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Wednesday, Sep 24, 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.

Crist outlines small business plan

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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

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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

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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

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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.