The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis will need to walk a numerical tightrope. Former President Donald Trump leads DeSantis by an average of more than 30 points in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
Here’s what DeSantis’ Twitter campaign launch tells us about his presidential strategy.
The search at City Council member Lynn Hurtak and Tim Burke’s home was part of a probe into computer hacks at Fox News.
Here are 10 questions to see how closely you’ve been following the governor’s rise.
“I’ll tell you, I don’t know what happened to Donald Trump,” DeSantis told one talk radio host.


  1. Katie Blaxberg
  2. Supporters wearing "#StrattonStays" T-shirts cheer when Hernando County Superintendent John Stratton appears on stage during a heavily attended school board meeting on Tuesday in Brooksville. One of many superintendents who have faced challenges recently, Stratton narrowly survived an effort to oust him at the meeting.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is campaigning for president, speaks outside Okatie Ale House in Bluffton, South Carolina, on Friday, June 2, 2023.
  4. Health advocacy groups say Florida is failing to protect children from losing Medicaid coverage as the state undertakes a review of the program's 5 million recipients following the end of the public health emergency.
  5. People visit the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., April 18, 2022. A federal judge overseeing the First Amendment lawsuit that Walt Disney Parks filed against Gov. Ron DeSantis and others is disqualifying himself, but not because of bias claims made by the Florida governor.
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is in his second term leading the Sunshine State. What can Americans expect if he becomes president?
  7. To avoid disruptions at the Hernando County School Board meeting Tuesday night, members of the crowd raised their hands and waved when they agreed with speakers. Hundreds attended the eight-hour event at Hernando High.
  8. Could pot be available for recreational use in Florida? That's what one group is pushing for.
  9. The distinctive square brackets of the New College mascot Null Set appear on signs at a protest against the appointment of new trustees by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, in Sarasota.
  10. People are seen near damaged properties on a broken section of Pine Island Road on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Matlacha, Fla. Hurricane Ian made landfall on the coast of South West Florida as a category 4 storm Tuesday afternoon leaving areas affected with flooded streets, downed trees and scattered debris.
  11. People march around the block as they protest against the state’s new immigration law along Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa on Thursday.
  12. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch addresses the audience in front of City Hall as he prepares to raise the City’s Pride flag to kick off the 2023 St. Pete Pride Month celebrations on Thursday, June 1, 2023 in St. Petersburg. Standing along side the mayor was St. Pete Pride Executive Director Nicole Berman, and members of the Pride board and St. Pete City Council and other officials.
  13. The University of South Florida was invited this week to join the Association of American Universities, a feat described as a major milestone by school officials.
  14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, leaves a fundraising picnic for Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, May 13, 2023, in Sioux Center, Iowa.
  15. A statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse stands in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista in 2019. Tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ people are flocking to Florida's theme parks and hotels to go on thrill rides, dance at all-night parties and lounge poolside in a decades-long tradition known as Gay Days.
  16. Pro-Ron DeSantis merchandise is sold outside First Baptist North Spartanburg church in Spartanburg, S.C., during an appearance there by Florida's governor on April 19. The appearance was part of DeSantis' first public trip to the early voting state before he kicked off his 2024 Republican presidential bid.
  17. The Las Vegas Sands casino company was behind a Florida petition drive to expand gaming in the state.
  18. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer said in a statement that private information belonging to 58,000 voters was exposed to a hacker or hackers in a cybersecurity breach.
  19. A protester waving a pride flag with the Florida State Seal joined hundreds of people from across the state in a rally and march, Monday, May 1, 2023, in Orlando.
  20. Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, May 30, 2023, in Clive, Iowa.
  21. Members of the crowd raise their hands and wave to show support after students make public comments during a contentious Hernando County School Board meeting on Tuesday in Brooksville. The meeting drew hundreds of people, including many from around the state.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a fundraising picnic for U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, May 13 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
  23. St. Paul Catholic School at 1900 12th St. N in St. Petersburg is one of many private schools expected to take advantage of Florida's expanded voucher program this year.
Get insights into Florida politics

Get insights into Florida politics

Subscribe to our free Buzz newsletter

We’ll send you a rundown on local, state and national politics coverage every Thursday.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options