The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Palm Harbor University High in March, announces his proposal to give $1,000 bonuses to school principals and teachers as a reward for their work during the pandemic.
Not so, says education commissioner Richard Corcoran, who called the checks “a direct thank you” from the state to educators.
“We’re all trying to figure this out,” Julie Marcus, supervisor of elections in Pinellas County, told attorneys with the state. “But we have elections in August.”
The Tampa Bay Times and Spectrum Bay News 9 hosted the mayoral hopefuls in an online debate that touched on the redevelopment of the Trop, systemic racism, police reform and more.


  1. Eunic Ortiz, 33, has announced her run for Florida's State Senate District 24
  2. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to discuss his gun crime prevention strategy.
  3. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Save America Rally on the Ellipse on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the White House in Washington, D.C.. Trump is coming to Sarasota in July.
  4. Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on March 18.
  5. The Supreme Court building is seen in Washington earlier this month.
  6. Ron DeSantis on Friday, April 2, 2021.
  7. Police create a barrier between a group of protesters and Kaitlin Bennett, a gun rights advocate who hosts the Liberty Hangout show during her visit to the University of South Florida campus on Oct. 7, 2020, in Tampa.
  8. A hospice bed (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)
  9. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, cetner, announced plans to launch Florida’s first statewide energy equity study at a Tuesday, June 22, 2020 news conference in Tampa's Robles Park neighborhood.
  10. William Braddock won a delay Tuesday in a hearing involving allegations that he made threats against a fellow candidate for Congress.
  11. A new Florida law will require school districts to provide one hour of “basic training in first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation” to all students in ninth and eleventh grades.
  12. Michael S. Levinson poses for a profile on June 17. The perennial candidate is bringing unorthodox ideas to the race for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  13. Michael Ingram, 20, attends the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus as a political science major.  He is also a St. Petersburg mayoral candidate.
  14. Screenshot of the June 22, 2021, St. Petersburg mayoral debate, hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, waves as he arrives, Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Shul of Bal Harbour, a Jewish community center in Surfside, Fla.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Palm Harbor University High in March, announces his proposal to give $1,000 bonuses to school principals and teachers as a reward for their work during the pandemic.
  17. First lady Jill Biden will attend a Lightning vaccination event Thursday night at Amalie Arena.
  18. The Florida Department of Health will soon kick off the rule-making process for Black farmer applicants as the state prepares to open another batch of of medical marijuana licenses that would nearly double the number of medical marijuana operators in the state.
  19. Former Navy defensive back Cameron Kinley waits for the snap during a game against Air Force on Oct. 5, 2019.
  20. File photo of St. Petersburg City Hall.
  21. Mayoral candidate Wengay Newton poses for a portrait at his childhood home in St. Petersburg, which he has donated to Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity.
  22. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  23. Patients, doctors and advocates worry about whether the sickest patients using medical marijuana will be affected when they can no longer recertify through telehealth as Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to let the COVID-19 emergency order expire.