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.
A federal judge grated Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for a preliminary injunction while the full case moves forward.
“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.”


  1. U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disembark from Air Force One at Heathrow, west of London, on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
  2. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. First lady Jill Biden will attend a Lightning vaccination event Thursday night at Amalie Arena.
  6. 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.
  7. Former Navy defensive back Cameron Kinley waits for the snap during a game against Air Force on Oct. 5, 2019.
  8. File photo of St. Petersburg City Hall.
  9. 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.
  10. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  11. 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.
  12. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  13. Carnival Cruise Line's Sunrise and Vista ships, along with the MSC Meraviglia, are docked at the Port of Miami, awaiting an eventual return to service.
  14. Early voters Jenny Hart, center, and James Hart, of Clearwater, wait in line to enter the early voting location at the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., during early voting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Clearwater.
  15. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, pictured during a roundtable discussion at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in West Palm Beach, Thursday, June 10, 2021.
  16. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, the St. Petersburg Democrat running for Florida governor. U.S. Rep Val Demings, right, the Orlando Democrat running for U.S. Senate.
  17. Attorney Sidney Powell speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C..
  18. Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the annual Hillsborough County NH GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  19. Family members, elected officials and law enforcement officers watch on Friday as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law renaming portions of area roads after three fallen officers.
  20. A memorial for Cigo, the police dog killed Dec. 24, 2018, at the Mall at Wellington Green, outside the Palm Beach County Sheriff headquarters in West Palm Beach on Dec. 23, 2019.
  21. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is seen with lights Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The Florida Department of Transportation installed about 1,800 colored LED light fixtures on the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
  22. Mayoral candidate Pete Boland, owner of St. Petersburg restaurants the Galley and Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern.
  23. President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. Biden hasn’t said whether he’d back a bill introduced by fellow Democrats to strike the death penalty from U.S. statutes. He also hasn’t rescinded Trump-era protocols enabling federal executions to resume. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)