The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida lawmakers are close to banning delta-8 products and limiting the THC strength of other hemp products.
Here’s what you need to know about delta-8 in Florida and the bills that would ban it.
If you want to cast a vote for Donald Trump (or Ron DeSantis) in March, circle next Tuesday on your calendar.
DeSantis’ idea to cut homeowners’ insurance taxes isn’t supported by House Republicans.
The Florida governor signaled support for a legislative proposal that would fine residents who file frivolous book complaints.


  1. Students head to class on the first day of school at Pinellas County's East Lake Middle and East Lake High on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature would allow public school principals to enlist "volunteer school chaplains" to help with various "supports, services and programs."
  2. Christina Pushaw attends Gov. Ron DeSantis' inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee.
  3. In the woods not far from the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle, there is a cemetery that also holds at least 31 unmarked graves. Some think the bodies of boys killed by guards are buried there.
  4. The Pasco County School Board, seen here meeting in January 2023, will consider approving a $1.2 million settlement with the family of a student who was severely injured in a school bus crash in 2006.
  5. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right,  hold a news conference in Del Rio, Texas, on July 17, 2021, to talk about an effort to enforce the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
  6. Big Cypress National Preserve is part of the Caloosahatchee-Big Cypress Corridor.
  7. Andrew Bain speaks after being appointed as state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Aug. 9, 2023.
  8. Eric Wear, owner of Dania Beach-based Extreme Window Systems, installs impact doors and windows at a Deerfield Beach home on April 13, 2023. The popular My Safe Florida Home program is expected to resume taking applications on July 1, but many homeowners might find it more difficult to secure grants of up to $10,000 for stormproofing their homes.
  9. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri worked with Florida lawmakers to create a bill that enhances penalties for juveniles who illegally possess firearms.
  10. An aerial of a massive sinkhole that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry in 2016.
  11. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  12. The candidates for Seat 2 on the Clearwater City Council are, from left: Mark Bunker, Ryan Cotton and Mike Mastruserio.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at NeoCity Academy in Kissimmee on Jan. 26.
  14. Florida lawmakers are close to banning delta-8 products and limiting the THC strength of other hemp products.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he wants to rein in parents who are "abusing" the book challenge process, saying, "Let’s not let people try and hijack the process.”
  16. The Tampa City Council heard from members of the public Thursday who expressed anger at a racial comment board member Alan Clendenin made at a meeting a week ago that he said was meant as a joke but that didn't land so well.
  17. Duke Energy laborers work on power lines at a home on Sixth St. S. after strong storms came through the area in January. Members of the City Council have proposed the idea of parting from a contract with Duke Energy when an agreement comes up for renewal in 2026.
  18. The candidates for Seat 3 on the Clearwater City Council are, from left: Jared Leone, Mike Mannino and Javante Scott.
  19. Lockers line a hallway at Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes. A bill in the Florida Legislature would give high school dropouts a second chance, with financial aid to finish their diploma and get training for a certification.
  20. The Florida House is proposing divesting an estimated $277 million in state pension fund investments in Chinese state-owned companies. Among the investments is Kweichow Moutai, which specializes in a particular liquor.
  21. The Gandy Bridge is seen just after sunset on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, in Tampa.
  22. Manuel and Patricia Oliver, the parents of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., sit for an interview in Coral Springs.
  23. State Rep. Chuck Brannan, R-Macclenny, makes a point during a meeting of the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Tallahassee. The panel debated a bill sponsored by Brannan that would require lessons on communism in all grades in Florida schools.
Today's Featured Advertisers