Election 2014

  1. Perspective: Checking their most significant 'facts'

    State Roundup

    Through all the debates, TV ads, emails to supporters and appearances on the campaign trail, PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the race for Florida governor. We've published more than 80 fact-checks over the past year on everything from abortion to immigration to university tuition.

    Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott wait for their live televised debate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 hosted by WJXT-TV and CNN at the Channel 4 studios in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool) FLJAJ102
  2. Charlie Crist goes door to door for votes in Pasco County

    State Roundup

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Wearing a short-sleeved button down tucked into faded jeans and flanked by a gaggle of campaign members, Charlie Crist visited retirees in their Pasco County homes Friday morning.

    Charlie Crist chats with server Carmen Taylor of St. Petersburg behind the counter at Munch's Restaurant & SundriesFriday morning on his way to visit with the kitchen staff. ( CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)
  3. Perspective: A scorecard for election night


    Will the Republican Party enjoy a wave election in 2014? Here are some metrics that can help you determine the answer as you follow the returns Tuesday night.

    Robert Jordan, 65, of Parrish grows a small amount of medical marijuana for his wife, Cathy Jordan, 63, who was diagnosed with 27 years ago with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jordan grows a variety that is high in CBD, a component of cannabis that helps his wife’s motor symptoms without making her high. Cathy has been smoking marijuana ever since and says it has slowed the progression of her disease. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies received a tip and raided the Jordans’ property and seized plants that Jordan was growing in a small shed, where he can control light and temperature. They had the right to seize his equipment as well, but when they saw that the pot was only for Cathy’s use, Robert Jordan says, they only took one broken lightbulb. The state attorney for Manatee County determined that the pot was for medical use and declined to prosecute. The Jordans recently sued the sheriff, asking for their plants back and asking a judge to declare that Robert Jordan can grow her pot legally. That suit is pending. He has started to grow a few new plants, but it is months from harvest, he says.   CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  4. Times poll: Florida governor's race tied

    State Roundup

    It's tighter than a rusty bolt on a '55 Ford, closer than Lassie and Timmy, hot enough to peel house paint.

    Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Charlie Crist, right. [Getty Images]
  5. Tampa Bay voting in big numbers early

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — More people in Tampa Bay have already voted than before Election Day four years ago, raising the likelihood of a higher than expected turnout in Florida.

    Early voters head into the Jimmie Keel Public Library located at 2902 W Bearss Ave in Tampa on Monday . [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  1. Fender bender holds up Charlie Crist bus tour (w/video)


    The yellow school bus carrying Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist was about to leave Orlando on Thursday — and then it got clipped by a gray Dodge.

    Nobody was injured.

    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his running mate, Annette Taddeo, comfort Tina Pun after she clipped their campaign bus in Orlando on Thursday.
  2. Plan for Crist-sponsored race car at Daytona screeches to halt


    The red flag has been waved on Charlie Crist at the Daytona International Speedway.

    NASCAR driver Josh Wise’s crew services his car during Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. The Charlie Crist stickers have since been removed.
  3. Fox announces fourth Florida gubernatorial TV debate

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger could be spending a lot of time under the TV lights in the fall.

    Gov. Rick Scott faces his first post-primary debate against a challenger Sept. 29.
  4. Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as 'a disaster' for Florida


    TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November.

    Charlie Crist made the remarks at an event in Tallahassee.
  5. Immigrant tuition bill reopens rift in Florida Republican Party


    Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick his Hispanic outreach campaign into gear when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

  1. David Jolly isn't yet worrying about Beverly Young's 2016 challenge


    U.S. Rep. David Jolly expressed concern about plenty of issues during the Suncoast Tiger Bay political club luncheon in St. Petersburg on Monday, but the 2016 election wasn't one of them.

  2. U.S. Rep. David Jolly on his 'purple' Pinellas district


    Newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly sat down with Times staff writer Curtis Krueger this week, just prior to a scheduled news conference about Veterans Affairs issues. Jolly, R-Indian Shores, won a hard-fought and close election March 11 and now represents people in Pinellas County's District 13, which extends …

  3. Sunshine


    Good morning. It's Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and let's start with something you don't see every day -- this sentence: The governor made the correct decision.

    Meanwhile ...

  4. 'Democrat' and Libertarian file to run against Jolly in Pinellas congressional race


    The Democratic Party's new candidate for Congress in Pinellas County is an unknown who lives in Tampa and — in what may be a first — can't actually run as a Democrat.

    Ed Jany
  5. Pinellas Democrat drops out of race; deadline is today


    Eric Lynn, considered a possible Democratic candidate to run for Congress in Pinellas County, has decided not to enter the race.