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St. Petersburg Times Medical marijuana opponents gain money and allies, including billionaire Sheldon Adelson

TALLAHASSEE — Opponents to a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida gained firepower Tuesday when campaign finance records showed that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson had cut a $2.5 million check to bankroll the opposition effort.

St. Petersburg Times Financial giant USAA breaks ground on Brandon facility

BRANDON — Gov. Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other local officials took part Tuesday afternoon in the ceremonial ground breaking for a 420,000-square-foot facility housing USAA, a financial giant that serves military families.

St. Petersburg Times St. Leo commission postpones decision on controversial warehouse project

ST. LEO — Seeking to end the month-old fight over its warehouse project, Saint Leo University sent its lawyer to town to lay down the law.

St. Petersburg Times FSU presidential search consultant Bill Funk abruptly resigns

TALLAHASSEE — Just days after Florida State University faculty said they lost confidence in the man hired to help the school find a new president, search consultant Bill Funk abruptly resigned.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: Democrats target Rick Scott's silence under oath

On a Saturday in late August 2010, a few reporters were on a Panhandle bus tour with Bill McCollum, the attorney general and Republican candidate for governor, who must have figured he had struck gold in opposition research.

St. Petersburg Times Scott's fundraiser flubs continue to pile up

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign last week provided a political corollary to Honoré de Balzac's saying that "behind every great fortune there is a crime."

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott supports controversial rail project on Florida's east coast

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott, who faced intense criticism for rejecting federal money for high-speed rail from Tampa to Orlando, has new train troubles for favoring a controversial rail project on Florida's east coast.

St. Petersburg Times Debbie Wasserman Schultz feels heat for vote on medical marijuana issue

Pot politics can get messy, as U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz learned last week.

St. Petersburg Times Amid furor over John Thrasher and FSU, path from politics to academics well-traveled

Is John Thrasher the kind of politician who can lead a university?

St. Petersburg Times Greenlight Pinellas committee raises $37,000 in May

ST. PETERSBURG — The political committee working to ensure the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum passes raked in more than $37,000 last month.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott cancels fundraiser at felon's home

Gov. Rick Scott abruptly called off a South Florida fundraiser planned for Saturday at the Boca Raton home of real estate developer James Batmasian, a convicted felon who did time for federal tax evasion.

St. Petersburg Times Democratic operatives train eyes, cameras on Rick Scott's every move

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St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Assumptions wrong on carbon proposal

The statement New carbon regulations will increase electric bills by "$17 billion every year" and "potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year."

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Coincidences in Florida's redistricting case defy belief

I kept waiting for Richard Dreyfuss to take the stand.

St. Petersburg Times Climate change poll not good news for Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio is out of step with the public on his doubts of man's contribution to climate change, a new poll shows.

St. Petersburg Times Bondi fumbles on gay marriage

The words inside court documents defending Florida's ban on gay marriage — words that caught political fire last week — should have surprised no one. But they did.

St. Petersburg Times Pasco, Hernando win millions for projects, avoid vetoes by Scott

Gov. Scott okays $21 million in funding requested by Pasco and Hernando lawmakers.

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough, Pasco largely spared from Scott vetoes

Governor Rick Scott's veto pen mostly spared Hillsborough County Monday, sending millions to local projects big and small, while leaving people behind the few projects Scott did veto wondering what they did wrong. The big winners included Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, and the University of South Florida.

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."