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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

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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.

How to get tickets to see Michelle Obama in Orlando

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2014 at 08:17 AM

Starting today at 9 a.m., free tickets for the public will be available to see First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign appearance for Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist at the Barnett Park Gymnasium in Orlando.

When Election Fraud met Ebola...


A former Republican candidate for governor was arrested on election fraud charges at Tallahassee’s airport after getting off a plane, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news release.

Tallahassee’s Press Center under contract to be sold


The Florida Press Center – still home to the capital bureaus of many state newspapers, television and radio stations, and wire services – will be sold after all.

Several polls show Crist edging ahead

Published:   |   Updated: October 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Several polls over the past week appear to show Democrat Charlie Crist evening up the Florida governor’s race or even edging ahead of incumbent Republican Rick Scott.

Beer distributors say growler deal could be brewing


The Beer Industry of Florida, a lobbying group for beer distributors including MillerCoors, announced Thursday that an effort is underway to bring the industry together for the 2015 legislative session in a way that will help the “explosion of...

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AG candidate George Sheldon sues Rick Scott over financial disclosure


TALLAHASSEE – A Democratic candidate for Florida’s attorney general is filing a lawsuit that contends Gov. Rick Scott isn’t following the law that requires him to disclose his finances.

Lawyer in blind trusts appeal asks court to be heard, not seen


The lawyer for the man challenging the state’s blind trusts law on Monday asked an appellate court to hear oral arguments in the case.

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.