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Election 2022: Five most expensive Florida legislative races still in play

Democrats, Republicans have spent big supporting several battleground state legislative races. A look at the numbers.

Policy

Biden administration cuts off funding for child refugee program in South Florida

La Jornada, which will close Oct. 31, provides temporary housing and assists with sponsor family placement.

Politics

Following the money: Who’s giving in the Marco Rubio-Val Demings matchup

The two candidates have brought in $84 million, the third most out of all U.S. Senate races.

Personality

Five Questions with Maxwell Frost

Frost, who's seen his national political profile skyrocket, may well be the first member of Gen Z to be elected to Congress in November.

Policy

Trump vs. DeSantis: How their policy positions stack up in a potential 2024 face-off

The two political figures hold the same positions across many issues, but where they differ could make a difference in a race for the White House.

Policy

North Florida is the latest front in Ron DeSantis' war on voter fraud

Emails show the new Office of Election Crimes and Security is asking Tallahassee's top prosecutor to investigate over 20 people who may have voted illegally.

Politics

Moving ‘further to the right’? Five takeaways from the Florida primary election

‘People want Republican leaders, conservative leaders, who are willing to fight,’ one GOP official said. 

Politics

Crist, Salazar rely heavily on remote voting while campaigning

Fried blasts Democratic primary rival for ‘abusing a Covid-era rule to campaign.’

Politics

Florida election preview: Ten state House primary races to watch in 2022

It's dizzying: There are dozens of races with multiple entrants that have significant money behind them.

Politics

Republican vote-by-mail rebounds, Broward participation flounders ahead of 2022 primary

As of Wednesday, just under half of the roughly 490,000 party-affiliated voters who have voted by mail so far are Republican.

Politics

Florida election preview: State senate primary races to watch in 2022

Some races have the most compelling political storylines of Florida’s primary season.

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Policy

Proposed ban on using Medicaid to pay for transgender care in Florida riles experts

'There's a remarkable amount of cohesiveness and consensus in the community that these (treatments) are beneficial,' one expert says.

Personality

What they do for fun: Hobbies of Florida lawmakers include poker, extreme sports, 'wolf spider husbandry'

What a lawmaker includes in their 'recreational interests' section – and whether they fill it out at all – can provide an insight into them away from the legislative session.

Policy

Experts question science behind Florida's decision to not order COVID vaccines for kids

President Trump, who oversaw development of the vaccines, has called them 'verifiably safe and effective' and the 'gold standard.'

Personality

A 'rare opportunity': Fentrice Driskell looks at the challenges ahead for Florida House Democrats

In an interview with City & State, the incoming House Democratic Leader says she hopes to build a 'caucus that will be better able to weather political changes.' 

Policy

Florida denying more concealed carry applications under Nikki Fried than GOP predecessors, data shows

The state agriculture commissioner, also a Democratic candidate for governor, licenses concealed weapons as part of her department's duties.

Policy

Cryptocurrency still on hold as payment for fees, taxes in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis floated the idea of allowing payments in crypto, but lawmakers balked.

Politics

On the road again: Ron DeSantis' public appearances double up on policy and politics

The governor isn't traditionally campaigning for reelection – instead, he's in 'permanent campaign' mode, using bill signings and other official events to connect with voters