The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis removes his face mask on April 8, 2020, as he prepares to talk to the media about COVID-19 in Florida at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
“DeSantis has been bragging about his so-called better approach to the pandemic for months,” one doctor said. “But look at us now.”
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said the Florida governor has politicized the response. DeSantis disagreed.
“The sacred trust regarding elections is paramount,” the commission chair said.
The governor made his comments in response to what he said was talk about compulsory masks in schools.


  1. St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Wengay Newton poses for a portrait at his childhood home which he has donated to Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity pictured on June 17 in St. Petersburg
  2. Florida Senator Wilton Simpson, R- Trilby, left, greets Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, right, during a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
  3. Workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as senators struggle to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending, a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda.
  4. USF president Steve Currall speaks at a June 23 Board of Governors meeting in St. Petersburg, where a board member questioned whether the school was being aggressive enough about its goals.
  5. Screengrab of a Democratic National Committee online advertising campaign that will run in Cuban communities across Florida. Republicans have been calling for more action from President Joe Biden on Cuba for months.
  6. ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times
Jarrid "Jay" Collins prepares for a rugby match at the Warrior Games in 2019 in Tampa. Collins has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for the House seat.
  7. Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on March 18, 2021.
  8. A man watches as Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas cruise ship sets off down Government Cut past Miami's South Pointe Park on a simulated voyage from PortMiami on June 20, 2021.
  9. CONNECT, Florida's Online Reemployment Assistance System.
  10. Frank Artiles' car as they raid his home in Palmetto Bay on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
  11. Tampa Bay has the fourth-highest number of adult entertainment options per capita in the country, a Monday WalletHub study said. | [Times file photo]
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis removes his face mask on April 8, 2020, as he prepares to talk to the media about COVID-19 in Florida at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
  13. Activist Ben Frazier, left, is asks to leave after shouting chants of "Allow teachers to teach the truth" during a June 10 State Board of Education meeting, where members banned critical race theory from Florida schools.
  14. Overgrown grass at a property in Dunedin in 2018. [City of Dunedin]
  15. Disney is set to receive more than a half-billion dollars in tax breaks for a new corporate center.
  16. Maker Biogen was hopeful its drug aducanumab would be the first ever approved to treat the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's-- a major medical milestone.
  17. Ron DeSantis issued an order Friday, April 2, 2021 prohibiting Florida businesses from requiring customers show proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  18. Sidney Powell, speaking here at a December rally in Georgia, runs a group accused of prematurely seeking donations in Florida.
  19. Cuba protestors show their passion for change in their homeland as they march around downtown Orlando and Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
  20. An Arcadia man watches from the porch as a Florida Power & Light Co. crew works to repair a power line in the wake of Hurricane Irma on Monday. 
[Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images]
  21. The Tampa Bay Times Community Reader Panel has been formed. It is made up of 50 people from around the bay who will meet quarterly with journalists.
  22. St. Petersburg mayoral candidates Darden Rice, left, and Ken Welch are at odds over support each has received from area Republicans. Both are Democrats, but the mayor's race is a non-partisan affair.
  23. In this photo taken Saturday, July 17, in an airport hangar in Del Rio, Texas, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is near the center of the group to the left of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott while Gov. Ron DeSantis is on the other side of Abbott.  Moody announced on Wednesday, July 21, that she had tested positive for COVID-19.