Election 2014


  1. 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]
  2. 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.

    Tampa Democrats Rick and Jean Gadoury, ages 64 and 63, voted for Gov. Rick Scott. Jean said she thinks Charlie Crist did more mudslinging.
  3. Q and A: How would light rail work in Pinellas?

    Elections

    In the fight over the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum, the light-rail piece of the plan has drawn the most ire.

  4. Pam Bondi has close ties with law firm whose clients have had suits dropped in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Partners with a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm aren't registered as Florida lobbyists, but that hasn't stopped them from wining and dining Attorney General Pam Bondi the past four years to discuss clients.

    Attorneys General Pam Bondi and Patrick Morrisey, of West Virginia, right, meet in June during a Republican Attorneys General Association gathering at an exclusive resort in Coronado, Calif. A New York Times investigation has found that state attorneys general are aggressively pursued by lobbyists and lawyers attempting to influence them, but unlike rules covering other elected officials, there are few revolving-door restrictions or disclosure requirements governing the attorneys general.
  5. Amendment 3 would let outgoing governor name judges — an unnecessary power, critics say

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters are being asked to approve a little-noticed amendment to the state Constitution that would rewrite the way judges are appointed to the state's highest courts and strengthen the powers of governors who are leaving office.

    The Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee. [Associated Press]
  1. Fender bender holds up Charlie Crist bus tour (w/video)

    Gubernatorial

    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

    Gubernatorial

    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

    Elections

    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

    College

    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

    Blogs

    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

    Local

    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

    Blogs

    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

    Politics

    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

    Elections

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