The Buzz on Florida Politics

Integrity Florida said there isn’t evidence of any ghost candidates in statewide races this year.
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Was Warren’s pledge not to prosecute abortions considered official conduct? Or was it free speech?


  1. Books of Florida Statues sit on a desk as representatives work in the House during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, on Key Biscayne.
  3. State Sen. Ed Hooper speaks during a candidate's forum in Tarpon Springs during his successful 2022 re-election campaign.
  4. Then-Florida Republican Congressional candidate David Rivera speaks on Nov. 2, 2010, in Coral Gables. The former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government has been arrested Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in connection to an ongoing federal criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said.
  5. As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moves into a second term, DeSantis announced in a pair of tweets Monday that two of his state agency heads are stepping down.
  6. Voters drop off mail-in ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office in Tampa on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
  7. The percentage of kindergarten students in Florida completing the immunizations required to enter school during the 2021-2022 year is the lowest since the 2010-2011 school year.
  8. Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda Miranda privately supported former assistant police Chief Butch Delgado, but publicly voiced support for Mayor Jane Castor’s selection.
  9. Sterling Sheffield, an assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida, holds an over-the-counter hearing aid Nov. 30 in Gainesville. OTC hearing aids started hitting the market in October after the FDA approved them for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and Sheffield has been testing them.
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, removed Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren in August. Warren was in federal court in Tallahassee last week to try to win his job back.
  11. Web designer Lorie Smith is shown in her office on Nov. 7 in the southwest part of Littleton, Colo. The Supreme Court is being warned about the potentially dire consequences of a case next week involving Smith, a Christian graphic artist, who objects to designing wedding websites for same-sex couples.
  12. Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., celebrates with his supporters after his victory in the Iowa caucus in 2008. With the Democratic Party increasingly becoming a party of diversity, Iowa’s lack of it left the state without much of a rationale for leading the way.
  13. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor so far faces two little-known challengers as she seeks a second term.
  14. A Venezuelan migrant is led onto a bus at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass on the island of Marthas Vineyard. Florida flew a group of 48 migrants to the island from Texas.
  15. Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor recently told a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop that she lives in Oldsmar. Tampa requires department heads, including the police chief, must live in city limits. A city spokeswoman says O'Connor also leases a condo in Tampa and lives in both places.
  16. Guests crowd Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
  17. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Tampa.
  18. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. is in the running for chairmanship of the powerful U.S. Ways and Means Committee. [CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press]
  19. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 in Tallahassee.
  20. Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club is seen in the aerial view in Palm Beach on Aug. 31, 2022. A federal appeals court has halted an independent review of documents seized from the estate, removing a hurdle the Justice Department said had delayed its criminal investigation into the retention of top secret government information.
  21. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson has been a leading critic of proposals to treat wastewater and diverting it to places where it could mix with the drinking water supply.
  22. Jimmy Patronis, chief financial officer of the state of Florida, announced Thursday that the state will immediately freeze about $1.43 billion in long-term securities and about $600 million in short-term overnight investments managed by BlackRock.
  23. Andrew Warren, bottom right, is seen leaving after a news conference Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Tallahassee. A federal judge is hearing a case in which Warren, who was ousted as Hillsborough state attorney by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is trying to get his job back.
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