The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida's Cabinet: From left, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
DeSantis has tried and failed to get legislators to revise the law to remove the requirement that the Cabinet approve his appointment of the environmental secretary and other key roles.
Luna said in the injunction that she got word of a plan against her life. The people mentioned say it’s “nonsense.”
“We’re all trying to figure this out,” Julie Marcus, supervisor of elections in Pinellas County, told attorneys with the state. “But we have elections in August.”
DeSantis and the other two Republicans on the clemency board backed the measure, while Democrat Nikki Fried, who is running against DeSantis in 2022, was opposed.


  1. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  2. Patients, doctors and advocates worry about whether the sickest patients using medical marijuana will be affected when they can no logner recertify through telehealth as Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to let the COVID-19 emergency order expire.
  3. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  4. Carnival Cruise Line's Sunrise and Vista ships, along with the MSC Meraviglia, are docked at the Port of Miami, awaiting an eventual return to service.
  5. Early voters Jenny Hart, center, and James Hart, of Clearwater, wait in line to enter the early voting location at the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., during early voting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Clearwater.
  6. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, pictured during a roundtable discussion at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in West Palm Beach, Thursday, June 10, 2021.
  7. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, the St. Petersburg Democrat running for Florida governor. U.S. Rep Val Demings, right, the Orlando Democrat running for U.S. Senate.
  8. Attorney Sidney Powell speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C..
  9. Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the annual Hillsborough County NH GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  10. Family members, elected officials and law enforcement officers watch on Friday as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law renaming portions of area roads after three fallen officers.
  11. A memorial for Cigo, the police dog killed Dec. 24, 2018, at the Mall at Wellington Green, outside the Palm Beach County Sheriff headquarters in West Palm Beach on Dec. 23, 2019.
  12. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is seen with lights Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The Florida Department of Transportation installed about 1,800 colored LED light fixtures on the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
  13. Mayoral candidate Pete Boland, owner of St. Petersburg restaurants the Galley and Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern.
  14. President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. Biden hasn’t said whether he’d back a bill introduced by fellow Democrats to strike the death penalty from U.S. statutes. He also hasn’t rescinded Trump-era protocols enabling federal executions to resume. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  15. The former president — who once said he trusted Putin more than American intelligence agencies — told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Biden handed the Russian leader a gift by giving him a starring role on the global stage.
  16. The Tampa City Council reached a compromise on police reform Thursday in a 4-3 vote.
  17. Salvatore Cuccia, 21, of Clearwater, waits as a front loader picks up a bag of dead fish Thursday in Dunedin. Pinellas County had small boats retrieving dead fish in Dunedin and around Clearwater Harbor Thursday. The fish kill is attributed to the recent Red Tide bloom.
  18. Attorney Michael Minardi speaks with reporters Tuesday while flanked by his clients Joshua McAdams, left, and Taylor Bland-Ball, who are trying to convince a judge that they should be able to treat their son's leukemia with medical marijuana. [TONY MARRERO  l  Times]
  19. A man walks past the Leading Insurance Agency in Miami, which offers plans under the Affordable Care Act.
  20. Former Florida lawmakers Arthenia Joyner and John Grant will be honored with the 2021 Lifetime achievement Award from the Tampa Tiger Bay Club.
  21. St. Petersburg City Council member and mayoral candidate Darden Rice.
  22. Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
  23. Ron DeSantis, shown here in April 2021, said on June 16, 2021, that he will send state and local police officers to the Mexican border.