Florida news

  1. Sheldon residency issue sparks disagreement among Democrats


    TALLAHASSEE — Questions about whether George Sheldon's residency status should disqualify him from the attorney general race have exposed a rift in the Florida Democratic Party.

  2. Emergency hearing set in dispute over House District 64 race

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — An emergency hearing has been scheduled for Monday in a case that could determine whether or not Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, has an August primary.

  3. Florida judge orders two districts to be redrawn by Aug. 15

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's congressional elections were thrown into chaos Friday as a Tallahassee judge ordered the state Legislature to redraw the boundaries of two congressional districts by Aug. 15 and said he will consider calling a special election later this year for all districts affected by the changes.

    FILE - This July 14, 2014 file photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at the Justice Department in Washington. Holder cautioned against the use of data in sentencing criminal defendants, saying judges should base punishment on the facts of a crime rather than on statistical predictions of future behavior that can be unfair to minorities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) WX101
  4. As Election Day nears, gay rights group with Tampa Bay roots raises profile statewide

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — When judges in two counties struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriages last month, a St. Petersburg-based advocacy group was poised to get the word out.

  5. Judge throws write-in candidate off ballot, canceling primary in House District 64


    TALLAHASSEE — Until Thursday, it looked like state Rep. Jamie Grant would know within a few weeks whether he'd get to keep his job representing the citizens of Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor.

    Jamie Grant must wait weeks longer to learn if he keeps his job.
  6. Crist, although a new Democrat, gets union support, donations


    TALLAHASSEE — Charlie Crist might be a newly minted Democrat, but he's racking up union support as if he has always been a liberal shade of blue.

  7. Once a U.S. Sugar foe, Scott now accepts its contributions, hunting hospitality


    TALLAHASSEE — Before he was governor, Rick Scott attacked another Florida politician for accepting campaign funding from U.S. Sugar. He even said Bill McCollum, his opponent in the 2010 Republican primary, had been "bought and paid for.''

    During the 2010 race for Florida governor, Rick Scott accused his opponent in the Republican primary, Bill McCollum, of having been “bought and paid for” by U.S. Sugar, as he says at this campaign event.
  8. Scott agrees to just three October debates


    Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he has agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election:

    • Oct. 10, sponsored by Telemundo

    Gov. Rick Scott won’t be at a planned event sponsored by the Times, WTSP-Ch. 10 and USF.
  9. Legal community rocked by FSU law professor's killing


    TALLAHASSEE — Thirty-six hours before he was gunned down in his Tallahassee home, law professor Dan Markel was pondering the death penalty.

    Dan Markel, a criminal law professor at Florida State University and leader in the world of online legal scholarship, was shot at his home in Tallahassee on July 18. Investigators say he was targeted.
  10. Poll: Most Floridians are concerned about climate change

    State Roundup

    Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and up to 71 percent say they're concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor's race.