Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough Tax Collector Doug Belden honored for leadership

Hillsborough commissioners recognize Doug Belden before a roomful of county notables.

St. Petersburg Times Legislation to make killing fetuses a crime in Florida awaits Gov. Rick Scott's signature

TALLAHASSEE — Harming a fetus while committing a crime — no matter how small the embryo — would carry stiffer penalties under a proposed law now awaiting Florida Gov. Rick Scott's signature.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Republican Party calls out Crist on tuition flip-flop

The Republican Party of Florida on Wednesday called out Charlie Crist's flip-flop on in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Florida House's charter school bill would surrender local control

Try to follow the logic here: (You'll know you're on the right track when you start feeling dizzy.)

St. Petersburg Times Beverly Young rips Rep. David Jolly for letting her husband's staff go

Beverly Young, widow of the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, is upset with David Jolly for not retaining her husband's legislative staff.

St. Petersburg Times Times, 10 News, USF to host gubernatorial debate Oct. 7 in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Times and WTSP-10 News will partner with the University of South Florida to present a statewide televised gubernatorial debate this fall.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Rubio's claim that Snowden scandal 'most damaging' U.S. espionage not definitive

But experts say the claim that it is the most damaging U.S. case ever is reasonable.

St. Petersburg Times Representative issues statement after DUI arrest

State Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, was arrested Monday morning and charged with DUI, according to the Tallahassee police.

St. Petersburg Times Libertarian Lucas Overby will not seek District 13 seat in the fall

Lucas Overby, a Libertarian who won nearly 5-percent of the vote in last month's special congressional election in Pinellas County, said he has decided not to run for the seat in the regularly scheduled election this fall.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as a 'disaster' for Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November.

St. Petersburg Times Advocates not happy with rewrite of Florida child welfare laws

TALLAHASSEE — Children's advocates on Monday showed the first sign that they may not be backing the House's sweeping rewrite of the state's child welfare laws, saying the proposal may produce only superficial reforms and may not result in substantial changes that protect children.

St. Petersburg Times Sen. Jack Latvala works to keep immigration tuition bill alive

TALLAHASSEE — A procedural maneuver could save a bill seeking to grant in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants.

St. Petersburg Times Mysterious group right about Crist implementing Bush's A+ Plan

Gov. Rick Scott isn't the only one attacking presumptive gubernatorial rival Charlie Crist. An outside group called Progressive Choice Florida has taken a few shots as well — although there's some question as to which side the group is on.

St. Petersburg Times Florida Legislature gives budget priority to hometown projects over at-risk kids

TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state's frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

St. Petersburg Times As Charlie Crist runs for governor, motivating South Florida Democrats is his challenge

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St. Petersburg Times Immigrant tuition bill re-opens rift in Florida Republican Party

Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick his Hispanic outreach campaign into gear when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

St. Petersburg Times Juvenile justice funding snared in state budget dispute

TALLAHASSEE — For years, county officials say, they've had to shoulder too much of the cost of dealing with young offenders. In recent years, they say, the state has overbilled them $140-million for juvenile justice costs, sparking legal action.

St. Petersburg Times Sheriffs express concern about medical marijuana

SEMINOLE — Sheriff Bob Gualtieri helped Pinellas County struggle through the dark days of prescription drug "pill mills,'' when shady clinics doled out lethal opiates just for the asking.

St. Petersburg Times A curious champion for Senate President Don Gaetz's public records bill

TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Don Gaetz made a public records bill one of his top priorities this session, only to see it stall in the Florida House.

St. Petersburg Times SouthShore and Brandon reps promote legislation

Legislation would affect sex trafficking, homeless youths and Supreme Court nods.

St. Petersburg Times Appeals court agrees — no term limits for Pinellas commissioners despite 1996 vote

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County commissioners are not bound by term limits approved by voters more than a decade ago, an appeals court affirmed Wednesday.

St. Petersburg Times In CD 19 primary, records show Republican Party of Florida money is helping Lizbeth Benacquisto

The Republican Party of Florida says it does not engage in GOP primaries, but nearly $300,000 of its money has landed in a Super PAC supporting congressional candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto, newly filed campaign finance records show.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott to Charlie Crist: Win your primary and then maybe we'll debate

"Give me Scott." Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting Monday with Lt. Gov. Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

St. Petersburg Times Alex Sink will not challenge David Jolly for congressional seat in November

Democrat Alex Sink has decided not to run for Congress again this year, meaning there will not be a rematch of the nationally watched and extraordinarily costly campaign that Sink lost in Pinellas County a little over a month ago by less than 2 percentage points.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact: Nelson jumps the gun on Florida's population rank

The statement "My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

St. Petersburg Times Steve Bousquet column: Charlie Crist at risk putting 'the hug' in racial terms

A white Florida politician shows support for a black leader and click! Cameras capture the moment with grave consequences for the white politician. Partisan politics? Racism? Both?

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Crist has changed stance on tuition rates for illegal immigrants

In a statewide election year when both parties are courting Florida's growing Hispanic vote, the Legislature is debating giving in-state college tuition to young illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers."

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: Fact-checking the April 13 news shows

Another Sunday, another set of misrepresentations about the Affordable Care Act.

St. Petersburg Times Insiders predict Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016

Jeb Bush says he hasn't made up his mind about running for president in 2016, but the overwhelming verdict from 121 of Florida's most plugged-in politicos is that Bush ultimately will take the plunge.

St. Petersburg Times Gun bills continue to see little resistance from Legislature

There are few sure bets when it comes to your state Legislature.