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The Buzz on Florida Politics

Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (left), Gov. Ron DeSantis (middle) and City Councilmember Robert Blackmon
The Republican governor hasn’t factored into the campaign to lead the city, though he looms large over it.
The bill, which is filed for consideration during the legislative session that will start in January, mirrors a new Texas law that bans almost all abortions.
On his second day as state surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo gives parents more say over masks and quarantines.
State Republicans say their ground effort has been working toward surpassing Democrats for years. But Democrats are still confident.

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  1. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., updates reporters on Democratic efforts to pass President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
  3. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (left), Gov. Ron DeSantis (middle) and City Councilmember Robert Blackmon
  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pose for a photo at a signing ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  5. State Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, filed a Texas-style abortion bill.
  6. Rohn Kahn, 28 registers to vote at the Latinos for Trump booth on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Tampa.
  7. St. Petersburg High students Sydney Conroy, right, and Toby Lam wear a masks as they arrive on Aug. 11, 2021, the first day of school in Pinellas County.
  8. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, left, was named Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as Florida's next surgeon general.
  9. Former President Donald Trump, soeaking here in Dallas during July, has filed suit against his estranged niece, Mary Trump and The New York Times over a bombshell 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices.
  10. Members of Florida's immigrant population express their disappointment after a Senate Judiciary Committee voted on a bill in 2019 that would prohibit “sanctuary cities” and require state and local law enforcement to comply with U.S. officials.
  11. With his wife Adriana standing behind him, Paul Renner awaits his nomination as Florida House Speaker-designate on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  12. Governor Ron DeSantis.
  13. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
  14. Ben & Jerry's.
  15. Lamar Taylor, chief operating and financial officer of the State Board of Administration, was named Tuesday as interim replacement for retiring Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer Ash Williams.
  16. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has been aggressive in her response to the coronavirus pandemic, earning praise from the medical community and public health officials, but angering some city employees and vaccine opponents who say she has gone too far.
  17. Edmund Kirby Smith
  18. In this March 2 file photo, Sen. Ray Wesley Rodrigues, R-Estero, listens during the Senate session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Rodrigues is leading the Florida Senate Redistricting Committee.
  19. Tampa General President and CEO John Couris speaks while Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during an August news conference at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Global Emerging Diseases Institute.
  20. Crowds like this one at a recent Pinellas School Board meeting have been larger and often more animated as boards have taken on issues including school masks, race relations and transgender rights. At this meeting on Aug. 24, one defiant speaker was removed from the chamber by security and another called the school district a "criminal enterprise."
  21. A Pegasus mural at the University of Central Florida Student Union.
  22. Tallahassee outside of Florida's Capitol complex.
  23. A clear sky and quiet street are found at the United Nations headquarters, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York. The 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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