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Wednesday, Sep 17, 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.

FSU gets rush of last-minute applications for presidency


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


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)”


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


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


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


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


Nan Rich has delivered her promised endorsement of Charlie Crist.