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Jeb Bush scales the heights of ‘Mount Tallahassee’


Presidential contender Jeb Bush jokingly refers to the state capital as “Mount Tallahassee,” but on Monday the mountain came to him.

Fla. Lt. Gov. will run for Rubio’s Senate seat


Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is jumping in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for president.

Special from TCPalm: Will firebrand opponent change Murphy’s message?


U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has walked a political tightrope between being a Democrat and a Republican, but a progressive rabble-rouser who’s challenging him in the Senate primary could upset his balance.

Fla. Supreme Court orders state’s congressional districts be redrawn


The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that boundaries of eight of the state's congressional districts be redrawn, saying a recent redistricting process was #x201c;tainted by unconstitutional intent to favor the Republican Party and incumbents...

Charter renewed for West GOP club


Charter renewed for West GOP club
NEW PORT RICHEY — Randy Maggard, chairman of the Pasco County Republican Party, this week renewed the charter for the 400-member West Pasco Republican Club.

House candidate says he’ll introduce new abortion ban legislation


A Vero Beach candidate is courting the religious right in a state House race, first going after gay marriage and now pledging to introduce legislation to ban most abortions in Florida, even though similar proposals in other states were deemed unconst...

Lopez-Cantera swings through SW Fla.


Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera spent Monday in Southwest Florida, meeting with members of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce to discuss the legislative session.

Governor OKs $78.6 billion ... make that $78.2 billion state budget

Published:   |   Updated: June 23, 2015 at 10:42 AM

(Updated 10:30 a.m.) Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed the state’s $78.6 billion state budget, minus a whopping $461.4 million in line-item vetoes.

Pasco Republicans set to elect a new party chairman


NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Republicans will elect a new party chairman on July 9.

Some lawmakers missing important budget vote


It’s arguably the most important vote a lawmaker can cast, but 10 of Florida’s 160 legislators aren’t in Tallahassee Friday to vote on the state’s $78 billion budget - the one constitutionally-required bill.