The Buzz on Florida Politics

On an array of issues, Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken what was a vaguely defined instinct from former President Donald Trump and turned it into a policy agenda more far-reaching than anything Trump pursued in the White House.
Many Republicans and scholars say it is what the party’s voters increasingly want from their leaders.
House Bill 837 passed the House of Representatives on Friday.
Critics called the proposed expansion of the program a “coupon for millionaires.”
Police, firefighters and first responders not affected, prompting questions about fairness.


  1. Then-Florida state Rep. Joe Harding listens during a Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing in a legislative session on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  2. The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
  3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a news conference on the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war in Kyiv, Ukraine on Feb. 24. In a new interview with The Atlantic, Zelensky said American leaders who believe the United States should not intervene in the war, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, should think about the long-term consequences of that policy.
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  5. The air traffic control tower seen at Tampa International Airport on Sept. 10, 2021.
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made his first public comments about the possible indictment of former President Donald Trump.
  7. Former President Donald Trump speaks at an election campaign event on Jan. 28 in South Carolina. A New York grand jury investigating Trump over a hush money payment to a porn star appears poised to complete its work soon as law enforcement officials make preparations for possible unrest in the event of an indictment.
  8. David Shern, who was chairperson of Florida’s 1999 Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, displays the group’s 2001 report at his home office in Hillsborough County on Feb. 2.
  9. Former President Donald Trump speaks at the 2023 Conservative Political Action Conference on March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
  10. The Florida Capitol Complex is viewed, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  11. A neighborhood near the planned South Dade Logistics and Technology District. Florida lawmakers are eyeing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the Save Our Homes property tax cap to provide bigger savings to homeowners.
  12. The execution chamber at Florida State Prison in Starke.
  13. Florida's Supreme Court justices listen to oral arguments on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in a case disputing the validity of Hillsborough's transportation tax. From left: Justices Alan Lawson, Ricky Polston, Charles Canady, Jorge Labarga and Carlos Muñiz.
  14. USF senior Jonathon Chavez, 21, seen here at a board of trustees meeting on March 7, 2023, was an author of a resolution approved by student government that was critical of Florida's actions regarding the transgender community.
  15. Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions from the media in the Florida Cabinet following his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on March 7, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  16. Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2023, March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. No Republican has done more to restrict abortion rights than Trump. But in the early days of the 2024 presidential contest, no Republican has worked harder to avoid the issue than the former president either. More than his GOP rivals, Trump is sidestepping the polarizing topic just nine months after he celebrated the Supreme Court's stunning decision to strip women’s constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
  17. Mayor Frank Hibbard speaks to the public during a City Council meeting at the Clearwater Main Library on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an event on his book tour on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Las Vegas.
  19. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg participates in a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. Bragg is standing firm against former President Donald Trump’s increasingly hostile rhetoric, telling his staff that the office won’t be intimidated or deterred as it nears a decision on charging the former president. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
  20. In this photo taken with a drone, farmworkers and allies march through agricultural land on the first day of a five-day trek aimed at highlighting the Fair Food Program, which has enlisted food retailers to use their clout with growers to ensure better working conditions and wages for farmworkers. [REBECCA BLACKWELL | Associated Press]
  21. Former President Donald Trump said in a social media post Saturday morning that he expects to be arrested Tuesday in a case stemming out of New York.
  22. Among other changes to public records laws, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last year shielding information about candidates for state college and university presidencies.
  23. An image taken from a federal criminal complaint shows Mitchell Todd Gardner, circled, spraying a liquid toward U.S. Capitol police officers on Jan. 6, 2021.
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