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Saturday, Nov 29, 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.

Scott announces new chief of staff, communications director


Melissa Sellers will take over as Gov. Rick Scott’s new chief of staff starting Dec. 1.

Tampa Bay may be down one state lawmaker next week

Published:   |   Updated: November 14, 2014 at 05:48 PM

When lawmakers enter the Capitol on Tuesday to organize themselves for next year’s legislative session, state Rep. Jamie Grant may not be among them.

Jeb! for governor again? Some in Collier County say yes

Published:   |   Updated: November 14, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Come back, Governor “BHAG.”

Court denies latest motion in state House write-in candidate case

Published:   |   Updated: November 7, 2014 at 05:48 PM

An appellate court says it won’t reconsider its decision to allow a write-in candidate to run for a Tampa-area state House seat.

Democrats seek to extend Broward voting time

Published:   |   Updated: November 4, 2014 at 08:18 PM

Updated 8:18 p.m.: The Associated Press is reporting that election officials say a judge has denied the motion to extend voting by 2 hours in Broward County.

Nelson says outside money – including Tom Steyer’s – ‘thwarted the whole political system’


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is no fan of big outside spending impacting campaigns.

NAACP official says someone’s playing dirty tricks in N. Fla.


A Florida NAACP official took to Facebook Tuesday, warning North Florida voters not to believe rumors that heavy turnout in South Florida all but assures Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s victory.

Federal monitors in Hillsborough Tuesday to oversee voting


U.S. Department of Justice poll observers were present Tuesday in Hillsborough County, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said.

Court denies request to not count HD 64 votes


Without comment, an appellate court has denied state Rep. Jamie Grant’s request for the votes not to be counted in today’s contest for his Florida House District 64 seat.

More pre-election day votes in Florida than total population of 19 states


Bolstered by more than 30,000 black votes cast on Sunday, Democrats have narrowed Republican’s pre-election day lead to 96,139.