The Buzz on Florida Politics

Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
They said they didn’t get a chance to speak on the fast-moving bill modeled after Mississippi legislation.
The debate centers on an unusual part of state law that involves wrongful death claims.
While the White House hasn’t announced a short list for the seat being vacated by Justice Stephen Breyer, Ketanji Brown Jackson is considered a leading contender.
Much of the public testimony focused on the potential ramifications the proposed legislation would have on migrant children.


  1. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch address questions Friday during a meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club on the “State of the Bay” at the James Museum for Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg.
  2. The Florida Department of Education, based in Tallahassee. [Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times]
  3. In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, a person checks their smartphone. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
  4. Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on Thursday, March 18, 2021.
  5. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  6. FanDuels and DraftKings, the sports betting industry's dominant players, failed to get the necessary signatures to get a ballot referendum on Florida sports betting on the 2022 ballot.
  7. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice holds up his dog Babydog's rear end as a message to people who've doubted the state as he comes to the end of his State of the State speech in the House chambers Thursday.
  8. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Tampa. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company more than $319,000 after a federal investigation found Gopher Resource willfully exposed workers to high levels of airborne lead.
  9. High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 7, 2021. Oil prices, which have a big impact on the price of gasoline and home heating oils, have been on an up-and-down ride since the fall. And while oil prices are usually pretty volatile, the constantly change nature of the coronavirus pandemic has made predicting the ups and downs even harder.
  10. Republican James Judge is running in 2022 for the 14th Congressional District seat.
  11. Clearwater City Council candidate Maranda Douglas says, "The community needs to feel like they have someone on their side that is going to listen to them."
  12. The bill requires that a business be operating in a city or county for three years before it is eligible to sue.
  13. Florida already has a state pie — key lime — and the Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to make strawberry shortcake the official state dessert.
  15. Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
  16. Diane Leahy prays with others before receiving the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  17. Should the bill be signed into law, there would be a 30-day “education period” to inform the public before it goes into effect.
  18. The campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. [WIKIMEDIA COMMONS]
  19. A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to approve a bill that would allow parents of adult children to pursue pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.
  20. FILE - Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations, April 28, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Joe Biden has already narrowed the field for his first U.S. Supreme Court pick. One potential nominee is Jackson, 51. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate and for law school. Obama nominated her to be a federal trial court judge, and Biden elevated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Early in her career, she was also a law clerk for Breyer.  (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)
  21. Ben Frazier, the president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, confronts a DeSantis aide ahead of the governor's news conference in Jacksonville on Jan. 4, 2022.
  22. Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy.
  23. Florida Sen. Travis Hutson, center, makes a point at a Senate Community Affairs Committee meeting during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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