The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis will need to walk a numerical tightrope. Former President Donald Trump leads DeSantis by an average of more than 30 points in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
Here’s what DeSantis’ Twitter campaign launch tells us about his presidential strategy.
The search at City Council member Lynn Hurtak and Tim Burke’s home was part of a probe into computer hacks at Fox News.
Here are 10 questions to see how closely you’ve been following the governor’s rise.
“I’ll tell you, I don’t know what happened to Donald Trump,” DeSantis told one talk radio host.


  1. A protester waving a pride flag with the Florida State Seal joined hundreds of people from across the state in a rally and march, Monday, May 1, 2023, in Orlando.
  2. Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, May 30, 2023, in Clive, Iowa.
  3. Members of the crowd raise their hands and wave to show support after students make public comments during a contentious Hernando County School Board meeting on Tuesday in Brooksville. The meeting drew hundreds of people, including many from around the state.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a fundraising picnic for U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, May 13 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
  5. St. Paul Catholic School at 1900 12th St. N in St. Petersburg is one of many private schools expected to take advantage of Florida's expanded voucher program this year.
  6. Five bills are poised to reshape Florida’s criminal justice system in the coming years.
  7. Numerous Republican rivals for the GOP presidential nomination have criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' record as a U.S. representative and governor, and his feud with The Walt Disney Co.
  8. Former Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Andrew Yang was in Tampa last week to promote a new third political party. [MARY ALTAFFER | Associated Press (2020)]
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis will need to walk a numerical tightrope. Former President Donald Trump leads DeSantis by an average of more than 30 points in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
  10. Tim Burke in a promotional image for Netflix's documentary series "Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist." Burke, formerly a journalist for Deadspin, broke the Manti T'eo girlfriend hoax story. On May 8, federal agents searched the Seminole Heights home Burke shares with his wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak.
  11. Former President Donald Trump's campaign dismissed attacks by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying he was trying to distract attention from a faulty campaign launch Wednesday on Twitter.
  12. A traveler walks past a jumbo screen projecting images of Walt Disney World in the east hall atrium at Orlando International Airport on Thursday. A feud between Gov. Ron DeSantis and The Walt Disney Co. started last year after the company publicly opposed legislation concerning lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades that critics called Don’t Say Gay.
  13. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch withdrew as a speaker at a recent conference of business journalists at the last moment after a moderator declined to agree to scripted questions. The mayor's office describes the dispute differently.
  14. Lynn Hurtak, left, and her husband, Tim Burke, right, attend the Oath of Office Ceremony at Armature Works for Mayor Jane Castor and City Council members May 1 in Tampa.
  15. People pass the Miami Four Seasons hotel Wednesday as supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis gather for the start of his campaign for the Republican nomination for president. On Thursday, DeSantis met with key donors and national Republicans at the hotel.
  16. An election worker tests lighting inside polling booths at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Nov. 2, Nov. 2, 2022, the day before Election Day.
  17. Ron DeSantis speaks to Iowa voters gathered at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on March 10, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during convocation at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., Friday, April 14, 2023.
  19. Ron DeSantis attends the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference on April 1 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  20. Audience members wave hands in support as speakers weighed in on the topic of banned books during a Pinellas County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, in Largo. The State Board of Education approved a rule Wednesday requiring school districts to annually report how many books are challenged and why.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a political roundtable, Friday, May 19, 2023, in Bedford, N.H. The Florida governor is one of Donald Trump's main contenders for the Republican nomination.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the audience during a news conference at Cambridge Christian School, 6101 North Habana Avenue, on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Tampa.
  23. The question now becomes whether Gov. Ron DeSantis can keep rising all the way to the top, even when the path cuts past the man who made his political career.
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