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Saturday, Dec 20, 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.

Will Christmas mean controversy at the Capitol this year?

Published:   |   Updated: December 1, 2014 at 05:35 PM

State officials later this week will decide on which holiday displays will be allowed in the Capitol rotunda, a spokesman for the Department of Management Services said Monday.

Bay Area largely unrepresented in Fla. House leadership

Published:   |   Updated: December 1, 2014 at 02:37 PM

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Monday announced the rest of his leadership picks with a list of committee chairs for 2014-16.

Hillsborough’s Spano ready to run again in 2016


After cruising to re-election this month, Republican state Rep. Ross Spano has opened a campaign accounts to run again in 2016, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Gov. Rick Scott, staff used private email account

Published:   |   Updated: November 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

‘Blind trust’ arguments set for January


An appeals court will hear arguments Jan. 14 in a challenge to a state law that allows elected officials to set up blind trusts, according to an online docket.

Gov. Scott orders special election for vacant Tampa-area legislative seat


As expected, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered a special election for the vacant seat in Florida’s House District 64 in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Mexican national fulfills dream of becoming Fla. lawyer

Published:   |   Updated: November 24, 2014 at 02:35 PM

It’s official: The Largo man brought to the United States as a child from Mexico and now here unlawfully has been sworn in as a Florida attorney.

As Fla. House rejects Jamie Grant, turmoil surrounding Tampa seat continues

Published:   |   Updated: November 18, 2014 at 04:14 PM

♦ Updated 2:45 p.m. -- Lesser replied, “The Secretary will collaborate with the Supervisors of Elections to determine Special Election dates.”

Gardiner wants “open dialogue” on Amendment 1

Published:   |   Updated: November 18, 2014 at 02:13 PM

Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, spoke to reporters after the conclusion of the post-election organization session on Tuesday.

With campaign fights behind them, lawmakers meet to organize for session


On the heels of a brutal election cycle that saw the Republicans rout Democrats, lawmakers gathered Tuesday in the Capitol to organize and transition from the campaign trail to the policy arena.