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St. Petersburg Times CFO Jeff Atwater blasts N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo as 'huckster' over ad campaign

Florida's top finance official, CFO Jeff Atwater, is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of running a deceptive TV ad campaign designed to lure businesses to the Empire State.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist touts per-pupil spending vs. Rick Scott

The per-pupil figures offer a clearer comparison only when dollars are adjusted for inflation.

The per-pupil figures offer a better comparison only when dollars are adjusted for inflation.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Fact-checking John Kerry on the Sunday shows

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows making a strong case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and that Russia is complicit in the separatists' actions.

St. Petersburg Times A closer look at Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist's running mate

The Miami-Dade County Republican Party leader quickly summed up the opposition's greatest strength.

St. Petersburg Times In Hillsborough judge's race, legendary lawyer's son squares off against appointed incumbent

Family influence and an incumbent make this a different race.

St. Petersburg Times The Buzz: Latvala, Negron face off for 2016 Senate presidency

Locked in a fight for future control of the Florida Senate, Republicans Jack Latvala and Joe Negron both claim to have the inside track to clinch the presidency for 2016.

St. Petersburg Times Florida judge: Write-in candidates don't have to live in district where they run for office

TALLAHASSEE — It just got easier to be a write-in candidate in Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Keys clerk's office: We're ready for same-sex marriages

KEY WEST — In the hours after a Keys judge threw out Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, gay couples from all around the state inundated the Monroe County Clerk's office with calls about when they could tie the knot — and some even began making plans to fly down for a wedding.

St. Petersburg Times Florida health official asks if immigrant children are danger to public

TALLAHASSEE — With thousands of refugee children seeking shelter in a growing humanitarian crisis, Florida's surgeon general on Friday raised the specter that they could pose a threat to public health.

St. Petersburg Times Climate war on: Charlie Crist agrees to meet with scientists, so Gov. Rick Scott follows suit

TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.

St. Petersburg Times Meet three super Pacs at work in Florida

American Sunrise One of the most talked about and controversial ads in Florida in recent years came from a little-known super PAC innocuously named American Sunrise.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Does light rail reduce congestion?

The statement "Light rail does not reduce congestion." No Tax For Tracks, in a website post at RailTaxFacts.com The ruling

St. Petersburg Times More than $200 million in outside money floods Florida elections since 'Citizens United'

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St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott says his staff will meet with climate change scientists

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott deflected calls to meet with climate scientists Wednesday and told reporters that his staff "would be happy to meet" with the state's top climate experts about the impact human-induced global warming is having on Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Arguments on redrawing contested Florida districts will be heard next week

TALLAHASSEE — With time running out, the judge who invalidated Florida's congressional redistricting maps ordered a hearing for next week to hear the last-chance argument by voters groups that the maps should be redrawn before the November elections.

St. Petersburg Times Democratic fundraiser set for July 26

The West Pasco Democratic Club is taking reservations for its annual summer barbecue fundraiser.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas settles lawsuit with flooded Hillsborough residents

A property settlement relieves neighbors who have been fighting a perennially overflowing lake.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist calls Scott administration incompetent, says he's ready to change Florida's course

Former Gov. Charlie Crist wants his old job back because he wants Florida back. And it shouldn't be a surprise he switched parties to try to do it, he says.

St. Petersburg Times Rick Scott's non-answers bring national ridicule

The governor's gone viral again. Rick Scott, who ditched his adopted rescue dog Reagan after the 2010 election, and who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 75 times in a videotaped deposition, once again finds himself all over the web and cable as the rest of the world discovers what Florida already …

St. Petersburg Times Commissioners vote to move ahead with law expanding human rights ordinance

TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move forward with a local law barring discrimination against gay and transgender people after a long discussion marked by emotional pleas from advocates on both sides.

St. Petersburg Times Democratic voter expansion project moves to Florida

The Democratic National Committee's nationwide voter expansion project is headed to Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Florida scientists press Gov. Scott on climate change

TALLAHASSEE — In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent Florida scientists on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Rights for everyone, even in Hillsborough County

Once upon a time, a politician named Ronda Storms held sway over the land, or at least Hillsborough County.

St. Petersburg Times Buckhorn, Kriseman heading to Chile on trade mission

TAMPA -- Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be among the local elected officials leading a trade mission to Santiago, Chile later this year.

St. Petersburg Times Scott, Crist TV ads contradict on middle class claims

Their TV ads make opposing claims about Crist's record. We assess their accuracy.

St. Petersburg Times Nan Rich details why she's the better Democrat for Florida governor's race

Former state Sen. Nan Rich is working hard to get out the message about her gubernatorial campaign. Namely, that despite what Charlie Crist says, she's the only true liberal in the race.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: Scott, Crist use state ethics panels to swap political charges

Florida voters, you can stay home. The campaigns of Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist apparently have decided to put the future of Florida in the hands of only 18 people.

St. Petersburg Times Charlotte's Web marijuana strain: Who will grow, dispense it?

Just five nurseries will be picked to grow Charlotte's Web — the question is who.

St. Petersburg Times Who will be Charlie Crist's running mate?

Observers say the gubernatorial candidate needs a running mate who appeals to Democratic base.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Would Medicaid expansion create 63,000 jobs?

Charlie Crist projects big numbers, but it's not easily quantified.