The Buzz on Florida Politics

Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
They said they didn’t get a chance to speak on the fast-moving bill modeled after Mississippi legislation.
The debate centers on an unusual part of state law that involves wrongful death claims.
While the White House hasn’t announced a short list for the seat being vacated by Justice Stephen Breyer, Ketanji Brown Jackson is considered a leading contender.
Much of the public testimony focused on the potential ramifications the proposed legislation would have on migrant children.


  1. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice holds up his dog Babydog's rear end as a message to people who've doubted the state as he comes to the end of his State of the State speech in the House chambers Thursday.
  2. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Tampa. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company more than $319,000 after a federal investigation found Gopher Resource willfully exposed workers to high levels of airborne lead.
  3. High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 7, 2021. Oil prices, which have a big impact on the price of gasoline and home heating oils, have been on an up-and-down ride since the fall. And while oil prices are usually pretty volatile, the constantly change nature of the coronavirus pandemic has made predicting the ups and downs even harder.
  4. Republican James Judge is running in 2022 for the 14th Congressional District seat.
  5. Clearwater City Council candidate Maranda Douglas says, "The community needs to feel like they have someone on their side that is going to listen to them."
  6. The bill requires that a business be operating in a city or county for three years before it is eligible to sue.
  7. Florida already has a state pie — key lime — and the Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to make strawberry shortcake the official state dessert.
  9. Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
  10. Diane Leahy prays with others before receiving the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  11. Should the bill be signed into law, there would be a 30-day “education period” to inform the public before it goes into effect.
  12. The campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. [WIKIMEDIA COMMONS]
  13. A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to approve a bill that would allow parents of adult children to pursue pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.
  14. FILE - Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations, April 28, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Joe Biden has already narrowed the field for his first U.S. Supreme Court pick. One potential nominee is Jackson, 51. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate and for law school. Obama nominated her to be a federal trial court judge, and Biden elevated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Early in her career, she was also a law clerk for Breyer.  (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)
  15. Ben Frazier, the president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, confronts a DeSantis aide ahead of the governor's news conference in Jacksonville on Jan. 4, 2022.
  16. Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy.
  17. Florida Sen. Travis Hutson, center, makes a point at a Senate Community Affairs Committee meeting during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  18. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., listens during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. A former employee in the office of a Florida tax collector whose arrest triggered an investigation into U.S. Rep. Gaetz has pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges. Court documents showed that Joseph Ellicott pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  19. Amy Foster and Darden Rice are moving on after two terms on the St. Petersburg City Council.
  20. Florida Surgeon Gen. Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, left, speaks at a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, on Jan. 3 in Fort Lauderdale.
  21. Clearwater City Council candidate Jonathan Wade, 66, says serving in public office is on his bucket list. “I’m a senior now, but I don’t think I have old ideas,” he said.
  22. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking here during her weekly news conference Thursday, said she'll seek reelection to her California House seat.
  23. Worker clean up dead fish kill in a  canal in Apollo Beach. Red tide-triggered fish kills were reported in downtown Tampa. on Bayshore Boulevard, Apollo Beach and a MacDill Air Force Base earlier last summer.
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