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The Buzz on Florida Politics

The Las Vegas Sands casino sits behind the Fisherman's Wharf in Macau. Las Vegas Sands is financing a petition drive in support of a constitutional amendment to expand casino gaming in Florida.
Reports of fraudulent petitions have been forwarded to Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office.
As Florida’s legislature continues reapportionment, there is debate about whether the district, which spans Tampa Bay, still makes sense.
The Florida Senate on Thursday passed redistricting maps that don’t follow Gov. DeSantis’ proposal.
The discussion was part of a larger Florida bill about parent rights.

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  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fields a question while attending a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, where he announced that monoclonal antibody treatments would begin for patients as an early treatment to prevent hospitalizations and to save lives.
  2. Migrants from Central America and Mexico await the outcome of their U.S. immigration court cases in a tent encampment near the Gateway International Bridge at the U.S.- Mexico border in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on Oct. 1, 2019.
  3. Melinda Miguel, Florida's chief inspector general, will review the handling of a bid-rigging probe at the Florida Department of Education.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon.  School administrators in a central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it had not been screened to make sure it was free of critical race theory, which the college professor planning the presentation says it didn't have. A bill being pushed by DeSantis would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past.
  5. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office had filed the state’s lawsuit Nov. 17 in federal court in Pensacola, seeking to block the vaccination rule, which the Biden administration issued earlier in November.
  6. Sarah Palin is shown in this 2017 photo. Her trial against the New York Times was delayed after she tested positive for the coronavirus.
  7. Red mortarboards fly into the evening sky at Heritage High School's commencement ceremony in 2020, in Maryville Tenn.  High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic.
  8. The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions.
  9. Florida Sen. Ray Rodrigues, center, views redistricting maps on a video monitor as an identical one is displayed behind him during a Senate Committee on Reapportionment hearing in a legislative session in Tallahassee.
  10. Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
  11. Florida International University South Campus in Miami.
  12. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, left, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg.
  13. Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, chairs the subcommittee that drew the redistricting map.
  14. Marriott human resources recruiter Mariela Cuevas, left, talks to Lisbet Oliveros, during a job fair at Hard Rock Stadium, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  15. Florida International University South Campus in Miami.
  16. Igor Fruman arrives at Federal court in Manhattan, Friday. The Florida businessman who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case.
  17. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings, right.
  18. A look at the University Auditorium at the center of the University of Florida campus is Gainesville.
  19. Tampa skyline pictured on this month.
  20. Sen. Travis Hutson, a St. Augustine Republican, is the sponsor of the bill to allow businesses to sue local governments over lost profits.
  21. Gov. Ron DeSantis has supported increasing parents' rights in schools, including at this July news conference regarding school masks. Florida lawmakers have focused on the issue with several bills in the first weeks of their 2022 legislative session.
  22. First Lady Casey DeSantis speaks during a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  23. A closed circuit video image, included in federal criminal complaint, shows Michael Stepakoff inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Stepakoff is a former lawyer and a rabbi for a messianic synagogue in Palm Harbor.
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