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Monday, Dec 22, 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.

‘Festivus’ pole coming to Capitol next week

Published:   |   Updated: December 10, 2014 at 01:34 PM

A “Festivus” pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and an American Atheists display will share space in the Capitol rotunda next week, a state spokesman said Wednesday.

Beer wholesalers OK with lifting Fla.’s 64-oz. “growler” ban


In the interest of time, here’s the press release:

Gov. Scott broke law with private emails, lawyer says


A Florida judge is letting a lawyer argue that Gov. Rick Scott intentionally broke the state’s public records law with the use of a private email account.

Lawmakers push to repeal nuclear cost law

Published:   |   Updated: December 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Wading back into a major political issue in the Tampa Bay area, two House members said Monday they will seek to repeal a 2006 law that has allowed utilities to collect hundreds of millions of dollars for nuclear-power projects.

Pasco Democrats searching for a new leader


LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County Democrats are looking for new leadership again after another disappointing election in which the GOP maintained its stronghold throughout much of the county.

Welfare drug testing and gay marriage ban lose a round


Social conservatism in Florida took two black eyes Wednesday, both delivered by a federal appeals court not particularly known for leaning one way or the other.

Business groups back form of health insurance expansion


With state lawmakers rejecting an expansion of Medicaid, a coalition including business groups Wednesday released a proposal that would extend private health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income Floridians.

Prasad stepping down as state transportation head


Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad has become the third of Gov. Rick Scott’s agency heads to step down since the general election.

Hillsborough’s Tom Lee named Senate budget chair


What was the worst kept secret in Tallahassee is now in the open: Senate President Andy Gardiner Tuesday named Brandon’s Tom Lee as chair of the Appropriations committee, the panel responsible for writing the Senate version of the annual state...

Grant, Steinberg file to run for House Dist. 64 seat

Published:   |   Updated: December 1, 2014 at 06:18 PM

Jamie Grant, who most recently represented District 64 in the Floirda House of Representatives, filed paperwork last week to run again for the seat.