Articles in Category: 'West Coast'

St. Petersburg Times Transparency lost in reviews of Florida child abuse deaths

In December 2009, the state panel that reviews child abuse deaths released a 179-page report. The document included a detailed analysis of what killed Florida children the year before, dozens of charts and graphs describing both the victims and perpetrators of child abuse, and brief memorials for several of the youngsters whose lives were cut …

St. Petersburg Times Florida Legislature defends new districts, calls 'Fair Districts' invalid

Attorneys also want standards used to create the congressional districts ruled invalid.

St. Petersburg Times Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy, new poll shows

Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week's historic announcement.

St. Petersburg Times Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5

MIAMI — Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them.

St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott touts reaching 700,000 jobs, but that's not what he promised

Less than three weeks before his second-term inauguration, Gov. Rick Scott is crowing that he has accomplished a goal he initially said could take seven years, despite the fact he isn't even halfway to what he actually promised.

St. Petersburg Times Marco Rubio and Rand Paul fight over Cuba in 2016 preview

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio hit first.

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott names new transportation secretary

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed Jim Boxold to be Florida's next transportation secretary.

St. Petersburg Times If Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both run for president, Florida loyalty belongs to Bush

Marco Rubio has a big Jeb Bush problem. More than a decade after Bush helped cultivate Rubio as a star in the Florida Legislature — literally giving him a sword as a symbol of maintaining the conservative flame — the two are on an awkward collision course over running for president in 2016.

St. Petersburg Times Local groups join push to close Medicaid coverage gap in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG — Elisa Abolafia leaned her cane against the railing in front of City Hall and gingerly stepped to the lectern.

St. Petersburg Times Sen. Marco Rubio takes aggressive turn as face of opposition to President Obama's Cuba decision

WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama dropped the bombshell about Cuba on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio was hurrying to the Capitol where a packed room of reporters awaited.

St. Petersburg Times U.S. spy freed by Cuba was longtime asset

WASHINGTON — The Cuban government on Wednesday freed a U.S. spy whom President Barack Obama described as one of most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in the Communist country and who helped unravel several long-running Cuban espionage operations.

St. Petersburg Times Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free

WASHINGTON — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free.

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough commissioners approve nearly 20 percent raise for County Administrator

TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously approved a nearly 20 percent raise for County Administrator Mike Merrill on Wednesday, bringing his salary to $260,000.

St. Petersburg Times 7 key elements of the U.S. policy shift toward Cuba

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Cuba soon will begin talks to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba that President Barack Obama was to announce Wednesday afternoon:

St. Petersburg Times Gov. Rick Scott shakes up FDLE, forces longtime commissioner to resign

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's transition to a second term suddenly turned rocky Tuesday when he forced the resignation of the longtime leader of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

St. Petersburg Times Sen. Jack Latvala gears up for another growler battle

TALLAHASSEE — It was one of the most spirited battles in the Legislature this year, pitting scrappy independent craft brewers against wealthy beer distributors intent on preserving their dwindling customer base.

St. Petersburg Times Florida legislators vow to get payment to abused child

TALLAHASSEE — Several influential South Florida legislators said Monday they will not let a legal technicality stand in the way of getting payments to the victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history.

St. Petersburg Times Jeb Bush to South Carolina graduates: Seek joy in life

Right after Jeb Bush finished speaking to graduates at the University of South Carolina on Monday, a Democratic opposition research group tweeted that it was there watching.

St. Petersburg Times Scott takes business recruiting trip to NYC

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is visiting New York City to try to recruit businesses and jobs to the state.

St. Petersburg Times FSU case another big one for state Supreme Court Justice Major Harding

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St. Petersburg Times Jeb Bush adds to presidential speculation with plans for an e-book

News media speculation about Jeb Bush running for president is reaching a fever pitch and this weekend he added his own fuel.

St. Petersburg Times Ortega bans Rubio in protest

Nicaragua's president says he is banning U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from traveling to the Central American country in protest of the Venezuela sanctions the Republican lawmakers helped pass Wednesday in Congress, according to a newspaper report.

St. Petersburg Times Craft brewers wary of claims about ending ban on 'growlers'

TALLAHASSEE — An effort that would allow small craft brewers to pour beer into half-gallon containers may advance during the 2015 legislative session without getting tied up in other beverage issues. Yet it's not at all clear that this means Floridians can look forward to taking home their favorite brew soon in a 64-ounce "growler'' …

St. Petersburg Times Why Florida GOP will follow RNC orders on 2016's presidential primary

With two possible candidates from Florida, forcing an early primary would cost too many delegates.

St. Petersburg Times Feds: Florida scholarship program does not violate anti-discrimination laws

TALLAHASSEE — Florida did not violate anti-discrimination laws by using standardized test scores to award Bright Futures scholarships, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

St. Petersburg Times Scott names new chief for environmental agency

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday named Jon Steverson, executive director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, to be the new secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). It's Scott's second new agency hire in two days, following Wednesday's appointment of Julie Jones to head the state prison system.

St. Petersburg Times New chief of Florida's troubled prison system praised as no-nonsense reformer

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday chose career law enforcement officer Julie Jones to take over the Department of Corrections, making her the fourth boss in four years at an agency grappling with massive problems.

St. Petersburg Times New Pinellas GOP chairman sets sights on winning local elections

ST. PETERSBURG — This has been a good year for Republicans at the state and federal level, but the party lost its majority on the Pinellas County Commission for the first time in decades.

St. Petersburg Times With Senate redistricting lawsuit pending, court releases disputed documents

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Monday thrust into the limelight yet another secret email that reveals the role of political consultants in the redistricting process that could have bearing on the pending lawsuit over Senate redistricting.

St. Petersburg Times Judge allows allegations that Gov. Scott intentionally violated records law

TALLAHASSEE — A judge on Monday opened the door for a new complaint against Gov. Rick Scott that alleges he intentionally withheld public records in violation of state law, a charge that could result in sanctions against the governor after months of delay in the case.