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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., leaves the House floor after being ousted as Speaker of the House at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023.
Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna was not present for the vote because of a medical issue. But her office said she was flying back to Washington to vote starting Wednesday.
Fentrice Driskell’s testimony echoed what other witnesses said: Lawmakers knew the governor’s redrawn map would reduce Black voting power, infringing upon state law.
The Florida governor got the most speaking time of any candidate at the debate, which front-runner Donald Trump skipped.


  1. At left, J. Alex Kelly, deputy chief of staff for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, answers questions about the new district lines his office developed during a Committee on Reapportionment meeting, April 19, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  2. This booking photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Michael Duane Zack III.
  3. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., leaves the House floor after being ousted as Speaker of the House at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023.
  4. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters hours after he was ousted as Speaker of the House Tuesday at the Capitol in Washington.
  5. New College of Florida interim president Richard Corcoran speaks to board of trustees member Ryan Anderson before the start of a trustees' meeting on Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023, in Sarasota. The board voted to make Corcoran the school's permanent president.
  6. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, and the state attorney appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to replace him, Susan Lopez.
  7. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to reporters after leaving a meeting on the morning after he filed a motion to strip Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from his leadership role, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023.
  8. Florida House Democrats protest against the congressional map proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and approved by the Florida Senate.
  9. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's harshest critics, answers questions from members of the media after speaking on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday. Gaetz filed a resolution to oust Kevin McCarthy as House speaker late Monday. The move from the far-right Republican to use the procedural tool — called a motion to vacate — sets up a likely showdown vote in the House in the days ahead.
  10. Incoming freshman Samantha Champlain during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The school is expected to choose a new president this week amid questions about its direction.
  11. Then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, debates on the floor, June 19, 2015, in Tallahassee. Don Gaetz, father of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, said Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, that he intends to run again for the Florida Senate, a chamber he led as president from 2012 to 2014.
  12. Gerard Porebski displays his “I Voted” sticker after casting his ballot at Precinct #33 at the Gulf Harbors Civic Association on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022, in New Port Richey.
  13. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy speaks to Rep. Matt Gaetz in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2023.
  14. Nadia Combs, Hillsborough County School Board Chair, speaks during the yearly back-to-school news conference for Hillsborough County at Hillsborough High School on Friday, Aug. 4, in Tampa. She said she expects an expensive attempt by her political opposition to try to "paint me as someone I'm not."
  15. The Cinderella Castle is seen at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, July 14, 2023, in Lake Buena Vista.
  16. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Pensacola.
  17. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., gives two thumbs up as the Senate votes to approve a 45-day funding bill to keep federal agencies open, on Saturday.
  18. Gen. Eric Smith, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, swears in Lance Cpl. Samantha Harris, center, and others, as they reenlist at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial on Feb. 23 in Arlington, Va.
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Then-Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn walks with then-candidate Jane Castor during her 2019 campaign. Buckhorn's name has popped up as a potential successor to Castor when her second term ends in 2027.
  20. More than 250,000 children have been terminated from Medicaid since April, according to new state data. That's almost half of the roughly 524,000 recipients removed from the program as the state conducts the first eligibility checks since the start of the pandemic.
  21. Family and friends gather in the chamber of the Florida House of Representatives for the memorial service held for legendary reporter Lucy Morgan on Friday in Tallahassee.
  22. In this series of screengrabs from a video shot by Samuel Vielma, 36, of Texas, Vielma, center, is stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, left, who is not identified in full. Vielma, a Texas citizen, believes he was stopped because of the color of his skin. A video of the incident he uploaded to TikTok has more than 700,000 views.
  23. Fishing boats pushed onto land during Hurricane Ian are pictured on Dec. 2 in Fort Myers Beach.
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