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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.
Out of the 22 treatment centers licensed to sell medical marijuana in Florida, just one is minority-owned.
Crist called for the new surgeon general to resign, saying that the order went against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
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.

Latest

  1. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting addressing the importance of the state applying for available federal food assistance for children, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at the St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church in Dania Beach.
  2. Hillsborough County is finally getting six new judges in its understaffed county court division, which has been bogged down for years with huge caseloads and not enough judges.
  3. Then-state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, in Tallahassee in 2019.
  4. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  5. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg
  6. 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)
  7. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
  8. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (left), Gov. Ron DeSantis (middle) and City Councilmember Robert Blackmon
  9. 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.
  10. State Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, filed a Texas-style abortion bill.
  11. Rohn Kahn, 28 registers to vote at the Latinos for Trump booth on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Tampa.
  12. 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.
  13. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, left, was named Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as Florida's next surgeon general.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. With his wife Adriana standing behind him, Paul Renner awaits his nomination as Florida House Speaker-designate on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  17. Governor Ron DeSantis.
  18. 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.
  19. Ben & Jerry's.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Edmund Kirby Smith
  23. 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.
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