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The Buzz on Florida Politics

A Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs.
Florida officials say the arrangement with Publix is “imperfect” but that it prioritizes getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
“The Tampa Bay area should be well represented in this next go-round,” DeSantis said in his State of the State remarks to lawmakers and their leaders, Chris Sprowls and Wilton Simpson.
“This is an opening day like none other,’' said Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican, Tuesday morning as he gaveled in the Senate with fewer visitors in the galleries than usual.
How closely is Gov. Ron DeSantis’ following Florida’s sunshine law? Here’s a timeline from last year.

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  1. Sen. Perry Thurston presents his bill to pause the consequences of state accountability testing during a Senate Education Committee meeting Tuesday.
  2. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Naples, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday in Orlando.
  3. FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Wray is condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.”
  4. The sun shines Tuesday on the U.S. Capitol dome.
  5. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  6. A Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  8. Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill being prepped in Congress includes a provision that over five years would hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  9. A bicyclist stops to admire the red, white and blue lights illuminating San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco. Congress is beginning debate on the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in a generation.
  10. President Joe Biden appears during a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Washington.
  11. President Joe Biden, left and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right.
  12. Dane Eagle, the executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, pictured here when he served in the Florida House.
  13. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
  14. A bicyclist stops to admire the red, white and blue lights illuminating San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco. Congress is beginning debate on the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in a generation.
  15. Brad Husserl, 60, of Tarpon Springs, left Don Richter, 64, of Palm Harbor, second from left, Kay Carter, 68, Tarpon Springs, second from right, listen as Kay's husband Tex, 68, speaks Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. The group formed a nonprofit called WK Preservation Group Inc. in March in order to save the approximate 14 acres of land located along Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  16. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to speak on a range of topics related to the coronavirus on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, during a press conference at the USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in Tampa.
  17. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  18. Conference attendees flock to a statue of former president Donald Trump on Saturday at the merchandise show of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.
  19. Darden Rice has received the backing of Ruth's List, a pro-choice group that supports Democratic women for state and local offices.
  20. State Sen. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, has filed a bill that would extend the protection of the state’s hate crime statutes to reporters.
  21. In this Feb. 24 photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York.  A former aide’s allegations that Gov. Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss during years of sexual harassment have spurred calls for an investigation — and questions about who might meaningfully conduct one.
  22. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center left, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center right, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right of Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left of Pelosi, with bipartisan members of the House and Senate, hold a moment of silence for 500,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday on the east front steps of the Capitol in Washington.
  23. Former Governor Bob Martinez poses for a portrait at the office building where he works in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
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