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Friday, Nov 28, 2014

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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.

Democrats narrow GOP lead as closers hit the campaign trail for both sides


Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist go into the final days of the hard-fought campaign with some of their party’s top surrogates by their side, as the latest early voting results show the election likely will be decided by ...

Conservation savings will offset Capitol’s higher electric bill next year, state says

Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

There’s a silver lining in news that the state could have to pony up more than a half-million dollars more to power the Capitol and other state buildings.

Florida monitoring nine at ‘low risk’ for Ebola


The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday said staff members at county offices are monitoring nine “low-risk” people who recently returned from designated Ebola-affected areas in West Africa.

Bondi steps up spending in homestretch to election


Attorney General Pam Bondi’s campaign spent about $421,000 - almost all of it on direct-mail and advertising-related costs - from Oct. 11-17 as she tries to rally voters before the Nov. 4 election, according to a newly filed finance report.

Clinton coming to Tampa to campaign with Crist

Published:   |   Updated: October 23, 2014 at 08:29 PM

Bill Clinton will appear at an early vote rally in Tampa Sunday with Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist, the Crist campaign has announced.

Former basketball coach sues Fla. A&M, says he was fired because of his multiple sclerosis


A former Florida A&M University basketball coach is suing the school on a disability discrimination claim, saying he was fired after the athletic director and others learned he had multiple sclerosis.

Q poll shows Crist-Scott tie


The third new poll in two days shows a dead heat in the race for governor between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Scott says he may spend his own money


Facing a deadlock in polls in the governor’s race after spending more than $60 million on television advertising, more than twice opponent Charlie Crist’s total, Gov. Rick Scott says he may put his own money into the race.

Tapper wants to press for direct answers in CNN debate

Published:   |   Updated: October 21, 2014 at 01:55 PM

CNN’s Jake Tapper, moderator of tonight’s third and final debate between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, says he hopes to “knock them off their talking points” and insist — politely and respectfully i...

Tom Slade in critical condition


Former state Republican Party Chairman Tom Slade, a prominent figure in the GOP’s march to political dominance in state government and one of Florida political reporters’ favorite sources, is in critical condition in an Orange Park hosp...