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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

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A Florida Politics Blog

Made fresh, never frozen, here's the juice on local and state politics from the staff of The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Tribune and the Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau.

Scott says he may spend his own money

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By William March

Facing a deadlock in polls in the governor’s race after spending more than $60 million on television advertising, more than twice opponent Charlie Crist’s total, Gov. Rick Scott says he may put his own money into the race.

That’s something Scott said early on he didn’t want to do.

Asked by the Miami Herald at a rally in Miami on Monday whether he’ll self-fund this year, Scott said, “We’ll see,” but also suggested it won’t reach the levels of some reports last week that he plans to put $20 million or more into his own coffers.

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Tapper wants to press for direct answers in CNN debate

Published:   |   Updated: October 21, 2014 at 01:55 PM
By William March

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Tom Slade in critical condition

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By William March

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Scott giving himself $20m?

Published:   |   Updated: October 17, 2014 at 06:28 PM
By William March

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Crist runs ad on Fangate

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By William March

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Incoming House speaker taps Tampa Bay area lawmakers for leadership positions

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Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster in Naples

Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli has picked his leadership team for the 2014-2016 legislative terms, including Tampa’s Dana Young as leader of the House Republicans.

Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, announced his picks in a Thursday press release.

Young, R-Tampa, will become House Majority leader: “I’m very honored and excited to be selected to lead the Republican Caucus alongside Speaker Crisafulli,” she said in a text message.

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FPA: Fan broke the rules

Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2014 at 01:31 PM
By William March

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stood on stage alone for several minutes

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Scott says he thought he was waiting for Crist

Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign is disputing the cause of a delay in Wednesday’s night televised debate with former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Crist was alone on stage for nearly 10 minutes at the debate’s start. Moderators told the audience Scott was refusing to take part because Crist had an electric fan under his lectern. Moderators said they’d been told Scott considered it violated the rule prohibiting the use of electronic devices.

In an email to campaign supporters hours after the debate, Scott’s campaign manager said Scott “never refused to take the stage.” Melissa Sellers says the campaign wasn’t notified that Crist had taken the stage. She says they were told Crist was talking with debate organizers about the fan.

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Gelber: Debate sponsors agreed to the fan

Published:   |   Updated: October 15, 2014 at 08:16 PM
By William March

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AP: Jeb Bush says wife “supportive” of presidential run

Published:   |   Updated: October 15, 2014 at 03:13 PM
By William March

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