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The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami's Freedom Tower on May 9, 2022.
The idea didn’t make it onto the 2022 agenda for the Florida Legislature.
The state representative would become the first Black woman to hold the position.
That and other lapses plague state oversight of the property insurance market as lawmakers prepare for a special session.
It could be the Senate’s only chance to hold confirmation hearings ahead of the midterm elections.

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  1. Science textbooks will be up for adoption in Florida in two years, in time to be an issue in the 2024 election. And the process has already started to select new social studies texts in 2023. Experts say both subject areas could be far more contentious than this year's debate over math textbooks.
  2. Oklahoma's Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it.
  3. In this Friday, July 8, 2011, photo, crowds gather in the surf and on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Fla., to watch the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on STS-135.
  4. Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Houston.
  5. State Rep. Fentrice Driskell is seen at the site of the erased St. Joseph Aid Society Cemetery, also known as the Montana City Cemetery, on April 7 in Tampa.
  6. Alexander Leszczynski of North Redington Beach is facing charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.
  7. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes is seen during a council meeting March 31 in Tampa.
  8. Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke, left, sits next to St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch at an event in St. Petersburg on Feb. 24, 2022. Burke is suing the county commission over whether his office should pay expenses for a lawsuit.
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami's Freedom Tower on May 9, 2022.
  10. Rep. Charlie Crist, who is marking a year of his gubernatorial campaign today, speaks during a news conference in Ybor City on May 4, 2022.
  11. Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, a breast cancer survivor, speaks about her diagnosis and treatment during a news conference Tuesday at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center at the University of Miami. Gov. DeSantis announced the new state budget will contain $100 million for cancer research and treatments at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at UM, Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and the University of Florida Health System’s Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville.
  12. State Sen. Kelli Stargel looks through redistricting maps during a Senate Committee on Reapportionment hearing on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  13. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at a news conference on Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee. Lee is running for Congressional District 15.
  14. State Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' pick to be Florida's secretary of state.
  15. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Governor’s Luncheon on opening day of the Florida State Fair at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.
  16. Florida requires financial ‘autopsies’ on property insurers that could help get to the bottom of the state's insurance crisis. But many state officials and trade groups didn't know they existed.
  17. After a November ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, Florida State Attorney's Office are now grappling with how to apply Marsy's Law -- much like law enforcement agencies have been for the last several years.
  18. State Sen. Kelli Stargel, R- Lakeland, greets other Florida lawmakers on Jan. 14, 2020, the first day of the legislative session that year.
  19. Jerry Torres, a Green Beret veteran and retired defense contractor, is self-funding his congressional campaign and says he's prepared to spend up to $15 million to get elected.
  20. State Rep. Michele Rayner of St. Petersburg has dropped out of the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District and will run for reelection to her state House seat.
  21. More than 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa on Saturday in conjunction with hundreds of rallies in support of abortion rights held coast to coast and in Hawaii. The “Bans off our Bodies” rallies were organized after a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggests it will overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
  22. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks Sept. 16, 2021, at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in 1991 and has long called for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, described the leak as an unthinkable breach of trust.
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