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Friday, Oct 24, 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.

Clinton coming to Tampa to campaign with Crist

Published:   |   Updated: October 23, 2014 at 08:29 PM
By William March

the campaign website

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Former basketball coach sues Fla. A&M, says he was fired because of his multiple sclerosis

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James L. Rosica in Tallahassee

A former Florida A&M University basketball coach is suing the school on a disability discrimination claim, saying he was fired after the athletic director and others learned he had multiple sclerosis.

Condric Sanders, who was an assistant men’s basketball coach, filed suit under the Florida Civil Rights Act in Leon County Circuit Court last Thursday.

He worked for FAMU August 2011 to this April, his suit said; though his photo and biography are still on the university’s website.

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Q poll shows Crist-Scott tie

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By William March

The third new poll in two days shows a dead heat in the race for governor between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Scott and Crist with 42 percent each, and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie with 7 percent.

Omitting Wyllie from the poll question still produced a tie, with Scott and Crist at 44 percent each.

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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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