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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.

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  1. State Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, could be moved into a different House district now occupied by one of Tampa Bay's other Black representatives.
  2. The Memorial Cancer Institute will consolidate the cancer facilities at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, featured in this photo, and Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
  3. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which is nonpartisan and independent, gave the proposed House maps a grade of "F for partisan fairness."
  4. State Sen. Lauren Book thanked her colleagues in the Florida Senate for supporting her after she became a victim in a cyber stalking and extortion case investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  5. Ron DeSantis speaks as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy listens during a news conference at the Assault Brigade 2506 Honorary Museum on Aug. 5, 2021, in Hialeah, Florida. A new report said the state brought in $435.5 million more in general revenue in October than had been projected in an August forecast. General revenue plays a critical role for DeSantis and lawmakers, as they rely on it to help fund schools, health-care programs and prisons.
  6. St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect Ken Welch talks to the media after he was declared the winner on Nov. 2.
  7. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  8. Stacey Abrams, shown here speaking in 2020, will run again for governor of Georgia.
  9. Mayoral candidate Ken Welch speaks to reporters after casting his vote on Election Day at Lake Vista Recreation Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  10. A man wears a sign on his back that reads "Unborn Lives Matter" as he and other anti-abortion protesters wearing doctors uniforms demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. On Monday, the House released its first set of redistricting maps, drawing criticism from Democratic leaders.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Stickers at a Philadelphia polling place from March 2019 proclaim, "He Votado Hoy," or, " I voted today."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Former Army officer Lisette Bonano has filed to run against state Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, in north-central Hillsborough District 63.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs sent a message to the campus community addressing the recent controversy over academic freedom.
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