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The Buzz on Florida Politics

FILE - In this March 5, 2021 file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media as he visited the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at On Top of the World in Ocala, Fla.,  Repealing statewide mask mandates and criticizing the Biden administration’s unemployment-based formula for distributing billions in federal aid has put Republican governors and their approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic back in the spotlight. (Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner via AP)
Thousands of Floridians have been issued the “stressful” notices, which are usually vague.
The push for a recount began months ago in states like Arizona, where Trump lost by a narrow margin. But the movement is now bleeding into states Trump won comfortably, including Florida.
The answer seems to lie somewhere between “the jury’s still out” and “no.”
The law known as Senate Bill 90 changes how elections in Florida will be handled, including controversial changes involving ballot drop-off boxes and vote-by-mail ballots.

Latest

  1. Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday.
  2. Alan Hostetter speaks during a pro-Trump election integrity rally he organized at the Orange County Registrar of Voters offices Nov. 9, 2020, in Santa Ana, Calif. Hostetter is one of at least five people charged in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, who have chosen to defend themselves in court, brushing aside federal judges’ repeated warnings about the risks of trying to navigate their high-stakes cases without an attorney. (PAUL BERSEBACH | The Orange County Register via AP)
  3. Medical workers at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater work to stabilize a COVID-19 patient on Aug. 25. For 105 days this summer, the public could no longer find out how many people were dying of COVID in each Florida county.
  4. FILE - In this March 5, 2021 file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media as he visited the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at On Top of the World in Ocala, Fla.,  Repealing statewide mask mandates and criticizing the Biden administration’s unemployment-based formula for distributing billions in federal aid has put Republican governors and their approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic back in the spotlight. (Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner via AP)
  5. A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter's involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
  6. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva, shown speaking to the State Board of Education in 2019, says teachers' messaging that schools aren't safe is 'reckless.'
  7. Ron DeSantis speaks at a Monoclonal Antibody Treatment center at the Barnstorm Theater in The Villages on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
  8. National and Florida groups are pushing officials to audit the 2020 election.
  9. Cracking is shown on both center beams of the St. Petersburg municipal marina's west end main walkway span. City officials displayed the photo during a presentation to City Council's public service and infrastructure committee on Thursday. Officials would like council members to approve ordering a cost estimate to see how much it would cost the city to redevelop the marina rather than outsourcing the job to a third party, like Safe Harbor Land Development.
  10. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, in July.
  11. A poll worker verifies a Vote-by-Mail ballot as a voter uses the official ballot drop box setup at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center polling station on October 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
  12. Florida health regulators are asking lawmakers for nearly $13 million to more than double the number of workers in the office that oversees medical marijuana issues.
  13. Members of the Florida Senate fill the chamber during the 2020 legislative session. A Senate bill proposed for the 2022 session would make mask mandates illegal in the state.
  14. The Florida Legislature's redistricting hearing in Orlando, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre downtown, in 2011.
  15. Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon
  16. Florida businesses face fines of $5,000 per violation charge under a law blocking so-called "vaccine passports" signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
  17. A healthcare worker receives a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami earlier this month.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions while First Lady Casey DeSantis listens following a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis listens to speakers talking about monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at a news  conference at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
  20. Miami City police Chief Art Acevedo, shown here in March, has been fired six months into his stormy tenure.
  21. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist.
  22. Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview in August.
  23. Broward County school superintendent Vickie Cartwright speaks at a Sept. 28 meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. The commission's chairperson, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said that only about five people in any given school use a new app designed to target the location of an emergency on campus. Cartwright said efforts are underway to dispel misconceptions about the app.
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