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Charlie Crist cheers Army Corps’ $30M for Pinellas beach restoration

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Pinellas Democratic Representative Charlie Crist proudly announced Thursday that the Army Corps of Engineers will fully fund the Pinellas County Shore Protection Project, to restore and protect Pinellas County’s beaches. The announcement comes after Crist worked with Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long for the past few months to secure the Corps’ approval. “Pinellas County is a peninsula on a peninsula, surrounded almost entirely by coastline. With rising sea levels, increasing storm surges, and erosion caused by hurricanes like Hermine, the importance of…

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Universal support for Robert Mueller so far from Florida’s members of Congress

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Across the aisles and across the Sunshine State Florida’s members of Congress are universally praising the announcement that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead a special investigation into Russian interference in American elections. Some Democrats, while praising the appointment and Mueller’s integrity, still called for more, including the special commission that Democrats have been pushing for in a bill in the House of Representatives. They also almost universally expressed hope that Mueller will conduct a broad investigation that includes…

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#13 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Charlie Crist

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Charlie Crist, the 60-year-old former Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, returned to public office earlier this year, after defeating incumbent David Jolly in a bitter contest for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. In serving in Washington for the first time after a lifetime in Florida politics, the St. Petersburg native had a rocky transition to working in Washington. Crist missed one of his first votes, condemning the United Nations for a resolution perceived to be anti-Israel. A few weeks later his head of…

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Partly in disbelief, Florida’s members of Congress denounce Donald Trump’s revelations to Russians

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A lot of Florida’s Democratic members of Congress are responding with stunned disbelief to news reports — and President Donald Trump‘s Tuesday morning tweet — that he shared classified, highly sensitive ISIS information with Russian diplomats last week, calling the prospect inexcusable and demanding details. Republican U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami and Mario Diaz-Balart also denounced the events, while most other Republican members from Florida have yet to react Tuesday morning to Monday evenings’ news, and Trump’s tweet essentially…

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Charlie Crist, Kathy Castor, Gwen Graham endorse ‘rockstar’ Darden Rice for re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice’s re-election effort received a boost Monday with major endorsements from three Florida Democratic leaders. On Monday, Rice received thumbs-up from former Governor and hometown Congressman Charlie Crist, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, and Congresswoman Gwen Graham, currently a Democratic candidate for governor. “Darden is a rockstar, and I’m proud to call her a friend. We’ve worked together for years to make St. Petersburg a better place to live, work and play,” said Crist who…

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George Sheldon now taken to task by hometown paper

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George Sheldon‘s hometown newspaper now has weighed in on the former Florida politico, putting in newsprint the latest ethics woes of the now-director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services. The Tallahassee Democrat’s Monday edition (online version here), with help from the Chicago Tribune’s estimable reporting of the last few weeks, documented Sheldon’s travails as head of Illinois’ DCFS. The lede, by the nearly 20-year Democrat veteran Jeff Burlew: “George Sheldon, a well-known figure in Florida politics who took over Illinois’ troubled…

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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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