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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

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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

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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

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The Philadelphia invasion is drawing near.

Disney companies contribute in Tampa Bay house race

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The Mouse must like Jamie Grant.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.