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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting addressing the importance of the state applying for available federal food assistance for children, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at the St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church in Dania Beach.
The Democratic candidate for governor campaigned for Manny Diaz and donated to Ashley Moody in 2017.
Checks issued to at least 50 teachers in 22 different counties bounced because of a banking error, Florida Department of Education spokesman Jared Ochs said.
Florida’s chief information officer said his office is so short-staffed that it hasn’t come up with a plan to spend the money.
Promises of propriety put lawmakers in a tricky situation as they try to adhere to the state Constitution while appearing to be detached from the impact their maps will have on their careers and their...

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  1. Blackjack dealer Roland Miyares wears a face mask and gloves while dealing to a guest as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in May.
  2. In this  Sept. 16 photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. DeSantis asked Florida's secretary of state to investigate Facebook on Monday based on a news article that reported the social media company gives preferential treatment to politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and other prominent people.
  3. Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Magic Kingdom theme park and resort opened Oct. 1, 1971, and is now the world's most-attended tourist attraction.
  4. Ms. Gail Rogers, 60, a fast food worker at McDonalds, holds a sign after participating in a caravan to several area McDonalds restaurants to advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15 in 2020 in Tampa.
  5. Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon
  6. Florida's Cabinet: From left, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
  7. A committee of prominent Republican leaders in Hillsborough County, formed as a supplement to the floundering county GOP organization, has begun fundraising for a voter registration drive.
  8. President Joe Biden walks off after speaking about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington.
  9. In this June 22 file photo, Anna Paulina Luna appears via Zoom during a hearing in Clearwater.
  10. Sitting on stage inside Mater Academy in Hialeah, Gov. Ron Desantis signed a bill for a pay raise for Florida teachers that was accomplished with bipartisan support.
  11. The last time around, it took court orders to finalize the maps of congressional and state Senate districts in Florida. The process, using new data from the 2020 Census, began Monday, Sept. 20, in Tallahassee. In this photo from 2014, Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, discusses an amendment on the floor of the Senate. Behind him are maps of the 2012 Florida congressional districts, left, and the redrawn districts he proposed.
  12. Wengay Newton has filed to run in St. Petersburg’s House District 70.
  13. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting addressing the importance of the state applying for available federal food assistance for children, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at the St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church in Dania Beach.
  14. Hillsborough County is finally getting six new judges in its understaffed county court division, which has been bogged down for years with huge caseloads and not enough judges.
  15. Then-state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, in Tallahassee in 2019.
  16. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  17. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg
  18. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., updates reporters on Democratic efforts to pass President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
  20. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (left), Gov. Ron DeSantis (middle) and City Councilmember Robert Blackmon
  21. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pose for a photo at a signing ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  22. State Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, filed a Texas-style abortion bill.
  23. Rohn Kahn, 28 registers to vote at the Latinos for Trump booth on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Tampa.
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