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  1. Democratic convention spotlight falls on Florida's Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    State Roundup

    A week before the start of the Democratic National Convention, its chairwoman, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, strolled into the arena — of the opposing party's presidential convention.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at Florida International University in Miami on Saturday. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
  2. First Florida home delivery of medical marijuana made in Pasco County


    TALLAHASSEE — The first organization authorized to dispense medical marijuana in Florida has made its first home delivery.

  3. Florida unemployment stays flat in June amid hiring slowdown

    Economic Development

    Florida's jobs recovery hit a speed bump last month.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, shown here in Cleveland earlier this week to address the Republican National Convention, came to Tampa Friday morning to comment on the latest unemployment and job creation report.
[Associated Press]
  4. Ted Cruz snubs Donald Trump, overshadows big speech from Mike Pence

    State Roundup


    Two of Donald Trump's toughest primary rivals, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, spoke at his nominating convention Wednesday but opted not to offer full-throated endorsements.

    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas urged people to vote their conscience, but he didn’t endorse Trump. He was booed as he left the stage.
  5. Florida delegates reap benefits of state's must-win status

    State Roundup

    CLEVELAND — Sorry Utah and California. For all your charms, the cold truth is that when it comes to presidential elections you can't hold a candle to Florida.

    Florida delegates Pam McAloon, left, and Tina Harris dance during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  6. First medical marijuana available next week in Florida


    TALLAHASSEE — Two years after state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott approved it, Florida's first medical cannabis dispensary is scheduled to open next week.

    The first dispensary will begin selling medical marijuana legally next week in Florida.  [Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP]
  7. Column: Some ideas for getting away in Tampa Bay


    With Florida feeling like a permanent steam bath, everyone is getting out of town for a summer escape.

    Cool off at the Dal? Museum.
  8. GOP's diversity problem not helped by Donald Trump

    State Roundup

    CLEVELAND — After Barack Obama comfortably won re-election against Mitt Romney in 2012 — the fifth time in six presidential elections that Democrats won the popular vote — GOP party elders embarked on an exhaustive autopsy report on what went wrong.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker takes a selfie with Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Brad Courtney and the delegates during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  9. One Florida delegate's journey from doubts about Trump to acceptance

    State Roundup


    It took several weeks to accept the whole idea, but there was Jessica Fernandez rising from her prime seat on the floor of the Republican National Convention as Donald Trump emerged Monday night, WWE-style with We Are the Champions blaring, to introduce his wife.

    Jessica Fernandez, 31, a delegate from Miami-Dade County, takes in the convention on Monday in Cleveland. During the primaries, she favored Marco Rubio, like her a first-generation American of Cuban descent.
  10. Unconventional convention kicks off with shortage of party unity for Donald Trump (w/video)

    State Roundup


    Here's how screwy the opening day of the Republican National Convention looked Monday:

    Convention placards on the first night of the Republican National Convention, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Monday. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)