The Buzz on Florida Politics

Then-Republican Party of Florida chairperson Christian Ziegler addresses attendees at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit on Nov. 4 in Kissimmee. Ziegler was ousted from his post in January amid a Sarasota police investigation of a rape accusation against him.
In police interviews, the former Republican Party of Florida chairperson repeatedly expressed concern about bad publicity.
The governor has refused to release records about his use of a taxpayer-funded plane.
Lawmakers have long resisted the idea. That could change this year.
The presidential preference primary is March 19, but voting has already begun.


  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is welcomed to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives by House Speaker Paul Renner, left, and Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo to give his State of the State address in Tallahassee on Jan. 9.
  2. The University of Florida announced Friday it has ended all spending on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in response to new state policy.
  3. Banned books are on display in a booth during the American Association of School Librarians national convention on Oct. 19, 2023, in Tampa. Florida is crafting new rules on book challenges after Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized "bad actors" that he said are abusing the challenge process.
  4. Former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Lipari, left, received the Governor’s Veterans Service Award from Gov. Rick Scott in 2018.
  5. Pastor Alfonso Jackson Jr. of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Miami talks about the importance of Black History month to the congregation during Tuesday Service.
  6. Andrés Arenas, a Colombian pastor working at Iglesia Vida Nueva, a church in Tampa, has held an R-1 visa for religious workers in the U.S. for more than four years. He has applied to obtain a permanent residency, but his request has not been processed.
  7. Then-Republican Party of Florida chairperson Christian Ziegler addresses attendees at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit on Nov. 4 in Kissimmee. Ziegler was ousted from his post in January amid a Sarasota police investigation of a rape accusation against him.
  8. Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York, July 2, 2020.
  9. U.S. regulators have warned people not to consume tianeptine products, including Neptune’s Fix. The substance is prescribed as an antidepressant in some European, Asian and Latin American countries.
  10. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner answers a question posed by a member of the media during a news conference at the close of the 2023 legislative session on May 5, 2023. Renner is trying to work out differences with Gov. Ron DeSantis on a bill about restricting social media for minors.
  11. This exhibit from video released by the House Select Committee shows President Donald Trump recording a video statement from the Rose Garden on the afternoon of Jan. 6. The video was displayed at a hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, July 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to decide whether Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election and has set a course for a quick resolution.
  12. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., addresses attendees at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit, Nov. 4, 2023, in Kissimmee.
  13. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a video news conference from his home Jan. 29 in Tampa.
  14. Aerial photo of damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers.
  15. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  16. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., leaves the chamber after the Republican-controlled House voted along party lines to censure Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
  17. The Lowell Correctional Institution, a women's prison in unincorporated Marion County, is shown in this drone photo. Inmates at the facility say they weren't told about potential chemicals in the ground water and grievances filed to get bottled water or filtration systems were denied.
  18. Incoming students and their families navigate the campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on 2023 in Sarasota.
  19. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo gestures as speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines.
  20. Attendees leave a session during the Moms for Liberty National Summit Friday, July 15, 2022, in Tampa.
  21. Sen. Erin Grall asked that her bill, which would let parents sue for wrongful death of an unborn child, be postponed.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis applauds during a news conference at the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District headquarters at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista on Feb. 22. The former chief of staff of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement alleges DeSantis officials stopped the release of about 600 records that would have revealed who traveled with the governor on a state plane and where it went.
  23. The Guardian of Law sculpture is seen at the west entrance of the Supreme Court on Thursday in Washington. The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age.
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