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Annette Taddeo announces bid to replace Frank Artiles in Senate

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Annette Taddeo is throwing her hat in the race to replace former Sen. Frank Artiles.  Taddeo announced Tuesday she was running in the Senate District 40 special election to replace Artiles, the Miami-Dade Republican who resigned last month amid scandal. “Through our campaign, we can right a wrong and show how this community can come together, regardless of race, gender or religion,” she said in a statement. “I know that in this election, residents from every part of Senate District…

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Charlie Crist: ‘Horrible’ GOP health care bill ‘like they don’t care about people’

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Three days after House Republicans passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a group of St. Petersburg residents, joined by Congressman Charlie Crist, is organizing some voter pushback against  the “horrible bill.” Approximately 70 citizens met up with the St. Petersburg Democrat in North Straub Park Sunday afternoon to announce that they intend to “stand up and fight back” against the bill, viewed by many as the biggest legislative victory in the young Trump presidency. “It was a horrible bill then —…

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Charlie Crist gives props to Terry McAuliffe for surpassing his record on restoring voting rights

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he had broken the record for restoring voting rights to convicted felons, calling it his “proudest achievement” as governor. And Charlie Crist is leading the cheers applauding the move. McAuliffe boasted Thursday he had individually restored rights to 156,221 Virginians, surpassing the previous record-holder — Crist — by a nose. As governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, Crist restored voting rights to 155,315 felons, according to figures that McAuliffe’s office obtained from Florida. “I applaud Governor McAuliffe’s…

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Charlie Crist asking feds to require safety belts on all new school buses

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Congressman Charlie Crist is looking to better protect students riding school buses. On Wednesday, the St. Petersburg Democrat introduced the Best to Use Safety (BUS) Belts Act to enhance school bus safety, by requiring all new buses be equipped with safety belts. The act would also provide grants to upgrade existing buses with seat belts. “Families across Florida teach their children to buckle up. But for millions of kids across the country their school bus lacks this basic safety feature,”…

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Emily Slosberg’s personal, uphill battle for tougher texting laws

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Twenty-one years after a car crash that took her twin sister’s life, Emily Slosberg is continuing the fight to make Florida roads safer. Slosberg, the state representative and daughter of longtime Democratic state lawmaker Irv Slosberg, has picked up her father’s crusade on driver’s safety by championing stronger texting while driving laws statewide. As reported by WTSP 10Investigates, the issue is deeply personal for both Emily and Irv Slosberg, On Feb. 23, 1996, seven teenagers between the ages of 13…

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If another SCOTUS opening occurs, will Charles Canady get a serious look?

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According to Sen. Charles Grassley, the U.S. Supreme Court may need to fill another opening this summer. The Iowa Republican, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not name names, but rumors are swirling it could be the Court’s swing vote, 80-year-old Anthony Kennedy. If that occurs, President Trump will go back to his list of 21 potential nominees, now numbering 20 after  the elevation of Neil Gorsuch. Rumored to be on the short list before Gorsuch’s selection was Judge William…

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Charlie Crist adds voice to those calling for Frank Artiles’ resignation

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Congressman Charlie Crist also wants Frank Artiles gone. “The racial slurs used by Sen. Artiles are deeply offensive to me and the community I represent,” said the St. Petersburg Democrat and former Republican governor in a short statement on Thursday. “He should restore the dignity of the Florida Senate by immediately removing himself from it.” Artiles, a Cuban-American Republican from Miami-Dade County, made national news after he accosted Sen. Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, and Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat, calling…

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