The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida lawmakers are close to banning delta-8 products and limiting the THC strength of other hemp products.
Here’s what you need to know about delta-8 in Florida and the bills that would ban it.
If you want to cast a vote for Donald Trump (or Ron DeSantis) in March, circle next Tuesday on your calendar.
DeSantis’ idea to cut homeowners’ insurance taxes isn’t supported by House Republicans.
The Florida governor signaled support for a legislative proposal that would fine residents who file frivolous book complaints.


  1. Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach on July 30, 2008. Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign legislation that aims to reveal the evidence and testimony presented almost two decades ago to the South Florida grand jury that charged Epstein with just one felony count of soliciting a prostitute.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured during a panel discussion about defamation on Feb. 7, 2023, in Hialeah Gardens.
  3. Dixon, who joined the fire department in April 2021, said he found a defaced photograph of himself in his locker at Tampa's Station 13, one of the city's busiest and location north of Busch Boulevard.
  4. The entrance to Tarpon Springs City Hall, where commissioners struggled to find consensus Tuesday on appointing a new colleague.
  5. A row of damaged and destroyed homes is seen on Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Condominium associations near Florida’s coast will get access to $175,000 per association in state funds for stormproofing projects under a House bill that’s nearing the finish line.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a rally on Jan. 13 at the Never Back Down super PAC headquarters in West Des Moines, Iowa. DeSantis dropped out of the presidential race about a week later, but traveled to the key early primary state of South Carolina on Tuesday to discuss his support for congressional term limits, and weigh in on the primary race between former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
  7. Cows line up to be milked at a dairy in Tampa. The methane produced by cow manure is a popular source of renewable natural gas across the country.
  8. Students head to class on the first day of school at Pinellas County's East Lake Middle and East Lake High in August 2023. Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature would allow public school principals to enlist "volunteer school chaplains" to help with various "supports, services and programs."
  9. Christina Pushaw attends Gov. Ron DeSantis' inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee.
  10. In the woods not far from the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle, there is a cemetery that also holds at least 31 unmarked graves. Some think the bodies of boys killed by guards are buried there.
  11. The Pasco County School Board, seen here meeting in January 2023, will consider approving a $1.2 million settlement with the family of a student who was severely injured in a school bus crash in 2006.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right,  hold a news conference in Del Rio, Texas, on July 17, 2021, to talk about an effort to enforce the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
  13. Big Cypress National Preserve is part of the Caloosahatchee-Big Cypress Corridor.
  14. Andrew Bain speaks after being appointed as state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Aug. 9, 2023.
  15. Eric Wear, owner of Dania Beach-based Extreme Window Systems, installs impact doors and windows at a Deerfield Beach home on April 13, 2023. The popular My Safe Florida Home program is expected to resume taking applications on July 1, but many homeowners might find it more difficult to secure grants of up to $10,000 for stormproofing their homes.
  16. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri worked with Florida lawmakers to create a bill that enhances penalties for juveniles who illegally possess firearms.
  17. An aerial of a massive sinkhole that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry in 2016.
  18. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  19. The candidates for Seat 2 on the Clearwater City Council are, from left: Mark Bunker, Ryan Cotton and Mike Mastruserio.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at NeoCity Academy in Kissimmee on Jan. 26.
  21. Florida lawmakers are close to banning delta-8 products and limiting the THC strength of other hemp products.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he wants to rein in parents who are "abusing" the book challenge process, saying, "Let’s not let people try and hijack the process.”
  23. The Tampa City Council heard from members of the public Thursday who expressed anger at a racial comment board member Alan Clendenin made at a meeting a week ago that he said was meant as a joke but that didn't land so well.
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