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Political Bits and Pieces

May 26, 2010 - 6:00pm

Florida politicians came out in droves for the opening of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport just north of Panama City, the first new international airport in the U.S. since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Gov. Charlie Crist, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Alan Boyd and his rival for the Democratic nomination Sen.

Despite Rough Spots, Mike Weinstein Poised to Win 2nd Florida House Term

May 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

While there was speculation that he would face trouble in his bid for a second term, it appears Republican Rep. Mike Weinstein will have an easier path to reelection than expected.

There were signs that Weinstein was in trouble. He loaned his campaign $50,000 in the first quarter of 2010. He opposed Senate Bill 6, a measure pushed by the Republican leadership in the Legislature, and he faced a primary challenge from a serious contender.

But the Orange Park maverick appears headed for a second term because none of his opponents have done well in fund-raising.

Host of Florida Business Leaders Running for Office

May 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

Prominent business leaders are entering political races all across Florida, a reflection of voter discontent and continuing concern about the states poor economy and high unemployment rate.

Senate Candidates Weigh In On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

May 24, 2010 - 6:00pm

With President Barack Obama looking to repeal the Dont Ask, Dont Tell Defense Department policy prohibiting homosexuals from coming out of the closet during their military service, U.S. Senate candidates in Florida are weighing in on the issue.

Political Bits and Pieces

May 24, 2010 - 6:00pm

The race to replace Rep. Nick Thompson is getting crowded. Realtor Deanna Casalino has entered the race for the Republican nomination, joining Matt Caldwell, Jason Moon and John Schultz who are already in the race.

Crist Ain't Seen Nothin': GOP Bombarded This Governor

May 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

Think Charlie Crist had his share of drama and problems with his fellow Republicans during his time in office? Then you've never come across Harrison Reed, Floridas moving target of a GOP governor from 1869 until 1873. Reed died 111 years ago Tuesday, on May 25, 1899.

Paula Dockery Drops Out of Gubernatorial Race

May 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

Placing a distant third in the polls behind Attorney General Bill McCollum and conservative businessman Rick Scott -- and without the financial recourses to launch a comeback -- Sen. Paula Dockery pulled the plug on her campaign for the gubernatorial nomination.

It is with mixed feelings that I end my campaign to be your next governor, the Lakeland Republican said in a statement on Monday morning.

AFL-CIO Backs Meek, Rejects Crist

May 22, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Florida AFL-CIO on Sunday endorsed Congressman Kendrick Meek, the Democratic frontrunner for the U.S. Senate nomination, and rejected an appeal from Gov. Charlie Crists independent campaign for the office.

Meek now has the backing and organizational support from a group that represents more than 500,000 Floridians and more than 500 locals across the state.

Maddox Comes Out Swinging at Republicans

May 21, 2010 - 6:00pm

Having already won the state AFL-CIO's endorsement for commissioner of agriculture, Scott Maddox could breathe a sigh of relief. So, with the heat off, the former Tallahassee mayor offered the union convention a high-octane speech Saturday, tearing full force into Florida Republicans.

Maddox had won the backing of the state AFL-CIO in March for the primary and general elections.

Theres only one statewide candidate whos been endorsed, said Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams. Thats how good a friend Scott Maddox is.

Meek Blasts Crist, Makes His Own Case to the Union

May 21, 2010 - 6:00pm

Trailing badly in the polls behind Republican candidate Marco Rubio and newly independent Gov. Charlie Crist, Congressman Kendrick Meek spoke to the AFL-CIO convention in Jacksonville on Saturday morning, desperately seeking their endorsement.

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