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A Florida Reading List for Memorial Day

May 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

With almost 500 years of recorded history, Florida history buffs have a number of excellent books to read this Memorial Day to honor the soldiers and sailors who fought, and in some cases died, for the country.

There are also some excellent books on the Florida campaigns during the Revolutionary War, when the British and the Americans battled for control of East Florida.

Florida Has Many Sites to Honor Memorial Day

May 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

Looking to honor the Memorial Day holiday this weekend while still treating yourself to a good time? Look no further -- we've got your answers.

Florida Democrats' House of (Credit) Cards

May 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

While attacking the Republican Party of Florida for reckless credit-card expenditures, the Florida Democratic Party racked up plenty of charge card expenses of its own.

In 2008, the state Democratic Party paid $6,294 in "card member services," according to records obtained by Sunshine State News.

Conservatives Battle in Rematch for House Seat

May 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

A rematch between two conservatives is shaping up in the 21st House district as Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, will face former Putnam County Commissioner Linda Myers, the Democratic candidate he defeated by the skin of his teeth in 2008.

Van Zant won the 2008 election by a small margin, edging Myers by fewer than 2,000 votes. The district stretches through the inland of North Florida, encompassing all of Putnam County, the southern half of Clay County, the eastern part of Marion County and smaller parts of Bradford, Lake and Volusia Counties.

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.

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