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Charter renewed for West GOP club

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Charter renewed for West GOP club
NEW PORT RICHEY — Randy Maggard, chairman of the Pasco County Republican Party, this week renewed the charter for the 400-member West Pasco Republican Club.

House candidate says he’ll introduce new abortion ban legislation

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A Vero Beach candidate is courting the religious right in a state House race, first going after gay marriage and now pledging to introduce legislation to ban most abortions in Florida, even though similar proposals in other states were deemed unconst...

Lopez-Cantera swings through SW Fla.

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Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera spent Monday in Southwest Florida, meeting with members of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce to discuss the legislative session.

Governor OKs $78.6 billion ... make that $78.2 billion state budget

Published:   |   Updated: June 23, 2015 at 10:42 AM

(Updated 10:30 a.m.) Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed the state’s $78.6 billion state budget, minus a whopping $461.4 million in line-item vetoes.

Pasco Republicans set to elect a new party chairman

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Republicans will elect a new party chairman on July 9.

Some lawmakers missing important budget vote

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It’s arguably the most important vote a lawmaker can cast, but 10 of Florida’s 160 legislators aren’t in Tallahassee Friday to vote on the state’s $78 billion budget - the one constitutionally-required bill.

O’Neil to run for 3rd term as clerk

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O’Neil to run for 3rd term as clerk
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil filed last month to run for a third term in 2016.

Lawmakers begin teeing up state budget for passage

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Good news, Tallahassee lobbying corps: You can make Friday dinner plans after all.

Medical marijuana backers announce new campaign to get signatures

Published:   |   Updated: June 17, 2015 at 04:45 PM

The head of the effort to pass a state constitutional amendment allowing medical pot on Wednesday announced a “massive, statewide paid petition effort” to begin July 1.

Late-night budget rewards Tampa Bay amid questions of transparency

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State lawmakers late Monday allotted $17 million for the relocation of the University of South Florida’s medical school to downtown Tampa, ensuring an anchor for the proposed redevelopment of the city’s Channel District.