The Buzz on Florida Politics

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
The gaming compact — if ratified by the state Legislature next week and later approved by federal regulators — would make Florida the largest state in the nation to legalize sports betting.
The Tampa Bay Times spoke with the transportation secretary about high speed rail, pedestrian deaths and Republican criticisms of the proposal.
The to-go option, which will officially become law July 1, will be available to restaurants that have special alcoholic-beverage licenses and derive at least 51 percent of revenue from food and...
The Florida governor also discussed Trump, his wife and which theme park he prefers.


  1. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks during an August 2020 roundtable discussion at Winthrop College Prep Academy. Corcoran's candidacy to become the next president of Florida State University ended on Saturday when he was not selected as one of the three finalists.
  2. Ralph Turlington, shown here in 1967, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1951 to 1974. From 1974 until 1987, he served as Florida's commissioner of education.
  3. An algae bloom in the Pahokee Marina on Lake Okeechobee on April 26, 2021.
  4. FILE - In this Tuesday, May 11, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom joins a cleanup effort in Los Angeles. Newsom on Tuesday proposed $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness in the state into housing and to "functionally end family homelessness" within five years. A fading coronavirus crisis and an astounding windfall of tax dollars have reshuffled California's emerging recall election, allowing Democratic Gov. Newsom to talk of a mask-free future and propose billions in new spending for schools and businesses as he looks to fend off Republicans who depict him as a foppish failure.
  5. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., back left, and former OMB Director and President of Citizens for Renewing America Russ Vought, as they express their opposition to "critical race theory," during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pose for a photo at a signing ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  7. Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg talks to the Orlando Sentinel in a September 2019 interview at his office in Lake Mary.
  8. An aerial view of Tropicana Field and the surrounding area looking east towards downtown, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  9. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday.
  10. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Friday after she was elected the new chair of the House Republican Conference.
  11. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
  12. Joel Greenberg, shown in this 2019 photo, will appear Monday in federal court in Orlando for a change of plea hearing, according to court documents.
  13. Simon Imam, 45, of Westchase walks from Whiskey Cake after picking up an order of food and alcohol to go in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation that would allow to-go orders of alcohol, made legal during the pandemic, permanently.
  14. A screenshot from a Newsmax townhall in The Villages featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 12.
  15. Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  16. CONNECT, Florida's Online Reemployment Assistance System.
  17. In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 photo, released by the Mote Marine Laboratory, a Goliath Grouper swims at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla.  Florida may lift its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers. Wildlife officials are proposing, Wednesday, May 12, 2021,  a “limited harvest” of the giant coastal fish, saying their numbers have rebounded sufficiently since they were almost driven to extinction by overfishing and environmental damage.
  18. Officials from the city of Tampa, Related Group and Invictus Development LLC attend a protest hearing about the Rome Yard bid Wednesday.
  19. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  20. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference because of her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump.
  21. Protesters and activists take to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday September 3, 2020 as they mark the 100th day of protests in the city.
  22. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  23. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, listens to the State of the State address being delivered by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.