Charlie Crist

Quinnipiac Poll
7:15 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Rick Scott Finds Little Cheer In New Survey

POLL NUMBERS: Republican voters still support Gov. Scott and hope for his re-election but his overall ratings are low.

Gov. Rick Scott would be in serious trouble if an election were to take place today.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, his approval ratings remain in the cellar and 52 percent of Florida voters think he does not deserve a second term.

Republicans are the big asterisk in the survey of 1,261 voters taken last week. Sixty-three percent of GOP voters approve of the governor's performance and 55 say he deserves another term although 53 percent are hoping another Republican candidate replaces him in the 2014 election.

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Charlie Crist
3:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

What Charlie Crist Has To Say About Rick Scott’s Handling Of Election 2012

In a U.S. Senate hearing, Crist lambasted Scott for signing an election law that reduced early voting hours, when many minorities vote.
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In what may be a preview of the governor’s race, former governor Charlie Crist directly criticized Governor Rick Scott before a U.S. Senate hearing on voting rights. Crist was critical of Scott for helping to pass a 2011 election law that limited early voting hours. 

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Florida
7:49 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Ex-Senator George LeMieux Sounds Off On His Former Boss Charlie Crist

Former Sen. George LeMieux says he did not see Charlie Crist's transformation to Democrat coming and doubts he can make the switch successfully.
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Former U. S. Sen. George LeMieux was once Charlie Crist's closest confidant as his chief of staff, so valued by the ex-governor that it was Crist who appointed him to fill out the term of the retiring Mel Martinez in the Senate in 2009. 

But things have changed drastically in three years.

After an unsuccessful attempt at being elected to a Senate seat last year in the Republican primary, the Broward native is now chairman of the Gunster Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale.

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Charlie Crist
2:50 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

5 Reasons Crist Shouldn't Run For Governor

With his public statements and recent switch to the Democratic party, Crist may be positioning himself for a 2014 run against Governor Rick Scott.
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If state Democrats have doubts about Charlie Crist's break with the GOP, he'll be giving them more proof on Wednesday.  

Crist will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Voting Rights on the impact of Florida's 2011 election law.  He will be joined by a Democratic state representative from South Carolina and a liberal advocacy group, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

How Florida Fails To Prepare Students For College

Many high school graduates in Florida are finding that they are not ready for college-level work.
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On the Florida Roundup:  Florida has its new Education Commissioner, former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett.  We’ll learn why Jeb Bush fans are thrilled and the teachers unions are not. NPR’s StateImpact Florida reporter Sarah Gonzalez will tell us why many of Florida’s high school graduates are not ready for college work.  And we hear from you on Florida’s growing need for remedial education and what the purpose of high school should be.  Tweet us @WLRN.  

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News
8:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

J.R. Kelly heads up the Office of Public Counsel and opposes the settlement agreement between the state and the utility company.
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Democratic Party
12:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Is Democratic Party Trying To Stuff Charlie Crist Down Rank-And-File Throats?

HEAVY HAND: Average Democrats may resent having Crist forced upon them as a candidate for governor.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist has a great resume, a moderate-to-liberal heart and he's just made a public and decisive rejection of the Republican Party. Does that mean he's automatically the next Democratic candidate for governor?

As former Miami Herald political writer Beth Reinhard writes in the National Journal, not necessarily...particularly, if the rank-and-file thinks the party is stuffing Crist down their throats:

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started

TOO SOON? Gov. Scott is in early campaign mode thanks to Charlie Crist's party switch.
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Yes, the 2014 gubernatorial election is months and months away, but there are already some signs that election season has started right back up again.

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Charlie Crist
7:19 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Crist Urges GOP's 'Live And Let Live' Faction To Follow Him To The Democratic Party

DISENCHANTED: Crist says he frequently disagreed with the Republican leadership.

Former Governor and brand-new Democrat Charlie Crist explained his qualms and misgivings with the Republican Party last night in an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball" program.

Crist said his disenchantment grew as he assessed the Republican leadership views of immigration, education and voter suppression.

"As a live-and-let-live kind of guy who wants to be tolerant, who wants to be kind, who wants to be compassionate," Crist explained, "the leadership doesn't seem to embrace that kind of view."

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News
7:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Lawmakers Weigh In On Debt Crisis

It seems lawmakers moved farther apart in negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
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Republicans are upset that the president wants the debt ceiling included in budget talks. Meanwhile, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist switches parties.  

Details from WLRN-Miami Herald News:

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:30 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Charlie Crist's Measured Journey From Republican Via Independent To Democrat

THE HUG: Crist embraced President Obama and began his two-year party transition.

It's official, folks. Former Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist is now a Democrat.

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The Florida Vote
12:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Top Republicans Confess: Voter Suppression Was Goal Of 2011 Florida Election Law

Jim Greer: Voter suppression was the goal, voter fraud was the marketing.

The whole idea behind the voting law state legislators passed in 2011 was to discourage Democratic voters.

That's the bottom line in a Palm Beach Post story by Dara Kam and John Lantigua. Although the law was presented as an urgently needed defense against voter fraud, sources including former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and former state GOP Chairman Jim Greer and some Republican campaign consultants tell the Post a very different story:

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Charlie Crist
9:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Jilted GOP Reserves Special Anger For Crist

Crist's open support of President Obama has infuriated state Republicans.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is taking fire from the Republican press release machine now that speculation is growing that he'll challenge Gov. Rick Scott as a Democrat in 2014.

The AP and Sarasota Herald-Tribune suggest there's an angry personal element to this that transcends ordinary politics, probably because Crist was once a Republican governor and the darling of his party. But now he's a cheating rat.

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Politics
10:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Why Charlie Crist Supports Democrat's Bill To Restore Early Voting

Charlie Crist: Obama told him to make voting 'move a little faster.'
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Former Gov. Charlie Crist is standing with state Democrats in favor of a bill to fix election problems that embarrassed the state last week.

State Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is the House sponsor of the bill, which would restore early voting to 14 days and allow non-government buildings to be used as early voting site.

Crist's name continues to surface as a possible Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in 2016. He has left the Republican Party and remains an independent who likes to call himself "Citizen Crist."

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Voting Laws
8:02 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Charlie Crist's Costly Stand For Early Voting

The Hug: This may have been a worse problem for Charlie Crist than his defense of early voting.
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Dismayed after black citizens, voting early, handed Florida to President Obama in 2008, state Republican leaders showed up in Gov. Charlie Crist's office to demand a law that restricts early voting.

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