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St. Petersburg Times Early voting opens in Pinellas with Charlie Crist casting ballot

TALLAHASSEE — Early voting got underway in 30 counties across Florida on Monday as both parties ramped up their get-out-the-vote efforts in the final two weeks of the race for governor.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Previewing the third governor's debate between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

CNN is hosting the third and final debate of the governor's race Tuesday night and the network has been clear: No fans.

St. Petersburg Times Early voting begins Monday in Pinellas

Early voting begins Monday for those registered in Pinellas County and will run through November 2.

St. Petersburg Times Phony early morning robo calls made on behalf of Rep. Kathleen Peters anger voters

ST. PETERSBURG — Dozens of people across the state woke up grumpy Sunday after getting roused from their slumber in the middle of the night by automated political calls.

St. Petersburg Times State House District 70 race pits incumbent against newcomer

Incumbent Darryl Rouson faces newcomer Philip Garrett in House District 70 race.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 19 news shows

Talk show host Tavis Smiley bemoaned politicians and the media for Ebola fear-mongering on ABC's This Week Sunday, saying things aren't as bad as people are claiming.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the tax swap for Greenlight Pinellas

When it comes to discussing the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit initiative, two things are certain: Taxes and citizens complaining about taxes.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Don't be fooled by anti-Amendment 2 hysteria

If you trust the polls, medical marijuana in Florida is losing. Or, to put it another way, hysteria is winning.

St. Petersburg Times Buzz: Jeb Bush genuinely undecided and genuinely considering 2016 presidential run

Political junkies in Florida don't have to worry about the drama ending Nov. 4, because once the governor's race wraps up, another huge political question emerges: Will Jeb run in 2016?

St. Petersburg Times For some, Greenlight debate is about getting to work, school

For many, the debate over Greenlight Pinellas isn't about taxes or light rail. It's about getting to work, classes, shops and, really, anywhere.

St. Petersburg Times CDC to host Ebola conference call with Florida health care workers Monday

The federal Centers for Disease Control agreed Saturday to some, but not all, of Gov. Rick Scott's Ebola-related requests.

St. Petersburg Times Michelle Obama rallies for Charlie Crist in Orlando, but no sign of president

ORLANDO — President Barack Obama is increasingly unpopular among Floridians, but that did not stop Charlie Crist from happily campaigning alongside First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday to boost his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times Ads infinitum: Florida voters can't wait for it to stop

Night after night, like the guest who just won't leave, Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are in your living room, telling you how bad the other guy is. It's costly and nasty.

St. Petersburg Times Several Pinellas cities, towns seek charter changes on Nov. 4 ballot

A charter is like a constitution that governs the way a city or town is run. Several municipalities have proposed changes to their charters. St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Times Florida Gov. Rick Scott says CDC's Ebola response lacking

DANIA BEACH — Gov. Rick Scott criticized the federal government Friday for not doing more to help Florida prepare for a possible Ebola outbreak.

St. Petersburg Times Times poll: Attorney General Pam Bondi leads George Sheldon, 41 percent to 31 percent

The incumbent attorney general's name recognition is a powerful factor.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott calls on CDC to help prevent Ebola in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday called on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reach out to passengers on a plane that apparently carried an Ebola patient the day before it stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

St. Petersburg Times Two longtime commissioners square off to become Dunedin's new mayor

Dunedin mayor Voters in this race will decide between two longtime city commissioners who often disagree on policy issues. Julie Scales, on the panel since 2003, is touting her experience and track record while Julie Ward Bujalski, elected in 2006, is pushing her deep community roots. The victor will lead a new commission majority …

St. Petersburg Times Two former House reps square off in District 63 rematch

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St. Petersburg Times Four candidates vie for state House seat in Hernando

Voters have four unique options in the House District 35 race.

St. Petersburg Times Court ruling throws Tampa Bay House district election back up in the air

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida appeals court ruled Thursday that a write-in candidate was wrongly disqualified from running for a Tampa Bay state House seat, likely cancelling a primary for the second time.

St. Petersburg Times Debate organizers: Charlie Crist's fan was violation of rules

TALLAHASSEE — The organizers of Wednesday's statewide TV debate between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist released a statement Thursday saying that Crist's insistence on having a portable electric fan was a violation of debate rules.

St. Petersburg Times Lobbyist's dual roles concern commissioner

On Sept. 23, Shawn Foster of Southern Strategy Group stood in front of the Pasco County Commission and helped guide the discussion on county priorities for the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature. Foster, in this role, was acting as the commission's $50,000-per-year Tallahassee lobbyist.

St. Petersburg Times For Charlie Crist, the fan is a mainstay

TALLAHASSEE — The fan. It's Charlie Crist's security blanket.

St. Petersburg Times Times poll: Florida medical marijuana amendment in deep trouble

The numbers show approval of medical marijuana is doubtful.

St. Petersburg Times Greenlight Pinellas campaign surpasses $1 million fundraising mark

ST. PETERSBURG — The backers of the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum have hit their million-dollar goal.

St. Petersburg Times Three appeals court judges up for retention

Voters will decide Nov. 4 whether to retain three judges on the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal. The court sits in Lakeland and hears appeals in criminal and civil cases from Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Polk and Sarasota counties.

St. Petersburg Times Five things for Pinellas voters to know about the Nov. 4 general election

FIVE THINGS VOTERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NOV. 4 ELECTION:

St. Petersburg Times Watch First Lady Michelle Obama ask in video, 'Turnip for what'

First Lady Michelle Obama has turned to the Vine video app to push her "Let's Move'' healthy living campaign.

St. Petersburg Times Times poll: All tied up in Florida governor's race between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are tied weeks from Election Day.