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A voter walks into a voting precinct located at Bethel Lutheran Church Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Clearwater.
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  1. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shown in this April photo, took to Twitter on Thursday, lambasting the NBA for “politicizing a horrific tragedy in America.”
  2. On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills lawmakers passed in a special session to try to deal with the property insurance crisis and to increase the safety of condos.
  3. Cuban currency, left behind by a migrant, is tied to the border wall in Yuma, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.
  4. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the morning after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 19 children, at the Capitol in Washington.
  5. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was appointed to lead a statewide commission to investigate what led to the 2018 Parkland shooting and make recommendations to improve campus safety in Florida.
  6. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in Uvalde, Texas Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and "began shooting anyone that was in his way," authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S.
  7. First-time voter Javontae Collins of Clearwater fills out his ballot on Election Day in 2020.
  8. Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday.
  9. The LGBTQ Pride display in the Coastal Region Library in Citrus County.
  10. Lillie Perez, 11, holds a sign during a "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety on March 24, 2018, in Houston. Students and activists across the country planned events Saturday in conjunction with a Washington march spearheaded by teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where over a dozen people were killed in February 2018.
  11. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, bangs his gavel Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Legislators were there to work on property insurance reform.
  12. Part of the oceanfront Champlain Towers South condo, with more than 100 units, in Surfside, Florida, collapsed around 2 a.m. on June 24, 2021.
  13. Casey Sanders of St. Petersburg works in the rain to load hurricane supplies into the trunk of his car in the parking lot at Winn-Dixie, 3327 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Floridians can save a few dollars on pet supplies as they stockpile other needs for the upcoming hurricane season.
  14. Grammy-nominated performer Phoebe Bridgers took her sold out Reunion tour to Ybor City's Cuban Club on Tuesday, May 24.
  15. A voter walks into a voting precinct located at Bethel Lutheran Church Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Clearwater.
  16. It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. Many fear this data could be used against women if abortion becomes illegal.
  17. From start to finish, the Legislature spent a total of three days in Tallahassee to address what most agree is a five-alarm crisis in the state’s insurance market.
  18. Secretary of State Cord Byrd said there were “irregularities” in other states during the 2020 election and refused to say whether President Joe Biden won the election.
  19. State Rep. Chris Latvala, left, originally filed to run in 2024 for Pinellas County Commission District 5, currently held by Karen Seel, right. A new state law allows him to run this year instead.
  20. View of the Brickell's skyline financial center, where business-commercial towers and luxury condos tower come together over Biscayne Bay. on Wednesday, May 30, 2019.
  21. Jestine Iannotti, photographed in Stockholm, on April 26, 2021, declined to comment when asked about her no-party bid for the Florida state Senate.  She is facing criminal charges in Florida, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced on Tuesday.
  22. Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, speaks on the floor before her colleagues before they vote on the 15-weeks abortion bill ban at the Florida State House in Tallahassee, on Feb. 16, 2022.
  23. Reedy Creek Improvement District Fire Department Station 4, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.
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