Florida

Tampa elects its first openly gay mayor

Jane Castor. Photo: Edward Linsmier/Getty Images

Tampa's former Police Chief Jane Castor will be the city's next mayor, after winning the 7-week municipal runoff election on Tuesday with 73.15% of the vote.

Details: Castor is the city's first openly gay mayor, having won by a landslide against opponent David Straz, a retired banker, who spent millions of dollars on attack ads against Castor. Her intentions platform focused on promoting mass-transit and amplifying affordable housing options. Campaign finance filings indicate Straz spent more than $5 million to Castor's $2 million. Per the Tampa Bay Times, Straz was the target of social media resistance when constituents learned he supported Donald Trump in 2016. He defending himself, saying he did not plan to vote for the president again in 2020.

Florida Supreme Court upholds DeSantis' decision to suspend Broward County sheriff

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Photo: Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images

Florida's highest court ruled Tuesday in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) decision earlier this year to suspend embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel amid deepening anger over police response to last year's Parkland school shooting.

Details: The court said DeSantis had constitutional authority to suspend Israel, a Democrat. Israel sought to get back his job before the 2020 election after being rebuked over his "repeated incompetence and neglect of duty," referring to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Without Senate intervention, the former sheriff is reliant on Broward County voters — who elected him in 2012 and again in 2016 — to get his job back.