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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.

Teachers union challenges bill expanding school vouchers


The News Service of Florida reports: The state’s largest teachers union filed a legal challenge Wednesday contesting how lawmakers “log rolled” a series of education issues — including an expansion of a controversial schoo...

Opponents of Fla. medical marijuana initiative continue to warn of likely abuses


The “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot” coalition issued dire warnings in a news conference Wednesday, including a prediction that out-of-state pot users will create their own version of the “Oxycodone Express.”

Scott dodges, then blames Crist, for on-duty cops at campaign event

Published:   |   Updated: July 15, 2014 at 05:43 PM

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott refused to give a direct answer to questions about several on-duty, uniformed police officers who showed up at one of his campaign events saying they’d been led to believe it was an official governor’s office ...

Gardner to remain chair of Citizens Insurance board


Chris Gardner will stay on as chair of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s Board of Governors.

Scott takes in nearly $15 million last quarter toward re-election


Republicans rejoiced Friday over the multi-million dollar haul taken in by Gov. Rick Scott through his various fundraising arms.

Sheriffs back Scott

Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2014 at 06:25 PM

As he turns his re-election campaign to public safety issues this week, Gov. Rick Scott has announced endorsements from 40 of Florida 66’s elected county sheriffs....

Local law officers participate in Scott re-elect event

Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2014 at 03:09 PM

TAMPA ­­— Several on-duty, uniformed law officers from agencies including the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office participated in a political campaign event Monday in Tampa as part of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election effo...

Libertarian Wyllie denounces exclusion from candidate forum

Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2014 at 03:08 PM

Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for governor, says he’ll crash any candidate forum or debate that doesn’t include him and force organizers to arrest him if necessary, including the one by the Florida Press Association starting Thur...

Fla. Supreme Court rejects prisoner case over death drugs


The Associated Press reports: The Florida Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a death row inmate who contends drugs used in an execution could cause him pain.

Rick Scott adviser had inside track to keep All Aboard Florida rail project rolling

Published:   |   Updated: July 5, 2014 at 08:40 PM

When Gov. Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, the GOP establishment supported former Attorney General Bill McCollum.