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. Clearwater attorney J. Kevin Hayslett has announced a run for Congress.
  2. Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, left, and Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, have sponsored a bill that aims to prevent veteran suicides by training those handling veteran benefits claims to recognize former service members in distress and offer crisis counseling.
  3. Clearwater City Council member Hoyt Hamilton talks about election decorum during Tuesday's work session.
  4. Oranges ripen in a grove in Plant City. If the current forecast holds true through the rest of the citrus growing season, it will be the smallest orange crop since the 1944-1945 season, when the state produced 42.3 million boxes of oranges.
  5. Voters in Senate District 37 received dark money-funded mailers that featured little-known, no-party candidate Alex Rodriguez. The mailers aimed to “confuse” voters.
  6. The New York attorney general’s office says its civil investigation has uncovered evidence that former president Donald Trump's company used “fraudulent or misleading” asset valuations to get loans and tax benefits.
  7. President Joe Biden pauses as he signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Jan. 20, 2021.
  8. Florida’s prison officials have asked lawmakers for a bill that would make confidential any records that “could reasonably lead to the identification of any person or entity participating in an execution.”
  9. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi administers the House oath of office Tuesday to Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Fla. during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  10. Angela Birdsong, pictured here in 2018,  lost to Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan that year. This week, she has announced she'll seek a rematch in this year's election.
  11. Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, talks Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Knott Building in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of the legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  13. The Heartland Headwaters Protection and Sustainability Act was designed to protect the headwaters of a number of rivers in the Green Swamp and Polk County.
  14. Former Spanish River High School principal William Latson gets a hug after the Palm Beach County School Board voted to fire him on Oct. 30, 2019. He's taking the issue to the Florida Supreme Court.
  15. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  16. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, sponsored a bill that would require Florida professional sports teams receiving government money to play the national anthem before every home game.
  17. Snow covers the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Sunday. Ceremonies scheduled for the site on Monday, to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, were canceled because of the weather.
  18. Clearwater City Council member Kathleen Beckman talks to Porferio Deguznan at his home off Sunset Point Road while going door to door to encourage voter participation in the March 15 municipal election.
  19. 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.
  20. 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)
  21. In November, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills that limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on state government and private employees as well as school districts.
  22. 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.
  23. Republican James Judge is running for the 14th Congressional District seat.
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