The Buzz on Florida Politics

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to consider changing state law to allow juries to impose the death penalty without unanimous agreement. “Maybe eight out of 12 have to agree or something, but we can’t be in a situation where one person can just derail this,” DeSantis said.
If Florida allowed nonunanimous juries, it would be one of only two states in the nation to do so.
With cost estimates reaching into the billions, school districts are left to guess at the hit to their budgets.
The governor’s star shines brightly in the Gem State.
Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez made clear why schools were asked to detail how much they spend on diversity, equity and inclusion programs.


  1. Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. on Saturday.
  2. Joseph Glover is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida. He is the university's second-ranking officer. He will step down in July.
  3. President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks at the Steamfitters Local 602 in Springfield, Va., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
  4. University of Florida political science student Giancarlo Rodriguez holds a protest sign at a UF board of trustees meeting in November. He was among a large group of students contesting the selection of U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as a finalist for the UF president's job. The American Association of University Professors is forming a committee to assess the state of academic freedom in Florida.
  5. Meridian Apartments on N 50th St. in Tampa is one of about 100 apartment complexes that participated in Tampa Police Department's Crime-Free Multi Housing program.
  6. “We want to make sure that we cement our reputation as being a law-and-order state and take actions as necessary to help further protect the people of the state of Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Thursday at the Miami Police Benevolent Association hall.
  7. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, now the president of the state Senate, stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  8. State Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, says her bill to expand Florida's school voucher program will "keep parents in the driver's seat," during a meeting of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee on Jan. 26, 2023.
  9. Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves a House GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.
  10. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a Get Out The Vote rally in Tampa in October. “I’ve never lost an election and I don’t intend to now,” Scott said in a statement Thursday announcing his reelection bid.
  11. Former state Sen. Janet Cruz, who is running for a citywide seat on the Tampa City Council, gained the endorsement of the city's firefighters union Thursday.
  12. Voters drop off mail-in ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office in Tampa on Nov. 8. Now voters have to request an absentee ballot each election season.
  13. A woman carries a sign during an anti-mandate rally outside the Florida Capitol on Nov. 16, 2021, in Tallahassee. Polling shows that the public is much less concerned about the coronavirus pandemic now than they were in 2020 and 2021.
  14. Attorney Ben Crump and others say they are prepared to sue Gov. Ron DeSantis over blocking an AP African American studies course.
  15. Christopher Rufo, one of six controversial new trustees at New College of Florida, talks with students at the foot of the stage after addressing an audience on the Sarasota campus Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
  16. Eric Silagy, the outgoing president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, during an interview Thursday, June 9, 2022.
  17. Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren talks about an email he sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday asking to be reinstated.
  18. Blake Casper, owner of the Oxford Exchange, says he'll run on pro-police platform in his campaign for the South Tampa District 4 City Council seat.
  19. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, opens a special session, on Dec. 12, 2022, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. He later announced that one of his priorities during the 2023 legislative session will be to expand Florida's school voucher program.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to consider changing state law to allow juries to impose the death penalty without unanimous agreement. “Maybe eight out of 12 have to agree or something, but we can’t be in a situation where one person can just derail this,” DeSantis said.
  21. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor spoke to members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday. “I’m not into the legacy," she said. "I just like to get things done, and if somebody else wants to take credit for it, that’s fine with me."
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis has been in ads on the radio and on Fox News urging Idahoans to call for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. “The members of Congress will never vote to limit their own power," he says. "That’s why we need states to step up and take action.
  23. Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks with reporters Dec. 6 at Garden Sanctuary Church of God in Rock Hill, S.C.  Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Pence's Indiana home last week, according to his attorney.
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