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Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Fresh Squeezed

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.

Nelson says outside money – including Tom Steyer’s – ‘thwarted the whole political system’


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is no fan of big outside spending impacting campaigns.

NAACP official says someone’s playing dirty tricks in N. Fla.


A Florida NAACP official took to Facebook Tuesday, warning North Florida voters not to believe rumors that heavy turnout in South Florida all but assures Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s victory.

Federal monitors in Hillsborough Tuesday to oversee voting


U.S. Department of Justice poll observers were present Tuesday in Hillsborough County, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said.

Court denies request to not count HD 64 votes


Without comment, an appellate court has denied state Rep. Jamie Grant’s request for the votes not to be counted in today’s contest for his Florida House District 64 seat.

More pre-election day votes in Florida than total population of 19 states


Bolstered by more than 30,000 black votes cast on Sunday, Democrats have narrowed Republican’s pre-election day lead to 96,139.

Democrats narrow GOP lead as closers hit the campaign trail for both sides


Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist go into the final days of the hard-fought campaign with some of their party’s top surrogates by their side, as the latest early voting results show the election likely will be decided by ...

Conservation savings will offset Capitol’s higher electric bill next year, state says

Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

There’s a silver lining in news that the state could have to pony up more than a half-million dollars more to power the Capitol and other state buildings.

Florida monitoring nine at ‘low risk’ for Ebola


The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday said staff members at county offices are monitoring nine “low-risk” people who recently returned from designated Ebola-affected areas in West Africa.

Bondi steps up spending in homestretch to election


Attorney General Pam Bondi’s campaign spent about $421,000 - almost all of it on direct-mail and advertising-related costs - from Oct. 11-17 as she tries to rally voters before the Nov. 4 election, according to a newly filed finance report.

Clinton coming to Tampa to campaign with Crist

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

Bill Clinton will appear at an early vote rally in Tampa Sunday with Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist, the Crist campaign has announced.