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December 23, 2022

After a run of successes, the Republican Party of Florida is looking for a new leader. Outgoing party chair Joe Gruters will leave early next year to run for treasurer of the Republican National Committee. Now two high-powered leaders of the state GOP are vying to succeed Gruters -- and to wipe out what’s left of the Florida Democrats. Margie Menzel reports.

New rules in Florida restricting access to gender-affirming care for trans youth have not gone into effect. Two state medical boards must hold public hearings and complete other procedural steps before the rules are finalized. But as Stephanie Colombini reports, transgender kids and their advocates say the decision is already causing harm.

Last week’s special session of the Florida Legislature was focused on shoring up the state’s ailing property insurance market. But Capital Reporter Valerie Crowder tells Tom Flanigan there were several other priorities that made it through the process in record time.

A Tallahassee writer interviewed several dozen people – include a former Florida governor and U.S. senator – to create a comprehensive chronicle of the migration of Cubans to Florida, that began with the ascension of Fidel Castro to power in 1959. Tom Flanigan reports.

On top of all the other chaos and disruption a big disaster like a hurricane can cause, there are traffic hazards, such as signals that don’t work when the power goes out. Some communities use small generators as a backstop, but that’s expensive and also a short-term fix. While Hillsborough County has introduced its own emergency beacons on top of traffic lights in case of power outages, the City of Tampa is finding its solutions in sidewalks. WUSF's Sky Lebron has more.