The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump on Oct. 23, 2020, in The Villages.
Many Republicans and scholars say it is what the party’s voters increasingly want from their leaders.
House Bill 837 passed the House of Representatives on Friday.
Critics called the proposed expansion of the program a “coupon for millionaires.”
Police, firefighters and first responders not affected, prompting questions about fairness.


  1. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg participates in a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. Bragg is standing firm against former President Donald Trump’s increasingly hostile rhetoric, telling his staff that the office won’t be intimidated or deterred as it nears a decision on charging the former president. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
  2. In this photo taken with a drone, farmworkers and allies march through agricultural land on the first day of a five-day trek aimed at highlighting the Fair Food Program, which has enlisted food retailers to use their clout with growers to ensure better working conditions and wages for farmworkers. [REBECCA BLACKWELL | Associated Press]
  3. Former President Donald Trump said in a social media post Saturday morning that he expects to be arrested Tuesday in a case stemming out of New York.
  4. Among other changes to public records laws, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last year shielding information about candidates for state college and university presidencies.
  5. An image taken from a federal criminal complaint shows Mitchell Todd Gardner, circled, spraying a liquid toward U.S. Capitol police officers on Jan. 6, 2021.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump on Oct. 23, 2020, in The Villages.
  7. Court deputies exit vans that transported jurors to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Aug. 4, 2022, to view the crime scene where the 2018 shootings took place.
  8. The Florida House of Representatives as seen on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  9. New College of Florida Interim President Richard Corcoran, center, listens during a meeting of the school's board of trustees, alongside trustee Matthew Spalding, left, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, in Sarasota. The board approved a $1 million pay package for Corcoran, but the school has yet to find a way to cover that amount.
  10. Members of the Clearwater City Council, from left, David Allbritton, Kathleen Beckman, Frank Hibbard, Mark Bunker, and Lina Teixeira, attend a meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an event on his book tour on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Las Vegas.
  12. Former state Sen. Janet Cruz (left) and incumbent Lynn Hurtak (right) face each other in the April 25 runoff for the citywide District 3 seat on the Tampa City Council.
  13. State Rep. Dean Black, R-Jacksonville, tells colleagues that his bill to alter public employee union requirements (HB 1445) is good for workers. More than 100 workers who showed up to the meeting disagreed.
  14. The now-blocked parole program, called “parole + ATD,” has allowed the Department of Homeland Security to release tens of thousands of migrants into the country while they await immigration proceedings.
  15. Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts after signing the Individual Freedom bill, also known as the Stop Woke Act, on April 22, 2022. The law is being challenged in federal court, but two federal rulings — including one on Thursday — have prevented it from being enforced at state colleges and universities.
  16. Patient escort volunteer Peggy MacLeod, 76, of St. Petersburg and another volunteer use umbrellas to shield patients as they make their way into the Bread and Roses Woman's Health Center in Clearwater on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.
  17. District 1 Pasco County School Board member Al Hernandez attends a board meeting on Jan. 3 in Land O' Lakes. Last year's court challenges over where he lives have given rise to new legislation.
  18. Sydney Aitcheson, 21, is the President of the FAMU chapter of the NAACP. The Times spoke with Aitcheson and other FAMU students about the tension of balancing fear of repercussions with their commitment to resistance as the legislature attacks diversity initiatives in education.
  19. President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington. From left, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, D-Ill., Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Trump.
  20. A proposed Florida law would make it easier for police to ticket drivers for coasting in the left lane.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers the State of the State address at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee on March 7, 2023.
  22. Sam Bell, left, stands next to his wife, Betty Castor, on the balcony of their Bayshore condo on Nov. 2, 2004, in this Times file photo.
  23. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, who was chosen to be the president of the state Senate during the 2023 and 2024 terms, smiles as she stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
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