The Buzz on Florida Politics

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker speaking during 2016 graduation ceremonies at the Florida State University College of Law. [Florida State College of Law]
Judge Mark Walker said Gov. Ron DeSantis was unable to “credibly” argue that the state’s definition of a riot was not intended to empower law enforcement officers against anyone who criticized their...
A coalition of local governments and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried brought the case to the Supreme Court in June.
The 41-page motion seeks to put on hold a Sept. 2 ruling by Circuit Judge John Cooper that said DeSantis overstepped his constitutional authority in an executive order aimed at preventing districts...
Henson, who grew up in a low-income household in St. Petersburg, said her life experience helped guide her service


  1. Governor Ron DeSantis listens as Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran answers a reporter’s questions at High Point Elementary School, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Clearwater.
  2. Deveron Gibbons.
  3. File photo of Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes hands with other politicians after arriving for a news conference Monday, Sept. 13 in Tampa.
  5. President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the COVID-19 response in the library of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington on Wednesday.
  6. Florida's Capitol complex in Tallahassee.
  7. Anna Paulina Luna appears via Zoom during a June 22 hearing in Clearwater.
  8. Council member Guido Maniscalco during a city council meeting at the old city hall in downtown Tampa on June 6, 2019.
  9. Former Scientologist Aaron Smith-Levin, right, announced this week he will run for Clearwater City Council in the March 15 election. He works with former Scientology executive Mike Rinder, left, in advocating against alleged fraud and abuse in the church.
  10. Anna Paulina Luna at a campaign stop at the Tampa Convention Center on Oct. 11, 2020.
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis makes remarks accompanied by teachers, parents and education officials, during a news conference Tuesday to announce a major reduction in spring testing in Florida schools. He appeared High Point Elementary School in Clearwater.
  12. Former prosecutor and trial lawyer and Crescent Lake neighborhood advocate Lisset Hanewicz has filed for the District 4 St. Petersburg City Council seat being vacated by Darden Rice.
  13. St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon waves to potential voters in their vehicles along with his supporters on 4th Street and 22nd Ave S, on primary election day Aug. 24 in St. Petersburg.
  14. St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate Ken Welch talks with the media after voting along with his family at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave S, during the St Petersburg primary election day on Aug. 24 in St. Petersburg.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at an event in West Palm Beach earlier this month, touting the benefits shown by the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment offered at pop-up clinics throughout the state.
  16. Ron DeSantis speaks at a Monoclonal Antibody Treatment center at the Barnstorm Theater in The Villages on Aug. 25.
  17. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown here near Miami on Aug. 3, joined two other presidential prospects at an annual GOP fundraising picnic in Nebraska.
  18. Richmond “Richie” Floyd, is a 30-year-old former aerospace systems engineer and on-leave public school teacher.
  19. Jeremiah Marbrey, 12, (right) arrives along with other students at Bay Point Middle School for the first day of school for Pinellas County students, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  20. Redistricting could leave Democratic County Commissioner Harry Cohen (left) a more Democratic-leaning district. Cohen heavily outspent but only narrowly defeated Republican Scott Levinson (right) to win his District 1 seat in 2020
  21. Fire and smoke billows from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives opening remarks before Vice President Mike Pence gives a campaign speech during the "Keep America Great" rally at the Venetian Event Center at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Tampa on Jan. 16, 2020.
  23. Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran, seen here at a briefing earlier this year, was notified Friday that federal officials are investigating his department. In a letter, the U.S. Department of Education said it will investigate whether Florida's ban on mask mandates prevents disabled children from safely returning to school.