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O’Neil to run for 3rd term as clerk


O’Neil to run for 3rd term as clerk
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil filed last month to run for a third term in 2016.

Lawmakers begin teeing up state budget for passage


Good news, Tallahassee lobbying corps: You can make Friday dinner plans after all.

Medical marijuana backers announce new campaign to get signatures

Published:   |   Updated: June 17, 2015 at 04:45 PM

The head of the effort to pass a state constitutional amendment allowing medical pot on Wednesday announced a “massive, statewide paid petition effort” to begin July 1.

Late-night budget rewards Tampa Bay amid questions of transparency


State lawmakers late Monday allotted $17 million for the relocation of the University of South Florida’s medical school to downtown Tampa, ensuring an anchor for the proposed redevelopment of the city’s Channel District.

Surprise: Fla. Senate telegraphs that Medicaid expansion will not go gentle into that good night...

Published:   |   Updated: June 15, 2015 at 08:09 PM

...Indeed, health care expansion, it seems, will burn and rave at close of day.

Suit settled in Fla. top cop ouster

Published:   |   Updated: June 15, 2015 at 05:51 PM

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are settling a lawsuit filed by media organizations over the firing of former Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.

Jeb! announces he’s in it to win it


After months of consideration, Jeb Bush made it official Monday in a speech to a boisterous crowd at Miami Dade College.

Tampa lawyer to be head of Florida Bar


Tampa attorney William J. Schifino, Jr. will become president-elect of The Florida Bar at its annual convention this month in Boca Raton, the organization announced Monday.

USF Downtown hangs fire as budget talks go into OT


The two leaders of the Florida Legislature agree on this: Downtown university campus developments are great for cities.

Lawmakers ready tax cut package for Gov. Scott’s review


The Florida Legislature is likely to send a roughly $400 million tax cut package to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk Monday.