The Buzz on Florida Politics

Adriana Novoa, a USF professor, and Sam Rechek, an undergraduate student filed a lawsuit calling for an end to Florida's Stop WOKE Act. A judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the law at Florida colleges and universities.
The new law is “positively dystopian,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said.
Court records detail the road to the suspension of Hillsborough State Attorney Warren, who’s suing to get the job back.
A case is challenging the eligibility of some of the people nominated to Florida’s 6th District Court of Appeal.


  1. Could Paxlovid solve one of the pandemic’s biggest puzzles? A new study at Stanford University aims to find out.
  2. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., left, finished slightly ahead of Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker in the Nov. 8 midterm election, but with just less than 50% of the vote, forcing a runoff.
  3. Mourners stand along the makeshift memorial to the victims of a weekend mass shooting at a nearby gay nightclub on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  4. A home in Fort Myers is inundated with flood waters on Sept. 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian. A report out on Wednesday predicted higher reinsurance rates as insured claims of up to $55 billion will make the storm "one of the costliest natural catastrophe events ever.”
  5. House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell, seen here at a Democratic Party event in July, said Tuesday that "change starts right here and right now" if the party is to recover.
  6. The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the imminent handover of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a congressional committee after a three-year legal fight.
  7. House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, left, and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, discussed the rising cost of living for Floridians, housing and Hurricane Ian.
  8. Tony Patterson, a registered sex offender, when told by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent that he was being arrested for voting illegally in 2020.
  9. Simone Marstiller had been appointed as the agency’s secretary in February 2021.
  10. Jordan "Doyle" Walsh was officially named St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch's chief of staff on Monday, Nov. 21.
  11. Former President Donald Trump announced he's running for the Republican nomination again in 2024 from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach on Nov. 15.
  12. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who led the Senate Republican campaign arm in the midterm elections, is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the historic Old Senate Chamber where he failed in a longshot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.
  13. Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, debates a bill during session in Tallahassee in 2019. Thompson is challenging the nominations of three people up for judgeships in Florida's 6th District Court of Appeal.
  14. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is mulling a bid for president after his overwhelming reelection, attracted national attention with the September migrant flights, saying he was highlighting the crisis at the southern border.
  15. “I’ve been very clear, I’m not done,” Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday morning. “But my next cycle is 2024 or 2026.”
  16. Florida candidates drew $12.96 million in campaign matching funds from the state this election cycle.
  17. Adriana Novoa, a USF professor, and Sam Rechek, an undergraduate student filed a lawsuit calling for an end to Florida's Stop WOKE Act. A judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the law at Florida colleges and universities.
  18. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during a rally on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in Sun City Center.
  19. Florida Gov Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren at an August news conference.
  20. State Sen. Janet Cruz says she plans to run for Tampa City Council. She is the mother of Mayor Jane Castor's long-time partner, political consultant Ana Cruz.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis meets Oct. 3, 2022, with Charlotte County first responders, including 911 operators, and cooked them breakfast at Waffle House. More than 210 of these telecommunicators, from Florida’s Telecommunicator Emergency Response Task Force, arrived in southwest Florida to aid with 911 calls after Hurricane Ian.
  22. From left: Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has been reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott of Florida.
  23. Former President Donald Trump works the crowd after he announces his bid for the presidency from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.
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