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Saturday, Aug 23, 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.

Sheldon ad embraces medical marijuana; Jeb Bush opposes it


George Sheldon, Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general, has released a radio ad endorsing the medical marijuana amendment on the Florida ballot in November, while former Gov. Jeb Bush has joined a political group opposing it....

Gov. Scott approves new map of congressional districts


Gov. Rick Scott has signed a new congressional redistricting plan, which passed during a special legislative session that ended Monday.

Jeb Bush to join Gov. Scott on campaign trail

Published:   |   Updated: August 13, 2014 at 06:17 PM

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, a popular figure among Florida Republicans and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, will join Gov. Rick Scott on the campaign trail Friday.

Democrats hold voter edge in larger Fla. counties, GOP elsewhere


The News Service of Florida reports: Democrats hold a voter-registration edge in each of Florida’s seven most-populated counties, but Republicans have an advantage in many mid-sized counties, according to newly released voter-registration numb...

Tampa’s Sen. Joyner awarded for civil rights advocacy

Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Tampa lawmaker Arthenia Joyner, the Florida Senate’s incoming democratic leader, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Florida Public Defender Association’s L. Clayton Nance Award.

Scott quotes Wasserman Schultz in statement supporting Israel


This might be the last time for a long time that Fla. Gov. Rick Scott agrees with Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

GOP, enviro group in fracas over ads


Did Rick Scott’s campaign swing wild again in its response to an attack ad by a billionaire environmentalist?...

Another FAMU law professor suing over alleged discrimination, pay inequalities


A former Florida A&M law professor is suing the university, saying she was retaliated against and forced to resign for reporting discrimination and salary inequalities at the Orlando-based law school.

Things getting ugly fast in HD 61 race


The gloves have come off in the House District 61 race, with one Democratic front-runner comparing the other to Republican Gov. Rick Scott and accusing him of being a sellout.

Medical marijuana backers say Judd using office for politics

Published:   |   Updated: August 8, 2014 at 06:17 PM

Backers of the medical marijuana amendment say Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is using his office for political purposes to oppose the amendment, citing a letter on his official letterhead setting up a meeting of pastors on the subject....