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St. Petersburg Times Pro-pot group suggests rules for medical marijuana in Florida

As Election Day draws near, opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the use of medical marijuana in Florida have been on the attack, alleging that approval would lead to dangerous consequences.

St. Petersburg Times A bus ride shows the risks and possibilities of Greenlight Pinellas

So, the skeptic and the businessman hop on a bus bound for nowhere special.

St. Petersburg Times New polls show trend favoring Crist over Scott — for now

After trailing in polls, Democrat Charlie Crist is marginally leading Gov. Rick Scott in two new surveys that show the governor's race will be as close as they come.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida checks 'flippin' unbelievable' attack ad against Charlie Crist

A new ad with an old complaint against Charlie Crist calls it "flippin' unbelievable" — then recounts how Crist has flip-flopped on, well, many things.

St. Petersburg Times Mailer from Gov. Rick Scott's campaign mistaken on absentee ballots

Two Tampa Bay elections supervisors criticized as "inaccurate" and "incorrect" a mailer by Gov. Rick Scott's campaign committee that tells voters that their absentee ballots should have arrived by now. The attention-grabbing mailer by Scott's Let's Get to Work committee has the words "Voter Alert!" and the statement, "By now, you should …

St. Petersburg Times Extreme rhetoric in medical marijuana debate obscures the real people affected

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St. Petersburg Times Scott's half-true tax attack on Crist

As they prepare for the first of three TV debates, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are fine-tuning their talking points for viewers who are just starting to pay attention to the biggest race for governor in the country.

St. Petersburg Times Seminole Heights activist Becky Rubright files to challenge Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

TAMPA — Saying "somebody had to," Seminole Heights activist Becky Rubright has filed papers to challenge Mayor Bob Buckhorn next spring.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist kicks off campaign tour with stop at Pasco home

HOLIDAY — Charlie Crist kicked off a "kitchen table tour" with a stop at a home in Holiday on Monday morning to talk about insurance and utility rates as polls show the Democrat locked in a virtual dead heat with Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Was Gwen Graham a Washington lobbyist?

The incumbent's ad in a hotly contested North Florida race badly skews the facts.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: Fact-checking the Sept. 28 Sunday shows

The debate about the air strikes in Syria continued Sunday as pundits compared President Barack Obama to President George W. Bush and wondered why Congress is currently in recess.

St. Petersburg Times Amendment 1 promises to save Florida's threatened lands

More than two decades after Florida identified the need to save disappearing forests south of Miami, shrinking hammocks in the Keys and other sensitive land around the state, environmentalists fed up with politics getting in the way of conservation are taking their fight to the people.

St. Petersburg Times Are Rick Scott's letters to Floridians part of his re-election campaign or part of his job?

The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the "inappropriate political message" attached to the bank statement that arrived in the mail.

St. Petersburg Times Tampa, St. Petersburg supporting lawsuits in favor of same-sex marriage

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St. Petersburg Times Billionaire Steyer crucial to Crist's campaign

Charlie Crist is receiving generous support from trial lawyers and teachers in his campaign to unseat the lavishly funded Rick Scott, but his single-most important ally may prove to be California billionaire Tom Steyer.

St. Petersburg Times Rick Scott thanks Tampa volunteers, says grassroots effort is key in campaign

TAMPA — For Gustavo Rodriguez, teaching his children about politics at an early age is important.

St. Petersburg Times Crist's signature accomplishment is one he never mentions

The initiative to keep sentences intact is one of his most enduring.

St. Petersburg Times Adam C. Smith column: The case for Charlie Crist

Our political editor, with years of Sunshine State experience, makes the best case for each candidate.

St. Petersburg Times In search for president, FSU paid $160,000 for consultants

TALLAHASSEE — The controversial and at-times muddled search for a new president of Florida State University includes an expected tab of about $160,000 for consultants.

St. Petersburg Times Warning about suspicious prison deaths passed to office in question

Gov. Rick Scott's chief troubleshooter was warned by letter nearly two years ago about the possible coverup of two suspicious prison deaths but did nothing other than forward the letter to the very people accused of hiding the deaths, documents obtained by the Miami Herald show.

St. Petersburg Times Follow the money behind the medical marijuana battle

Florida's proposed Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana has drawn two major groups of campaign donors. United for Care, the amendment sponsor, has attracted thousands of supporters, who, aside from leader John Morgan, most frequently give small amounts, many below $100. The Drug Free Florida Committee, the main organized opposition, pulls …

St. Petersburg Times Dems say Scott camp trying to intimidate donors

TALLAHASSEE — A nasty contest for governor has become even nastier, with accusations that Republican Gov. Rick Scott's supporters tried to intimidate donors at a private home by photographing their license plates and videotaping their arrival for a fundraiser benefiting Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

St. Petersburg Times Newly named to lead FSU, John Thrasher steps down from Scott campaign

TALLAHASSEE — In his first official action since being named Florida State University's next president, state Sen. John Thrasher fulfilled a promise and stepped down as chairman of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign.

St. Petersburg Times New poll: Rick Scott 44, Charlie Crist 42 as voters dislike both choices

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are in a dead heat in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, with Scott at 44 percent, Crist at 42 percent and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie at 8 percent, with 17 percent saying they might change their minds before they vote.

St. Petersburg Times Jeb Bush keeps mining gold for Republican candidates

The Jeb Bush fundraising tour continued Tuesday evening in Tampa where he headlined an event for U.S. Senate candidates Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Dan Sullivan and Monica Wehby.

St. Petersburg Times Advocacy groups find flaws with Florida voter laws

TALLAHASSEE — Voting rights groups say Floridians face persistent barriers to vote that could result in more ballots not counting in November.

St. Petersburg Times Florida LGBT leaders push for marital equality four years after gay adoption became legal

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's ban on adoption by same sex couples stood for 33 years before the 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned it as unconstitutional four years ago.

St. Petersburg Times Does the Florida in Rick Scott's TV ads have any vacancies?

The time has come for me to move on. I have discovered a new and spectacular locale that defies belief. It is a place where the economy is bustling, and the problems are inconsequential.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: It's all about turnout in Florida governor's race

When Republican Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, he carried 52 of Florida's 67 counties, yet he barely beat Democrat Alex Sink. How could that happen?

St. Petersburg Times With $50 million in TV ad spending, Rick Scott-Charlie Crist race is one big marketing campaign

Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising.