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Monday, Apr 27, 2015

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Special election for Tampa-area House seat is Tuesday


Assuming history holds true, Republican Jamie Grant is expected to be sworn in Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s special election for his former state House seat.

Future unclear for gay adoption-related bill in Senate


A Senate panel did not vote on a contentious House bill allowing private agencies to deny gay adoptions by claiming religious or moral convictions, but the committee’s chairman said it was premature to say the measure was dead.

Senate version of booze bill being withdrawn

Published:   |   Updated: April 15, 2015 at 04:38 PM

If ever there was a time for opponents of the “whiskey and Wheaties” bill to drop the mic, as it were, that moment came Wednesday.

House panel kills ‘whiskey and Wheaties’ bill

Published:   |   Updated: April 14, 2015 at 07:31 PM

In a bipartisan vote, a House panel has killed what came to be known as the “whiskey and Wheaties” bill, dealing a blow to big-box stores Walmart and Target.

Pasco insurance agent resigns from county’s charter government board


NEW PORT RICHEY - Pasco County's charter advisory board won't hold its first meeting until next month but it's already lost a second member....

‘Whiskey and wheaties’ bill lives, sponsor says

Published:   |   Updated: April 10, 2015 at 07:10 PM

The “whiskey and Wheaties” bill was abruptly yanked off its latest committee’s agenda Thursday, but its sponsor says it will be back next week.

Early voting begins in special election for House seat

Published:   |   Updated: April 10, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Early voting begins Saturday in the special election for the House District 64 seat, formerly held by Republican Jamie Grant.

Guns-during-evacuations bill headed to governor


The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow people to carry lawfully-owned guns during a state-ordered evacuation, such as before a hurricane.

AG Bondi files suit against Pan Am reunion organizers

Published:   |   Updated: April 9, 2015 at 02:21 PM

Pan Amigo is no friend to former Pan Am airlines employees, according to Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Political podcast: House/Senate food fights


This week’s episode of the Tribune/Naples Daily News podcast uses the health care funding fight to delve into the rhetoric of House/Senate food fights.