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Thursday, Jan 29, 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.

Craft brewers turn to ‘crowdfunding’ for upcoming legal fight


The state’s craft brewers are trying to “crowdfund” a legal battle that could ultimately result in the end of tasting rooms at breweries, they say.

Gov. Scott matches Jeb Bush in executions

Published:   |   Updated: January 16, 2015 at 05:21 PM

Just starting his second term, Gov. Rick Scott has matched former Gov. Jeb Bush for the most executions in the modern era.

Fight over politicians’ ‘blind trusts’ heads to appeals court

Published:   |   Updated: January 14, 2015 at 02:41 PM

Having elected officials fully disclose their finances is not only good public policy, “it’s a good political policy,” a lawyer told state appellate judges Wednesday.

Liquor retailers cry foul over craft breweries selling their own beer

Published:   |   Updated: January 13, 2015 at 06:08 PM

What the Big Beer concerns couldn’t do legislatively, they’ll try to do administratively.

Fundraising slow in HD 64 campaign


Former state Rep. Jamie Grant posted a single $500 check toward his effort to reclaim his former House District 64 seat.

Pasco commissioners delay decision on charter commission

Published:   |   Updated: January 13, 2015 at 02:54 PM

DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners said they had too many questions about charter government to rush into a decision Tuesday to appoint a charter commission....

Pasco’s Corcoran racks up campaign bucks


Rep. Richard Corcoran, the Land O’ Lakes Republican next in line to become Florida House speaker, has raised $54,750 in December for his campaign account.

Pasco Democrats elect new chairman


LAND O’ LAKES — One month after their election ended in a dead heat, Pasco Democrats have a new party chairman.

Putnam calls for more money in fight against citrus greening


Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is calling for more money in the war on citrus greening after new crop estimates show the 2014-15 harvest even lower than projected.

Philly, bar the door: Rick Scott is coming to steal your business


Making good on his promise to storm the country in search of jobs for Florida, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced he is traveling next month to the City of Brotherly Love to meet with business heads.