarena in the "Grit x Glow" City Connect uniform. Photo: Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays pay homage to the local skate scene in the team's new City Connect jerseys.

Why it matters: Among the flashiest features in the team's "Grit x Glow" design: The front of the jersey reads "Tampa Bay" for the first time since 2007.

  • Oh, and there's a skateboarding stingray.

Where to see it: The uniforms will be worn for the first time during each of the three home games against the Mets (May 3-5) and every Saturday home game after, as well as at away games against the Atlanta Braves on June 15 and the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 7.

Drop in: The team will host a free City Connect celebration at the St. Pete Pier on Thursday including a live skateboarding demonstration and a City Connect-themed drone show, displaying the uniform logos in the sky.

  • Before the Aug. 10 game against the Orioles, the team said it plans to host an event at the Trop in partnership with Boards for Bros, the charitable arm of Skatepark of Tampa.

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Out today: Inside Axios

Axios cofounder Jim VandeHei is out today with a new book — "Just the Good Stuff: No-B.S. Secrets to Success" — about lessons learned starting and running Politico and then Axios.

Why it matters: Jim offers dozens of easy to understand — and implement — ideas for dealing with the tough stuff of life and work: picking careers, dealing with bad bosses or jerks, overcoming insecurities or health scares.

Cool twist: All the net proceeds go to students who need help with vocational school, or 2- or 4-year-college.

ğŸŽ“ It's a terrific graduation gift: Jim details how he went from a 1.491 GPA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to a success on the national stage.

  • The book also provides an inside look at the Axios culture animating this newsletter.

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5. 🫰 6 silver-tongued stanzas to go

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The last poem of National Poetry Month comes from reader Brendan P. Donohue, now the official Axios Tampa Bay Poet Laureate!

The Hustle is real Each & every single day Yet it really has nothing On Axios in Tampa Bay  When the Sun rises It always likes to shine It shines a little brighter When you read yours & I read mine  The device doesn't matter It is really just a fruit So whether an Apple or a BlackBerry  Axios doesn't give a hoot  Reading is for pleasure  Learning causes pain Stimulating thoughts Are so good for the brain  Keep on reading You will like it if you try This Company is Local The material is never dry  The rain & the Lighting  Is always plenty in Tampa Bay Give Axios some attention
Poem by Brendan P. Donohue

Keep writing, rhyming and reading, folks!

📔 Selene is listening to "Yellowface."

😳 Kathryn cannot believe it's the last day of April.

🫓 Yacob was out for Passover.

This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by Azi Najafi.