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Mel Sembler is a powerful figure in the anti-drug movement.

Marijuana amendment faces biggest foe in GOP heavyweight, anti-drug crusader

TALLAHASSEE — To friends and political allies, Mel Sembler is a real estate developer with integrity. A former ambassador and shopping center magnate, he remains a giant of Tampa Bay politics. His influence stretches from his $3.4 million St. Petersburg penthouse to a network of insiders cultivated from the last th …


Rubio: Trump 'doing better in Florida then people think'

“You know, it is going to be a very close race. I think he is doing better in Florida then people think he’s doing, but we’ll see. I don’t think he can win if he doesn't win Florida....


Letter to Clearwater residents has confusing, but benign water warning

About 22,000 residents in Clearwater recently found a jargony letter in their mailboxes from the city about a chemical found in the drinking water....


ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 17, 2016

With elections nearing, speculation turned this week to who will lead the Florida legislative panels charged with overseeing education policy. Those possible leaders got some guidance on a few of those policy issues, including recess and guns on campus, when a new poll came out on those topics. School districts, meanwhile, began settling their teacher contracts for the year, leading to some questions about whether their agreements on job protections run afoul of state law. These and other issues made for yet another busy week in Florida education news. Visit the Gradebook daily for the latest....