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  1. Early voting opens in Pinellas with Charlie Crist casting ballot

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Early voting got underway in 30 counties across Florida on Monday as both parties ramped up their get-out-the-vote efforts in the final two weeks of the race for governor.

    Florida Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist examines a portable hand fan given to him before he voted early Monday in St. Petersburg. "It's nice to be cool." he said. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIimes]
  2. PolitiFact Florida: Previewing the third governor's debate between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    CNN is hosting the third and final debate of the governor's race Tuesday night and the network has been clear: No fans.

    Whether it's Democrat Charlie Crist, left, or Republican incumbent Rick Scott, right, the two have been campaigning so long that they've started to repeat themselves on issues like jobs, education and same-sex marriage. [Getty Images]
  3. Michelle Obama rallies for Charlie Crist in Orlando, but no sign of president

    State Roundup

    ORLANDO — President Barack Obama is increasingly unpopular among Floridians, but that did not stop Charlie Crist from happily campaigning alongside first lady Michelle Obama on Friday to boost his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

    “Charlie gets it,” Michelle Obama said Friday at a gathering 
for gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Orlando.
  4. Ads infinitum: Florida voters can't wait for it to stop

    State Roundup

    For the past year, living in Florida has meant having Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist as constant and mostly unwanted companions.

    If you own a TV, you get the picture.

  5. After fan dispute, Scott shifts the conversation to Ebola

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Two days after Florida's gubernatorial debate turned into Fangate, Gov. Rick Scott convened a news conference in Dania Beach to talk about a more serious subject: Ebola.

    Advisers close to Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign have been urging him to focus on Ebola.
  6. Florida man shoots 2 kids, himself near Daytona Beach, sheriff says (w/ video)

    Crime

    PORT ORANGE — A man who had a tumultuous relationship with his estranged wife shot his three children Friday, killing two of them before fatally shooting himself inside the family's home, authorities said.

  7. Times poll: Attorney General Pam Bondi leads George Sheldon, 41 percent to 31 percent

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — From her unwavering defense of Florida's ban on gay marriage to her outspoken opposition to the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Pam Bondi is known for setting off critics.

    In the Florida attorney general race, a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll shows Republican incumbent Pam Bondi cruising to re-election with a solid lead over Democrat George Sheldon and Libertarian nominee Bill Wohlsifer (not shown).
  8. Gov. Rick Scott calls on CDC to help prevent Ebola in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday called on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reach out to passengers on a plane that apparently carried an Ebola patient the day before it stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

  9. Gov. Rick Scott releases 2013 tax returns; questions remain

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday released his 2013 tax returns "in the interest of full transparency'' with just weeks to go before the election.

  10. Court ruling leaves Tampa Bay area state House election up in the air

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida appeals court ruled Thursday that a write-in candidate was wrongly disqualified from running for a Tampa Bay state House seat, likely cancelling a primary election for the second time.