Attorney General Pam Bondi's absence from Tuesday's one-day organizational session of the Legislature is fueling more speculation that she's a short-timer in Tallahassee. A member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, she's seen as a likely pick for a White House job. If she does leave, Steve Bousquet presents five potential replacements.
RUBIO PRAISES TRUMP'S SELECTION OF NIKKI HALEY AS UN AMBASSADOR
Sen. Marco Rubio has found another Trump appointment to praise — Gov. Nikki Haley as U.N. Ambassador. Like Rubio, she harshly criticized Trump during the primary and endorsed Rubio. But Trump still won South Carolina, putting him on a path to roll through Florida and end Rubio's hopes. "I've been impressed with Governor Nikki Haley's leadership of South Carolina and welcome her nomination to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations," Rubio said today in a statement.
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HANDS DOWN NEW RULING IN FIGHT OVER DEATH PENALTY
The Florida Supreme Court threw out the death penalty of a man convicted of murdering a state prison guard with a knife, ruling that because the jury did not unanimously recommend a death sentence, he should get a new penalty phase. The ruling appeared to strike down the death penalty of every person on Florida's death row who was sent there following a jury vote that was not unanimous, said Orange-Osceola Public Defender Robert Wesley. The court's ruling was in the case of Richard Franklin, who was serving two life sentences for murder and robbery in March 2012 when he fatally stabbed 24-year-old Sgt. Ruben Thomas in the neck with a handmade knife.
LIVE NOW: HAPPY HOMECOMINGS AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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There are lots of smile, hugs — and a few tears — as family and friends welcome their loved ones home for Thanksgiving. Christopher Spata (@SpataTimes) and Samantha Putterman (@SamPutterman) are there; check out their photos in our live blog.
WASTING NO TIME AS HOUSE SPEAKER, CORCORAN ATTACKS TEACHER'S UNION
In his first remarks earlier this week as the new Florida House speaker, Rep. Richard Corcoran lashed out at the state's largest teachers union, calling the organization "downright evil" for continuing to challenge a Legislature-approved tax credit scholarship program in court.
STEELMAKERS LIKE TAMPA'S GERDAU ARE HOPEFUL OF A RENAISSANCE UNDER A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY
Steelmakers nationwide, over the din from their mills and processing plants, heard the promises from Donald Trump on the campaign trail. In Tampa, at the North American headquarters of one of the largest steelmaking operations in the country, Peter Campo was listening, too. And now that candidate Trump has become President-elect Trump, Campo is hopeful that a renaissance of his long-suffering industry might be at hand.
KILLER IN TEMPLE TERRACE SHOOTING SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON
Authorities say Johnny Gaston Alicea fatally shot 20-year-old Jillian Rae Boone and then shot himself in front of onlookers in the parking lot of a Temple Terrace bowling alley in August 2015. Alicea, now 47, survived and on Tuesday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella then sentenced him to 30 years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation.
NERVOUS ABOUT THANKSGIVING DINNER? KEEP POLITIFACT'S 2016 GUIDE HANDY
Be honest with yourself: Politics is on the table this holiday season, like it or not. The best advice we have is to try keeping the conversation rooted in reality. Here's PolitiFact's guide to navigating politics this Thanksgiving.
STILL PLANNING YOUR THANKSGIVING MENU?
If you're still not sure how to round out your Thanksgiving offerings (and brave enough to head to the store today for those last-minute ingredients), we have you covered. From some creative corn dishes to an easy sweet potato spoon bread, there is no shortage of ideas on our cooking page.
HEADING TO THE MOVIES ON THIS LONG WEEKEND?
The long Thanksgiving weekend is generally a good time to catch up on your movie watching. Times movie critic Steve Persall says Dwayne Johnsonlifts otherwise placid Moana on his character's beefy shoulders, while Nocturnal Animals gives America a bad reputation. Check out our list of movies opening this weekend.
OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO WITH GUESTS
If movies aren't necessarily your thing, there are plenty of other things to do to pass the time. Check out our things to do database for a calendar of events.