The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Gov. Ron DeSantis names new chiefs for the departments of Corrections, Juvenile Justice and Elder Affairs as well as the state’s resilience officer.
Draft map proposals would take part of the Tampa district into Pinellas.
At least two former Democratic congressional candidates, Alan Cohn and Adam Hattersley, say they’re considering running again in the new District 15 if it ends up looking like the Senate proposal.
The transaction reveals how both parties use organizations that shield donors who may have concerns over the implications of their political donations.


  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right,  hold a news conference in Del Rio, Texas, to talk about a three-week effort to enforce the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
  2. St. Petersburg city officials presented the City Council with a new allocation of $45.4 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. Affordable housing projects received $5 million more than what was presented in August.
  3. On Monday, the House released its first set of redistricting maps, drawing criticism from Democratic leaders.
  4. Federal investigators spotted James Beeks at an airport in the months following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. He's accused of his role in breaching the complex alongside members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia.
  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, show off a signed copy of the gambling compact between the state the tribe in April. A judge ruled last week that the compact violates federal law, but the tribe is trying to get that decision reversed.
  6. Stickers at a Philadelphia polling place from March 2019 proclaim, "He Votado Hoy," or, " I voted today."
  7. Former Florida Congresswoman Carrie Meek cracks up Betty Castor, left as she recalls her time serving in the legislature on senate reunion day, March 20, 2008 in Tallahassee, Fla. Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter who became one of the first black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday, Nov. 28.
  8. Republican veteran Jay Collins, running against U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, uses numerous photos of himself in uniform and identifies himself as “Green Beret Jay Collins” in his campaign website, Facebook page and fundraiser invitations.

But how combat photos of Collins are used could raise questions about whether the materials comply with Defense Department regulations on the subject.
  9. Former Army officer Lisette Bonano has filed to run against state Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, in north-central Hillsborough District 63.
  10. Adam Anderson of Palm Harbor is the only Republican to file so far in northwestern Pinellas County’s state House District 65, which term-limited House Speaker Chris Sprowls will vacate next year.
  11. The Seminole Tribe, which owns the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, was denied its request to continue operating its new online sports betting app while it appeals a ruling that the app violates federal law.
  12. The Florida Department of Children and Families appointed Family Support Services of Northeast Florida as the agency to run child welfare in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Some child welfare experts fear it is rushing the decision.
  13. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs sent a message to the campus community addressing the recent controversy over academic freedom.
  14. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor chats with Tampa Bay Rays Presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman while being lifted by a Tampa Fire Rescue ladder in October to unfurl a banner celebrating the Rays' return to the playoffs.
  15. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, continued to collect online wagers for its sports betting app on Tuesday in defiance of a federal court ruling as it urged the judge who invalidated its 30-year gambling compact with the state of Florida to put a temporary halt to her decision as the tribe pursues an appeal.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Jared Moskowitz, right, and Torey Alston, left, to the Broward County Commission on Tuesday. Moskowitz is the state's former emergency management director and Alston is chief of staff for the state transportation department.
  17. Ken Welch appears at an election night party on Nov. 2 in St. Petersburg. He was declared the winner in the St. Petersburg mayoral race.
  18. Families who oppose mask mandates gathered outside Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo before an Aug. 24 School Board meeting. The recent push for parents' rights has expanded beyond masks to include other issues.
  19. Two pari-mutuels filed the first federal lawsuit against the state's gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Guitar Hotel near Hollywood. A judge late Monday ruled that the deal violates federal Indian gaming law.
  20. On Thursday, state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo signed an emergency rule outlining a number of exemptions an employee can claim to avoid a workplace vaccine mandate.
  21. A protester holds an anti-eviction sign. [Tribune News Service]
  22. Adam Christian Johnson, a Florida man who was photographed carrying a lectern belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, has pleaded guilty for his part in the riot. Court records show that the 36-year-old Parrish man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building.
  23. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa, center, said Monday that the maps she's seen violate the state's redistricting rules.