The Buzz on Florida Politics

The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 3.
Republican leaders are employing the politics of leverage, trading one leadership priority for another to get their pet projects across the finish line.
The governor’s opposition could spell trouble for state senators’ proposal to raise weekly benefits.
They have just one more stop before reaching Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.
The call to action came after nearly three hours of emotional and heated debate on the Senate floor.


  1. Tampa General Hospital is pictured on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
  2. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Many Florida unemployed workers are still trying to apply for and receive unemployment benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  3. The Florida House has passed a bill that would block transgender children from playing on sports teams that align with their gender.
  4. In this June 1993 file photo, President Bill Clinton stands behind his nominee for Ambassador to Japan, former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday, April 19, 2021. He was 93.
  5. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., attends a House Judiciary committee markup at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
  6. Traffic is seen along Busch Boulevard in Tampa.
  7. Photo of medical marijuana taken at Zen Leaf, a medical marijuana dispensary in Neptune, New Jersey. Taken April 16, 2021.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen during a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, where he first proposed the idea of “anti-mob” legislation.
  9. This 2017 Florida Department of Corrections photo shows the gurney used to execute death row inmates via lethal injection at Florida State Prison at Starke.
  10. People listen while several organizers speak outside St. Petersburg City Hall ahead of a march in solidarity against racism and police brutality on Friday. About 100 people gathered to march.
  11. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an event on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan's investment in child care in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday.
  12. A drone image shows a partially drained wastewater reservoir at Piney Point, with Tampa Bay visible in the distance.
  13. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this year.
  14. The Justice Department sued Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone on Friday, accusing the conservative provocateur and his wife of failing to pay nearly $2 million in income tax.
  15. The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 3.
  16. Then-gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, center, speaks during a private fundraiser at a Panama City home in 2017.
  17. Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Joe Biden plans to lift in the next month his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements.
  18. The downtown Tampa skyline seen from an area known as the Rome Yard on Friday, April 16, 2021.
  19. A heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
  20. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  21. A SunPass lane.
  22. Governor Ron DeSantis, center, John Morgan, left and U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, right during a 2019 news conference to pressure state legislators and give them a mid-March deadline to repeal a law that prohibits smokable forms of medical marijuana at Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park.
  23. Darden Rice (left) and Ken Welch are candidates in St. Petersburg's mayoral race.