The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami's Freedom Tower on May 9, 2022.
The idea didn’t make it onto the 2022 agenda for the Florida Legislature.
The state representative would become the first Black woman to hold the position.
That and other lapses plague state oversight of the property insurance market as lawmakers prepare for a special session.
It could be the Senate’s only chance to hold confirmation hearings ahead of the midterm elections.


  1. Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, right, arrive for a State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House in 2019.
  2. Former Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee. [STEVE CANNON | Associated Press]
  3. The Florida House of Representatives pictured on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee. Florida lawmakers are returning to the Capitol next week for a special legislative session aimed at addressing problems in the state’s turbulent property insurance market.
  4. The partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building is pictured June 28, 2021, in Surfside.
  5. Former state Rep. Betty Reed, seen here at a candidate forum in 2016, died Friday, May 20, 2022.
  6. Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, reviews proposed district maps during a Committee on Reapportionment meeting, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  7. A pouch containing crystalized methamphetamine and a homemade pipe are shown March 21, 2006, in Window Rock, Ariz.
  8. Katherine Gibson-Haynes helps distribute infant formula during a baby formula drive May 14 in Houston. Parents seeking baby formula are running into bare supermarket and pharmacy shelves in part because of ongoing supply disruptions and a recent safety recall.
  9. Clearwater's Joseph Woodrow Hatchett, right, was the first black state Supreme Court justice below the Mason-Dixon line. The U.S. House reversed itself in voting by simple majority to name the Tallahassee federal courthouse for him, [Times (1975)]
  10. Science textbooks will be up for adoption in Florida in two years, in time to be an issue in the 2024 election. And the process has already started to select new social studies texts in 2023. Experts say both subject areas could be far more contentious than this year's debate over math textbooks.
  11. Oklahoma's Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it.
  12. In this Friday, July 8, 2011, photo, crowds gather in the surf and on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Fla., to watch the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on STS-135.
  13. Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Houston.
  14. State Rep. Fentrice Driskell is seen at the site of the erased St. Joseph Aid Society Cemetery, also known as the Montana City Cemetery, on April 7 in Tampa.
  15. Alexander Leszczynski of North Redington Beach is facing charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.
  16. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes is seen during a council meeting March 31 in Tampa.
  17. Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke, left, sits next to St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch at an event in St. Petersburg on Feb. 24, 2022. Burke is suing the county commission over whether his office should pay expenses for a lawsuit.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami's Freedom Tower on May 9, 2022.
  19. Rep. Charlie Crist, who is marking a year of his gubernatorial campaign today, speaks during a news conference in Ybor City on May 4, 2022.
  20. Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, a breast cancer survivor, speaks about her diagnosis and treatment during a news conference Tuesday at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center at the University of Miami. Gov. DeSantis announced the new state budget will contain $100 million for cancer research and treatments at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at UM, Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and the University of Florida Health System’s Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville.
  21. State Sen. Kelli Stargel looks through redistricting maps during a Senate Committee on Reapportionment hearing on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  22. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at a news conference on Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee. Lee is running for Congressional District 15.
  23. State Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' pick to be Florida's secretary of state.
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