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Friday, Mar 06, 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.

Scott to announce Wawa store growth in Fla.

Published:   |   Updated: February 23, 2015 at 05:59 PM

Gov. Rick Scott and the CEO of a Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain will announce “future store growth in Florida” at a press conference later today, the Governor’s Office said in a statement.

Tom Lee weighs in on Senate President race

Published:   |   Updated: February 23, 2015 at 05:00 PM

Sen. Tom Lee says the ongoing race to be the Florida Senate’s next president may be leaning in favor of Stuart Republican Joe Negron – by a hair.

Appeals court throws out case on ‘blind trusts’ law

Published:   |   Updated: February 23, 2015 at 03:14 PM

An appeals court Monday dismissed a challenge to the state law that lets candidates and elected officials place their assets in a blind trust.

“This may not be in your ‘wheelhouse,’ but...”


With session starting in less than two weeks, Tribune/Scripps has decided to start a collection of “Old Chestnuts of the Florida Legislature.”

Greyhound injury-reporting bill clears another panel

Published:   |   Updated: February 19, 2015 at 01:23 PM

A bill requiring that injuries to racing greyhounds be reported to the state has cleared another Senate panel.

Senate panel clears changes to state’s utility regulation board


A bill to overhaul the Public Service Commission, the state’s utility regulation board, was unanimously OK’d Tuesday by a Senate panel.

Guns on campus measure creates more heat


Guns on campus measure creates more heat A bill that would allow guns on college campuses in Florida continued to generate passion Monday as it cleared its latest committee on a party-line vote.

Senate prez not holding breath that Seminole gambling deal will be renewed


Senate President Andy Gardiner Monday said he “wouldn’t be a bit surprised” if the legislative session comes and goes without a new Seminole Compact being presented to lawmakers.

Scott sets dates for ‘mission’ to Philadelphia


The Philadelphia invasion is drawing near.

Disney companies contribute in Tampa Bay house race


The Mouse must like Jamie Grant.