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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.
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.
Legislation would affect sex trafficking, homeless youths and Supreme Court nods.
ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County commissioners are not bound by term limits approved by voters more than a decade ago, an appeals court affirmed Wednesday.
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.
"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.
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.
The statement "My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."
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?
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."
Another Sunday, another set of misrepresentations about the Affordable Care Act.
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.
There are few sure bets when it comes to your state Legislature.
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.
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."
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."
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:
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.
Today's topic is beer. (Not really.) Well, maybe how the state regulates craft breweries. (Getting closer.)
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.
Rob Marlowe's win in New Port Richey highlights a day of voting across Pasco.
Democrats resume attacks on Rep. David Jolly, who must run in November.
In a decades-long career in politics, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, thought he had seen just about everything, until Monday.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
The topic is devastation. As in, if you pass this piece of legislation, you could decimate the state's mental health crisis centers.
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.