Florida Politics



  1. Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin (left) has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, in a Republican primary. [City of Lakeland/Courtesy of Ross Spano]
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis has postponed the April 14 municipal elections in Pasco County. Times (2012) [Tampa Tribune]
  3. Fireworks burst high above the crowd during the Freedom Festival held on the eve of Independence Day at The Shops of Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. [JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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  5. Florida launched a new website Wednesday to serve as an alternative to its broken unemployment website, CONNECT. [Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.]
  6. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. [ALEX BRANDON  |  AP]
  7. FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters about coronavirus in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) [CHARLES KRUPA  |  AP]
  8. FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, people gather around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" truck as they learn about Amendment 4 and eat free ice cream at Charles Hadley Park in Miami. A federal judge has temporarily set aside a Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling handed down Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle means thousands of felons who were denied the right to vote will be able to cast ballots unless the state gets a higher court to intervene or if Hinkle later upholds the constitutionality of the state law. [WILFREDO LEE  |  Associated Press]
  9. Voters cast their ballots for the Florida presidential primary, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Bonita Springs, Fla. Floridians are voting across the state as election officials manage losses of poll workers and changes to polling places because of the coronavirus. [ELISE AMENDOLA  |  AP]
  10. Kayleigh McEnany speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. [Wikimedia Commons]
  11. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, shakes hands with Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton, after Oliva gave his farewell speech to members of the Florida House, Thursday, March 12, 2020. On the right is Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  12. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital at 501 6th Ave S on Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  1. Detainees being escorted through a secured walkway at the Krome Avenue Detention Center during a media visit on Dec. 6, 2007. [DONNA E. NATALE PLANAS | MIAMI HERALD FILE PHOTO]
  2. Walkway. Interior photos of Blackwater River Correctional Facility. [Florida Department of Corrections]
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Tuesday, March 31, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  4. Judge John Van Laningham [State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings]
  5. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks during a news conference about the recent coronavirus pandemic Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  6. In this April 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is governing through the most dangerous crisis forced upon any U.S. leader since World War II. And just seven months before Election Day, he is entering a critical stretch that will determine his reelection, his legacy, and the character of the nation. [ALEX BRANDON  |  AP]
  7. Residents in Flagler County work on computer skills to apply for jobs and unemployment benefits. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is entering talks with the Labor Department in an effort to make changes to its jobless benefit program.
  8. A voter uses hand sanitizer as she leaves a polling station for the Florida presidential primary, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Bonita Springs, Fla. [ELISE AMENDOLA  |  AP]
  9. Florida Senator Janet Cruz on the floor of the Florida Senate, Thursday, May 2, 2019. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times (2019)]
  10. In this July 21, 2016, photo Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center left, walks with vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  11. This is what Florida Senate President Bill Galvano was doing during the final week of legislative session in March. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn't want the people on the Holland America's Zandaam where four people died and others are sick to be treated in Florida, saying the state doesn't have the capacity to treat outsiders as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]