The Buzz on Florida Politics

Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby speaks during Opening Day at the Capitol Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Tallahassee.
Senators voted 40-0 on Thursday to raise the state’s unemployment benefits by $100, defying Gov. Ron DeSantis and setting up a showdown with the Florida House.
Justices found a Constitutional ballot initiative to be “misleading.”
Yet while the Florida Senate appears to be on board, the Florida House may go slow and request a May special session.


  1. Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah.
  2. Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala
  3. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby speaks during Opening Day at the Capitol Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Tallahassee.
  4. Carlos Amado, left, with the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections, guides Isabel Lui to the slot to drop off her ballot, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 in North Miami.
  5. The Florida Department of Transportation has postponed plans to improve roadways in the West Shore Interchange area until 2026. Renderings show planned modifications to general purpose lanes, additional tolled express lanes and a new, two-lane flyover ramp.
  6. President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, on Thursday.
  7. Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C., center, joined from left by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference ahead of the House vote on H.R. 51- the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington
  8. Make it Legal Florida is a campaign to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana in Florida.
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his State of the State address in the House chamber at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  10. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
  11. Terrisa Bukovinac, founder of Pro-Life San Francisco, holds a model of a fetus as she and other anti-abortion protesters wait outside the Supreme Court for a decision, Monday, June 29, 2020. The Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces his proposal to give $1000 bonuses to school principals and teachers in Florida during a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Palm Harbor University High School.
  13. Charles Fowler and Doris Floyd visit the grave of their biological son Dominique Mulkey, 26, who was shot to death Oct. 20 by two Tampa police officers. The names of the officers have not been made public. A recent Florida appeals court in an unrelated case said they don't have to be under provisions of Marsy's Law, a voter-approved amendment to the Florida Constitution.
  14. State Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, who is the Senate budget chief, speaks during a Senate Rules Committee hearing. The $10.23 billion pot of one-time federal money arriving in the next year from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act has created a bit of budget trauma as legislators try to wrap up the annual budget that this year is expected to exceed $100 billion.
  15. Protesters and activists take to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday September 3, 2020 as they mark the 100th day of protests in the city.
  16. Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, left and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, right.
  17. In this March 11 photo, President Joe Biden holds up his face mask as he speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House in Washington. The U.S. is meeting President Joe Biden’s latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public.
  18. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., speaks during a Celebration of Life for Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Hastings died earlier this month, aged 84, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
  19. Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools Robert Runcie speaks during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale in 2019.
  20. Former Sen. Bill Nelson.
  21. Gov. Ron DeSantis shows off his signed "anti-riot" bill at a news conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Winter Haven on Monday. At least five Florida sheriffs stood behind DeSantis during the event, but the governor's office did not invite the sheriff from the county next door, Hillsborough's Chad Chronister.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  23. Tampa General Hospital is pictured on Thursday, July 16, 2020.