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St. Petersburg Times Scott appeals to women voters at Tampa campaign stop

TAMPA — With polls showing women favor his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott and his backers urged a mostly female gathering Tuesday to flip the gender gap to his advantage.

St. Petersburg Times RNC host committee to give nearly in $3 million in leftover funds to 82 charities

TAMPA — The local organizers of the Republican National Convention this week began distributing $2.83 million in surplus funds left over from the event to scores of charities around the Tampa Bay area and around Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Obama visit expected to impact traffic in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into MacDill Air Force Base late Tuesday for a briefing at U.S. Central Command, but city officials say his visit will also affect traffic in and around the southern part of downtown Tampa.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: Panhandle key to Rick Scott's re-election bid

The country song Where I Come From, an anthem of small-town pride, was blaring from speakers outside a Panama City Beach landmark on Friday morning.

St. Petersburg Times Rep. Castor hosts news conference calling attention to domestic violence

TAMPA — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor held a news conference Tuesday to call attention to the plight of domestic violence victims, noting the national spotlight the issue has gained in the wake of the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice.

St. Petersburg Times Thrasher makes his FSU presidential pitch today with students, staff and faculty

TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. John Thrasher is spending all of Monday on Florida State University's campus talking to students, staff and members of the community about why he wants to be the school's next president.

St. Petersburg Times Tampa Bay is ground zero in Florida's $40 million governor's race ad war

The race for Florida governor is about to be a $40 million affair. And, with about eight weeks to go, expect that amount to double — or perhaps triple.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 14 news shows

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is facing plenty of questions about his handling of a domestic violence investigation into NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely last week after video showed him hitting his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Gov. Rick Scott seldom appoints black judges

TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-Americans to Florida judgeships than either Charlie Crist or Jeb Bush did in the same period of time.

St. Petersburg Times In Pinellas, House District 68 candidates say Duke needs to shape up

The House District 68 incumbent questions his opponent's stand on the energy giant.

St. Petersburg Times David Straz has yet to take stage for Charlie Crist campaign

Back in April, the Charlie Crist campaign summoned Tampa Bay area reporters to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to hear "important news" from Crist. Reporters and local dignitaries and Democratic activists turned out, and eventually Crist strolled up accompanied by David Straz, the investor and philanthropist, …

St. Petersburg Times La. Gov. Jindal helping out Florida GOP

ORLANDO — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping Florida Republicans focused on trying to get Gov. Rick Scott re-elected.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appeals gay marriage rulings

MIAMI — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals late Friday on several rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

St. Petersburg Times President Barack Obama will visit Tampa, CentCom next week

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will travel to Tampa next week for a briefing at U.S. Central Command as the military begins a more aggressive assault on the Islamic State group.

St. Petersburg Times N.J. Gov. Chris Christie catches Gov. Rick Scott's campaign bus, slams Charlie Crist

PANAMA CITY BEACH — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie boarded Gov. Rick Scott's bus tour Friday and blasted Democrat Charlie Crist as a job-hopping, tax-raising career politician who can't be trusted.

St. Petersburg Times No challengers in sight, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn launches his re-election campaign

TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Friday launched his campaign to seek a second term in Tampa's municipal elections on March 3.

St. Petersburg Times 2-year voter fraud investigation results in arrest

TALLAHASSEE — A two-year voter fraud investigation that centered on a company once aligned with the Republican Party of Florida has wrapped up with the arrest of a former employee.

St. Petersburg Times Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school choice program lawsuit

Charlie Crist has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, but it's also a wedge issue dividing two Democratic constituencies: teacher unions and black ministers who support school vouchers.

St. Petersburg Times FSU faculty senate approves resolution against Thrasher

Florida State University's Faculty Senate, representing about 2,000 members, has made official its opposition to state Sen. John Thrasher becoming the school's new president. Professors long have criticized Thrasher's candidacy, but Wednesday's resolution is the most high-profile opposition to date. Faculty members spent two hours debating the …

St. Petersburg Times State economic report casts doubt on feasibility of Scott's tax cut plan

TALLAHASSEE -- Since late August, Gov. Rick Scott's promise to slash taxes and fees by $1 billion over the next two years has been the backdrop for his reelection campaign, fueling a 28-city stop through Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Rep. Rouson to seek changes to laws on mentally handicapped defendants

Decrying what he says is a practice that hurts Florida's most vulnerable citizens, Rep. Darryl Rouson announced this week that he wants to change state laws allowing mentally handicapped criminal defendants to be held without trial.

St. Petersburg Times Could Florida be where the momentum stops for medical marijuana?

Know this: Florida's medical marijuana amendment should pass.

St. Petersburg Times TV ad from Charlie Crist, Planned Parenthood calls Rick Scott 'extreme' on abortion issue

Emboldened by Democrats' success with women voters, Charlie Crist's campaign has teamed up with Planned Parenthood to target Gov. Rick Scott over abortion, birth control and Medicaid expansion.

St. Petersburg Times FSU search committee narrows presidential field to four, including Thrasher

TALLAHASSEE — After an interview that showcased his passion for Florida State University but also his lack of academic leadership credentials, state Sen. John Thrasher was named one of four finalists to become the school's next president.

St. Petersburg Times Gerard, Hooper trade attacks in race for Pinellas County Commission seat

Pinellas County Commission candidate Pat Gerard is back on the attack, accusing state Rep. Ed Hooper of lying when he said clients of his consulting business didn't benefit from his work as a state legislator.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Missing Children's Day comforts parents, celebrates law enforcement

TALLAHASSEE — Hilary Sessions on Monday quietly placed a yellow rose by the picture of her daughter, Tiffany, who disappeared more than 25 years ago. Her tribute was echoed by others who honored the memories of missing or murdered children during an emotional ceremony held on Florida Missing Children's Day.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: Rick Scott faces different landscape this election

Timing is everything in politics. Ask Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times Clinton and Bush yuk it up while launching scholars program (w/video)

WASHINGTON — Political opposites turned friends, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush launched a new scholars program at four presidential centers with an opening act that might have been mistaken for a comedy routine.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Checking Scott Rothstein's role in governor's race

Charlie Crist's claim that Gov. Rick Scott's campaign has teamed with a felon falls flat.

St. Petersburg Times Cato Institute fellow critical of Greenlight Pinellas light rail

Greenlight Pinellas faces a 'professional' enemy planning a campaign visit.