The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured here at a Las Vegas speech in November, announced a package of sweeping reforms to Florida higher education on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.
His plans include tighter controls on faculty hiring and prohibitions on diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
The Florida Sheriffs Association endorsed the move, while gun safety advocates quickly decried it.
Polls show that other issues have long replaced the coronavirus pandemic as the public’s top concern.
With cost estimates reaching into the billions, school districts are left to guess at the hit to their budgets.


  1. Former Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran is on tap to be the new president of New College as it undergoes a conservative transformation.
  2. Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education rejected the African American Studies AP course.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured here at a Las Vegas speech in November, announced a package of sweeping reforms to Florida higher education on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.
  4. Jason "Eddie" Speir, left, and Christopher Rufo, two of the controversial new trustees for New College of Florida, address the audience at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the campus of New College of Florida, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 in Sarasota. Going into Tuesday's meeting of the newly remade board, the two have proposed major changes.
  5. About twenty migrants (mostly men) board a charter bus back to the Migrant Resources Center after their flight to Delaware out of San Antonio, Texas, was canceled on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
  6. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, opens a special session on Dec. 12, 2022, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee.
  7. Audrey Ann Southard, center, holds a mask during a counter-protest against a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New Port Richey on Aug. 8, 2020.
  8. Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. on Saturday.
  9. Joseph Glover is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida. He is the university's second-ranking officer. He will step down in July.
  10. President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks at the Steamfitters Local 602 in Springfield, Va., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
  11. University of Florida political science student Giancarlo Rodriguez holds a protest sign at a UF board of trustees meeting in November. He was among a large group of students contesting the selection of U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as a finalist for the UF president's job. The American Association of University Professors is forming a committee to assess the state of academic freedom in Florida.
  12. Meridian Apartments on N 50th St. in Tampa is one of about 100 apartment complexes that participated in Tampa Police Department's Crime-Free Multi Housing program.
  13. “We want to make sure that we cement our reputation as being a law-and-order state and take actions as necessary to help further protect the people of the state of Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Thursday at the Miami Police Benevolent Association hall.
  14. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, now the president of the state Senate, stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  15. State Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, says her bill to expand Florida's school voucher program will "keep parents in the driver's seat," during a meeting of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee on Jan. 26, 2023.
  16. Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves a House GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.
  17. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a Get Out The Vote rally in Tampa in October. “I’ve never lost an election and I don’t intend to now,” Scott said in a statement Thursday announcing his reelection bid.
  18. Former state Sen. Janet Cruz, who is running for a citywide seat on the Tampa City Council, gained the endorsement of the city's firefighters union Thursday.
  19. Voters drop off mail-in ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office in Tampa on Nov. 8. Now voters have to request an absentee ballot each election season.
  20. A woman carries a sign during an anti-mandate rally outside the Florida Capitol on Nov. 16, 2021, in Tallahassee. Polling shows that the public is much less concerned about the coronavirus pandemic now than they were in 2020 and 2021.
  21. Attorney Ben Crump and others say they are prepared to sue Gov. Ron DeSantis over blocking an AP African American studies course.
  22. Christopher Rufo, one of six controversial new trustees at New College of Florida, talks with students at the foot of the stage after addressing an audience on the Sarasota campus Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
  23. Eric Silagy, the outgoing president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, during an interview Thursday, June 9, 2022.
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