The Buzz on Florida Politics

The Fight for $15 campaign hosted a rally outside of St. Petersburg City Hall, calling for a hike in the minimum wage. Progressives in Florida point to the statewide success of policies like raising the minimum wage as evidence voters can embrace progressive ideas. [Times file photo]
A former Republican, an ex-corporate lobbyist and a former cop are leading for Democrats in 2022 as they try to win the governor’s mansion and a U.S. Senate seat.
Two candidates are in the running to replace the disgraced Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which was shut down following revelations that its head had been paid $7.5 million over three...
“No accuser with firsthand knowledge was willing to come forward,” the party told its members regarding the investigation into Joe Gruters.
Governor discusses his most recent trip to the Texas border during the Student Action Summit Sunday.


  1. Tampa Bay has the fourth-highest number of adult entertainment options per capita in the country, a Monday WalletHub study said. | [Times file photo]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Overgrown grass at a property in Dunedin in 2018. [City of Dunedin]
  5. Disney is set to receive more than a half-billion dollars in tax breaks for a new corporate center.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Sidney Powell, speaking here at a December rally in Georgia, runs a group accused of prematurely seeking donations in Florida.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne preaches during a service at his church, the River at Tampa Bay, on March 29, 2020. That was two days after Hillsborough County officials approved a stay-at-home order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
  15. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson said his stance on the Cuba protests has been misunderstood.
  16. This stretch of N Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater is home to several groups affiliated with the Church of Scientology. They include the offices of United for Human Rights, located in the two-story building at right.
  17. A voter drops off a mail ballot for early voting at the Pinellas County Election Services County Building on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  18. Fidel Castro, with an unidentified onlooker, addresses a group in Ybor City during a visit to Tampa in November 1955 to solicit support and cash for his planned overthrow of the Cuban government.
  19. Sen. Joe Gruters proposes a reciprocity agreement with other states that would grant in-state university tuition to students with grandparents who reside there, during debate on March 23, 2020.
  20. Aug. 2019 file photo of legal cannabis for sale. In the frame, a vendor points out the variety of marijuana for sale at the grand opening of the Northwest Cannabis Market in Seattle.
  21. Florida Rep. Blaise Ingoglia debates an amendment during a legislative session, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  22. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington. It includes soft infrastructure items like investments in child care, family tax credits and other domestic programs.
  23. Amanda Makki stands at the podium during an event at Largo Central Park, to announce her run for Congress, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Largo.