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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.

Gov. Scott will tout low taxes, limited gov’t in inaugural speech


Gov. Rick Scott will use his second inaugural address Tuesday to pitch Florida as a state that is holding down taxes and limiting the size of government while also making higher education more affordable to families.

Fla. Bar leader responds to charges that “the fix was in” regarding FSU QB Winston


The president of The Florida Bar on Tuesday blasted comments by a Colorado lawyer about Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston’s student conduct hearing, saying they were “too outrageous for me to ignore.”

Clerks association standing by same-sex marriage legal opinion


In the face of backlash from activists and a U.S Supreme Court ruling, the association that represents local clerks of court reiterated its position that clerks are not allowed to issue same-sex marriage licenses early next month.

Fla. House announces ranking members for 2015


House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, on Friday announced ranking members for his chamber’s committees and subcommittees.

Fla. ACLU argues against extending ban on gay marriage

Published:   |   Updated: December 18, 2014 at 04:42 PM

Note: See update at bottom.

New Fla. Senate leader praises Jeb Bush’s executive experience


Senate President Andy Gardiner says he disagrees with a growing narrative among some in the national news media that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a moderate, not a solid conservative.

Tampa Bay lawmakers file beer bill


Calling the restriction “an insult to the idea of a free market,” freshman state Rep. Chris Sprowls joined Sen. Jack Latvala in introducing legislation Tuesday that would allow the state’s exploding craft beer industry to sell it...

Steinberg drops out of race for HD64 seat

Published:   |   Updated: December 16, 2014 at 07:14 PM

The other Republican candidate in the race for Tampa’s House District 64 has dropped out, essentially saying she doesn’t respect a process that won’t respect her.

Legislative leaders manage expectations as budget surplus grows

Published:   |   Updated: December 16, 2014 at 07:07 PM

A continuing rebound in Florida’s economy could translate to a nearly $1 billion surplus in the state budget for 2015, economists predict.

Top official of Fla. state police is replaced


Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday replaced longtime Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey with the head of the Capitol Police.