The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Gov. Ron DeSantis names new chiefs for the departments of Corrections, Juvenile Justice and Elder Affairs as well as the state’s resilience officer.
Draft map proposals would take part of the Tampa district into Pinellas.
At least two former Democratic congressional candidates, Alan Cohn and Adam Hattersley, say they’re considering running again in the new District 15 if it ends up looking like the Senate proposal.
The transaction reveals how both parties use organizations that shield donors who may have concerns over the implications of their political donations.


  1. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is seen in April. The Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock Sportsbook has stopped its Florida operation as a result of an appellate court ruling.
  2. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Guitar Hotel near Hollywood, was dealt another blow Friday in its efforts to control online sports betting in Florida.
  3. Mori Hosseini, chairperson of the University of Florida board of trustees, strongly criticized faculty members on Friday, saying their actions during a recent controversy over academic freedom have been "disrespectful."
  4. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  5. A man wears a face mask as he fishes near docked oil drilling platforms earlier this year.
  6. State Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, could be moved into a different House district now occupied by one of Tampa Bay's other Black representatives.
  7. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  8. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which is nonpartisan and independent, gave the proposed House maps a grade of "F for partisan fairness."
  9. State Sen. Lauren Book thanked her colleagues in the Florida Senate for supporting her after she became a victim in a cyber stalking and extortion case investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  10. Ron DeSantis speaks as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy listens during a news conference at the Assault Brigade 2506 Honorary Museum on Aug. 5, 2021, in Hialeah, Florida. A new report said the state brought in $435.5 million more in general revenue in October than had been projected in an August forecast. General revenue plays a critical role for DeSantis and lawmakers, as they rely on it to help fund schools, health-care programs and prisons.
  11. St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect Ken Welch talks to the media after he was declared the winner on Nov. 2.
  12. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  13. Stacey Abrams, shown here speaking in 2020, will run again for governor of Georgia.
  14. Mayoral candidate Ken Welch speaks to reporters after casting his vote on Election Day at Lake Vista Recreation Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  15. A man wears a sign on his back that reads "Unborn Lives Matter" as he and other anti-abortion protesters wearing doctors uniforms demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
  16. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right,  hold a news conference in Del Rio, Texas, to talk about a three-week effort to enforce the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
  17. St. Petersburg city officials presented the City Council with a new allocation of $45.4 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. Affordable housing projects received $5 million more than what was presented in August.
  18. On Monday, the House released its first set of redistricting maps, drawing criticism from Democratic leaders.
  19. Federal investigators spotted James Beeks at an airport in the months following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. He's accused of his role in breaching the complex alongside members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, show off a signed copy of the gambling compact between the state the tribe in April. A judge ruled last week that the compact violates federal law, but the tribe is trying to get that decision reversed.
  21. Stickers at a Philadelphia polling place from March 2019 proclaim, "He Votado Hoy," or, " I voted today."
  22. Former Florida Congresswoman Carrie Meek cracks up Betty Castor, left as she recalls her time serving in the legislature on senate reunion day, March 20, 2008 in Tallahassee, Fla. Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter who became one of the first black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday, Nov. 28.
  23. Republican veteran Jay Collins, running against U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, uses numerous photos of himself in uniform and identifies himself as “Green Beret Jay Collins” in his campaign website, Facebook page and fundraiser invitations.

But how combat photos of Collins are used could raise questions about whether the materials comply with Defense Department regulations on the subject.