Politics

William March: Sheriff Gee denies his resignation was timed to help GOP

Sheriff David Gee is denying through spokesmen that he planned his 2016 re-election and subsequent resignation to help Republicans hold the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But Democrats say it seems obvious he did. They say they're looking for ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rick Scott signs package of tax breaks

Rick Scott signs package of tax breaks

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed a tax cut package Thursday that — while vastly scaled back from what he wanted — eliminates the so-called "tampon tax" and offers tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers and Floridians preparing for hurricane sea...
Published: 05/25/17

Foreign meetings omitted from Sessions' security clearance

BC-USâ??Trump-Russia-Probe, 7th Ld-Writethru,1076 Foreign meetings omitted from Sessions' security clearance AP Photo WX126, WX101 Eds: Updates photo. With AP Photos. By DEB RIECHMANN and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) â?? Attorney General...
Published: 05/24/17
Romano: On this education bill, you decide who is evil

Romano: On this education bill, you decide who is evil

The political ramifications are not lost on Kristine Benson.She understands the Legislature is basically playing a high-stakes game of ransom with funds for education. She's admittedly conflicted. She called the controversial bill HB 7069 a "slimy'' ...
Published: 05/24/17
Convicted murderer whose release Pam Bondi fears will stay behind bars

Convicted murderer whose release Pam Bondi fears will stay behind bars

TALLAHASSEE — A former Tampa police officer convicted in 1980 of murdering a security guard was again denied parole at a hearing Wednesday where Attorney General Pam Bondi said his release could have put her at risk.Bondi, a career prosecutor who yea...
Published: 05/24/17

'Liquor wall' staying up in Florida after Gov. Scott's veto

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's liquor wall, which was been around since Prohibition ended, will remain standing after a bill to tear it down was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. The so-called "Whiskey and Wheaties Bill" would have allowed grocery stores, big box ...
Published: 05/24/17
CBO analysis: 23 million would lose health coverage under House-passed bill

CBO analysis: 23 million would lose health coverage under House-passed bill

WASHINGTON — The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Offic...
Published: 05/24/17
Carlton: A little less swagger, Mr. Mayor?

Carlton: A little less swagger, Mr. Mayor?

In the dispute-gone-national over a bad joke uttered by Tampa's mayor, it is instructive to recall the nickname bestowed upon him by the local military."Swagger" was the fighter pilot call sign given Bob Buckhorn by folks at MacDill Air Force Base, o...
Published: 05/24/17
John Morgan 'prepared to invest $100M' in medical marijuana

John Morgan 'prepared to invest $100M' in medical marijuana

John Morgan spent nearly $7 million pushing two statewide ballot initiatives to expand medical marijuana throughout the state of Florida.But that's a drop in the bucket compared to what the wealthy Orlando attorney and possible gubernatorial candidat...
Published: 05/23/17
Updated: 05/24/17
Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs.The White House'...
Published: 05/23/17