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Tuesday, Oct 21, 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.

Jeb cuts an ad for Scott, Fasano for Crist

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2014 at 04:15 PM

Former Gov. Jeb Bush has cut a television ad for Gov. Rick Scott, and Pasco County tax collector and former state legislator Mike Fasano has cut an ad for Charlie Crist....

Scott accuses Crist of launching “brain drain” over Bright Futures

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2014 at 04:09 PM

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has accused his Democratic opponent for re-election, former Gov. Charlie Crist, of threatening a “brain drain” of bright students from Florida by emphasizing financial need in student financial aid programs....

Polls: Scott edges up

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2014 at 01:23 PM

Several new polls suggest Rick Scott may be edging up in the neck-and-neck race with Charlie Crist, but one shows Crist holding a narrow lead. The numbers:

How to get tickets to see Michelle Obama in Orlando

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2014 at 08:17 AM

Starting today at 9 a.m., free tickets for the public will be available to see First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign appearance for Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist at the Barnett Park Gymnasium in Orlando.

When Election Fraud met Ebola...


A former Republican candidate for governor was arrested on election fraud charges at Tallahassee’s airport after getting off a plane, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news release.

Tallahassee’s Press Center under contract to be sold


The Florida Press Center – still home to the capital bureaus of many state newspapers, television and radio stations, and wire services – will be sold after all.

Several polls show Crist edging ahead

Published:   |   Updated: October 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Several polls over the past week appear to show Democrat Charlie Crist evening up the Florida governor’s race or even edging ahead of incumbent Republican Rick Scott.

Beer distributors say growler deal could be brewing


The Beer Industry of Florida, a lobbying group for beer distributors including MillerCoors, announced Thursday that an effort is underway to bring the industry together for the 2015 legislative session in a way that will help the “explosion of...

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AG candidate George Sheldon sues Rick Scott over financial disclosure


TALLAHASSEE – A Democratic candidate for Florida’s attorney general is filing a lawsuit that contends Gov. Rick Scott isn’t following the law that requires him to disclose his finances.