Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

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.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott's negotiations with Seminole Tribe could be blueprint for gaming's future

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott, who made a career out of negotiating hospital mergers, is now applying his negotiating skills to a deal with the Seminole Tribe that could singlehandedly dictate the future of gaming in Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Food stamp use, subsidized housing rose on GOP watch

The statement When Republicans last controlled the presidency and Congress, "the number of people on food stamps (and) the number of people in low-income housing went through the roof."

St. Petersburg Times Union appeals to Florida voters in the Medicaid 'coverage gap'

TALLAHASSEE — The state health care workers' union has a new strategy in its fight to expand Medicaid coverage: reaching out to voters "who've been screwed out of health care coverage by their representative's refusal to act."

St. Petersburg Times Jolly votes against GOP budget: 'I simply kept my word.'

Pinellas County's newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly summed up the reason he voted against the GOP's Ryan budget proposal today, becoming one of just 12 Republicans to do so:

St. Petersburg Times Florida lawmakers clash over school choice

TALLAHASSEE — Democrats and Republicans clashed Wednesday over a proposal that would expand the state's school voucher program and create another voucher-like program for children with special needs.

St. Petersburg Times Political nonsense is on tap in Tallahassee

Today's topic is beer. (Not really.) Well, maybe how the state regulates craft breweries. (Getting closer.)

St. Petersburg Times Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and the 'act of love' illegal immigration comment

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's comments Sunday comparing some illegal immigration to "an act of love" elicited a range of reactions. It was a bold statement for a Republican, or the death knell to any presidential hopes.

St. Petersburg Times Pasco voters cast ballots in five cities

Rob Marlowe's win in New Port Richey highlights a day of voting across Pasco.

St. Petersburg Times Sink still considers another Pinellas congressional bid

Democrats resume attacks on Rep. David Jolly, who must run in November.

St. Petersburg Times Steve Bousquet column: Senators slow Gov. Rick Scott's attack on notaries

In a decades-long career in politics, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, thought he had seen just about everything, until Monday.

St. Petersburg Times Alas! Allen West is no guardian of history

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West outlines his political philosophy, warrior code and experiences as a black conservative in a new book that's peppered with quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other famous figures. But several of the quotes in West's Guardian of the Republic have been flagged by historians as …

St. Petersburg Times Rubio says health care law fell short of signup goal

The White House celebrated last week when 7.1 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act marketplaces since they opened in October 2013.

St. Petersburg Times PunditFact: Fact-checking the April 6 news shows

A pair of politicians on Sunday debated gun policies on military bases in the wake of the Fort Hood shooting, while a conservative pundit wanted to talk Obamacare poll numbers.

St. Petersburg Times At session midpoint, Legislature boosts Gov. Rick Scott in election year

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature has passed the halfway point of its 60-day legislative session and the fruits of its labor can be summed up in two words: election year.

St. Petersburg Times Reminded of narrow win, Rep. David Jolly calls letter writer<br /><br />

Fresh off a close election win, some elected officials might not appreciate being reminded about how nearly half the voters preferred someone else. On March 16, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, saw just such a letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg resident Scott Stewart, who noted that Jolly …

St. Petersburg Times For mental health crisis units, is this bill a fix, or is the fix in?

The topic is devastation. As in, if you pass this piece of legislation, you could decimate the state's mental health crisis centers.

St. Petersburg Times The plane truth: Florida Gov. Rick Scott travels in wealth, stealth

TALLAHASSEE — The first campaign promise Gov. Rick Scott kept allows him to travel with the privacy and luxury of a CEO while living in the fishbowl of public office.