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TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn is expected to breeze to a second term Tuesday night in a city election shaping up to have the lowest voter turnout since the Nixon administration.
BROOKSVILLE — Just three months after collecting a plaque for his years of public service and declaring that he wanted more time for his business and family, former Hernando County commissioner and state Rep. Dave Russell is back running for office.
TAMPA — Lettuce and tomato on a Cuban sandwich?
TALLAHASSEE — It's probably safe to start planning for a March 15 presidential primary in Florida.
TALLAHASSEE — House Republican Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, is pushing a sweeping overhaul that would expand gaming options at the Seminole Tribe's Tampa Bay operations and elsewhere statewide.
As lawmakers show up for a new Legislative session this morning in Tallahassee, let's review where we stand on the issue of Medicaid expansion:
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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his fifth State of the State address to the Legislature Tuesday.
Only one Florida Democrat, Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, is confirmed to boycott Tuesday's speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, according to a survey by the Tampa Bay Times.
The governor needs legislative approval to fulfill some of his campaign promises.
TALLAHASSEE — The 2015 session of the Florida Legislature begins Tuesday here with new leaders facing fresh challenges and competing demands for a projected $1 billion budget surplus.
It could be one of the great ironies of the 2016 presidential cycle that in a race where two * major Republican candidates, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, hail from Florida, the Sunshine State's GOP presidential primary could well be the most boring in more than a decade.
TALLAHASSEE — The two DVDs were only minutes long but they depicted deplorable conditions in the state's prison system: uninhabitable dorms, inmate-on-staff assaults and roofs that were so porous that prison staff rigged sheets of cardboard to serve as makeshift gutters.
Florida's unemployment system has few controls and records incorrect information, a report shows.
TAMPA — Memories of the recession are fading. Building permits and property tax revenues are on the rise. And business tycoon Jeff Vinik plans to make a $1 billion bet on the future of downtown.
ST. PETERSBURG — At 2 in the afternoon, Green Bench Brewing is empty but for a bearded bartender and a dark-brown dog named Porter. Within a few hours, though, the St. Petersburg brewery transforms into a packed nightspot, with bartenders serving pints and flights of craft brews made on-site over the din of a live band.
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Cuba held a second round of negotiations Friday on restoring diplomatic relations after a half-century interruption, although an immediate breakthrough appeared unlikely.
OXON Hill, Md. — Sen. Marco Rubio took another step in erasing the damage of his role in immigration reform, receiving a warm reception Friday at the annual CPAC gathering here while suggesting the comprehensive approach he once championed was a mistake.
TALLAHASSEE — Nutritionists who advise poor families, health counselors and family support workers are among hundreds of health care positions that would be cut under Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget.
The prestigious consulting firm, known for its close ties to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was orchestrating an extensive effort to remake his image and prepare him for the 2016 presidential campaign.
The governor's early second-term stumbles may embolden fellow Republicans in the Legislature to test him.
OXON HILL, Md. — The Conservative Political Action Conference, which is scheduled to feature a parade of potential Republican presidential candidates testing their messages and their appeal to thousands of party activists from all over the country, began Wednesday and continues through Saturday.
A one-day non-jury trial is being held today to determine if Florida taxpayers should pay more than $800,000 in legal fees racked up by former House Speaker Ray Sansom.
TAMPA — With the campaign in its last week, two mystery mailers are roiling the race in City Council District 6.
TALLAHASSEE -- In touting his "record" spending on Florida schools, Gov. Rick Scott is ignoring something causing concern to some of his fellow Republicans: it will require property taxpayers to pay more.
ST. PETE BEACH — Only one seat on the City Commission is up for election this year, pitting challenger Joanne Lentino against the incumbent from District 2, Rick Falkenstein, who was appointed to the board less than a year ago.
ST. PETERSBURG — Margaret Crist Wood, a sister of former Gov. Charlie Crist who managed his 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate, died of cancer Tuesday at Bayfront Health System, her family said. She was 60.
TALLAHASSEE — Blaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.
Call me cheesy, but I vote on election day.