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  1. Solitary man: What Rick Scott's legacy as governor will look like

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE

    Rick Scott rewrote the playbook of Florida politics, not once but twice, as a candidate and governor, in ways that will endure long after he leaves Tallahassee.

  2. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  3. Political foe takes aim at state House seat held by Republican Party chief

    Legislature

    SPRING HILL — Former Hernando County Commissioner Jeff Stabins prefiled paperwork Tuesday to challenge state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, for the House District 35 seat, which represents most of Hernando County.

  4. The 10 biggest stories in Tampa Bay and Florida in 2017

    Human Interest

    In addition to hurricanes and the Seminole Heights serial killer, it was a busy year in Tampa Bay as national news events manifested themselves locally and across the state. The #MeToo movement forced a powerful Tampa Bay state senator from office. Shock over white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA. galvanized …

  5. Whatever happens next with Jack Latvala's district, this much is clear: The voters lose

    Legislature

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jack Latvala's decision to resign Wednesday makes one thing certain: A state Senate district represented by arguably the most powerful man in the Senate is now going to be without any representation at all for the upcoming legislative session.

  1. Florida Insiders assess the #MeToo, post-Jack Latvala era in Tallahassee

    Perspective

    Infidelity. Snooping private investigators. Big money. Conflicting political ambitions. Sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement. Donald Trump. Paranoia. And the interests of 20 million Floridians.

  2. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  3. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  4. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  5. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  2. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  3. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  4. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  5. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  1. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  2. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  3. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  1. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  2. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  3. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  1. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  2. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  3. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  1. Trump's offshore drilling plan triggers objections in Florida and Tampa Bay

    Politics

    A Trump administration plan announced Thursday to begin selling offshore drilling leases in many waters where they were previously banned drew heavy criticism from Florida and Tampa Bay leaders.

  2. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  3. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]