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Wednesday, Sep 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.

Crist outlines small business plan


In a campaign event in Boca Raton today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist outlined a plan to promote small business, a plan his campaign says will “create jobs by helping to strengthen Florida’s homegrown small businesse...

McLauchlan challenges Brandes to ‘debate,’ but they disagree on what that means

Published:   |   Updated: September 17, 2014 at 05:43 PM

The opposing campaigns for Senate District 22 (Tampa, St. Petersburg) seem to have different ideas on what constitutes a “debate.”

Crist: Morgan “not interested” in judgeship

Published:   |   Updated: September 17, 2014 at 04:34 PM

In the aftermath of an embarrassing video of Orlando superlawyer and medical marijuana backer John Morgan making an extempore, profane and apparently somewhat inebriated speech in a Polk County bar, Republican critics have tried to tie Morgan to Demo...

Tallahassee PR firm drops suit against former client Eric Brody


A Tallahassee public-relations firm announced on its website it was dropping a $375,000 lawsuit against former client Eric Brody, a brain-damaged and paralyzed Broward County man.

Voting purge protester sentenced for letters to Republicans

Published:   |   Updated: September 10, 2014 at 05:23 PM

When James Webb Baker Jr. read about Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to purge voter registration roles of ineligible voters, he got mad.

Tallahassee’s Press Center no longer for sale


The Florida Press Center – the capital’s home-away-from-home for many of the state’s newspapers, wire services and television and radio stations – is no longer for sale.

Crist give Florida Dems $2.5 million


Charlie Crist’s independent committee, Charlie Crist for Florida, just dropped a $2.5 million donation to the Florida Democratic Party, following a $1.5 million donation a week ago....

Democratic AG candidate Sheldon announces support from moderate Republicans

Published:   |   Updated: September 9, 2014 at 04:45 PM

George Sheldon, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, Tuesday announced the formation of a bipartisan panel supporting him.

New Bondi ad focuses on her fight against drugs

Published:   |   Updated: September 8, 2014 at 04:26 PM

As a prosecutor, Pam Bondi saw crime and brutality fueled by drugs.

Tampa Bay legal aid group gets $500K to help domestic violence victims

Published:   |   Updated: September 8, 2014 at 03:51 PM

Bay Area Legal Services will receive nearly $500,000 under the STOP Violence Against Women grants initiative, Congresswoman Kathy Castor announced on Monday.