The Buzz on Florida Politics

Times file photo of the transgender pride flag.
Florida is one of at least 30 states debating such a bill.
A bill sets new use-of-force policies for Florida law enforcement officers, limits the use of the controversial choke-hold tactic and requires the state to collect data police officers use of force...
If the Florida governor gets his way, mail-in ballot signatures would have to match the most recent signature on file with the state. His own signature history shows how autographs evolve.
It would potentially require “millions” of voters to go to their elections supervisor to update their signature.


  1. 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.
  2. In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Kim Stamps, left, photographs Michigan newlyweds Tyler Gillet, middle, and Ashley Gillet, right, by the Southernmost Point marker Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Key West, Fla. New measures in the Florida Legislature ban cruise ships in Key West with more than 1,300 passengers from docking at the city port and limit the total number of cruise visitors who can disembark each day to 1,500. A similar bill, HB 267, is barreling through the House.
  3. Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala.
  4. Times file photo of the transgender pride flag.
  5. The House voted 101-16 to approve a bill (HB 997) that would create a records exemption for applicants to become college and university presidents.
  6. Ana Cruz, on left, and Seely Bevan, look on as Tampa Mayor Jane Castor holds up her "I Voted" sticker in front of the Stanley Cup, after she cast her ballot in person during early voting at Amalie Arena, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa. Cruz is Mayor Castor's partner and Bevan is Castor's son. The mayor told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday that her partner’s lobbying firm and her nephew’s job with the developer won’t result in any family benefits, financial or otherwise.
  7. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor.
  8. Former state senator Frank Artiles, R-Miami.
  9. Matt Gaetz, the Republican congressman from Florida, speaks at a "Women for America First" event Friday in Doral.
  10. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. In order to get the Seminole Tribe to agree to a compact, and the federal regulators to approve it, the legislative deal must sufficiently benefit the Tribe, which presently operates a casino monopoly outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis' signature has varied over the years. Here's how he has signed official documents from 2008 to 2021.
  12. A rendering of the Rome Yard development submitted by the Related Group
  13. President Joe Biden.
  14. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, at podium, speaks April 9 alongside port workers and elected officials asking for the CDC and the federal government to allow the return of cruising, during a news conference in front of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship docked at PortMiami in Miami. [Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press]
  15. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the situation at Piney Point at a press conference in Manatee County on April 4.
  16. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.
  17. Stephanie Marty demonstrates against a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues outside the South Dakota governor's mansion in Pierre, S.D. on Thursday March 11, 2021.
  18. Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson, right, speaks to the media as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference Monday, March 2, 2020, in Tampa.
  19. Longtime Tampa Bay broadcaster Rob Lorei, seen here in a 2019 photo hosting the show Radioactivity on WMNF 88.5, said he was fired by WMNF's general manager. Lorei helped found the community radio station more than four decades ago.
  20. In this Sept. 14, 1976 photo, Ramsey Clark, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, center, speaks at Lincoln Center in New York. Ramsey Clark, the attorney general in the Johnson administration who became an outspoken activist for unpopular causes and a harsh critic of U.S. policy, died, Friday, April 9, 2021. He was 93.
  21. In this Oct. 23, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his commitment to the Republican Party — and raise the possibility that someone else will be the GOP's next presidential nominee — in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night.
  22. In this Jan. 6 photo, rioters storm the Capitol, in Washington. A Pentagon report details missteps in communication.
  23. Former President Donald Trump will address the Republican party today from Mar-a-Lago.