The Buzz on Florida Politics

FILE - This combination of photos shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking in Sacramento, Calif., on June 24, 2022, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking in Sioux Center, Iowa, May 13, 2023, right. (AP Photo, File)
Disney donated money to Newsom’s reelection, but Newsom included it in a transfer of funds he’s using to bash DeSantis.
Among other things, the grand jury’s report called for further efforts to crack down on businesses that hire immigrants who are in the country illegally.
The state contractor that employed the man who was in the U.S. illegally is now under federal investigation.
Eddie Gallagher, a former U.S. Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, is listed as an instructor with a company hired by Florida to train its civilian military force.


  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  2. Gabriela Ibarra joins her daughters Kathy Camacho, 12, and Ashley Cruz, 18, as they listen to speakers at the "Freedom For All" rally in Homestead, on Saturday, July 1, 2023.
  3. Pete Antonacci, seen here in 2009, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022 to lead the state’s new Office of Election Crimes and Security.
  4. FILE - This combination of photos shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking in Sacramento, Calif., on June 24, 2022, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking in Sioux Center, Iowa, May 13, 2023, right. (AP Photo, File)
  5. Hillsborough County Judge Nancy Jacobs.
  6. Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami.
  7. Evan Rowlands, left, high-fives his mother, Jessica Rowlands, after answering a question while completing schoolwork at Riverview Public Library on Nov. 8.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fields a question at a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson in 2021 where he announced that Florida was expanding access to monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 infections. On the presidential campaign trail, DeSantis touts himself as a champion of medical freedom, outlawing vaccine mandates and protecting doctors who refuse to provide certain medical treatments on moral grounds.
  9. State Sen. Linda Stewart is preparing to file a bill that would repeal Gov. Ron DeSantis’ takeover of Disney World’s special district.
  10. Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, N.H., on Tuesday. The chief executive of a super PAC that has provided crucial support for his presidential campaign has resigned.
  11. People walk past the Florida State Capitol Building during a legislative session on Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee. State legislators have proposed a bill that would place restrictions on government agencies in the use of personal pronouns.
  12. Imam Abdullah Jaber, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, speaks during a news conference announcing a federal lawsuit against state and University of South Florida officials on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, in Tampa.
  13. Hundreds of attendees browse booths during the national convention of the American Association of School Librarians on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 in Tampa. Some Pasco County residents want the school district to end any financial support of the association and its parent, the American Library Association.
  14. State Rep. Randy Fine, left, and University of Florida President Ben Sasse engaged in a testy exchange over a social media post on the Israel-Hamas war.
  15. Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, is sworn in by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos Muniz, left, to begin his second term during an inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3 in Tallahassee. DeSantis has made a number of promises about "Day One" actions he'd take after taking the presidential oath of office in 2025.
  16. Investigators at the scene in the westbound lanes of I-275 near Gandy Boulevard on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in St. Petersburg, where Deputy Michael Hartwick, 51, was hit and killed overnight Thursday by a construction worker operating a front-end loader at a construction site, according to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
  17. A marijuana plant is on display during Cannadelic Summer at The Factory and Fairgrounds St. Pete on July 15 in St. Petersburg.
  18. DeSantis speaks during the third Republican presidential primary debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in downtown Miami.
  19. Tampa residents Liliana Jimenez, left, Magela Gongora and Yusmier Mesa have received the I-220A form, which is given to people who have been freed from custody. But it also places them in the deportation process.
  20. Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Saturday in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Family Leader's Thanksgiving Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday as fellow Republican presidential candidates Vivek Ramaswamy, center, and Nikki Haley, right, watch. The candidates shared personal and at times emotional stories at what an influential Iowa Christian organization billed as a friendly conversation.
  22. Lee Bryant, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, displays stacks of petition cards at the union's office in Largo on Friday. Bryant has been leading a drive to get the union recertified but says new state rules are making it difficult.
  23. The Florida Supreme Court denied a request Friday to suspend sports betting in the state, paving the way for the full return of sports betting over the coming weeks and months.
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