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Political Bits and Pieces

May 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

Gov. Charlie Crist signed a measure allowing more cameras to be installed at traffic signals to catch drivers who run through red lights While Crist may not have support from the Republican leadership of the House, he seems to be getting some from the Democrats.

With No Democrat in the Race, Independent Candidates Challenge Jeff Miller

May 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

Three challengers have emerged to take on Congressman Jeff Miller, a Republican who was first elected in 2001. Miller represents the Panhandle's 1st Congressional District, which reaches from the Alabama border to Washington County. The district includes Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach.

Economic Recovery Office Does More with Less

May 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

With Florida receiving $19.9 billion from the federal government through the stimulus passed by Congress last year, Gov. Charlie Crist established the Governors Office of Economic Recovery to coordinate the efforts.

But while the stimulus remains a point of controversy, the office itself has been flying under the radar -- and there are reasons for that.

Tampa Will Host 2012 Republican Convention

May 11, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Republican National Committee selected Tampa on Wednesday to be the site of the Republican National Convention in 2012. Tampa beat out Phoenix and Salt Lake City to host the event.

The convention will be held the week of Aug. 27 in the St. Pete Times Forum, which seats more than 21,000 and is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.

Political Bits and Pieces

May 11, 2010 - 6:00pm

Retired Army officer and Republican candidate Allen West, currently looking to take on Democratic Congressman Ron Klein in a rematch from the 2008 elections, is taking swipes at prominent Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, saying they should be ashamed for opposing Arizonas new immigration laws While Rubio

Cretul: Special Session Wasteful, Distracting, Unnecessary

May 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

Florida House Speaker Larry Cretulissued a ringing statement Tuesday,accusingGov. Charlie Crist ofunnecessarily wasting taxpayers' money,playing political gamesand distracting state leaders from solving the state's real problems right now.

OIR Defends Policies Before Cabinet

May 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

Responding to questions from state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Commissioner Kevin McCarty offered a presentation to the Cabinet on Tuesday on what his office has done about two financially unstable insurance companies.

AmEx Charges Only 15% of All $51.6 Million in RPOF Payouts

May 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

Though 31 RepublicanParty of Floridacredit card holders -- staff members, legislative leaders and political aides-- racked up$7.3 million in American Express charges between 2007 and 2010, those fat AmEx expenditures actuallyrepresented less than 15 percent of party expenses during that period.

It's a fact, said RPOF spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta. The RPOF raised more than $50.9 million during the sameperiod --and spent more than it took in: $51.6 million.

Political Bits and Pieces

May 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

Despite what current polls say, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson insists that the battle for the opening Senate seat will be a two-man race in Florida. Nelson is predicting that Republican Marco Rubio will fade down the stretch, leaving Gov.

More Charlie Crist Fallout: RPOF Credit Card Statements Released as GOP Cleans House

May 6, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Republican Party of Florida released credit card records Friday containing more than $7 million in charges racked up by 31 Republicans -- not all of them household names, not all of them even party leaders.

Nevertheless, the release of such records would have been virtually unnecessary had Gov. Charlie Crist not vetoed a bill that would have allowed more transparency in fundraising and expenditures. The bill would have created so-called party affiliation committees through which expenditure reports by both Republicans and Democrats would have been more detailed.

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