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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Fresh Squeezed

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.

FSU gets rush of last-minute applications for presidency

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The search for the next president of Florida State University, widely believed to be lined up in favor of influential state Sen. John Thrasher, drew applications before a Tuesday deadline from a number of academics with extensive resumes.

State held secret meetings, lost records, lawsuit says

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The state of Florida is getting sued again over violations to the state’s Sunshine Law.

Gov. Scott on ISIS: They’re “barbarians” who need to be “destroy(ed)”

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday responded to a video purporting to show American journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded by a member of an extremist group called the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL).

DEP closes on sale of state’s former TB hospital

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The $15.6 million sale of the former A.G. Holley state tuberculosis hospital in Lantana has been completed, the state’s first such deal under a revamped effort to raise money for land conservation through the sale of surplus land.

Gov. Scott slams Charlie Crist during Fort Myers stop

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Rick Scott slammed his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Charlie Crist in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

Legislative pre-session meeting schedule released

Published:   |   Updated: August 29, 2014 at 06:15 PM

With a November election coming up, the Florida House of Representatives will compress the time it meets in committee before the yearly legislative session.

Plaintiffs file appeal to redistricting ruling

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Florida’s midterm elections are no longer in danger of being changed, but the lengthy challenge to the state’s congressional districts is not over.

Report: Betting on Fla. horse and dog races continues to decline

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 06:42 PM

Florida’s horse- and dog-racing tracks have seen another year of overall declines in their core business, according to figures released Thursday by the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

More school voucher litigation is in the works

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 05:57 PM

A news release sent Wednesday by the state’s teachers union says it is planning another lawsuit related to Florida’s school voucher program.

Rich backs Crist

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Nan Rich has delivered her promised endorsement of Charlie Crist.