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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.

Write-in candidate’s proof that he still lives in his parents’ Tampa home? His name is on his bedroom door

Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2014 at 04:19 PM

The husband of the Republican primary challenger to state Rep. Jamie Grant is asking a Tallahassee court to disqualify a last-minute write-in candidate, saying the man lives in the state capital, not in Hillsborough County.

Citizens announces agreement over sinkhole claims

Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2014 at 02:40 PM

The News Service of Florida reports: Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and a Tampa-based law firm have reached an agreement that could help resolve about 300 sinkhole claims, the state-backed insurer announced Thursday.

Crist taps Goldstein as running mate

Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

In an unusually early announcement, likely Democratic nominee for governor Charlie Crist has named Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo as his running mate.

Teachers union challenges bill expanding school vouchers


The News Service of Florida reports: The state’s largest teachers union filed a legal challenge Wednesday contesting how lawmakers “log rolled” a series of education issues — including an expansion of a controversial schoo...

Opponents of Fla. medical marijuana initiative continue to warn of likely abuses


The “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot” coalition issued dire warnings in a news conference Wednesday, including a prediction that out-of-state pot users will create their own version of the “Oxycodone Express.”

Scott dodges, then blames Crist, for on-duty cops at campaign event

Published:   |   Updated: July 15, 2014 at 05:43 PM

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott refused to give a direct answer to questions about several on-duty, uniformed police officers who showed up at one of his campaign events saying they’d been led to believe it was an official governor’s office ...

Gardner to remain chair of Citizens Insurance board


Chris Gardner will stay on as chair of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s Board of Governors.

Scott takes in nearly $15 million last quarter toward re-election


Republicans rejoiced Friday over the multi-million dollar haul taken in by Gov. Rick Scott through his various fundraising arms.

Sheriffs back Scott

Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2014 at 06:25 PM

As he turns his re-election campaign to public safety issues this week, Gov. Rick Scott has announced endorsements from 40 of Florida 66’s elected county sheriffs....

Local law officers participate in Scott re-elect event

Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2014 at 03:09 PM

TAMPA ­­— Several on-duty, uniformed law officers from agencies including the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office participated in a political campaign event Monday in Tampa as part of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election effo...