The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks with fellow patrons before the opening ceremony of the Walker Cup golf tournament last week.
The committee received half its contributions in two chunks: $5 million from Chicago hedge-fund manager Kenneth Griffin and $2.8 million from the Republican Governors Association.
A bill signed by DeSantis last week would place a $3,000 cap on contributions to political committees trying to put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Florida since 1987 has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws. DeSantis signed a bill that makes local governments pay up to $100,000 if they...
The announcement could be another blow for Democrats’ chances to make headway in the Florida House, where they’re badly outnumbered. Diamond was slated to be Minority Leader next year.


  1. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, listens to the State of the State address being delivered by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  2. An eight-episode show called “Life’s Rewards” started streaming Monday on platforms including Amazon Prime, YouTube, GoUSA TV and Places.Travel. that is financed in part by Visit Florida and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.
  3. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor waves as she exits the polls after she cast her ballot in person during early voting at Amalie Arena, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa. On right is Castor's partner Ana Cruz. Also present was Castor's son Seely Bevan. After talking with reporters, Castor took photos with the Stanley Cup, won by the Tampa Bay Lightning, that was on site at Thunder Alley for people to see.
  4. Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  5. Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach in 2008.
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks with fellow patrons before the opening ceremony of the Walker Cup golf tournament last week.
  7. State Representative Ben Diamond announces he is running for congress outside the USF St. Petersburg Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Monday, May 10, 2021.
  8. Florida voters in 2016 approved the legalization of medical pot in a process to amend the constitution that got more difficult after lawmakers passed a bill that caps contributions to committees backing ballot initiatives to $3,000.
  9. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses attendees during a rally featuring himself and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Friday, May 7, 2021, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  10. Aerial photo of the construction site of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center. Courtesy of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center
  11. Democratic candidate for Florida governor Charlie Crist meets with Miami-Dade Democratic Cuban Americans on Saturday at Tropical Park in Miami. Next to the congressman is Kassandra Timothe. She is running for North Miami City Council District 2.
  12. Kids try to buy vaping products at Tubular Tokes smoke shop in St. Petersburg, despite signs that tell them they are too young. “We get some great fake IDs,” owner Skylar Strickland said. “Then we laugh in their faces and tell them to get the hell out.” On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law aligning the state's legal age limit with federal statute.
  13. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., address attendees of a rally, Friday in The Villages.
  14. The Trump Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of three Washington Post reporters who covered the federal investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the newspaper said Friday.
  15. Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem sits at the Port of Miami.
  16. In this May 5, 2017 photo, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks to the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla.
  17. The old Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial elections law Thursday in West Palm Beach, but only Fox News was allowed to show it. A graphic falsely claimed the law prohibits "mass mailing of ballots," when existing law already requires mail ballots to be requested.
  19. Seating for potential jurors in October at the start of the murder trial of defendant Erin Lee Robinson at the George Edgecomb Courthouse, Tampa can be seen. The trial was the first in Hillsborough County since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis staged the signing of the elections overhaul law with an interview on "Fox and Friends" from the West Palm Beach rally.
  21. Hundreds gather in West Palm Beach to honor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he prepares to sign an elections overhaul bill that many say will make it harder for Floridians to vote.
  22. Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program.