Links from the Oct. 22 Times: Interactive storm tracker; previous Haridopolos coverage
TROPICAL STORM RICHARD: The biggest threat to the west coast of Florida this hurricane season became Tropical Storm Richard and experts expect it to become a hurricane by the weekend. Follow Richard on our interactive storm tracker.
STATE SENATE SHAKEUP: Earlier this month, a story looked at how the once-moderate Florida Senate was growing more conservative under incoming leader Mike Haridopolos in the wake of high-level staff firings and resignations that have thinned the ranks of Democrats in the upper chamber. The shakeup could leave the "New Senate'' filled with the most Republican members and staff members since Reconstruction, which paves the way for swifter approval of budget and tax cuts, pension reform and conservative social issues.