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  1. Miami Lakes legislator rises swiftly, holds fast to 'free market' ideals

    State Roundup

    Rep. Jose Oliva kept an icy cool as he verbally sparred with his Senate counterpart Bill Galvano over the redistricting map that would force the Legislature's special session to end in stalemate.

    At right, Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, huddles on the floor of the Florida House with Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, before the House left early April 28, 2015, for the 2015 session.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Tropical Storm Erika dissipates, area watches and warnings lifted

    Hurricanes

    Tropical Storm Erika broke up in the Caribbean on Saturday, leaving behind a wave of moisture expected to bring heavy rainfall to the Tampa Bay in the next few days.

    Joe's Stone Crab employees Jordan Garcia, left, and Manny Cortes install hurricane shutters in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika on Friday in Miami Beach. [David Santiago | El Nuevo Herald via TNS]
  3. Coalition files suit to invalidate redistricting law in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bipartisan group of voters added to the list of redistricting lawsuits this week, filing a case in federal court challenging the Fair Districts amendments of the Florida Constitution as unconstitutional.

    State Sen. Bill Galvano hopes the court gives lawmakers another try at drawing the districts.
  4. March: Tampa's Democratic stars come out for Pat Frank's re-election campaign

    Local

    TAMPA — Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank's re-election campaign kickoff Wednesday turned into a display of backing from the local Democratic Party establishment. More than a dozen current or former elected Democratic officeholders either attended or were on the list of hosts.

  5. Florida Lottery secretary resigns under fire

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell, one of Gov. Rick Scott's original agency heads, has resigned in the wake of media reports of questionable travel expenses and absenteeism.

    Cynthia O’Connell, the head of the Florida Lottery, is resigning effective 
Oct. 1.
  6. Jeb Bush touts consensus-builder style, but many point to discordant Florida record

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush says he's the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. It just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you.

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
  7. As presidential campaigns take on national flavor, Iowa's role in nominating process narrows

    National

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Just another day at the Iowa State Fair.

    Sen. Marco Rubio is mobbed by the media at the Iowa State Fair last week.

(Alex Leary  |  Times)
  8. Weeks later, flood-damaged Tampa Bay still waits for federal disaster declaration

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The pounding rains stopped nearly three weeks ago, yet pleas for federal assistance from flooding damage still haven't been answered for some Tampa Bay residents unable to return to their homes.

  9. Challengers ask court to take over Florida's redistricting

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Equating the Legislature's redistricting failure to a strikeout, the challengers to the state's congressional map on Thursday called on the Florida Supreme Court to redraw the districts it invalidated and reject the Legislature's call for more time.

  10. Negron claims victory in Florida Senate power play, but Latvala won't concede

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The drama in Florida's Capitol intensified Wednesday as Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart declared victory in his marathon battle with Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater to become Senate president next year.

    State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, says he has the majority support needed to become Senate president next year.