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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.

Whistleblower in Rick Scott’s former company says ‘fraud was in (its) DNA’

Published:   |   Updated: October 6, 2014 at 03:51 PM

Over his two campaigns for governor, Rick Scott’s opponents have cried foul over his tenure as head of a hospital chain that paid the biggest health care fraud fine in history.

AG debate to have limited audience


Florida’s three candidates for attorney general are holding just one debate, but many voters in the state won’t get a chance to see it.

Former top attorney to lawmakers dies during vacation abroad

Published:   |   Updated: October 3, 2014 at 05:14 PM

Fred McCormack, a former Tampa attorney who became general counsel to the Florida House of Representatives in the 1980s, died Thursday. He was 74.

Schale says Crist regains momentum; GOP differs


Steve Schale, one of Florida’s top Democratic political strategists and an adviser to the Charlie Crist campaign for governor, has put out a memo to Crist supporters contending that Crist has captured the momentum in the race and halted Gov. R...

Latest scam letter assumes state spokeswoman’s identity


The scammers are getting still more brazen.

Castor asks federal investigation of Florida “bar” on rights restoration


U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is seeking an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department of bureaucratic obstacles she says prevent former felons from obtaining restoration of their civil rights, including voting, in Florida....

Dispute over former Fla. House Speaker’s legal bills will get its own trial


Former House Speaker Ray Sansom’s bid to force the state to pay his legal fees from an aborted criminal case will go to trial next year.

Polls conflict in governor’s race


Two new polls conflict in the Florida governor’s race -- a state Chamber of Commerce poll showing Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a narrow but statistically significant lead, and a SurveyUSA poll showing Democratic challenger and former Gov. C...

Sound off on immigration in Florida


The Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau is looking for your thoughts on Florida’s immigration policy.

Weatherford’s spokesman to join Hill+Knowlton’s Tallahassee office

Published:   |   Updated: September 29, 2014 at 03:49 PM

The spokesman for outgoing Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is joining the Hill+Knowlton Strategies public relations firm, the company announced Monday.