The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, argues a point with businessman Vivek Ramaswamy during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX Business Network and Univision, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
The Florida governor got the most speaking time of any candidate at the debate, which front-runner Donald Trump skipped.
Groups including the NAACP say the DeSantis-backed map violates the U.S. Constitution by diminishing Black voters’ ability to elect candidates of their choice.
Tiffany Carr and others are accused of padding the books at the defunct taxpayer-funded organization to compensate themselves.


  1. Florida House Democrats protest against the congressional map proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and approved by the Florida Senate. The protest in the Florida House chamber prompted a recess in the consideration of the bill by the House on April 21, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  2. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's harshest critics, answers questions from members of the media after speaking on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday. Gaetz filed a resolution to oust Kevin McCarthy as House speaker late Monday. The move from the far-right Republican to use the procedural tool — called a motion to vacate — sets up a likely showdown vote in the House in the days ahead.
  3. Incoming freshman Samantha Champlain during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The school is expected to choose a new president this week amid questions about its direction.
  4. Then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, debates on the floor, June 19, 2015, in Tallahassee. Don Gaetz, father of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, said Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, that he intends to run again for the Florida Senate, a chamber he led as president from 2012 to 2014.
  5. Gerard Porebski displays his “I Voted” sticker after casting his ballot at Precinct #33 at the Gulf Harbors Civic Association on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022, in New Port Richey.
  6. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy speaks to Rep. Matt Gaetz in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2023.
  7. Nadia Combs, Hillsborough County School Board Chair, speaks during the yearly back-to-school news conference for Hillsborough County at Hillsborough High School on Friday, Aug. 4, in Tampa. She said she expects an expensive attempt by her political opposition to try to "paint me as someone I'm not."
  8. The Cinderella Castle is seen at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, July 14, 2023, in Lake Buena Vista.
  9. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Pensacola.
  10. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., gives two thumbs up as the Senate votes to approve a 45-day funding bill to keep federal agencies open, on Saturday.
  11. Gen. Eric Smith, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, swears in Lance Cpl. Samantha Harris, center, and others, as they reenlist at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial on Feb. 23 in Arlington, Va.
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Then-Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn walks with then-candidate Jane Castor during her 2019 campaign. Buckhorn's name has popped up as a potential successor to Castor when her second term ends in 2027.
  13. More than 250,000 children have been terminated from Medicaid since April, according to new state data. That's almost half of the roughly 524,000 recipients removed from the program as the state conducts the first eligibility checks since the start of the pandemic.
  14. Family and friends gather in the chamber of the Florida House of Representatives for the memorial service held for legendary reporter Lucy Morgan on Friday in Tallahassee.
  15. In this series of screengrabs from a video shot by Samuel Vielma, 36, of Texas, Vielma, center, is stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, left, who is not identified in full. Vielma, a Texas citizen, believes he was stopped because of the color of his skin. A video of the incident he uploaded to TikTok has more than 700,000 views.
  16. Fishing boats pushed onto land during Hurricane Ian are pictured on Dec. 2 in Fort Myers Beach.
  17. The U.S. government is facing a shutdown at midnight on Saturday, potentially impacting many Floridians.
  18. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, shown in this 2017 photo, has died at the age of 90.
  19. Crowds fill Main Street USA in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista on Oct. 1, 2021. Facing backlash, Walt Disney World’s governing district will pay a stipend to employees whose free passes and discounts to the theme park resort were eliminated under a policy made by a new district administrator and board members who are allies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  20. Voting signs are pictured in front of the St. James House of Prayer Episcopal on Election Day in Tampa in March. On Thursday, a Tampa City Council majority opposed the idea of switching the city's Election Day to November in even-numbered years.   
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, argues a point with businessman Vivek Ramaswamy during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX Business Network and Univision, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, then-education commissioner Richard Corcoran and then-Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls as they address the audience during a news conference at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  23. The traditional hanky drop that signifies the end of the Florida legislative session took place in a packed rotunda May 5 in Tallahassee.
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