Charlie Crist http://blog.wlrn.org en Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-wants-job-training-teacher-internships-develop-stem-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.</span></p><p>He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.</p><p>“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 John O'Connor 35921 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers Charlie Crist Announces Running Mate From Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charlie-crist-announces-running-mate-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stopped at a converted warehouse for Miami entrepreneurs, 12-year-old Andrew Castro handed him a miniature state of Florida produced by a 3-D printer.</span></p><p>“A little Florida! Thank you," Crist said.<br /><br />Crist&nbsp;was at LAB Miami Thursday morning because he thinks another South Floridian can help hand him the whole state this fall -- Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:35:32 +0000 John O'Connor 35711 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charlie Crist Announces Running Mate From Miami Crist Debuts First TV Ad In Gubernatorial Race http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-debuts-first-tv-ad-gubernatorial-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, Democratic candidate Charlie </span>Crist's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign debuted his first television ad in the heated gubernatorial race.</span></p><p>In the ad, Crist says that during his last stint as governor, from 2007 to 2011, he saved the jobs of 20,000 teachers and cut property taxes for middle class seniors. He also promises, if elected, to raise the minimum wage, demand equal pay for women and to restore school funding.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:12:37 +0000 Carla Javier 35256 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist Debuts First TV Ad In Gubernatorial Race Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charlie-crist-says-hell-release-nearly-25-years-tax-returns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced he’ll release his tax returns going back nearly 25 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I would challenge Rick Scott to do the same,” said </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at an event on Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:39:28 +0000 Sammy Mack 34628 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax http://blog.wlrn.org/post/integrity-florida-financial-disclosures-blind-trusts-and-corruption-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Division of Elections says </span><a href="http://election.myflorida.com/candidate/canlist.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">18 people have qualified to run for governor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:27:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 34465 at http://blog.wlrn.org Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax Crist Blames Bigots For Decision To Leave GOP http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-blames-bigots-decision-leave-gop <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Governor Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is giving a new reason for his leaving the GOP. He says he made the change partly because of bigots within the party.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:40:41 +0000 Marva Hinton 31945 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist Blames Bigots For Decision To Leave GOP Protesters Greet Charlie Crist With Flip Flops On Their Posters http://blog.wlrn.org/post/protesters-greet-charlie-crist-flip-flops-their-posters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Republican governor Charlie </span>Crist was greeted by protesters at Books and Books in Miami Beach, where Crist&nbsp;was to sign copies of his new autobiography, "The Party's Over."<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Apparently,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the criticism he faces after switching political parties is just getting started.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:31:34 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28101 at http://blog.wlrn.org Protesters Greet Charlie Crist With Flip Flops On Their Posters Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-and-cuba-florida-ready-embargo-reversal <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does Charlie know that we don’t know?</span></p><p>Charlie Crist, Florida’s ex-Republican governor and now its leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, assumed a real political risk this month: He called on Washington to lift the 52-year-old U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba.</p><p>In an interview with WLRN, Crist insisted his changed stance is a matter of common sense.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:15:25 +0000 Kelley Mitchell & Tim Padgett 28066 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal? America, Florida Want Cuba Policy Change Because They Want Change In Cuba http://blog.wlrn.org/post/america-florida-want-cuba-policy-change-because-they-want-change-cuba <p>A <a href="http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/us-cuba-a-new-public-survey-supports-policy-change">major poll</a> released Monday confirms most Americans, and especially Floridians, feel it’s time to normalize relations with communist Cuba after more than a half century of Cold-War rupture.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:14:30 +0000 Tim Padgett 27846 at http://blog.wlrn.org America, Florida Want Cuba Policy Change Because They Want Change In Cuba Florida Gubernatorial Candidates Take Digs At Competitors http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-gubernatorial-candidates-take-digs-competitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gloves are off in the race for Florida governor. The three top candidates for the office met with reporters in Tallahassee Wednesday, and all took verbal shots at their competitors.</span></p><p>Gov. Rick Scott was the first speaker at the annual meeting hosted by the Associated Press. He announced <a href="http://www.flgov.com/2014/01/29/governor-rick-scott-unveils-2014-2015-its-your-money-tax-cut-budget/" target="_blank">his fourth budget recommendation as governor</a>. It’ll be his last unless he is re-elected.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:57:02 +0000 Gina Jordan 27218 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Gubernatorial Candidates Take Digs At Competitors Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November http://blog.wlrn.org/post/medical-marijuana-question-goes-florida-voters-november <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: The Florida State Supreme Court allows a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to appear on the November ballot. We’ll see how that could affect the governor’s race.</span></p><p>Governor Rick Scott has a $72.4 billion dollar spending plan for the state: the biggest cut was to the state agency that runs the Medicaid program because the state won’t be receiving federal money under the Affordable Care Act. What will that mean for the approximately 3 million Medicaid recipients in Florida?</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:08:37 +0000 Elaine Chen 27234 at http://blog.wlrn.org Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-others-fed-floridas-glitchy-unemployment-website <p>A U.S. senator, a Boca Raton lawmaker and a former Florida governor are demanding answers about why a new website is still tying up unemployment benefits for thousands of out-of-work Floridians.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:04:06 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25286 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website Crist Says Education And Economy Most Important Issues In Governor Race http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-says-education-and-economy-most-important-issues-governor-race <iframe src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/EmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_ed_1fla_131118" height="500" width="635" scrolling="no"></iframe><p>Education and the economy will be the most important issues in Florida&#8217;s governor race.<p>That&#8217;s what Democratic candidate &#8212; and former Republican governor &#8212; Charlie Crist told MSNBC&#8217;s Ed Schultz on Monday.<p>Crist, Democratic former state Sen. Nan Rich and Republican Gov. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:36:28 +0000 John O'Connor 23983 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bad Move, Mr. Crist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bad-move-mr-crist <p>The first time I met Charlie Crist, he was the state Attorney General. It was at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news conference in their then-new digs along the Dolphin Expressway near Florida's Turnpike.<br /><br />I'm fairly certain it was one of those Joint Agency Task Force announcements that had something to do with Identity Theft (Hint: "We're against it.")<br /><br />So am I, by the way. It can be debilitating.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 03:02:20 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 23072 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bad Move, Mr. Crist Former Gov. Crist Enters Florida's Gubernatorial Race http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-gov-crist-enters-floridas-gubernatorial-race <p>Former Gov. Charlie Crist made it official Friday: He will run for his old job again in 2014, setting up a potential battle with Republican Gov. Rick Scott for the state's highest office.</p><p>Crist, who is set to announce his candidacy Monday morning at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, quietly filed his paperwork Friday with state election officials. The move allows him to begin raising money immediately. He becomes an instant front-runner in a Democratic primary that also includes former state Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich of Weston.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 23:01:34 +0000 Brandon Larrabee 23068 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former Gov. Crist Enters Florida's Gubernatorial Race