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Charlie Crist's First Choice in Lee County Is John E. Manning (Wink, Wink) ... Honest It Is!

John E. Manning of Cape Coral really is Gov. Charlie Crist's first choice to fill the vacant seat on the Lee County Commission. Honest he is. The governor's FIRST choice.

Isn't that right, Charlie (wink, wink)?

On Wednesday Crist appointed Manning to fill the vacancy created by the death of Lee County Commissioner Bob Janes four months ago. He had absolutely, positively no idea who he was going to appoint before he interviewed applicants for the position a few weeks ago.

Isn't that right, Charlie Crist (wink, wink)?

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Jim Greer Pleads Not Guilty

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, 48, entered a not-guilty plea Thursday to six felony counts of money laundering, fraud and theft -- all involving contributions sent to the party. Greer, appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist, worked for the RPOF from January 2007 until early this year. An Orange County Circuit Court judge set his trial for Oct. 18. Neither he nor his attorneys appeared in court.

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Charlie Crist's Short, Sweet Salute to his PSC Appointees

Gov. Charlie Crist issued a short-but-sweet statement late Wednesday recognizing two PSC members he appointed to the commission in 2007, but who this week were ceremoniously left off the nominating council's second-term list.

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Major Grocers Go to Bat for Florida Seafood

Grocery giants are more used to competing than cooperating, but these are extraordinary times for their large customer base along the beleaguered Gulf Coast.

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Charlie Crist's Former Faithful Sue to Get Their Donations Back

Some of the folks who donated money to Charlie Crist the Republican now want Charlie Crist the independent to give it back. And they've filed a lawsuit in Collier County Circuit Court to show they mean business.

The Naples Daily News reported Monday that the plaintiffs are former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas John Rood and Linda Morton of Naples. Rood donated the maximum, according to the newspaper, $4,800; Morton, $500. But both are looking to move the case to class-action status so other disgruntled donors can join in.

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Former Presidential Candidate Steve Forbes to Headline Florida Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

For an annual meeting focusing on job creation and economic development, who better to serve as your keynoter than billionaire entrepreneur Steve Forbes? The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Forbes -- libertarian-leaning conservative and two-time presidential candidate -- will kick off its 2010 Future of Florida Forum Oct. 11-13 at Walt Disney World's Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando.

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Oil Hits Mississippi Beach for First Time

Largehunks of thick crude from the BP oil spill washed ashore on a Mississippi beach for the first time Sunday. The town victimized was Ocean Springs, a quaint,tree-canopied, artists'-village-of-a-placejust east across the bridge from Biloxi.

More than 100 Ocean Springs residents showed up with rubber gloves, pails and shovels along two tourist beaches, hoping to clean up the gooey tar.

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Moving On and Up at Kennedy Space Center

Big day Friday at Kennedy Space Center.

With the gloom of the Constellation and shuttle-program shutdowns hanging darkly over NASA, officials will break ground on Exploration Park, a do-over of the center's space sciences lab. Ultimately, Exploration Park will be a research and technology hub on 400 acres -- an opportunity to create high-tech jobs by attracting high-tech businesses to the Space Coast.

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Procter & Gamble and Dawn: Engaging America's Concern for the Gulf's Oil-Soaked Wildlife

You've got to hand it to the folks at Procter & Gamble.

On the one hand, they've found a way to cash in on the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history ... and on the other, emerge as one of the great saviors -- in fact, the only hope -- for untold thousands of sickened, oil-soaked seabirds.

All because they manufacture the diswashing liquid Dawn.

Dawn is acknowledged by wildlife experts as the only -- yes, the only -- product available capable of taking oil off the birds without harming their delicate bodies.

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All of a Sudden We're Reminded How Much We Miss Jeb Bush

Trust Jeb Bush to put our pouting president in perspective.

More than a year and a half after his election, President Barack Obama is still blaming his predecessor for his ills -- for "the battered economy, budget deficits and even the lax oversight of oil wells."

Obama's predecessor happens to be Jeb's brother, George W. Bush, and Jeb isn't about to let Obama continue bashing his big bro without, well, a poke. Here's what Jeb told Matt Bai, as reported in the New York Times:

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