Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

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.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Checking Pam Bondi's record on pill mills

Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched her re-election advertising campaign with a major milestone in Florida law enforcement: the death of the state's infamous "pill mills."

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 21 news shows

President Barack Obama will have allies if he decides to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group to targets in Syria, vowed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Sunday.

St. Petersburg Times How the Greenlight Pinellas transit plan would affect your wallet

ST. PETERSBURG — Supporters of the Greenlight Pinellas transit plan promise the expanded bus service and light rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater would transform the county and the region.

St. Petersburg Times Toll lanes booming across Florida

In the next decade, Florida's biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state's busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Florida's write-in loophole shows disdain for voters

For 14 years, you have been the victim of a scam.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Insider Poll: Scott to trump Crist; medical marijuana will pass

The race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist for Florida governor has long been seen as a toss-up, and recent polls bolster the perception of a campaign that could go either way.

St. Petersburg Times With black vote crucial in Florida governor's race, Charlie Crist hopes to ignite support

Charlie Crist knows his key to winning back the governor's job is turnout, specifically among black voters. The question is how to get those who have shown little interest in the election to vote. One answer:

St. Petersburg Times GOP consultant says 'integrity' of court is at stake over redistricting

TALLAHASSEE — One of Florida's top Republican political consultants stopped short of accusing the state Supreme Court of lacking "integrity" Friday if it rules that he must disclose emails in a case brought under the state's new anti-gerrymanding laws.

St. Petersburg Times Very early voting starts as wave of Florida ballots go overseas

TALLAHASSEE — Just more than six weeks before Election Day, some voters are already casting ballots and helping to elect Florida's next governor.

St. Petersburg Times Complaint against Gov. Rick Scott over on-duty police at Tampa event gets dismissed

TALLAHASSEE — A state elections panel has tossed out a highly-publicized complaint filed against Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the presence of on-duty police at a campaign event in Tampa in July.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Minimum wage means most 2-bedroom apartments are out of reach

Most two-bedroom apartments are out of reach to such full-time workers.

St. Petersburg Times Thrasher's FSU foes point to political links with billionaire Koch brothers

TALLAHASSEE — One of the latest lines of attack against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president: Tying him to the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas comission candidates square off over Greenlight, red light cameras

ST. PETERSBURG — The Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum got much of the microphone time when Pinellas County Commission candidates stepped into the Tiger's Den on Thursday.

St. Petersburg Times Brandon Chamber brings candidates to voters

Voters informally meet candidates and vote at Hob Nob Straw Poll.

St. Petersburg Times Scott steps back only slightly from swindler attack ad

Gov. Rick Scott slightly backed away Wednesday from his attack ad that links Charlie Crist to a convicted Ponzi schemer's crime.

St. Petersburg Times Gerard, Hooper continue to trade barbs in Pinellas commission race

The chairman of the Pinellas Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission against County Commission candidate Pat Gerard, accusing her of running an illegal raffle for campaign signs.

St. Petersburg Times Sen. Marco Rubio: 'America cannot avoid its role as a global leader'

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism — of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival — in a foreign policy speech Wednesday that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world's hot spots.

St. Petersburg Times Climate scientists ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott for 'solutions summit'

TALLAHASSEE — If Florida's climate scientists have proven anything this summer, it is that they are careful listeners.

St. Petersburg Times Florida universities need $45 million to offset changes to Bright Futures scholarship program

TALLAHASSEE — When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the potential cost savings.

St. Petersburg Times Iraq war veteran sues Gov. Rick Scott, state of Florida over loss of job

TALLAHASSEE — A decorated combat veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan sued Gov. Rick Scott and the state on Wednesday, claiming that the Scott administration used his overseas deployment to eliminate his job in violation of state law.

St. Petersburg Times President Barack Obama at MacDill AFB in Tampa today for briefings

TAMPA — President Barack Obama is in Tampa this morning, visiting MacDill Air Force Base for briefings about the strategy to destroy ISIS and to thank MacDill's servicemen and women for their ongoing fight against terrorism.

St. Petersburg Times Largo commissioner urged to resign for inappropriate use of city iPad

LARGO — City Commissioners condemned one of their members and suggested he resign Tuesday for downloading inappropriate material to his city-owned iPad.

St. Petersburg Times At MacDill, former war foe Obama must defend his fight against ISIS

WASHINGTON — Florida was still getting to know Barack Obama when he showed up for a rally in Tampa in May 2008, but his message seized the mood. "We are at a defining moment in our history," the candidate declared to 15,000 people at the St. Pete Times Forum.

St. Petersburg Times Florida governor's race on pace to be costliest, closest this year<br /><br />

The race for Florida governor is shaping up to be one of the closest and costliest in the nation this year, as the Washington money pours in.

St. Petersburg Times Scott appeals to women voters at Tampa campaign stop

TAMPA — With polls showing women favor his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott and his backers urged a mostly female gathering Tuesday to flip the gender gap to his advantage.

St. Petersburg Times RNC host committee to give nearly in $3 million in leftover funds to 82 charities

TAMPA — The local organizers of the Republican National Convention this week began distributing $2.83 million in surplus funds left over from the event to scores of charities around the Tampa Bay area and around Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Obama visit expected to impact traffic in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into MacDill Air Force Base late Tuesday for a briefing at U.S. Central Command, but city officials say his visit will also affect traffic in and around the southern part of downtown Tampa.

St. Petersburg Times Bousquet column: Panhandle key to Rick Scott's re-election bid

The country song Where I Come From, an anthem of small-town pride, was blaring from speakers outside a Panama City Beach landmark on Friday morning.