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St. Petersburg Times Inspector general is asked to investigate Citizens ethics

The state-run insurer has had several high-placed employees leave to join vendors.

St. Petersburg Times A glimpse at the future of Florida politics: Adam Putnam

The future of Florida politics was on display in Tampa over the weekend, and it was fun to watch.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Cap and trade idea has strong Republican roots

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio made waves about climate change in a May 11 interview on ABC's This Week.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday June 1 news shows

Saturday's news of the release of America's lone prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, launched a debate about whether the United States should be negotiating with terrorists.

St. Petersburg Times John Thrasher's ties to Florida State go deep

TALLAHASSEE — To understand state Sen. John Thrasher's deep bond with Florida State University, start in the 1960s.

St. Petersburg Times FSU presidency appears to be John Thrasher's to lose

TALLAHASSEE — For three months, he tried to deflect attention.

St. Petersburg Times Thrasher's quest for FSU president is pivotal for Senate

Now that state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, has submitted his resume and letter of interest for the FSU presidency, the question for a lot of Tallahassee folks is not if the influential state senator will get the job but when.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Democrats' blunders open door to Libertarian facing David Jolly

Question: What do you call a third-party candidate who suddenly finds himself in a two-man race? Answer: Legit.

St. Petersburg Times Tampa legend Al Austin remembered in Saturday memorial service

TAMPA — It might have reminded Al Austin of a political convention had he been alive to witness it. Governors and mayors and politicians of every stripe gathered under one roof, even a Democrat or two. This was Austin's kind of crowd.

St. Petersburg Times Grass-roots activist picked to lead state GOP

TAMPA — Florida Republicans on Saturday chose a long-time grass-roots activist to guide them through the 2014 elections when their biggest challenge is securing Gov. Rick Scott's re-election.

St. Petersburg Times Jeb Bush's Common Core problem strikes at heart of his foundation

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St. Petersburg Times Florida response to lawsuit: Gay marriage will cause harm

TALLAHASSEE — The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm."

St. Petersburg Times Man pleads guilty to voter intimidation in Florida during 2012 election

TAMPA — A Seattle man has pleaded guilty to charges related to sending letters to GOP donors questioning their citizenship status and ability to vote in the 2012 election.

St. Petersburg Times Florida redistricting trial gets surprise witness — and a closed courtroom

TALLAHASSEE — The trial over Florida's redrawn congressional districts took a dramatic turn Thursday as the judge closed the courtroom to the public, and a private citizen — whom legislators commended for having drawn portions of the final congressional map — testified he did not draw any maps and his name was used without his …

St. Petersburg Times Pasco's Rep. Amanda Murphy reflects on first year in House

Amanda Murphy reflects on her first year representing District 36.

St. Petersburg Times Light vetoes predicted when Gov. Rick Scott signs Florida budget

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott's veto pen is looking more like a scalpel as signs point to him trimming a fraction of spending in a record-high $77.1 billion election-year budget.

St. Petersburg Times U.S. Rep. David Jolly on his 'purple' Pinellas district

Newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly sat down with Times staff writer Curtis Krueger this week, just prior to a scheduled news conference about Veterans Affairs issues. Jolly, R-Indian Shores, won a hard-fought and close election March 11 and now represents people in Pinellas County's District 13, which extends from south Pinellas to …

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott's blind trust safe for now; judge sees no emergency in lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott can officially file for re-election next month while keeping his wealth in a blind trust because a judge won't decide quickly on whether blind trusts are legal.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Why the redistricting mess is so outrageous

"I don't just want to hear from politicians; I want to hear from people who live in neighborhoods.''

St. Petersburg Times Steve Bousquet: Text messages to Gov. Rick Scott's top aide show behind-the-scenes lobbying

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a policy of not conducting public business through text messages.

St. Petersburg Times In male-dominated Florida Legislature, Jeanette Núñez emerges as effective lawmaker

TALLAHASSEE — Jeanette Núñez was on the biggest stage of her legislative career.

St. Petersburg Times Parental consent is a given in Florida's medical marijuana amendment

Amendment 2 intentionally sets no restriction with regard to age.

St. Petersburg Times Super PAC to use climate change issue against Gov. Rick Scott

A California billionaire is going after millionaire Gov. Rick Scott over climate change, hoping to rally passive voters as Scott seeks re-election in November.

St. Petersburg Times Key advisers in Florida governor's race play vital roles

Key advisers for Gov. Rick Scott

St. Petersburg Times Governor's race already heated, already costly

Scott and Crist come out swinging in what is expected to be a costly, nasty governor's race.

St. Petersburg Times Experts: Tampa candidate's campaign photo cuts Mayor Bob Buckhorn from his own portrait

TAMPA — Is a City Council candidate using a campaign photo that superimposes her own image on Mayor Bob Buckhorn's official city portrait?

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough leads way in Florida TaxWatch's 'turkey' hunt

Florida TaxWatch released its annual list of budget "turkeys" on Friday, flagging $120 million in spending the group says was included by lawmakers without the proper public vetting, including large projects in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

St. Petersburg Times U.S. Rep. David Jolly calls on VA to allow veterans to seek outside care because of long wait times

Amid the growing scandal at Veterans Affairs hospitals, U.S. Rep. David Jolly has called on department secretary Eric Shinseki to allow veterans to seek treatment from private doctors.

St. Petersburg Times 'Warning shot' bill gets new critic in Florida lawmaker who drafted 'stand your ground'

TALLAHASSEE — An architect of Florida's 2005 "stand your ground" law says a bill passed by lawmakers this session is too confusing and could prevent people in their homes or vehicles from legally defending themselves.

St. Petersburg Times Rick Scott, Chris Christie promote infrastructure spending at Port Tampa Bay

TAMPA — With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his side, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday touted the state's ongoing $1 billion investment in port and trade infrastructure while speaking at Port Tampa Bay.