The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo speaks at a news conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis last month. Ladapo said Tuesday on Twitter that he “would never knowingly be disrespectful to anyone.”
Ladapo, an appointee of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has come under fire after Sen. Tina Polsky said he refused to put on a mask when he and two aides arrived in the waiting area of her office to discuss his...
Emails show lawyers from her office questioned Texas’ lawsuit, which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear.
“We’ve always been against government mandating what business can do and can’t do,’’ said Mark Wilson, executive director of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Gov. DeSantis’ call to return to Tallahassee early surprised many members of Florida’s Legislature.


  1. Gov. Ron DeSantis
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site on Aug. 18 in Pembroke Pines.
  3. The drug industry gave generously to key members of Congress to block attempts to control the rising cost of drugs, according to a Kaiser Health News investigation.
  4. President Joe Biden walks on stage to speak at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Arlington, Va.
  5. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo speaks at a news conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis last month. Ladapo said Tuesday on Twitter that he “would never knowingly be disrespectful to anyone.”
  6. Lina Teixeira, a community activist, fashion designer and candidate for Clearwater City Council, poses for a portrait in her downtown Clearwater art studio.
  7. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a news conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis in April. Despite criticisms from her own department's lawyers, Moody supported Texas’ lawsuit to overturn election results in four other states.
  8. Sen. Tina Polsky, D-Boca Raton
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to convene a special session to pass laws restricting employee vaccine mandates by businesses. The session will cost $72,000 per day.
  10. Jim Waurishuk, chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Party. [Times (2016)]
  11. Tom Mullins is a candidate for St. Petersburg City Council District 4.
  12. The Facebook logo displayed on an iPad. Facebook in India dithered in curbing hate speech and anti-Muslim content on its platform and lacked enough local language moderators to stop misinformation that at times led to real-world violence, according to leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press.
  13. In this Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, file photo, firefighters battle the Windy Fire as it burns in the Trail of 100 Giants grove of Sequoia National Forest, Calif. The California highway connecting visitors to the world's two largest sequoia trees remains closed so crews can remove as many as 10,000 trees weakened by wildfires, drought, disease or age.
  14. Country musician Travis Tritt performs at the Stagecoach Festival on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.
  15. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Gopher Resources in Tampa more than $319,000 after a series in the Tampa Bay Times revealed workplace dangers.
  16. President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore on Thursday.
  17. Council members Charlie Miranda (left) and Bill Carlson (right) engaged in an explosive exchange Thursday.
  18. The number of Americans leaving their jobs increased since September 2020, typically a positive sign for the economy.   [BILL VARIAN | Times]
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to call lawmakers back to the Capitol in Tallahassee for a special session on vaccine mandates.
  20. Anna Paulina Luna, seen in a Zoom hearing in June, used $37,612 in congressional campaign funds to pay attorney fees for an unsuccessful injunction petition against a former candidate, William Braddock.
  21. Michael Owen is a Republican candidate for Hillsborough's District 4 commission seat, currently held by term-limited Stacy White.
  22. St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon is featured in this digital flier promoting a "Blexit 727 Block Party" in Childs Park in St. Petersburg on Nov. 1, the day before Blackmon faces Ken Welch in the Nov. 2 general election.
  23. State Board of Education Chair Tom Grady.