Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

St. Petersburg Times Florida Medical Association members vote to support Medicaid expansion

For the first time, members of the Florida Medical Association have approved a resolution endorsing Medicaid expansion, a politically contentious issue that the group's leaders have generally avoided over the last two legislative sessions.

St. Petersburg Times Poll: Floridians' support for medical marijuana crosses age, party boundaries

Floridians really, really support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a poll released Monday morning.

St. Petersburg Times Democratic candidates say they have the right experience for Pinellas District 67

All three in the House District 67 race say they would represent the average folks.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact and PunditFact fact-check the Sunday July 27 news shows

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended military operations in Gaza on Sunday, while U.S. officials debated what should be done in Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists continue to cause turmoil.

St. Petersburg Times Why is Bob Buckhorn so subdued about Charlie Crist's campaign?

How boring: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is poised to skate into a second term next March without a serious challenge. So let's forget about 2015 and consider instead what 2018 means for Mayor Bob.

St. Petersburg Times Officials dispute Pinellas candidate's claims of legal abuse

Shawna Vercher is a poised, articulate businesswoman who in many ways appears an ideal Democratic candidate in a tough battle for a state House seat in Pinellas County.

St. Petersburg Times Court upholds Florida law banning doctors from asking about guns

A federal appeals court has upheld Florida's controversial "docs vs. glocks" bill, overturning an earlier court ruling that had blocked part of the law from being enforced. In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state Legislature had the right to pass the law, which restricts doctors and other …

St. Petersburg Times Poll: Most Floridians are concerned about climate change

Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and as many as 71 percent say they're concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor's race.

St. Petersburg Times Florida hospitals drop challenges to HCA trauma expansion

The contentious battle over the expansion of trauma care in Florida ended quietly Friday as Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Tampa General and St. Joseph's hospitals dropped their legal challenges against new trauma centers owned by Hospital Corporation of America.

St. Petersburg Times Outside anti-tax group joins fray to thwart Greenlight Pinellas campaign

CLEARWATER — An outside anti-tax group led by a controversial central Florida consultant and activist is gunning to derail the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum

St. Petersburg Times King Ranch's storied history: from cattle rearing to luxury hunting

Texas' first cattle ranch has grown into a corporate giant with close ties to Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Adam Putnam on King Ranch hunting trips: Better than golf

TALLAHASSEE — The closest any Florida public official came to providing answers about hunting trips to King Ranch came after a June 17 meeting of the state Cabinet. As Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam walked from the meeting to his office in the Capitol, a Times/Herald reporter asked him about his trips. Here is an edited …

St. Petersburg Times Florida's medical marijuana proposal: Five things to know about Amendment 2

Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on whether to legalize medical marijuana. What could it mean for patients, the health care industry and the burgeoning pot industry if the required 60 percent of voters say yes to pot? Here are some key facts to keep in mind:

St. Petersburg Times Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich visits Pinellas, calls on Charlie Crist to debate

Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich spoke with Pinellas County Democratic Party supporters in a St. Petersburg hotel conference room Thursdsay night to remind them that she is the only lifelong Democrat running for the office.

St. Petersburg Times Sen. Marco Rubio wants to 'wind down' deferred action program for immigrant youth

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio called Thursday for an end to President Barack Obama's deferred action program granting legal status to immigrant youth brought to the United States by their parents.

St. Petersburg Times Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

St. Petersburg Times New poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP presidential field in Florida; Hillary Clinton beats them all

Jeb Bush leads a field of prospective GOP presidential candidates in Florida, topping Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and others. But Hillary Clinton beats them all in head-to-head matchups, according to a poll released Thursday.

St. Petersburg Times Hooper: Nothing 'progressive' about these misleading mailers

The other day, a slick, expensive political mailer arrived from a group called Progressive Choice Florida. The message caught my attention. Here's what it said (sort of):

St. Petersburg Times Politics of gay marriage snare Marco Rubio, David Jolly

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St. Petersburg Times Key West bartenders take gay marriage plea to Florida's Third District Court of Appeal

Two Key West bartenders who last week won permission from a Monroe circuit judge to marry despite Florida's constitutional gay-marriage ban, have asked an appeals court to let them wed immediately.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist's bid for governor will get big cash infusion from state matching program

TALLAHASSEE — Democrat Charlie Crist says he can't raise as much money as Republican Gov. Rick Scott, but he can close the gap thanks to a big subsidy from Florida taxpayers.

St. Petersburg Times Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly supports same-sex marriage ruling

U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Monday said that though he's a Christian who believes in traditional marriage, he supports a judge's recent decision striking down Florida's gay marriage ban.

St. Petersburg Times Rep. Castor rallies for bill overriding court's contraception ruling

TAMPA -- U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor joined about a dozen women's rights advocates Monday in downtown Tampa to rally support for a bill overriding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month allowing some companies to opt out of providing insurance for contraception on the basis of religious freedom.

St. Petersburg Times Gay Key West bartenders ask judge to lift stay and allow them to marry Tuesday

Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who last week won the right to marry despite Florida's gay marriage ban, on Monday asked Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia to lift an automatic legal stay and allow them to wed Tuesday.

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.