The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis applauds during a news conference at the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District headquarters at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024.
DeSantis has refused to release records about his use of a taxpayer-funded plane.
Lawmakers’ recent actions may be an indicator that the governor’s grip is loosening compared to previous years.
Tina Descovich insisted that she would be able to “rise above politics.”
A bill sponsor pointed to a fatal Christmas Eve shooting in Largo that began when two teens argued over presents.


  1. Attendees leave a session during the Moms for Liberty National Summit Friday, July 15, 2022, in Tampa.
  2. Sen. Erin Grall asked that her bill, which would let parents sue for wrongful death of an unborn child, be postponed.
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis applauds during a news conference at the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District headquarters at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024.
  4. The Guardian of Law sculpture is seen at the west entrance of the Supreme Court on Thursday in Washington. The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age.
  5. Tim Burke, center, and his attorney Michael Maddux speak to reporters after a hearing at the United States District Courthouse in Tampa on Thursday. Burke's wife, Tampa city council member Lynn Hurtak, is to his right.
  6. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The National Association of University Professors has sanctioned the school, saying its new leaders have made changes "without meaningful faculty involvement."
  7. Tampa Electric's Polk Power Station off of State Road 37 is about 40 miles southeast of Tampa. The facility once used clean-coal technology before moving back to a reliance on natural gas. Environmentalists worry that Hillsborough County will greenlight a new carbon capture facility proposed by a South Korean company based on technology similar to clean coal.
  8. David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs, sits in his home office. Beside him are some of the many drugs he takes to treat multiple myeloma and other conditions. (Arthur Allen/KFF Health News)
  9. Clearwater businessman Leo Govoni, center, is accused by a St. Petersburg nonprofit that administers trust funds for the medically needy, of taking $100 million in an unauthorized loan.
  10. 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, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  11. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo attends a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Feb. 23, 2023. Earlier this month, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.
  12. Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, Dunnagan finally qualified for the state-federal health insurance program, which covers people with low incomes. “The financial security is huge,” he says. (KATHLEEN DALEY)
  13. Tim Burke departs federal court in Tampa after his hearing on Thursday.
  14. The Florida Capitol complex in Tallahassee. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would preempt local governments from being able to set living wage standards for contractors they hire for publicly funded work.
  15. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  16. Cars and debris from washed-away homes line a canal in Fort Myers Beach on Oct. 5, 2022, one week after the passage of Hurricane Ian. A firm hired to remove migrants from Florida is accused of generating huge legal fees by filing inflated damage claims for hurricane victims in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
  17. Then-President Donald Trump, right, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hold a COVID-19 and storm preparedness roundtable in Belleair, Florida, July 31, 2020.  DeSantis heavily criticized Trump in a candid private call with supporters despite having endorsed him, according to audio obtained by the New York Post and NBC News, leading the Trump camp to blast him for “cheap shots from afar.”
  18. Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner, right, and President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo are pictured in 2023.
  19. Media consultant Tim Burke, 45, stands in his digital media studio at the Seminole Heights home which he shares with his wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak, on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in Tampa where agents with FBI conducted a search and seizure of personal electronics and notebooks in early May.
  20. Florida legislators want to change the law to say that motorists can't be in the left lane of highways unless they’re passing another vehicle.
  21. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum at 8201 International Drive in Orlando is part of Ripley Entertainment. The company responded with a tongue-in-cheek offer when three of its books were removed from public schools in Escambia County.
  22. Randy McKinney, of Clearwater, holds "I Voted" stickers moments after casting his ballot at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office during early voting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Clearwater. For the 2024 Clearwater election, mail ballots have been sent and early voting runs from March 9 to March 17.
  23. Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach on July 30, 2008. Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign legislation that aims to reveal the evidence and testimony presented almost two decades ago to the South Florida grand jury that charged Epstein with just one felony count of soliciting a prostitute.
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