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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.

Dems hit Scott on Solantic litigation

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2014 at 05:52 PM

Florida Democrats are raising anew an issue from the 2010 election by demanding Gov. Rick Scott release a deposition in a lawsuit in which a walk-in clinic company he ran was accused of fraud....

Clinton tops Florida 2016 landscape

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings remain mired in the 40’s, while Hillary Clinton handily leads all likely 2016 Republican challengers in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Florida voters released today....

Group now seeking sponsors to erect miniature billboards on state trails

Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2014 at 05:21 PM

It’s unclear what companies, if any, are willing to shell out cash for miniature billboards on state trails.

Congresswoman Castor announces creation of Medicaid expansion caucus

Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2014 at 02:35 PM

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., won’t give up on the issue of Medicaid expansion.

Group opposing casinos in Fla. releases list of candidates taking its anti-gambling pledges


The Orlando-based No Casinos in Florida group on Wednesday released the list of candidates running for the Florida Legislature who took their anti-gambling pledges.

Fla. Chamber of Commerce announces picks for House, Senate races in Tampa Bay


The pro-business Florida Chamber of Commerce has endorsed six Tampa Bay-area candidates for the state Legislature, including a Democrat vying to replace term-limited state Rep. Betty Reed.

Q Poll: Crist narrowly up on Scott

Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

A second new poll now shows likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist with a narrow lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida governor’s race.

SurveyUSA now shows Crist up

Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2014 at 08:36 PM

In a reversal from a poll two weeks ago, a SurveyUSA poll now shows likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida governor’s race....

Completion of cross-state trail underway, Gov. Scott says


Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced the individual projects funded as part of the long-awaited Coast to Coast Connector, Florida’s cross-state hiking and biking trail.

Fla. CFO Atwater, New York Gov. Cuomo trade insults over jobs ads


Florida CFO Jeff Atwater sent a letter Monday to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasting an advertising campaign touting his state’s business recruitment efforts.