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Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

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.

Guns on campus measure creates more heat


Guns on campus measure creates more heat A bill that would allow guns on college campuses in Florida continued to generate passion Monday as it cleared its latest committee on a party-line vote.

Senate prez not holding breath that Seminole gambling deal will be renewed


Senate President Andy Gardiner Monday said he “wouldn’t be a bit surprised” if the legislative session comes and goes without a new Seminole Compact being presented to lawmakers.

Scott sets dates for ‘mission’ to Philadelphia


The Philadelphia invasion is drawing near.

Disney companies contribute in Tampa Bay house race


The Mouse must like Jamie Grant.

Bush set to release e-book, emails ahead of likely ’16 bid


WASHINGTON — Stepping closer to a White House bid, former Gov. Jeb Bush is ready to release thousands of emails and the first chapter of a related e-book intended to highlight his compassionate leadership style and conservative credentials....

Beer ‘growler’ bill pulled from consideration – for now

Published:   |   Updated: February 4, 2015 at 04:24 PM

The sponsor of a bill originally intended to legalize the half-gallon size of beer containers known as growlers pulled the measure from consideration Wednesday after pushback from beer distributors and other lawmakers.

Bill would legalize old-time weapon now used as keychain

Published:   |   Updated: February 3, 2015 at 06:07 PM

If state Rep. Neil Combee’s latest bill passes, the people of Florida will again be able to make and sell slungshots.

Random audits of Florida lobbyists to start soon


A joint legislative auditing panel on Monday announced four accounting firms that will be checking the reporting work of random lobbyists.

Gov. Scott refusing to disclose financial information


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a wealthy former businessman who put up millions of his money to help his two campaigns, is refusing to hand over detailed financial information that could answer whether he is violating a state ethics la...

Bills filed to set up Amendment 1 groundwork


A state senator who has been instrumental on water policy in recent years on Friday filed bills laying the groundwork for a new constitutional amendment that will take up a lot of time – and money – this legislative session.