Florida news

  1. Ethics complaint claims Charlie Crist failed to disclose income, leases

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist failed to accurately report his income on his financial disclosure forms, according to an ethics complaint filed Wednesday.

    Charlie Crist spokesman Kevin Cate called the complaint “another pathetic flail” to help Gov. Rick Scott win re-election.
  2. Florida poll shows broad public support for immigration reform

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Immigration reform has flatlined in Congress, but Florida voters overwhelmingly support changes and reject the Republican contention that a lack of enforcement of current law is reason not to act, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

  3. Watch: Tampa Bay's most bizarre roadside attractions

    Florida

    Does Tampa Bay have the largest collection of weird roadside attractions in the world? It's hard to argue that it doesn't when we easily found 25 oddities right off the bat.

  4. Bousquet column: Gov. Rick Scott's safety tour plays it safe

    State Roundup

    Another week, another campaign tour for Gov. Rick Scott.

    Gov. Rick Scott, left, poses with Lt. Kenneth Stickley, who received the Governor’s Veterans Service Award on Thursday in Panama City.
  5. Harry Potter-themed Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Tuesday

    Florida

    Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated Harry Potter expansion at Universal Studios in Orlando, finally opens to the public Tuesday. But will its signature ride be working? The ambitious Escape From Gringotts ride is an entirely new kind of 3D attraction, with newly invented spins on the roller coaster experience with a …

    The Diagon Alley attraction, featuring shops, dining experiences and the next generation thrill ride, will officially open Tuesday.
  6. Florida holds first hearing on medical marijuana rules

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida regulators faced a packed room of profit-seeking hopefuls and desperate parents Monday as they launched the first hearing on draft rules authorizing marijuana in the state for limited medical use.

    Colorado marijuana grower Joel Stanely developed the Charlotte's Web strain. [Florida Channel]
  7. PolitiFact Florida checks Charlie Crist's record on marijuana laws

    State Roundup

    A radio ad attacking former Gov. Charlie Crist accuses him of signing the nation's "harshest marijuana laws." And it's aimed at a voting bloc that overwhelmingly sides with Democrats: African-Americans.

  8. Education records at odds in race between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are using a similar weapon in their battle for the Governor's Mansion: teachers.

    Gov. Rick Scott has struggled to win over teachers since taking office. He cut the education budget by $1.3 billion, but restored it when the economy rebounded.
  9. Big surge in no-party voters could reshape Florida politics

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Claudia Duff started her new life in Florida a few months ago by joining a growing movement of voters who could reshape the state's politics simply by declaring their independence from the two-party system.

    Domenic Marrone, a banker with SunTrust, said he feels more “objective” without partisan ties.
  10. Four Floridians convicted in N.C. mortgage fraud

    State Roundup

    Four Florida residents were convicted Thursday in federal court in Miami of a complex $50 million mortgage fraud involving dozens of other Floridians who agreed to become paid "straw buyers'' of land in the North Carolina mountains.

    Homes sit unfinished in the subdivision 10 miles north of Cashiers, N.C. Recorded deeds indicated a sales price of $650,000 an acre. Land in the area rarely sells for more than $15,000 an acre.