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  1. Pinellas, Hillsborough seeing 'robust' voter turnouts

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — More people in Tampa Bay have already voted than did before Election Day four years ago, raising the likelihood of a higher than expected turnout in Florida.

  2. Gary Morse, The Villages developer and GOP mega donor, dies at age 77

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Harold Gary Morse, who became a political kingmaker by contributing cash and votes to a generation of Republican candidates as the developer of The Villages, Central Florida's massive retirement community, died Wednesday night.

    He was 77.

  3. Pam Bondi has close ties with law firm whose clients have had suits dropped in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Partners with a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm aren't registered as Florida lobbyists, but that hasn't stopped them from wining and dining Attorney General Pam Bondi the past four years to discuss clients.

    Attorneys General Pam Bondi and Patrick Morrisey, of West Virginia, right, meet in June during a Republican Attorneys General Association gathering at an exclusive resort in Coronado, Calif. A New York Times investigation has found that state attorneys general are aggressively pursued by lobbyists and lawyers attempting to influence them, but unlike rules covering other elected officials, there are few revolving-door restrictions or disclosure requirements governing the attorneys general.
  4. Amendment 3 would let outgoing governor name judges — an unnecessary power, critics say

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters are being asked to approve a little-noticed amendment to the state Constitution that would rewrite the way judges are appointed to the state's highest courts and strengthen the powers of governors who are leaving office.

    The Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee. [Associated Press]
  5. Florida Insider Poll: Democrats, Republicans equally optimistic on governor's race

    State Roundup

    This is Florida, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised by the results of our final Florida Insider Poll of the 2014 election cycle: More than 140 of Florida's most sophisticated political operators view the neck-and-neck gubernatorial race between Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott in starkly partisan terms.

  6. Report: Red Cross left volunteers at Republican National Convention in Tampa instead of helping Isaac victims

    National

    TAMPA — Despite receiving millions of dollars in donations, the Red Cross botched recovery efforts after Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy and part of the problem revolved around the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, an investigation by ProPublica and

  7. U.S. Justice Department watching for voting irregularities in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The U.S. Department of Justice is keeping a watchful eye on Florida for possible voting rights abuses in the last days of a close, hard-fought battle between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

  8. Duke Energy a big contributor to Florida candidates

    Energy

    TALLAHASSEE — Duke Energy has contributed at least $1.4 million to Florida candidates for the 2014 election cycle, according to state and federal records.

  9. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist ready to lawyer up if Florida recount needed (w/video)

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It's the nightmare scenario nobody wants to discuss: an election night result for Florida governor that's so close it demands a recount.

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist, left, and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott. [Times files]
  10. Disney to remove huge sorcerer's hat from Hollywood Studios theme park

    Florida

    The giant sorcerer's hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is going away as the theme park begins a "reimagining." Much is changing at Hollywood Studios, which this summer drew crowds for a special parade, play area and fireworks show based on the astoundingly popular movie Frozen. And Disney has said it will add …