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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

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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.

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Senate HHS budget revamps LIP, includes Medicaid expansion

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Saying he doesn't want to engage in #x201c;brinksmanship#x201d; with the federal government, Senate President Andy Gardiner announced a state budget for health and human services that includes Medicaid expansion and a new model for paying for hospita...

Toledo pulls out of TV debate, but organizer says show will go on

Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2015 at 08:59 AM

Toledo pulls out of TV debate, but organizer says show will go on The much anticipated — at least for local politicos — faceoff between District 6 candidates Jackie Toledo and Guido Maniscalco scheduled for Thursday night won’t happen.

Lawmakers OK change to presidential primary date

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The Florida Legislature has approved a change to the state’s presidential primary date, which in 2016 means the election will be March 15.

Scott announces picks for Tampa Bay RPC

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Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Tuesday announced four appointments to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.

Tampa Theatre has $1 million earmark in state budget

Published:   |   Updated: March 17, 2015 at 05:24 PM

Tampa Theatre has $1 million earmark in state budget The historic Tampa Theatre stands to get $1 million in state money under a budget plan that came out this week.

Rose Ferlita endorses Toledo in council race

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With one week to go until polling day, both candidates in the heated City Council District 6 race are continuing to pick up endorsements.

Capitol Roundup for Tuesday

Published:   |   Updated: March 17, 2015 at 01:13 PM

Several bills of note continued to move through committees Tuesday, including:

Transgender bathroom bill clears second House panel

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After a two hour hearing, a House panel Tuesday cleared legislation cast as “common sense” by proponents, but vocally opposed by the transgender community, which says it’s discriminatory.

Maniscalco, Toledo debate 7 p.m. Thursday

Published:   |   Updated: March 16, 2015 at 07:10 PM

A televised debate is scheduled 7 p.m. Thursday between the two candidates in the runoff for the District 6 Tampa City Council seat.

Senate advances guns-on-campus bill

Published:   |   Updated: March 16, 2015 at 04:51 PM

A measure to allow concealed weapons on Florida university and college campuses cleared the Senate higher education committee Monday.