The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Hastings’ seat will be vacant for more than nine months. The void is about four months longer than the last U.S. House seat that became vacant in Florida following the death of a sitting member of...
He issued an executive order Monday in the latest push to return the state to pre-pandemic normalcy. Here’s what the order means for you.
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Florida’s surgeon general wants government agencies that closed their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic to reopen. But it’s not clear that government agencies are following the advisory.


  1. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Little Havana, a neighborhood in Miami. Florida authorities on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 closed a criminal investigation into fund-raising efforts by Bloomberg to pay off the outstanding fines of thousands of the state's felons seeking to reclaim their voting rights, finding no violations of election law.
  2. Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally Feb. 27, 2020, in Houston.
  3. Gamblers play slot machines in an expanded area of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. A report commissioned by the Legislature has determined that Florida is saturated in gambling and expansion would have, at best, a moderately positive economic effect on the state.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks during a news conference at West Miami Middle School in Miami on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. DeSantis signed bills revamping Florida's literacy and early childhood learning. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)
  5. Eric Lynn is the only Democrat in the race for Congressional District 13. 

  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  7. A scene from the Florida Capitol, where lawmakers strengthened protections for the elderly and disabled during the just-completed legislative session.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in the Everglades.
  9. Cardno Archaeologist KC Allen uses a trowel as she explores a grave shaft at Zion Cemetery in Tampa.
  10. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist announces his third bid for Florida governor during a Tuesday news conference in St. Petersburg.
  11. The Florida Capitol is normally bustling with lobbyists and visitors, but it's been mostly empty with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. It opens again to the public on Friday.
  12. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.
  13. Lakewood Elementary School kindergarten students Kennedi Flournoy, 5, (right, front) and Heavenlei McKinnie, 5, (left) work on sight words last month. They will continue to wear masks through the remainder of the school year.
  14. Alan Abramowitz has resigned as executive director of Florida's Guardian Ad Litem program.
  15. Governor Ron Desantis speaks in St. Petersburg, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  16. Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson speaks to members of the media after the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  17. Congressman Charlie Crist, seen here on Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020, spoke Saturday at a Democratic fundraiser in Tampa. He expressed optimism about the party despite the GOP's dominance, and is days away from making a big political announcement.
  18. An undated photo of former Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph W. Hatchett, who went on to become a federal appellate judge with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He died Friday, April 30, 2021. He was 88.
  19. Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  20. Charlie Crist greets supporters at the Renaissance Vinoy, St. Petersburg, after his victory in the governor's race in 2006.
  21. Dr. William Felice  was named the Florida Professor of 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  22. 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.
  23. Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at a "Women for American First" event April 9 in Doral.