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Join Gannett Florida's all-star political lineup each week for a lively discussion and in-depth reporting on politics from the state of Florida. Zac Anderson from the Sarasota Herald Tribune and Gannett state capital correspondent John Kennedy bring you insight and analysis each week, along with special guest reporters fresh from the scene of breaking political news.
 
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Former President Donald Trump delivered a veiled criticism of his protégé in the Florida governor’s office this week. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the tension between the GOP leaders, the start of Florida's 60-day legislative session and Gov. Ron DeSantis endorsing a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.…
 
Florida politics heading into 2022 looks a lot like it has for the last 20 years, with Republicans riding high and Democrats playing catch-up. And it all starts with Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has made a name for himself nationally by defying public health recommendations. Journalists Zac Anderson and Antonio Fins look ahead and offer predictions on so…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced legislation that could impact how race is taught in schools, and how companies approach diversity training. Reporters John Kennedy, Zac Anderson and Antonio Fins discuss the governor's proposal, a move by state-run Citizens Property Insurance voted to hike rates and COVID-19 cases rising again in Florida amid fears of Om…
 
The Florida House puts out a redistricting map that could boost the number of congressional seats Republicans control in Florida. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the latest redistricting developments, a bill aimed at making school board races partisan battlegrounds and Florida Democrats gathering for their big annual…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis submitted the paperwork to officially launch his re-election campaign. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio fins discuss the governor's campaign launch, Trump adviser Roger Stone's recent criticism of DeSantis and Florida lawmakers rolling out their plan to crack down on vaccine mandates in advance of a special sessi…
 
Florida Republicans are giddy after seeing Virginia swing red in the governor’s race. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Jeff Schweers discuss what Virginia's election results mean for Florida's 2022 races, controversy at the University of Florida over muzzling professors and Gov. Ron DeSantis's push to create a new state law enforcement of…
 
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo came under fire recently for refusing to mask up during a meeting with a state senator. Journalists Zac Anderson, Antonio Fins and John Kennedy discuss the state's controversial new chief health officer, a special congressional election in South Florida and the progressive constitutional amendment pipeline that…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will call the Florida Legislature into special session to pass a bill outlawing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson discuss the governor's push to block employers from mandating the vaccine, another Democrat entering the governor's race, DeSantis emulating Trump in a…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration fined Leon County over its vaccine mandate for employees. Journalists Zac Anderson, Antonio Fins and John Kennedy discuss the governor's fight against vaccine mandates, Florida leaders waving off the type of election audit that Trump has been demanding elsewhere and the governor attracting attention for following …
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this week that his wife Casey has breast cancer. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the diagnosis, the ongoing battle over school mask mandates in Florida and the reaction from Florida lawmakers as the federal government gets closer to defaulting on the national debt next week.…
 
The fight over masks in class and now quarantining of kids heightens tensions between Gov. Ron DeSantis and school districts. Republicans in the Legislature also vow to follow -- yes! -- the law in redistricting. Reporters Mark Harper, Ryan McKinnon and John Kennedy discuss, and share some new numbers that figure big in Florida politics this week.…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a platform to anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists during an event in Gainesville opposing vaccine mandates. Journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson discuss the anti-vax moment at the governor's press conference, the dismantling of Florida’s standardized testing program by the governor and the Florida Legislature…
 
A Leon County judge overturned Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates. Journalists Zac Anderson, Antonio Fins and John Kennedy discuss the setback for a governor who has put a lot of energy into battling mandatory masks at schools, revelations that leading GOP consultants are linked to Florida’s ghost candidate scandal and a report that ano…
 
More Florida school districts are bucking Gov. Ron DeSantis on mask mandates. Journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson discuss the growing school mask rebellion, a lawsuit challenging the governor’s mask order that is advancing in court and Disney defying state law and requiring cruise ship passengers to be vaccinated…
 
Florida’s surge of COVID-19 cases is straining the health care system as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration continues to battle with school districts on masks in the classroom. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss how Florida officials are responding to massive levels of new infections, the governor's state tour to tout mo…
 
Florida students headed back to school this week amid a massive COVID-19 surge. Journalists Zac Anderson and John Kennedy discuss Gov. Ron DeSantis' approach to schools reopening, the state education commissioner threatening school leaders with salary cuts if they require masks and more sniping between the governor’s office and President Joe Biden'…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis is downplaying concerns about COVID-19 amid another wave of infections. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Mark Harper discuss some of the governor's most recent COVID-19 comments, a rebellion among school districts over the governor's effort to make masks optional in the classroom and the criminal investigation into a Flo…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis has opened a new battle line in his war against COVID-19 restrictions as debate rages about how to respond to the COVID resurgence. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins also discuss how Congress is tackling another explosive issue this week, the Jan. 6 committee in the U.S. House and that Florida has more people…
 
Another COVID-19 flare up is putting the spotlight on Florida’s pandemic policies and lagging vaccination efforts. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss how Florida officials are responding to the surge in virus cases, the ramifications of another big red tide algae bloom on the Gulf Coast and the Florida GOP's investigati…
 
Protests against the Cuban regime are reverberating in Florida. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the reaction in Florida to the anti-government demonstrations on the island, a state law aimed at Black Lives Matter demonstrators that is being examined in a new light and Gov. Ron DeSantis pushing a new civics education …
 
Former President Donald Trump is holding his first Florida rally since the 2020 election. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the July 3 rally in Sarasota, a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that requires universities to survey professors about their political beliefs and the governor's big fundraising hauls from donors …
 
Florida is tied with Texas for the most Capitol riot arrests after a new round of charges in recent weeks. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the state's role in the insurrection, a pointed exchange between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic rival Nikki Fried at a Florida Cabinet meeting and DeSantis' announcement that he…
 
Florida joined the growing number of states banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the governor's push for the transgender bill he signed this week, Democrat Nikki Fried jumping into the governor’s race and Florida’s $101.5 billion budget getting the governor’s …
 
Gov. DeSantis signed legislation retaliating against social media companies that banned former President Donald Trump. Journalists Wendy Rhodes, Zac Anderson and John Kennedy discuss the governor's attack on Big Tech, his decision to reject federal money for enhanced unemployment benefits and his proposed new civics education rule aimed at banning …
 
Florida lawmakers approved a big gambling expansion during a special legislative session. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the details of the gambling deal, congresswoman Val Demings gearing up to challenge Marco Rubio for his Senate seat and Gov. Ron DeSantis fueling 2024 speculation with a trip to Pennsylvania.…
 
The Florida Legislature is reconvening next week for a special session on gambling. Journalists Zac Anderson, Jim Rosica and Antonio Fins discuss how a gambling expansion deal came together, Florida Republicans voting to oust U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership role in Congress and former President Donald Trump continuing to flex his muscles i…
 
Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature fills Ron DeSantis's wish list -- red meat GOP priorities that may power the governor to re-election and beyond. But he's also placing a big bet on expanding gambling. And, of course, take a number...Gannett-Florida reporters John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss a jam-packed week in Florida politics.…
 
The conviction of police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd reverberated in Florida, where there were widespread protests after Floyd's death. Journalists John Kennedy, Antonio Fins and Zac Anderson discuss the reaction in Florida to the Chauvin verdict, pardoned Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's purchase of a home in…
 
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a Republican National Committee gathering in Palm Beach, highlighting continued tensions in the GOP. Journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson discuss the RNC fireworks, a controversial elections bill that was overhauled by the Florida Senate and…
 
A breach in a wastewater containment pond at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant in Manatee County led to an environmental disaster for the region as polluted water is discharged into Tampa Bay. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss the fallout from the Piney Point calamity, an order by Gov. Ron DeSantis banning so-called…
 
Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, a top ally of former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns about sex trafficking, according to a New York Times report. Journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson discuss the Gaetz investigation, another surge in COVID-19 case…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis said anyone over 18 will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida starting April 5. Journalists John Kennedy, Antonio Fins and Zac Anderson discuss what prompted the governor to lift the vaccine age restriction, a Republican push to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida, a big fundraising haul by the Florida Democratic Party a…
 
Text messages show organizers of a vaccine pop-up clinic in Florida discussing the political benefits of the clinic for Gov. Ron DeSantis. Journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson discuss the ongoing questions about political favoritism surrounding the vaccine rollout in Florida, a new elections bill that would put restrictions on ma…
 
Florida's two-month legislative session kicked off this week. Journalists John Kennedy, Antonio Fins and Zac Anderson discuss what Gov. Ron DeSantis had to say about the pandemic during his speech on the first day of session, the governor’s improving poll numbers and some of the takeaways from this year’s Conservative Political Action conference in…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to face questions about why residents of upscale communities built by his donors are getting special access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Journalists Zac Anderson, Antonio Fins and John Kennedy discuss the latest revelations about vaccine clinics in Charlotte and Manatee counties, what to look for as CPAC – the big conservati…
 
Gov. Ron DeSantis is attracting national attention after a vaccine pop-up clinic his team put together that drew complaints of political favoritism. Journalists Zac Anderson, Antonio Fins and John Kennedy discuss the governor’s response to the criticism during an appearance at the Lakewood Ranch clinic, reports that Ivanka Trump told Marco Rubio sh…
 
Florida hosted the Super Bowl Sunday amid worries it would become the super spreader bowl. Journalists John Kennedy, Zac Anderson and Antonio Fins discuss the concerns surrounding the big crowds of maskless revelers that the game attracted, questions about whether Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are paying attention at Trump’s impeachment trial and poli…
 
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a proposal this week to crack down on efforts by big tech companies to police their content. Journalists John Kennedy, Antonio Fins and Zac Anderson discuss the governor’s foray into an issue that has conservatives fired up, an effort being led by two South Florida lawmakers to punish congresswoman Marjorie Tayl…
 
Joe Biden wasn’t even president for a week before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis began feuding with his administration. Florida journalists Antonio Fins, John Kennedy and Zac Anderson talk about the back and forth between DeSantis and Biden’s press secretary over COVID-19 vaccine distribution to Florida, how Florida’s two U.S. senators are reacting to t…
 
Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th president of the United States could impact a host of issues important to Florida residents, including federal funding to the states and environmental policies. Journalists Zac Anderson, Antonio Fins and John Kennedy discuss how Biden’s inauguration will reset Florida’s relationship with the White House and what…
 
President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives after a mob of his supporters overran the U.S. Capitol, leading to five deaths. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins talk about how Florida’s 27-member House delegation voted on impeachment, the increasing number of corporate donors who say they won’t contr…
 
Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed past police and overran the U.S. Capitol, forcing it into lockdown. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss how Florida Republicans in Congress reacted to the lawlessness, which lawmakers supported the attempt to overturn the election results and the state's rocky coronavirus vacc…
 
The coronavirus vaccine began arriving in Florida with much fanfare this week. Journalists Zac Anderson, John Kennedy and Antonio Fins discuss how Gov. Ron DeSantis is handling the vaccine rollout, the governor’s ongoing tap dance around the question of calling Joe Biden president-elect and speculation that Ivanka Trump could run for office in Flor…
 
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