The Buzz on Florida Politics

Fla. Senator Randolph Bracy, right, speaking with outside counsel Dan Nordby, changed his vote at the end of a redistricting committee meeting Thursday to oppose the state Senate map.
The Senate is moving quickly to complete its once-a-decade job of rewriting all congressional and state Senate boundaries.
Florida has fewer bridges in poor condition than other large states.
The bill would extend the protection lawmakers put in place in 2021.
Department of Education officials met with lawmakers this week to defend themselves and toss around ideas to exert control over the Jefferson County School District.


  1. Ken Welch makes remarks after he was sworn in as St. Petersburg's 54th Mayor on Jan. 6. He later announced the launch of national searches for city administrator and three other top positions at City Hall.
  2. In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks during a bill signing ceremony at St. John the Apostle School in Hialeah.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
  3. In November, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills that limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on state government and private employees as well as school districts.
  4. Catherine Owens, 30, stands with the eviction notice she received three days before Christmas. Owens and her mother were evicted from their home after rental assistance they were told they would be receiving from the state of Florida never arrived.
  5. Republican James Judge is running for the 14th Congressional District seat.
  6. Florida will receive $49 million in federal aid to replace and preserve bridges during the 2022 federal fiscal year, which lasts through September.
  7. A federal grand jury has indicted Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s top prosecutor, on charges of perjury and making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida vacation homes.
  8. People view the atrium between House and Senate chambers while taking a guided tour of the Florida state Capitol building during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  9. In this Dec. 24, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media following a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the military at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
  10. St. Petersburg resident Chez-Armand Blackwell, 39, spent about 12 of his nearly 15 years in Florida prisons in isolation while serving his sentence for burglary. He is now the project coordinator for the Hidden Voices Project.
  11. Fla. Senator Randolph Bracy, right, speaking with outside counsel Dan Nordby, changed his vote at the end of a redistricting committee meeting Thursday to oppose the state Senate map.
  12. Jorge Diaz-Johnston
  13. Rep. Val Demings, a candidate for U.S. Senate, led Florida’s congressional Democrats to ask Attorney General Merrick Garland to launch a review into whether there is a pattern of voter suppression in the Sunshine State.
  14. A service at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in St. Petersburg in July 2021, a time when many worshipers were starting to filter back into churches as COVID-19 cases were ebbing.
  15. In this 2017 file photo, Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers speaks during a rally outside the White House in Washington. Rhodes has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  16. Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, sponsored a bill that would extend COVID-19 legal protections for hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers. Times file photo.
  17. Lawmakers approved a similar proposal last year, but Gov. DeSantis vetoed it after questions were raised about using federal stimulus dollars for the fund.
  18. Senate Reapportionment Committee chairperson Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. [AP Photo | Mark Wallheiser]
  19. Hamlin orange buds growing in a citrus grove at the corner of FL-62 & Duette Road, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Duette.
  20. Anna Paulina Luna and her father, George Mayerhofer, pose for a picture together
  21. Teachers protest for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7 in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues.
  22. Former President Donald Trump smiles as he pauses while speaking to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering in Phoenix, July 24, 2021.  Trump is slamming politicians who refuse to say whether they’ve received COVID-19 booster shots, calling them “gutless.” In an interview with One America News Network on Tuesday night, he said unnamed politicians have been afraid to admit they got the booster shot.
  23. A Florida state agency spokesman was killed in an apparent road rage incident near the state capital, authorities said.
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