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Thursday, Mar 05, 2015

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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.

Random audits of Florida lobbyists to start soon


A joint legislative auditing panel on Monday announced four accounting firms that will be checking the reporting work of random lobbyists.

Gov. Scott refusing to disclose financial information


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a wealthy former businessman who put up millions of his money to help his two campaigns, is refusing to hand over detailed financial information that could answer whether he is violating a state ethics la...

Bills filed to set up Amendment 1 groundwork


A state senator who has been instrumental on water policy in recent years on Friday filed bills laying the groundwork for a new constitutional amendment that will take up a lot of time – and money – this legislative session.

Gov. Scott getting ready for trip to Philly

Published:   |   Updated: January 28, 2015 at 03:47 PM

Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday said his scheduled trip to Pennsylvania next month “is all about jobs.”

Retail group withdraws legal challenge to craft beer

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 06:42 PM

The Florida Retail Federation, a statewide lobbying group, is now backing away from its legal challenge to a loophole in alcoholic beverage law that benefits the state’s craft beer makers.

State prison system hit with $340,000 verdict in whistle-blower suit

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 05:37 PM

A jury in Tallahassee has slapped the state’s beleaguered Department of Corrections with a $340,000 verdict for wrongly firing a state prison warden and his assistant warden as retaliation for being whistle-blowers, court documents show.

Brandes files medical pot bill


Less than three months after a proposed constitutional amendment on medical marijuana narrowly failed at the polls, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, has filed a bill that would legalize medicinal pot in Florida.

Bill aims to protect cyclists, pedestrians on Florida roads


It was an accident that got Kathleen Passidomo involved.

Whoops: HD64 write-in lost his password, filing says. And his PIN. And his username

Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2015 at 06:43 PM

With social media, online banking, email, news website paywalls and a host of others, it’s not surprising when people have trouble keeping track of all their passwords.

Effort to allow hard liquor in supermarket aisles returns

Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2015 at 04:56 PM

It’s back: A lawmaker has revived an attempt to knock down the wall between whiskey and Wheaties.