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Charlie Crist, Brian Mast among The Hill’s ’10 freshman to watch’ in Congress

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Three Florida freshman are among the “freshmen to watch” in the 115th Congress. On Monday, The Hill unveiled its list of “10 freshmen to watch in the new Congress.” According to The Hill, seven new senators and 55 new House members — including 10 from Florida — will take the oath of office on Jan. 3. Newly elected Reps. Charlie Crist, Brian Mast and Stephanie Murphy were among the new members The Hill singled out. Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, unseated…

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With its Lego project, the Tampa Bay Times crushes my hopes and dreams

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Last week, the digital geniuses at the Tampa Bay Times debuted a multimedia presentation that used animated Lego figures and constructions to tell a complicated story about a planned toll road on the Howard Frankland Bridge. “How the plan to fix Tampa Bay’s most important bridge fell apart, told in Legos” from Eli Zhang, Caitlin Johnston, Anthony Cormier, and Martin Frobisher is an absolute must-click for its combination of shoe-leather reporting and “Everything Is Awesome” visualization. It’s a great read. It’s visually stunning. It’s also — to…

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Pinellas GOP, Democrats poised to elect party leaders this Monday night

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When it comes to drama with their upcoming party reorganization meetings taking place next week, Pinellas County Republicans and Democrats have nothing on their Hillsborough County brethren. This coming Monday night, the local executive committees for the Republican and Democratic Parties in Pinellas County will be voting for their party leaders, and in both cases, it doesn’t appear to be many changes at hand – at least not yet. Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee Chair Susan McGrath is running to serve a second…

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Charlie Crist calls on Congress to extend tax breaks before adjourning for the year

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Charlie Crist is calling on the 114th Congress to extend tax breaks benefiting students and seniors before it adjourns for the year. The congressman-elect on Tuesday asked Congress to extend several soon-to-expire tax breaks, including a medical expense deduction for seniors, and a tuition and fees deduction. Congress is expected to adjourn for the year later this week. “These tax breaks are important to seniors, students and homeowners struggling to make ends meet,” said Crist, Florida’s former governor, in a…

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Darden Rice, FLPIRG call out Marco Rubio, David Jolly for failing to protect consumers

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. David Jolly have sided with Wall Street bankers rather than protecting financial consumers, according to Florida PIRG, a public interest advocacy group. “Rep. Jolly and Sen. Rubio have sided with big Wall Street banks and other financial institutions at the expense of consumers,” said Turner Lott, a campaign organizer with FLPIRG. “They have supported legislation that would starve the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] by changing its funding source.” FLPIRG, a nonprofit, public interest advocacy…

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Charlie Crist unanimously inducted into New Democrat Coalition

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Newly elected Congressman Charlie Crist is one of the freshmen lawmakers making up the New Democrat Coalition for the 115th Congress. By a unanimous vote, the Coalition inducted 10 members-elect — four from Florida — to the progressive centrist group of legislators dedicated to advancing the New Dem vision of economic innovation, competition and national security. Crist recently defeated incumbent Republican David Jolly in the redrawn Florida’s 13th Congressional District. The former Republican governor joins Democrats Val Demings of CD 10,…

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Charlie Crist defeats David Jolly in CD 13 race

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Charlie Crist has defeated David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District by four percentage points, 52 percent to 48 percent. The Associated Press called the race with 239 precincts out of 241 reporting. His victory will be framed as his political comeback, following two rough losses statewide for U.S. Senate in 2010 and governor in 2014. Crist originally did not intend to run against Jolly in the CD 13 seat, but after the district’s lines were redrawn in 2015, Crist opted to get into…

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