Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

St. Petersburg Times Tampa lawyer in DUI scandal to leave expressway authority

TAMPA — A Tampa lawyer whose firm has been the focus of federal and Florida Bar investigations into the DUI arrest of an opposing lawyer during a high-profile trial has asked to leave the board of the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the latest NextGen attack on Gov. Rick Scott

NextGen Climate, a deep-pocketed, pro-environmental group, has unleashed another attack on Gov. Rick Scott as it relates to a drilling project that the state ultimately shut down.

St. Petersburg Times Adam C. Smith column: The contemptuous Florida governor's race

SARASOTA — Rick Scott in some respects makes it easy on journalists. If a reporter misses something he says in an interview, maybe even spaces out for a moment, it doesn't really matter because Scott is certain to say the same thing again. And again. And again.

St. Petersburg Times After Hillsborough commission primary, Higginbotham looks for broader support

TAMPA — After eight years representing a Republican stronghold, can Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham broaden his appeal enough to win countywide, where Democrats have the advantage?

St. Petersburg Times Coalition appeals ruling on new congressional map

TALLAHASSEE — A coalition challenging Florida's congressional districts is taking its legal challenge to an appeals court.

St. Petersburg Times Mapping the path for Charlie Crist to be elected Florida governor again

Democratic strategists focus on the percentage points that will return him to governor's office.

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Rick Scott's principles depend on the politics

So the governor is upset about a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's ever-expanding school voucher system. Fair enough.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott promises $1 billion in tax cuts for second term

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is promising Florida voters a $1 billion package of tax and fee cuts in a second term including new limitations on property tax increases and another cut in auto tag fees.

St. Petersburg Times Why they smoke: Medical marijuana and Floridians who use it

Floridians will decide Nov. 4 whether to add medical marijuana to the state Constitution, testing if a cultural change fostered in the liberal West and Northeast can penetrate the South.

St. Petersburg Times The potential health risk of medical marijuana: It's complicated

Humans have cultivated marijuana for thousands of years — using fiber for cloth, oil for food, smoke for ceremonies and chemicals for medicine.

St. Petersburg Times John Morgan, Grady Judd debate Florida's medical marijuana amendment

LAKELAND — Two of the loudest voices in the campaign over Amendment 2 went head-to-head during a debate in Lakeland on Thursday night.

St. Petersburg Times Florida website aimed at the uninsured draws little interest

TALLAHASSEE — Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website.

St. Petersburg Times Push for passage of penny sales tax set to begin in Hernando

The group leading the effort will launch its information campaign.

St. Petersburg Times Teachers union, school board association to challenge school voucher program

TALLAHASSEE — The statewide teachers union, school boards association and PTA will file a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Florida's school voucher program.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott's staff kept records secret for mansion project

TALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a "governor's park" around the Florida Governor's Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby commercial property on the adjacent street and replace it with a grand boulevard and a visitors commons.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas House candidates throw some jabs one day after primary victories

ST. PETERSBURG — Less than 24 hours after winning their Pinellas primary elections, candidates in two state House races came to a debate Wednesday and pledged to run civil campaigns.

St. Petersburg Times Charlie Crist's big win clouded by low turnout and enthusiasm questions

TALLAHASSEE — As Charlie Crist celebrates winning the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, red flags are flying that raise questions about whether he can defeat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November.

St. Petersburg Times Final tally gives nod to Jeff Holcomb in GOP commission primary in Hernando

BROOKSVILLE — Software consultant Jeff Holcomb won a narrow victory over Realtor Laurie Pizzo in the Republican primary for the District 4 seat on the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday.

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough races appear decided as officials count final mail-in ballots

TAMPA — Hillsborough elections officials had about 1,800 mail-in ballots left to be counted Wednesday morning, though it appeared the remaining ballots would not affect any close races.

St. Petersburg Times Several Hillsborough politicians faced no opponents for re-election

TAMPA — Well before voters went to the polls in Tuesday's primary, a number of politicians representing Hillsborough County residents were re-elected automatically this year when no one filed to run against them. They include:

St. Petersburg Times Jeff Holcomb takes close GOP race in Hernando County Commission District 4

BROOKSVILLE — Software consultant Jeff Holcomb squeaked by Realtor Laurie Pizzo in Tuesday's Republican primary for the District 4 seat on the Hernando County Commission.

St. Petersburg Times Three new members guaranteed on Hernando School Board

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board is in for a dramatic makeover, with three new members guaranteed to come aboard after the November election.

St. Petersburg Times Runoff likely in judge's race in 5th Circuit

In partial election results Tuesday night, Mary Hatcher and Denise A. Dymond Lyn appeared to be headed for a showdown in November for the Group 3 judgeship in the 5th Judicial Circuit.

St. Petersburg Times Scott campaign, GOP paying big bucks for jet use

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign and the Republican Party of Florida have paid more than $227,000 for use of the private jet that Scott also uses for official state travel. The Cessna Citation is owned by a Naples business whose only officer is First Lady Ann Scott, at right. The jet tail number ends with the first lady's initials.

St. Petersburg Times Gregg cruising to win over Mathieu in Pasco House race

Chris Gregg appeared to be winning comfortably over Jim Mathieu in Tuesday's Republican primary for House District 36 in west Pasco County.

St. Petersburg Times Voters approve tax breaks for Pinellas businesses

By nearly a 2-to-1 margin, voters have approved a ballot measure designed to entice businesses to set up shop in Pinellas County.

St. Petersburg Times Early returns show Mike Wells cruising toward Pasco County Commission victory

It appears that Henry Wilson will be a one-termer, just like the incumbent he upset nearly four years ago to win a seat on the Pasco County Commission.

St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche won't see a second term

Based on early results, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche will be denied a second term, fellow Republican incumbent John Morroni will serve another four years, and Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers is pulling away from a crowded Republican field vying for the seat of retiring Commissioner Susan Latvala.

St. Petersburg Times Chris Latvala, Steve Sarnoff leading in Pinellas legislative races

Shortly after polls closed Tuesday, Republican Chris Latvala and Democrat Steve Sarnoff were leading in the fight for House District 67 in Clearwater and Largo. It's the only Pinellas legislative race that had contested primaries for both Democrats and Republicans.

St. Petersburg Times Early results: Higginbotham, Kemp cruising in Hillsborough commission primaries

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham is coasting toward a win in his Republican primary, and Pat Kemp is leading the race to be his opponent, according to early voting results.