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Crist press spox leaves after a week

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Alex Sink won’t run for Congress in 2014

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Alex Sink announced she won’t run in November for Pinellas County’s District 13 congressional seat, after losing in a special election to Republican David Jolly in March.

Most state building money now goes to charter schools

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TAMPA ­­— U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor plunged into the argument over charter schools vs. traditional public schools Monday, accusing charter school advocates in the state Legislature of “theft of tax ...

Democrats must motivate voters in off-year

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Democrats need to work hard to get their voters to the polls this fall if they hope to unseat Rick Scott, who beat Alex Sink by only 1.3 percentage points in the off-year 2010.

Crist happy with fundraising

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Despite crowing from Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott about having raised nearly three times as much money in the first quarter...

Scott’s fundraising lead over Crist grows

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TAMPA ­­— Quarterly fundraising reports filed in Tallahassee on Thursday illuminate the big advantage Republicans are likely to have heading into this year’s governor’s race, in which Gov. ...

Channel 10 reporter Rudie moves to Jolly staff

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Preston Rudie, 12-year veteran reporter at WTSP, Channel 10, is leaving to take a job as press spokesman for newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly,...

Why were prominent Dems invited to Scott fundraiser?

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TAMPA — A number of prominent Tampa area Democrats have been puzzling over invitations they got to a

Competing polls: Scott up 1, or Crist up 7

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Two new polls show sharply different results in the Florida governor’s race, and each side is criticizing the poll that shows it losing.

New Scott ad repeats discredited ACA claim

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A new ad by Rick Scott’s independent political committee repeats a claim about the Affordable Care Act that’s been widely discr...

Scott courts Hispanics after fracas

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TAMPA ­­— Worried about his standing among Florida’s Hispanic voters in the wake of turmoil over a major Hispanic fundraiser, Gov. Rick Scott is working to

More money means more campaign ads

- If you think you’re seeing too many political campaign ads at election time, the U.S. Supreme Court has a decision you may not like.

So how did Crist get an invite to the Scott funder?

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Judging from the invitation and the hype, last night’s fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa was a stellar event -- $1,000 per person or $10,000 for the VIP r...

Scott raises $$ in Tampa while Morgan raises for Crist

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Several of the area’s most prominent Republican money men will hold a fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott tonight in Tampa, while Orlando superlawyer and philanthropist John Morgan will hold his first fundraiser for Sco...

Scott, Crist trade barbs over vehicle fees

- Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill cutting vehicle registration fees up to $25 for the average motorist, then cited Democratic opponent Charlie Crist for the 2009 increase. Crist didn't go unanswered.

Full steam ahead: Scott, state GOP raise big bucks in first quarter

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TAMPA ­­— Gov. Rick Scott and the state Republican Party say they have raised a massive $17.1 million in campaign funds in the first three months of 2014.

Crist announces Straz endorsement

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist appeared at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday to announce an endorsement from banking magnate and philanthropist

Scott hits back at Hispanic problem

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Obviously worried about a problem with Hispanic voters in the wake of a campaign meltdown involving his Hispanic fundraising chairman, Gov. Rick Scott is hitting back with a

Scott, GOP say $17.1m raised in 1st quarter

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Gov. Rick Scott and the state Republican Party say they have raised a massive $17.1 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Scott hits back at Hispanic problem

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Obviously worried about a problem with Hispanic voters in the wake of a campaign meltdown involving his Hispanic fundraising chairman, Gov. Rick Scott is hitting back with a

Nelson says he won't run against Scott

- In case anyone was still wondering, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is taking himself out of contention as a possible candidate in the race for governor of Florida.

Marijuana investigation angers mom

- A Fishhawk woman who believes a medical marijuana derivative will help save the life of her brain-damaged son is being investigated by authorities.

Ad wars: Crist, Scott spar over Obamacare

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TAMPA ­­— Hampered by lack of cash, likely Democratic nominee for governor Charlie Crist is hitting back with a web ad follo...

Ad war heats up in governor’s race

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Hampered by lack of cash, likely Democratic nominee for governor Charlie Crist is hitting back with a web ad following a televised attack fro...

Scott blurring line between governing, campaigning, Dems say

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Even before the event happens, Florida Democrats are saying Gov. Rick Scott is again blurring the lines between campaigning and governing, and is using taxpayer money to pay for campaign appearances, with a forum at a Ta...

Saint Leo poll: Crist 43, Scott 39

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A new poll by Saint Leo University’s Polling Institute shows former Gov. Charlie Crist with a narrow lead over Gov. Rick Scott, 43-39 percent.

State business or campaigning? Democrats blast Scott for ad

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TAMPA ญญ— Democrats are crying foul over a campaign ad by Gov. Rick Scott based on video of a

Scott launches attack ad, loses top fundraiser

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Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign rolled out a new television ad Monday attacking his likely Democratic opponent for re-election, former Gov....

Rules loom for medical marijuana

- The amendment on Florida’s November ballot would lead to “a pretty strict set of rules and regulations” says one expert.

Scott bashes Obamacare during Tampa appearance

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TAMPA ญญ— Gov. Rick Scott Friday made another in a series of appearances in Tampa that are technically on...

Sabato: Jeb at top of 2016 GOP field

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Renowned political prognosticator Larry Sabato has moved former Gov. Jeb Bush to the top of his list of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, citin...

Crist edging away from ACA in wake of Sink loss?

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Is former Gov. Charlie Crist edging away from his support of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the wake of Alex Sinkȁ...

GOP officials see progress after 2012 defeat

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TAMPA — The authors of last year’s post-2012 election “autopsy report” for the Republican Party said Monday they see progress implementing the recommendations of the report, including expandin...

Bradshaw, report authors claim progress for GOP

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The authors of last year’s post-2012 election “autopsy report” for the Republican Party said Monday they see progress implementing the recommendations of the r...

Rich gets NOW endorsement

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The National Organization for Women has endorsed Nan Rich in the Florida governor’s race.

Rubio works on his comeback

- The Florida senator tries to boost his conservative credentials with an eye on 2016.

Askew led Florida into modern era on integration, ethics, environment

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TAMPA ­­— Reubin O’Donovan Askew, Florida’s 37th governor, died at age 85 early Thursday after a career in which he helped lead Florida into a new era of racial integration, standards of go...

Askew in grave condition

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Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew is in very grave condition in a hospital in Tallahassee after having suffered several serious health problems over the last few months, according to a spokesman for the family.

Scott starting early with re-election ads

- Gov. Rick Scott is off to an unusually early start with his re-election ad campaign, and he’s doing it with an unusual kind of ad — an introductory ad that tells voters about his personal story.

Roberts: If Jolly loses, it’s GOP’s fault, not his

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At least one Florida Republican insider says if David Jolly loses today’s CD 13 special election, it won’t be because he ran a crummy campaign -- as some national Republicans have been saying -- but because...

Scott starts early with intro ad

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Gov. Rick Scott is off to an unusually early start with his re-election ad campaign, and he’s doing it with an unusual kind of ad -- an in...

Crist pulls in big bucks in February

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TAMPA ญญ— Former Gov. Charlie Crist appears to raised more money than Gov. Rick Scott during the month of February -- a situation that could seem shocking considering Scott is the top-spending candidate in the hist...

PPP poll: Sink up 48-45 percent over Jolly

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A Public Policy Polling survey says Democrat Alex Sink leads Republican David Jolly 48-45 percent, with Libertarian Lucas Overby at 6 percent, heading into Tuesday’s special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. ...

A conversation with Al From

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In the mid-1980’s, the national Democratic Party had become so consumed with ideology and interest-group politics it lost touch with the American center.

WaPo poll discouraging for Bush

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A new Washington Post/ABC News poll on sthe 2016 ...

Scott announces state funds to expand Tampa airport

- Gov. Rick Scott will use election-year funding initiatives for a 1.3 mile people mover at Tampa International Airport.

District 13 attack ads distort on both sides

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TAMPA ­­— The onslaught of attack ads by national political groups in the Pinellas County special congressional election continues, with new ads claiming Obamacare, supported by Alex Sink, cuts Medicare ...

Miami will seek 2016 Democratic convention

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Miami-Dade County has notified the Democratic National Committee it will apply to host the 2016 Democratic national convention.

Bill Young II to seek state House seat

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Bill Young II, son of the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, has announced he’ll run for the state House seat from District 68 in Pinellas County, currently held by Dwight Dudley, D- St. Petersburg.

Rubio, Scott call for U.S. action on Venezuela

- Some Florida Congress members, led by Sen. Marco Rubio and accompanied by Gov. Rick Scott, are calling for action by the U.S. government on the crisis in Venezuela.