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Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced today he has chosen a Republican from North Florida to lead the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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A last-minute rally in support of Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for governor, was held today in Hillsborough County. And some familiar faces showed up.

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Both candidates for governor took aim at Pinellas County over the weekend, as it's considered one of the key battlegrounds to taking the governor’s mansion.

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The candidates for Florida governor decried extreme political divisiveness on a day when pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic leaders, but then they immediately began intense name-calling during their final debate Wednesday.

Longtime Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich says the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis  is shaping up to be an echo of the 2016 presidential race.

The Florida Roundup expands this week as we welcome stations around the state that are picking up the weekly news program produced by WJCT in Jacksonville and WLRN in Miami.

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Congressman Ron DeSantis made two stops in Tampa Thursday as part of his campaign for governor. He touched lightly on his proposals for office, focusing mostly on attacking his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

End Common Core. Pay new teachers $50,000 a year.

These education platforms are likely to be politically effective for the major party gubernatorial candidates — Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, respectively. But actually implementing them would be more complicated than voters might glean from candidates' stump speeches.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has released a detailed education platform. The former congressman says he wants 80 percent of K-12 dollars spent in the classroom.

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Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's running mate came to Tampa Tuesday to unveil the Democrats' $1 billion "Fair Share for Florida's Future" plan to revamp the state's public schools.

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The outbreak of red tide that has devastated beaches and wildlife along the Gulf Coast has naturally migrated to the waters of political ads.

WUSF's Steve Newborn explores that claim - along with Republican Ron DeSantis saying the bulk of opiods smuggled into the country come from Mexico - with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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Congressman Ron DeSantis spoke to a packed house filled with Donald Trump supporters today at Tiffany's Restaurant in Palm Harbor Monday. There, he echoed the president on several topics.

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During a recent debate, Congressman Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam took opposite sides of the claim that leaky septic tanks are contributing to the algae polluting Lake Okeechobee and the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. 

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President Donald Trump attracted plenty of praise and criticism from people flocking to the Florida State Fairgrounds Tuesday.

WUSF reporters spoke with supporters attending his campaign rally and protestors outside. What they had to say showed exactly how divided Floridians are about topics ranging from immigration to the environment to Trump himself.

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After months of considering a run for governor, Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran will stay out of the race and instead back Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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Is Florida really going through its sixth straight year of record education funding, as Gov. Rick Scott claims? And we also look into how an attack ad is crafted, with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis filed paperwork Friday to formally enter Florida's 2018 gubernatorial race, after landing praise from President Donald Trump and rounding up a list of wealthy financial backers.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will announce Wednesday that he’s running for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up to seek the GOP presidential nomination.

Two advisers close to DeSantis confirmed his plans to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public yet.