Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact's guide to harmony and accuracy at Thanksgiving dinner

You just sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, famished from a game of touch football in the backyard with all the cousins. The mashed potatoes are steaming. Your family is going around the table to say what they're thankful for — love, each other and good health aplenty.

St. Petersburg Times Florida medical marijuana supporters will try again on 2016 ballot

The group that put medical marijuana on the Florida ballot this year — and fell just short of passing it — intends to launch a new constitutional amendment campaign shortly.

St. Petersburg Times Supreme Court unseals documents about redrawing of voter districts

TALLAHASSEE — The extent that Republican consultants went to influence Florida's redrawing of congressional and legislative districts was placed into public view on Tuesday by the Florida Supreme Court.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Scott admits using private email for public business

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

St. Petersburg Times Governor signs death warrant for killer-rapist

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed the death warrant for Johnny Shane Kormondy, 42, who killed a Pensacola banker in 1993 and repeatedly raped his wife. The couple had been returning home from her 20th high school reunion. Kormondy is set to die on Jan. 15, 2015. In a summary of the case, the governor's office said that …

St. Petersburg Times Romano: Rigged redistricting -- it would be funny if it weren't so appalling

Funny story: So a bunch of voters get together to essentially tell Florida lawmakers that they don't trust them.

St. Petersburg Times Florida's chief judge: Civil justice isn't just for the rich

Jorge Labarga added another first to his resume Monday.

St. Petersburg Times Governor calls special election for state House 64

A special election will be held to fill the vacant Florida House District 64 seat, Gov. Rick Scott ordered Monday.

St. Petersburg Times Embattled Florida prisons chief announces he is stepping down

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's corrections chief, Mike Crews, announced Monday he is stepping down from the agency grappling with reports of abuse by prison guards, allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers and a multimillion-dollar deficit.

St. Petersburg Times Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

WASHINGTON — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

St. Petersburg Times Emails show GOP consultants' 'almost paranoid' mission to circumvent Fla.'s gerrymandering ban

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St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: Fact-checking the Nov. 23 news shows

As Republicans decried his actions across the country and its cable networks, President Barack Obama used an interview with ABC News to defend his decision not to deport more than 4 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

St. Petersburg Times Legislators will decide whether to limit impact of environmental initiative

TALLAHASSEE — Florida environmentalists say they were forced to go to voters to get permanent funding for land and water protection because legislators neglected the need for too many years. But now — even though Amendment 1 passed with 75 percent of the vote — the Legislature will get the last word.

St. Petersburg Times Buzz: Without real rivals, two top candidates snag Florida public campaign funds

Tampa businesswoman Kathleen Shanahan, the Republican fundraiser, activist and former chief of staff to Jeb Bush, named no names in a recent column for the Tampa Bay Times about the obscene fundraising and campaign spending by top elected officials who faced no real opposition in their recent elections:

St. Petersburg Times FSU President John Thrasher wins praise for response to campus shooting

TALLAHASSEE — In the same room where he was jeered and heckled by Florida State students as a candidate for university president, John Thrasher drew widespread praise Friday for being a reassuring presence in the aftermath of Thursday's shootings at the campus library.

St. Petersburg Times Migrant group creates immigration assistance program

TAMPA — In the wake of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, Redlands Christian Migrant Association will activate an immigration assistance program designed to help them apply for work permits and avoid deportation.

St. Petersburg Times At education summit, Jeb Bush seeks balance on Common Core under 2016 glare

WASHINGTON — This town is lush with speculation about who will run for president so when Jeb Bush took the stage Thursday morning at his Foundation for Excellence in Education summit, there was great interest in what he had to say.

St. Petersburg Times Poll: Voters disliked Greenlight Pinellas' tax structure

Pinellas County voters were overwhelmingly skeptical of the tax formula proposed for the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative, according to a poll released Thursday.

St. Petersburg Times FSU President John Thrasher played key role in 2011 defeat of NRA guns-on-campus bill

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University President John Thrasher, who started the job only earlier this month, was in New York at the time of the shootings and immediately returned to Tallahassee.

St. Petersburg Times 2016 contest overshadows GOP governors meeting

BOCA RATON — No fewer than a half-dozen potential presidential candidates are gathering in Florida as the Republican Governors Association prepares to select its next leader.

St. Petersburg Times Two inmates, one deaf, the other mentally ill, seek mercy from Florida parole commission

TALLAHASSEE — Two Florida inmates — one a deaf man from Tampa and the other a mentally ill man who is the focus of a searing documentary film — sought mercy from the state Wednesday. Both got a flicker of hope that they might one day see freedom.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: No, the Koch brothers won't make $100 billion if Keystone XL gets built

Keystone XL pipeline opponents are stoking fear about the $8 billion project by connecting it to two of the biggest bogeymen in politics: Charles and David Koch.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Scott's low-key second inaugural: no black tie ball, just barbecues

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's second inaugural celebration will be much more low-key than his first one and a lot less expensive, too.

St. Petersburg Times Hernando County leaders sworn in

Newly elected Hernando County School Board members Susan Duval, Beth Narverud, and Mark Johnson were sworn into office by Circuit Judge Donald Scaglione on Tuesday. The new board re-elected Gus Guadagnino as chairman and Matt Foreman as vice chairman.

St. Petersburg Times Ron Paul to hold lecture at USF tonight

TAMPA — Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is set to return to the University of South Florida on Wednesday, two years after he rallied supporters at the Sun Dome ahead of the Republican National Convention.

St. Petersburg Times New leaders Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner vow to continue Legislature's push to the right

TALLAHASSEE — The Republican hegemony of the Florida Legislature continued Tuesday with the formal elections of the next leaders of the House and Senate, two like-minded Central Florida lawmakers who vowed to capitalize on the mandate given to them by voters.

St. Petersburg Times Florida's 2014 election by the numbers shows Gov. Rick Scott won by 64,145 votes

Florida's 2014 election results were certified Tuesday and Republican Gov. Rick Scott defeated Democrat Charlie Crist by 64,145 votes, a margin of 1.07 percent. More than 75,000 voters skipped the race for governor, a sign of the widespread disapproval of both candidates. Despite a mediocre statewide turnout of 50.5 percent, this was Florida's …

St. Petersburg Times Bondi to lead Republican Attorneys General group that's now under fire

Nevermind all the bad publicity her ties to the Republican Attorneys General Association have brought her.

St. Petersburg Times Florida House rejects election returns for Tampa's District 64, special election to come

TALLAHASSEE — Residents of Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor won't have a representative in the Florida House — for now.

St. Petersburg Times Florida House, Senate get new leaders in Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner

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