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St. Petersburg Times Elections set in three Pasco communities on Tuesday

3 candidates Vie for city council in San antonio

St. Petersburg Times Marco Rubio gets a Super PAC, fueling 2016 money race

WASHINGTON — Supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday launched a political action committee that can take in unlimited donations, joining a trend that will have a profound effect on the 2016 presidential race.

St. Petersburg Times Dredging, crime among the issues in race for Port Richey City Council

The top two vote-getters will take the council seats in Port Richey.

St. Petersburg Times High school senior takes on incumbent in Zephyrhills City Council race

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in Zephyrhills.

St. Petersburg Times Florida House votes to oppose diplomatic relations with Cuba

The Florida House on Wednesday took a formal position against President Obama's decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

St. Petersburg Times Florida House and Senate take different approaches on gay adoption ban

TALLAHASSEE — Activists on both sides of the LGBT rights debate could claim partial victory Wednesday afternoon as the House and Senate diverged on adoption rights for gay parents.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: We must be pretty stupid to put up with Tallahassee's Medicaid shenanigans

Folks, it's time we face facts. And the glut of evidence suggests that residents of this glorious state are now intrinsically linked by this one simple truth: We are morons. You, me and everyone else.

St. Petersburg Times Lawmakers blast Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official came under intense criticism Wednesday for fighting the Legislature's plan to allow people in Florida to register to vote online by 2017.

St. Petersburg Times At the Summit of the Americas, focus is likely to be on U.S. and Cuba

WASHINGTON — Cuba ends more than five decades of official isolation from the institutions of the Western Hemisphere this week when President Raúl Castro attends a regional summit with up to 35 heads of state, including President Barack Obama.

St. Petersburg Times Florida House folds plans for big gaming bill

TALLAHASSEE — House Republican Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, on Tuesday confirmed what has been speculated for months: this won't be the year for gaming expansion, destination resort casinos, or even new games for the Seminole Tribe.

St. Petersburg Times House panel presses ahead with its plan for Florida prisons reform

TALLAHASSEE — Gemma Pena traveled from Hialeah to Tallahassee to plead with a House committee Tuesday to establish a prison system that is "less lethal to our mentally ill" and "holds prisons more accountable."

St. Petersburg Times In war over Medicaid expansion, Senate panel declines to confirm Gov. Rick Scott's pick for surgeon general

TALLAHASSEE — One day after Gov. Rick Scott came out against a Senate proposal to expand health care coverage to about 800,000 poor Floridians, a Senate panel declined to confirm Scott's pick for surgeon general.

St. Petersburg Times Patrick Murphy is Democratic establishment's Senate favorite, but there's backlash

TAMPA — Jeb Bush isn't the only prominent Florida politician facing a backlash from activists in his own party.

St. Petersburg Times Former Pentagon official Eric Lynn challenging U.S. Rep. David Jolly

Eric Lynn, a St. Petersburg native and former adviser to three secretaries of defense, is running to replace David Jolly in Congress.

St. Petersburg Times Powdered alcohol could be banned before it hits Florida stores

TALLAHASSEE — Inventor Mark Phillips' hopes of selling powdered alcohol in Florida are dampening.

St. Petersburg Times Transit activist files for District 6 Hillsborough commission seat

TAMPA -- Brian Willis, an attorney and local transit activist, filed Monday to run for the Hillsborough County Commission's District 6 seat in 2016.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet: The odd dance between Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature

For the past four years, Gov. Rick Scott and the state Legislature have engaged in an odd little dance that reveals much about their relationship. Or lack thereof.

St. Petersburg Times Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn helps defend Obama immigration actions in court

TAMPA — Tampa and 73 other local governments nationwide are going to court to support President Barack Obama's executive action to delay deportations of some immigrants.

St. Petersburg Times Ed Montanari tries again for St. Pete Council

ST. PETERSBURG — Ed Montanari announced his candidacy for St. Petersburg City Council on Monday.

St. Petersburg Times Poll: Vast majority of Floridians support medical marijuana

An overwhelming majority of Florida voters support medical marijuana, though few say they would actually use it, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday.

St. Petersburg Times Rand Paul and 2016: A message of change, delivered deadpan

WASHINGTON — Change? For sure. Hope? Maybe not so much.

St. Petersburg Times At the midway point, Florida lawmakers pay attention to powerful interests

Halfway through Florida's legislative schedule, many bills with traction favor major donors.

St. Petersburg Times Bob Graham has advice for presidential hopefuls Bush and Rubio

Bob Graham has some advice for Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio: "Don't have open heart surgery in the middle of the campaign."

St. Petersburg Times Senate pushes one-year extension on Seminole Tribe gambling compact

TALLAHASSEE — A key state lawmaker said Friday that he wants to expand the current gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for one year to buy time to continue negotiations.

St. Petersburg Times Adam C. Smith: Florida not a given for Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio

Bad enough that Florida is by far the most populated state never to produce a president. This diverse, mega battleground most resembles America, but we haven't even produced a presidential nominee, despite the underdog campaigns of Reubin Askew in 1984 and Bob Graham in 2004.

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough commissioner Beckner running for clerk of court

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner filed papers Thursday to run for county clerk of courts.

St. Petersburg Times Richard Corcoran takes center stage leading Florida House

TALLAHASSEE — By 2007, Richard Corcoran was a well-paid and deeply entrenched Florida political operative tied to several House speakers and Gov. Jeb Bush.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott's criticism of online voter registration angers elections officials

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's administration is quietly trying to scuttle legislation that would allow people to register to vote online in Florida, a stance that county election supervisors call "perplexing," "inaccurate" and "erroneous."

St. Petersburg Times Stage set for budget battle between Florida House and Senate

TALLAHASSEE —The stage is set for an epic budget showdown between the Florida House and Senate.

St. Petersburg Times As pressure mounts, Florida health care talks delayed

TALLAHASSEE — Federal health care officials are temporarily suspending negotiations with Florida over a $2.2 billion program that helps safety-net hospitals, the state Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday.