The Buzz on Florida Politics

Heavy traffic is seen along the Memorial Causeway as beach goers head to Clearwater Beach Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
Senators passed it without any independent study showing what it would do to rates.
Florida is one of at least 30 states debating such a bill.
The Senate is poised to pass the measure as early as this week.
A bill sets new use-of-force policies for Florida law enforcement officers, limits the use of the controversial choke-hold tactic and requires the state to collect data police officers use of force...


  1. The Capital Grille.
  2. Former Vice President Mike Pence has undergone surgery to have a pacemaker implanted.
  3. A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.
  4. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., leaves a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
  5. The fields are not this great, but we'll make it work. Tribune News Service.
  6. Heavy traffic is seen along the Memorial Causeway as beach goers head to Clearwater Beach Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
  7. 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.
  8. In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Kim Stamps, left, photographs Michigan newlyweds Tyler Gillet, middle, and Ashley Gillet, right, by the Southernmost Point marker Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Key West, Fla. New measures in the Florida Legislature ban cruise ships in Key West with more than 1,300 passengers from docking at the city port and limit the total number of cruise visitors who can disembark each day to 1,500. A similar bill, HB 267, is barreling through the House.
  9. Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala.
  10. Times file photo of the transgender pride flag.
  11. The House voted 101-16 to approve a bill (HB 997) that would create a records exemption for applicants to become college and university presidents.
  12. Ana Cruz, on left, and Seely Bevan, look on as Tampa Mayor Jane Castor holds up her "I Voted" sticker in front of the Stanley Cup, after she cast her ballot in person during early voting at Amalie Arena, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa. Cruz is Mayor Castor's partner and Bevan is Castor's son. The mayor told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday that her partner’s lobbying firm and her nephew’s job with the developer won’t result in any family benefits, financial or otherwise.
  13. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor.
  14. Former state senator Frank Artiles, R-Miami.
  15. Matt Gaetz, the Republican congressman from Florida, speaks at a "Women for America First" event Friday in Doral.
  16. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. In order to get the Seminole Tribe to agree to a compact, and the federal regulators to approve it, the legislative deal must sufficiently benefit the Tribe, which presently operates a casino monopoly outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis' signature has varied over the years. Here's how he has signed official documents from 2008 to 2021.
  18. A rendering of the Rome Yard development submitted by the Related Group
  19. President Joe Biden.
  20. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, at podium, speaks April 9 alongside port workers and elected officials asking for the CDC and the federal government to allow the return of cruising, during a news conference in front of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship docked at PortMiami in Miami. [Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press]
  21. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the situation at Piney Point at a press conference in Manatee County on April 4.
  22. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.
  23. Stephanie Marty demonstrates against a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues outside the South Dakota governor's mansion in Pierre, S.D. on Thursday March 11, 2021.