Politics

He's not running for governor yet - at least not officially - but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is sure sounding like one. He spoke Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where he called himself a "radical centrist."

Levine acknowledges he'd have a tough time in Florida's closed primaries, which usually favor candidates who lean further to the left or right. The multimillionaire Miami Beach businessman says he might just run as an Independent.

With more than 200 protesters gathered outside the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, Sen. Marco Rubio took the stage Friday night at a donor dinner.

A lot of big promises came up before this year's legislative session in Tallahassee. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, said this way back in November:

"On your desks are the most aggressive, transformative rules in the history of the Florida legislature. These rules make us a national leader in transparency and accountability."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing a high-ranking aide and top spokeswoman as his next chief of staff.

A Republican state representative is launching his bid for agriculture commissioner.

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