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  1. Documents raise more questions about U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's offshore hedge fund

    State Roundup

    Public records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times add ammunition to critics who say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson's use of a hedge fund in the offshore tax haven of the Cayman Islands may have violated U.S. House ethics rules that ban receiving improper outside compensation.

    Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, leaves the House of Representatives in Washington on Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott seeks public support for student job skills program

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Rejected by Florida lawmakers last spring, Gov. Rick Scott is barnstorming for public support for education programs he wants to revive in next year's state budget.

  3. In Las Vegas, Marco Rubio wrestles with latest political spotlight

    State Roundup

    LAS VEGAS — Marco Rubio didn't want to be on the nation's political radar. Not this early in the presidential race. Not with so much time left for rivals to take aim at the big target on his back.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., poses for photos at an event at a restaurant Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  4. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Matt Gaetz's claim about open-carry laws and crime

    State Roundup

    Florida is one of only a handful of states left in the country that doesn't allow any open carry of firearms, and some state legislators want to change that.

    State Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks about his bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to openly carry their weapons in Florida during a news conference last week in Tallahassee.
  5. Easy money: Cubans leave island to retire in Florida with U.S. benefits


    Part 2 of a two-part series.

    FORT LAUDERDALE — More Cubans are coming to Florida in their golden years to retire, able to tap U.S. government assistance even though they never lived or worked here.

    Elisa Diaz, 78, from Hialeah is grateful for the financial assistance that Cubans inmigrants are entitled to in the United States. Diaz immigrated from Cuban late in life. [Aurelio Moreno | Sun Sentinel via TNS]
  6. To become first Hispanic president, Marco Rubio may have to bridge Hispanic divisions

    State Roundup

    NORTH LAS VEGAS — His old working-class neighborhood in North Las Vegas, where Marco Rubio spent six impressionable years of his youth, looks more like the majority of Hispanic America than Rubio's hometown of West Miami. Restaurants sell tacos. Bars advertise soccer matches. Conversations sound distinctly …

    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio  of Florida, center, poses for photos at an event at a restaurant on Friday in Las Vegas. Rubio drew interested audiences to campaign events over three days in the area.
  7. Veteran lobbyist and Central Florida civic leader Fred Leonhardt dies at age 65

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Fred Leonhardt, a shareholder at GrayRobinson law firm in Orlando and prominent civic leader in Tallahassee and throughout the state, died early Saturday, his former law partner Dean Cannon confirmed. He was 65.

    Fred Leonhardt, right, congratulates Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., left, during his victory party Aug. 14, 2012. Leonhardt died Saturday at age 65, his former law partner, Dean Cannon has confirmed. [Associated Press]
  8. Easy money: U.S. welfare flows to Cuba and little is done to stop it


    Part 1 of a two-part series.

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Cuban immigrants are cashing in on U.S. welfare and returning to the island, making a mockery of the decades-old premise that they are refugees fleeing persecution at home.

    People traveling to Cuba line up to pay and check in luggage at Miami International Airport. [Taimy Alvarez | Sun Sentinel via TNS]
  9. Judge rejects Legislature's redistricting map, recommends plaintiffs' plan

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis on Friday gave tentative approval to a new congressional redistricting map that has the potential to unseat at least three incumbent congressional candidates and opens the doors for others to enter the fray.

  10. Fantasy sports promoters ramp up political presence in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Fantasy sports companies and their national trade association have begun ramping up a political profile in Florida, hiring big-name lobbyists and handing out large campaign donations to key state legislators as they aim to protect their lucrative industry from regulatory scrutiny.

    DraftKings is one of two fantasy sports companies with recent prolific advertising.