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Political Bits and Pieces

July 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Republican Party of Florida announced on Wednesday that their chairman, Sen. John Thrasher, R-Jacksonville, would be hosting a dinner in September at Lake Buena Vista with the GOP candidates for statewide office and former RNC boss and possible 2012 presidential hopeful, Gov.

Congress Prolongs Agony by Extending Unemployment Benefits

July 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls the latest extension of unemployment benefits a "stimulus" for the economy, but some economists see diminishing returns, and still more extensions ahead.

New Poll Finds Charlie Crist Leads Marco Rubio in U.S. Senate Race

July 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a poll Tuesday showing that Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent candidate in the race for the U.S. Senate election, is the clear leader in the race.

Charlie Crist, Statewide Candidates Sound Off on Short Legislative Session

July 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

With the House and Senate adjourning instead of forwarding a proposed constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in Florida waters, candidates for statewide office promptly offered their opinions on the Legislatures quick session.

Senate Adjourns Without Passing Oil Ban

July 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

Senate backers of a motion that would have let voters decide whether to put an oil ban in the Florida Constitution said they were ready to go, primed for Tuesday's special session -- only to have the Senate follow the House's lead and adjourn without a fight.

House Spikes Charlie Crist's Special Session

July 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

Throwing down the gauntlet at Gov. Charlie Crist who left the Republican Party earlier in the year, House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, convened the special session of the Legislature -- and adjourned it 43 minutes later -- rejecting the governors call to put a proposed constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in state waters on the November ballot.

With Crist Rumored to Caucus with Senate Dems if Elected, Greene and Meek Continue to Attack Each Other

July 18, 2010 - 6:00pm

With only a month until the primary election, the two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate election are getting nasty, increasing the barrage of attacks against one another -- while polls show that Gov. Charlie Crist may be getting more Democratic support than either billionaire financier Jeff Greene or U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, and national pundits speculate whether Crist will join Democrats in the Senate if elected.

LeMieux in 2012? Florida History Offers Appointed Senator Some Solace

July 18, 2010 - 6:00pm

While he is not running in 2010, U.S. Sen. George LeMieux is already the subject of whispers that he will run against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012 -- and history may not be against him as much as it is other politicians appointed to the Senate and looking to win elections.

Coast Guard Taking Lead in Florida Oil Spill Operations

July 18, 2010 - 6:00pm

While Florida gets ready for a special session of the Legislature that convenes Tuesday to ponder the future of oil drilling in state waters, the U.S. Coast Guard increasingly is playing a prominent role in combating the effects of the Gulf oil spill.

Congressional Cash, and More

July 16, 2010 - 6:00pm

With candidates for federal office filing their second-quarter fund-raising numbers this week, and less than six weeks until primaries, the battle in Florida for congressional seats is taking clearer shape.

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