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June 17, 2022

And they're off! Candidates for state, county, school district and many local offices had until noon today (Friday) to have their names on the primary ballot in August or the general election in November. Steve Bousquet reports on the shape of the upcoming ballot in Florida.

The redrawing of North Florida’s Congressional District 2 has placed two incumbent U-S Representatives against each other in the midterm elections. Tallahassee Democratic Congressman Al Lawson is running in the district against Panama City Republican Congressman Neal Dunn after Republican lawmakers carved up Lawson’s District 5. Valerie Crowder has more…

Susan MacManus may have retired from teaching at the University of South Florida, but she’s still a political scientist eyeing the midterms. As the campaign season kicks in, she talks with Margie Menzel about whether Florida is still a swing state and which issues could roil the upcoming elections.

School districts across Florida are working to implement a new state law that bans classroom instruction of sexual identity and gender orientation in grades K-3 and potentially in other grades as well. But they’re facing a lack of clarity on how to put in place new policies aimed at complying with the new mandate. Sarah Mueller has the details.

The newly reactivated Florida State Guard has its first leader. Gina Jordan reports the director will lead a crew of 400 volunteers.

It’s Fathers Day this weekend and Florida is celebrating Responsible Fatherhood Month. But as Regan McCarthy reports not everyone has an active dad in their lives. That’s something state leaders hope to work on. A new state law that goes into effect with the start of the fiscal year earmarks dollars to support programs aimed at getting dads more involved.