The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks with fellow patrons before the opening ceremony of the Walker Cup golf tournament last week.
The committee received half its contributions in two chunks: $5 million from Chicago hedge-fund manager Kenneth Griffin and $2.8 million from the Republican Governors Association.
A bill signed by DeSantis last week would place a $3,000 cap on contributions to political committees trying to put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Florida since 1987 has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws. DeSantis signed a bill that makes local governments pay up to $100,000 if they...
The announcement could be another blow for Democrats’ chances to make headway in the Florida House, where they’re badly outnumbered. Diamond was slated to be Minority Leader next year.


  1. Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach in 2008.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks with fellow patrons before the opening ceremony of the Walker Cup golf tournament last week.
  3. State Representative Ben Diamond announces he is running for congress outside the USF St. Petersburg Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Monday, May 10, 2021.
  4. Florida voters in 2016 approved the legalization of medical pot in a process to amend the constitution that got more difficult after lawmakers passed a bill that caps contributions to committees backing ballot initiatives to $3,000.
  5. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses attendees during a rally featuring himself and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Friday, May 7, 2021, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  6. Aerial photo of the construction site of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center. Courtesy of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center
  7. Democratic candidate for Florida governor Charlie Crist meets with Miami-Dade Democratic Cuban Americans on Saturday at Tropical Park in Miami. Next to the congressman is Kassandra Timothe. She is running for North Miami City Council District 2.
  8. Kids try to buy vaping products at Tubular Tokes smoke shop in St. Petersburg, despite signs that tell them they are too young. “We get some great fake IDs,” owner Skylar Strickland said. “Then we laugh in their faces and tell them to get the hell out.” On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law aligning the state's legal age limit with federal statute.
  9. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., address attendees of a rally, Friday in The Villages.
  10. The Trump Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of three Washington Post reporters who covered the federal investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the newspaper said Friday.
  11. Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem sits at the Port of Miami.
  12. In this May 5, 2017 photo, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks to the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla.
  13. The old Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee.
  14. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial elections law Thursday in West Palm Beach, but only Fox News was allowed to show it. A graphic falsely claimed the law prohibits "mass mailing of ballots," when existing law already requires mail ballots to be requested.
  15. Seating for potential jurors in October at the start of the murder trial of defendant Erin Lee Robinson at the George Edgecomb Courthouse, Tampa can be seen. The trial was the first in Hillsborough County since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis staged the signing of the elections overhaul law with an interview on "Fox and Friends" from the West Palm Beach rally.
  17. Hundreds gather in West Palm Beach to honor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he prepares to sign an elections overhaul bill that many say will make it harder for Floridians to vote.
  18. Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program.
  19. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  20. Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are being examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Thursday, April 29, 2021.
  21. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Little Havana, a neighborhood in Miami. Florida authorities on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 closed a criminal investigation into fund-raising efforts by Bloomberg to pay off the outstanding fines of thousands of the state's felons seeking to reclaim their voting rights, finding no violations of election law.
  22. Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally Feb. 27, 2020, in Houston.