The Buzz on Florida Politics

State Rep. Michele Rayner of St. Petersburg has dropped out of the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District and will run for reelection to her state House seat.
Florida’s redrawn district maps gave the Pinellas congressional seat a Republican advantage, splitting St. Petersburg in two.
Stargel jumps into a crowded Republican primary for the Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk district.
Former defense contractor Jerry Torres says he’s prepared to spend up to $15 million in the crowded 15th Congressional District race.
Those three reviewers were all linked to conservative political circles.


  1. State Sen. Kelli Stargel, R- Lakeland, greets other Florida lawmakers on Jan. 14, 2020, the first day of the legislative session that year.
  2. Jerry Torres, a Green Beret veteran and retired defense contractor, is self-funding his congressional campaign and says he's prepared to spend up to $15 million to get elected.
  3. State Rep. Michele Rayner of St. Petersburg has dropped out of the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District and will run for reelection to her state House seat.
  4. More than 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa on Saturday in conjunction with hundreds of rallies in support of abortion rights held coast to coast and in Hawaii. The “Bans off our Bodies” rallies were organized after a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggests it will overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
  5. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks Sept. 16, 2021, at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in 1991 and has long called for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, described the leak as an unthinkable breach of trust.
  6. Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' pick to be Florida's secretary of state. Byrd is an attorney who has sponsored some of the most controversial bills in the Legislature in recent years.
  7. Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, reviews proposed district maps during the recent special legislative session to address new congressional district lines. Florida lawmakers later approved a plan pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, triggering a lawsuit and an injunction by a Tallahassee judge. However, the injunction is on hold after an appeal by the DeSantis administration.
  8. One of the math books that have been flagged by the state of Florida for inappropriate content pictured in the Tampa Bay Times studio on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  9. Mary O'Connor, left, acknowledges her supporters with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, right, moments before being sworn in as the 43rd Chief of Police of the Tampa Police Department at her Swearing-In Ceremony on Friday, March 25, 2022, at the Tampa River Center at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa.
  10. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at an October news conference in Tallahassee.
  11. Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, will not seek reelection in 2022.
  12. State Rep. Ben Diamond announced he is dropping his bid for Congressional District 13.
  13. Sugar cane grows in a large field owned by the US Sugar Corp. as a rainstorm rolls in over Clewiston in August 2014.
  14. As part of a new campaign called “Blue Shift Florida,” Democrats pledged to spend $15 million to accomplish a series of goals, including hiring around 200 organizers, registering voters, increasing the party’s presence throughout the state by opening approximately 80 offices, and converting election-year efforts into year-round operations.
  15. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to an aide as senators arrive before a procedural vote on the Women's Health Protection Act to codify the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass legislation that would guarantee the constitutional right to abortion services after the disclosure of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
  16. A congressional map approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it diminishes Black voters' ability to choose their representative, a judge says.
  17. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor delivers her State of the City address titled “Resilient Tampa” at the Tampa Convention Center on Wednesday.
  18. The U.S. Supreme Court building is shown Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington.
  19. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo are running for Florida governor.
  20. Kelly Flynn stands outside her clinic, A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville in Florida.
  21. Florida’s Department of Children and Families launched the OUR Florida program, or Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance, last year to help people who were behind on rent or utility payments.
  22. Elon Musk, shown in this 2020 photo, said he will reverse Twitter’s permanent ban of former President Donald Trump if the Tesla CEO follows through with his plan to buy the social media company.
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