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St. Petersburg Times Florida Governor (Democrat): Charlie Crist vs. Nan Rich

Governor | Democrat The Democratic primary for governor pits former Gov. Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg against former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston. Crist has the clear edge when it comes to fundraising. He has raised more than $14.2 million through his campaign and political committee, compared with Rich's total of about …

St. Petersburg Times State Senate, District 20

State Senate | District 20 The District 20 Republican primary race pits veteran lawmaker Jack Latvala against Zahid Roy, a Clearwater small-business owner who lost a lopsided race to Latvala two years ago. The winner of the primary will face Libertarian Tony Caso in the Nov. 4 general election. Mike Brassfield, Times …

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County School Board, District 6

School Board | District 6 It's a choice between record-setting experience or a fresh face: Six-term School Board member Linda Lerner is asking for a seventh in a race against Maureen Ahern, a former journalist who thinks the board needs new blood to improve student performance. Lisa Gartner, Times staff …

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County School Board, District 4

School Board | District 4 Three candidates — Beverley Billiris, John Nygren and Ken Peluso — are vying to replace Robin Wikle. Wikle chose to step down early. District 4 includes Tarpon Springs, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Dunedin and parts of Clearwater, including Countryside and the north beaches. …

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County School Board, District 3

School Board | District 3 Incumbent Peggy O'Shea is seeking her third term and faces St. Petersburg parent Kent Curtis, who founded a school garden organization that connects struggling students with mentors. He has made parent engagement the cornerstone of his on-the-ground campaign message, while she touts her experience …

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County School Board, District 2

School Board | District 2 Board member Terry Krassner is seeking a second term. She faces Chris Tauchnitz, a senior software engineer, for the seat. District 2 is at large, which means it's open to voters throughout Pinellas. Cara Fitzpatrick, Times staff writer

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge, Group 35

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Group 35

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge, Group 16

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Group 16

St. Petersburg Times State House, District 68

State House | District 68 Two Republicans are vying for the right to run against incumbent state Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg. The winner in the GOP primary will go up against Dudley in the Nov. 4 general election. Curtis Krueger, Times staff writer

St. Petersburg Times Jeb Bush: 'I strongly urge' Floridians to vote against medical marijuana

Jeb Bush is adding his influential voice to the medical marijuana debate in Florida, saying the ballot initiative could harm Florida's reputation.

St. Petersburg Times Pedestrian deaths and the poor: Not news in Tampa

The news, if you are Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick, is not news. Daily reality, and part of the job of representing the city's poorer neighborhoods, yes. But not news.

St. Petersburg Times Early primary election voting starts Thursday in Hillsborough

TAMPA — Early voting for this month's primary races begins Thursday at 15 locations throughout Hillsborough County.

St. Petersburg Times Early voting in Hernando begins Saturday at four locations

Hernando County voters don't have to wait for the Aug. 26 primary election to cast their ballots. Early voting kicks off this weekend. There are some changes from past years.

St. Petersburg Times Lawsuit seeks disclosure of private email accounts of Gov. Rick Scott, his staff

TALLAHASSEE — Internet giants Google and Yahoo must disclose who established several email accounts held by Gov. Rick Scott and his current and former employees as part of a lawsuit pending in Tallahassee that claims the governor routinely circumvented the state's open records law, a court ruled Wednesday.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche faces stiff competition in re-election bid

CLEARWATER — It was the year of the tea party, and Norm Roche pulled off a stunner.

St. Petersburg Times Rich's mailer touts record as progressive

With early voting already under way in several counties, Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has a new mailer out.

St. Petersburg Times Health insurance for state employees gets another look

TALLAHASSEE — Compared to other states, Florida's health insurance plan for government employees is about average.

St. Petersburg Times Local Republicans come out against Greenlight Pinellas

The Pinellas County Republican Party has made official its opposition to the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet: As Gov. Rick Scott goes 'green,' skeptics see red

Gov. Rick Scott wants voters to see him in a different light, as in green, for being a true friend of the environment.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking link between marijuana and fatal car crashes

Medical marijuana opponents are taking to the streets to oppose Amendment 2, citing statistics that drugged driving would be a major side effect to legalizing cannabis.

St. Petersburg Times Fact-checking the Aug. 10 news shows

The Sunday shows turned to Washington's de facto Republican foreign policy experts, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, to evaluate the situation in Iraq.

St. Petersburg Times Tallahassee no longer fits as Florida's capital

It made sense to put Florida's capital in Tallahassee back when it was the center the state's plantation economy.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Right to Life endorses Pinellas House member once labeled 'pro-abortion'

Republican state Rep. Kathleen Peters was endorsed this week by the anti-abortion group Florida Right to Life, which doesn't sound surprising on the surface.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: Townhall editor wrongly claims U.S. agency can shut down a business for any reason

The statement The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "passed a rule giving the agency unprecedented power to shut down businesses, no matter what the reason, at any time it wishes."

St. Petersburg Times Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policy on Cuba

Buried amid widespread calls that the young migrants flowing to the southern U.S. border be returned home is a question of fairness with a strong Florida connection: If Cubans who flee their country are welcomed, why shouldn't those escaping gang violence and drug trafficking?

St. Petersburg Times Who is Charlie Crist? The answer is complicated

BY ADAM C. SMITH AND MICHAEL KRUSE | Times Staff Writers

St. Petersburg Times Rep. Reed endorses Narain in House District 61 race

TAMPA — Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, has endorsed Ed Narain as her successor in the District 61 House of Representatives race.

St. Petersburg Times Republicans face off for Pasco County Commission District 4

District 4: Two Republicans debate leadership and promise to stay positive in a deciding primary.

St. Petersburg Times Bell Shoals Baptist Church draws candidates, voters to forum

A forum at Bell Shoals Baptist Church draws about 40 candidates and 600 attendees.

St. Petersburg Times Candidates cite backgrounds in race that divides GOP loyalties

GOP primary hopefuls say experience makes them the best choice.