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Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, who is now Senate president, smiles as she stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
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  1. Gwen Henderson says she became a bookseller to honor her great-great-grandfather, who was born into slavery and died unable to read and write.
  2. Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley answering questions in the Spin Room after the Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NewsNation on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at the Moody Music Hall at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  3. State Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, holds a book containing the state education code to make a point during a meeting of the Senate Education PreK-12 Committee on Nov. 15. He said the code was more than 3 inches thick and needs to be trimmed of some restrictions on school districts.
  4. A prisoner works on the lawn at the Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City. Amid staffing shortages, Florida plans to keep tapping the National Guard to assist in prisons.
  5. Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, left, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX Business Network and Univision, Sept. 27, 2023, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
  6. The Florida Department of Children and Families this week launched a new platform for government assistance programs sparking concern that some of Florida's poorest residents may have trouble applying for or renewing benefits.
  7. A view of the boots worn by Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, as part of the Mandate for Leadership Series in Washington. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)
  8. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, who is now Senate president, smiles as she stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  9. Tesla electric vehicles are seen at Tesla chargers on May 10 in Westlake, Calif. A Senate proposal would require electric vehicle owners to pay $200 registration fees to try to offset anticipated losses in gas tax dollars.
  10. Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler faces mounting pressure to resign her post.
  11. From left: Republican presidential candidates former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy appeared at a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NewsNation on Wednesday.
  12. Minnie and Mickey Mouse perform for guests during a musical show in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on July 14 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district released a series of reports Wednesday justifying their takeover and accusing their Disney-controlled predecessors of being a part of “the most egregious exhibition of corporate cronyism in modern American history.” In a statement, Disney called the new reports “revisionist history.”
  13. The Florida Supreme Court listens to arguments in the case of Monique Worrell vs. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023 in Tallahassee.
  14. Henry Reichman, of the American Association of University Professors, speaks at a news conference on Wednesday in Tallahassee. Reichman is co-chairperson of a special committee convened by the association to investigate political interference and academic freedom in Florida.
  15. Republican presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event on May 31 in Salix, Iowa. The final version of the new AP African American Studies course leaves out some lessons DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education called out earlier this year.
  16. “We certainly have more than enough transportation needs for that funding," Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told the Times on Tuesday.
  17. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on March 7 at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen here with the late FSU football legend Bobby Bowden, wants to set aside $1 million for potential Florida State litigation after the Seminoles' College Football Playoff exclusion.
  19. Drone photos show damage to Florida's Horseshoe Beach in the Big Bend area following Hurricane Idalia on Aug. 20, 2023.
  20. From left in front row, activists Chrisley Carpio, Laura Rodriguez, Lauren Pineiro and their attorney, Michelle Lambo, attend a news conference on May 17 in Tampa. Carpio, Rodriguez and Pineiro are members of a group known as the Tampa 5 who faced charges after a physical clash with USF campus police in March. They reached an agreement with prosecutors on Tuesday. Not pictured are group members Gia Davila and Jeanie Kida.
  21. University of South Florida President Rhea Law, center, and USF board of trustees chairperson Will Weatherford, right, talk with reporters after Law was named president on March 22, 2022 in Tampa. On Tuesday, the two spoke about campus free speech controversies that have arisen since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
  22. Republican Party of Florida chairperson Christian Ziegler on Saturday indicated in a memo to party members that he did not plan to step down.
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