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Daily Scripts

November 13th, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

BOG Resignation Sought Package

Edius 2

Anchor Lead

A member of the Governing Board of the State University apologized after suggesting the reason women make less than men is because of genetics. But as  As Jake Stofan tells us the National Organization for Women says the apology doesn’t go far enough.

Supers:

0:06-0:13 Ed Morton

Board of Governors, (Courtesy Florida Channel)

0:36-0:40 Barbara DeVane

Lobbyist, Florida NOW

0:44-0:55 Barbara DeVane

Lobbyist, Florida NOW

0:55-1:00 Jake Stofan

1:00-1:24 Barbara DeVane

Lobbyist, Florida NOW

Runs: 1:32

Anchor Tag

Governor Rick Scott’s press office failed to issue a statement regarding whether or not the Governor would consider removing Morton from office in time for this story.

BOG Resignation Sought Package Script

While discussing the pay gap between men and women graduates, Board of Governors member Ed Morton said this.

Ed Morton

Board of Governors, (Courtesy Florida Channel)

“The women are given, maybe some of it is genetic, I don’t know. I’m not smart enough to know the difference.”

A furor followed. Rick Scott, who appointed Morton, made it clear he didn’t agree and released a statement through his press secretary saying…. “As a father of two daughters, the Governor absolutely does not agree with this statement.”

The following day Morton apologized, “I chose my words poorly. My belief is that women and men should be valued equally in the workplace.”

The apology isn’t enough for the National Organization for Women.

Barbara DeVane

Lobbyist, Florida NOW

“Mr. Morton should resign.”

NOW says if Morton doesn’t step down, rick Scott Should remove him from office.

Barbara DeVane

Lobbyist, Florida NOW

“No one in 2017 should ever be making such a statement. Especially someone who’s on the Board of Governors.”

Jake

“Florida is one of 15 states that has not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.”

Barara DeVane

Lobbyist, Florida NOW

“Every session we don’t even get a hearing, just like this past session. So for someone in this position to be making such a statement is idiotic and ignorant. Genetics has nothing to do with the difference in salary between a man and a woman. It all has to do with discrimination.”

In Florida women who graduate from state universities are being paid on average $5,500 less each year than men.

 

VO/SOT- LGBTQ

Officials with Equality Florida and the Florida Democratic Party are criticizing Governor Rick Scott for failing to issue an executive order protecting LGBTQ individuals from employment discrimination.

Leon County Democratic Party Chairman, Andy Janecek says the Legislature as a whole has failed the LGBTQ community when it comes to protecting employment rights.

Andy Janecek

Leon County Democratic Party Chairman

“In Florida aside from some county protections, there’s now law that protects you if you go to work the next day and you place a picture of your new partner or your wedding on your desk, your employer can terminate you for that very reason in Florida. That is still allowed and that’s unacceptable.”

Activists say they had an open dialogue with the Governors staff in the wake of the Pulse Night Club shooting and were assured Scott would take action on the issue. Now more than a year later there hasn’t been any movement on the issue.

 

VO- Edison Investigation

Federal investigators want to more about the business dealing involving a posh Tallahassee restaurant know as the Edison. The man at the head of the company operating the restaurant, Adam Cory, is the former campaign manager of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is now seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Under the deal, the Edison has a 20 year lease on the city owned former electric plant. The restaurant has been plagued with high staff and management turnover in recent months. The US Attorney has asked for electronic records, texts and emails about the project. A Federal Grand Jury is set to review the matter July 11th.

 

BOG Resignation Sought Look Live
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Anchor Lead
A higher ed official with Florida’s Board of Governors has apologized for a comment he made which implied women may be genetically inferior to men at negotiating salaries. As Jake Stofan tells us representatives from the National Organization for Women say the apology doesn’t cut it.
Super:
0:00-0:08 Jake Stofan
0:14-0:21 Ed Morton
Board of Governors, (Courtesy Florida Channel)
0:32-0:50 Barbara DeVane
Lobbyist, Florida NOW
0:50-1:01 Jake Stofan
Anchor Tag
Governor Rick Scott’s press office failed to issue a statement regarding whether or not the Governor would consider removing Morton from office in time for this story.
BOG Resignation Sought LOOK LIVE Script
Jake
“Board of Governors member Ed Morton is being asked to resign by officials with the National Organization for Women.”
While being briefed on the pay gap between women university graduates and men, Board of Governors member Ed Morton made a comment which suggested the gap may have genetic roots.
Ed Morton
Board of Governors, (Courtesy Florida Channel)
“The women are given, maybe some of it is genetic, I don’t know. I’m not smart enough to know the difference.”
The following day Morton apologized stating, “I chose my words poorly. My belief is that women and men should be valued equally in the workplace.”
The apology isn’t enough for the National Organization for Women.
Barbara DeVane
Lobbyist, Florida NOW
“Such an idiotic and ignorant remark from someone who is on the Board of Governors? An apology is not enough. Mr. Morton should resign.”
Jake
“If Morton doesn’t resign, the National Organization for Women says the Governor should take it upon himself to remove Morton from office.

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