Florida news

  1. Charlie Crist's bid for governor will get big cash infusion from state matching program

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democrat Charlie Crist says he can't raise nearly as much money as Republican Gov. Rick Scott, but he can close the gap thanks to a big subsidy from Florida taxpayers.

    Charlie Crist’s campaign expects its first matching check to arrive Aug. 1 and be in the range of $1 million.
  2. Plan your Christmas at Epcot with celebrity narrators at Candlelight Processional

    Florida

    Christmas in July promos remind us that now can be a good time to plan your Christmas entertainment before tickets sell out. Held every year at Disney's Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is not to be missed. There's a mass choir, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator who tells the story of …

    The giant Christmas tree at Epcot, seen with the park's iconic Spaceship Earth attraction behind it, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration at the theme park. [Photo by Garth Vaughan]
  3. Monroe judge denies gay Key West bartenders' plea to let them marry Tuesday

    State Roundup

    Wedding bells will not ring Tuesday for gay Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones. Or for any other same-sex couples planning to have a Conch Republic wedding any time soon.

    Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones embrace during a July 17 celebration in Key West. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge. [Associated Press]
  4. CFO Jeff Atwater blasts N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo as 'huckster' over ad campaign

    State Roundup

    Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of running a deceptive TV ad campaign designed to lure businesses to the Empire State.

    Florida CFO Jeff Atwater is running for re-election this year.
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist touts per-pupil spending vs. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive against Gov. Rick Scott, launching a TV ad campaign and pulling no punches in interviews.

  6. A closer look at Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist's running mate

    State Roundup

    The Miami-Dade County Republican Party leader quickly summed up the opposition's greatest strength.

    "At a time when Tallahassee needs outside blood and an outside perspective, she brings a unique approach you can only get from being a businesswoman and a working mom," an adviser to Charlie Crist says of Annette Taddeo.  "I think she'll be a very refreshing voice in Tallahassee."
  7. Jury hits R.J. Reynolds with $23.6 billion in punitive damages

    Courts

    MIAMI — A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

  8. Florida judge: Write-in candidates don't have to live in district where they run for office

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It just got easier to be a write-in candidate in Florida.

  9. Keys clerk's office: We're ready for same-sex marriages

    State Roundup

    KEY WEST — In the hours after a Keys judge threw out Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, gay couples from all around the state inundated the Monroe County Clerk's office with calls about when they could tie the knot — and some even began making plans to fly down for a wedding.

  10. Climate war on: Charlie Crist agrees to meet with scientists, so Gov. Rick Scott follows suit

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.