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St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott taps assets in his blind trust to fund campaign

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott tapped assets in his blind trust and his wife matched the contributions to pump $12.8 million into his campaign, new state election reports show.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa Bay as reports show he gave his campaign $12.8 million

SUN CITY CENTER — Rick Scott brought with some political star power in U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for the final, frenzied weekend of campaigning for re-election, as new reports showed he and his wife added $12.8 million of their own money to help win the neck-and-neck campaign against Charlie Crist.

St. Petersburg Times South Florida secession effort just mirrors reality

For Alex Sink, the idea arrived four years too late.

St. Petersburg Times Complaint: D.C. law firm illegally lobbied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

TALLAHASSEE — An ethics complaint filed Friday alleges a Washington, D.C., law firm illegally lobbied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before she dropped suits or declined to investigate cases involving its clients.

St. Petersburg Times Political mailers disclose voting histories, prompting complaints

An election flier caught Annie Miller's eye after it found its way to her mailbox Thursday. Addressed to her stepson, Jeremy Matson, who had moved out of state, it bore the bold headline: "Jeremy, Why haven't you voted yet?"

St. Petersburg Times John Morgan vows to try again if Florida's medical marijuana amendment fails

Florida medical marijuana honcho John Morgan hopes for a victory on Amendment 2 when polls close on Tuesday. But a loss may not end the campaign, Morgan told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday. As long as the vote is close to the required 60 percent approval threshold, Morgan said, he will try again in 2016.

St. Petersburg Times Central Florida voters excited, exhausted over governor's race

SANFORD — Eighty-six-year-old Dottie Anthony pulled up to the Seminole County elections headquarters in her lime green Volkswagen Beetle this week with a singular mission: to cast a vote for Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist goes door to door for votes in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY — Wearing a short-sleeved button down tucked into faded jeans and flanked by a gaggle of campaign members, Charlie Crist visited retirees in their Pasco County homes Friday morning.

St. Petersburg Times Medicare pays for drugs for dead people

WASHINGTON — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.

St. Petersburg Times Greenlight a leading issue in crowded race for north Pinellas commission seat

From the start, backers of the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum have battled a perception that the plan lacks value for residents north of Dunedin.

St. Petersburg Times Times poll: Florida governor's race tied

It's tighter than a rusty bolt on a '55 Ford, closer than Lassie and Timmy, hot enough to peel house paint.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas, Hillsborough seeing 'robust' voter turnouts

TAMPA — More people in Tampa Bay have already voted than did before Election Day four years ago, raising the likelihood of a higher than expected turnout in Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Records reveal close ties between Pam Bondi and lobbyists

TALLAHASSEE — Partners with a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm aren't registered as Florida lobbyists, but that hasn't stopped them from wining and dining Attorney General Pam Bondi the past four years to discuss clients.

St. Petersburg Times Amendment asks voters to let outgoing governor name judges

TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters are being asked to approve a little-noticed amendment to the state Constitution that would rewrite the way judges are appointed to the state's highest courts and strengthen the powers of governors who are leaving office.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Insider Poll: Democrats, Republicans equally optimistic on governor's race

This is Florida, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised by the results of our final Florida Insider Poll of the 2014 election cycle: More than 140 of Florida's most sophisticated political operators view the neck-and-neck gubernatorial race between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott in starkly partisan terms.

St. Petersburg Times Speeches, campaigning wind down; voters head to polls Tuesday

About 20 percent of potential votes are in.

St. Petersburg Times Report: Red Cross left volunteers at Republican National Convention in Tampa instead of helping Isaac victims

TAMPA — Despite receiving millions of dollars in donations, the Red Cross botched recovery efforts after Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy and part of the problem revolved around the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, an investigation by ProPublica and

St. Petersburg Times U.S. Justice Department watching for voting irregularities in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — The U.S. Department of Justice says it will be on the lookout for voting irregularities in Florida and is publicizing a Tampa telephone line so people who suspect voting rights abuses can report it to federal prosecutors.

St. Petersburg Times Corporations lavish gifts on states' attorneys general to squelch investigations

St. Petersburg Times Hernando blogger critical of candidates has his own problems with election laws

BROOKSVILLE — During the weeks leading up to the August primary election, local news junkies could read one posting after another critical of local Democratic candidates on a new Internet blog.

St. Petersburg Times The Buzz: Three-time loss would make history books

Charlie Crist is courting political history in next week's election.

St. Petersburg Times Legal questions surround Florida's potential medical marijuana amendment

Florida's Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana, contains new protections for patients, doctors, caregivers and dispensaries: Those who follow the rules will not suffer "civil liability or sanctions.''

St. Petersburg Times New poll shows approval for medical marijuana initiative

A new poll commissioned by the sponsor of Florida's Amendment 2, which would legalize marijuana for medical use, shows 62 percent of likely voters will approve it, 35 percent are opposed and 3 percent are undecided, according to a United for Care release.

St. Petersburg Times The nightmare scenario: A race for Florida governor too close to call

TALLAHASSEE — It's the nightmare scenario nobody wants to discuss: an election night result for Florida governor that's so close it demands a recount.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Scott tells lawmakers that Florida is prepared for Ebola

TALLAHASSEE — In a brief conference call with Florida lawmakers Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott led with the only update that mattered.

St. Petersburg Times Brandon Sen. Tom Lee draws only write-in opposition

His competition in District 24? Only two-write ins.

St. Petersburg Times In Pinellas, Duke Energy claim stirs bipartisan mudslinging

ST. PETERSBURG — With Election Day a week off, some Pinellas candidates have reached an odd moment of bipartisanship: Democrats and Republicans are slinging the same mud at each other.

St. Petersburg Times In Florida's early vote wars, Rick Scott leading but Charlie Crist gaining

The race for Florida governor is tied in the polls, but the past week has brought more good numbers for Democrat Charlie Crist than Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: On Gov. Rick Scott's campaign bus, every minute counts

Charlie Crist has his fan, and Rick Scott has his timer.

St. Petersburg Times Bush family rallies around Jeb Bush for likely 2016 presidential run

WASHINGTON — When Jeb Bush decides whether to run for president, there will be no family meeting à la Mitt Romney, no gathering at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, to go over the pros and cons.