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Charlie Justice’s congressional campaign criticized over paltry fundraising, excessive spending

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No one ever said it was going to be easy for Charlie Justice (D-St. Petersburg) to knock off incumbent Bill Young (R-Indian Shores). After all, Young is in his 20th term in the US House, an all-powerful member of the Appropriations Committee and is the ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Because Young brings home to Pinellas County so much in federal money, it’s difficult to envision him leaving Congress on anything but his own accord.…

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Florida 2010: A Senate Odyssey

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I swear Florida is cursed. Cursed in the way, the Trojans were cursed by the gods and forced to endure ten years of war because of Paris slurping on Helen. Florida slurped on George W. in 2000 and it’s been hell ever since, as if Zeus and Poseidon were just sitting around, like they did in Clash of the Titans, coming up with ways to torment the state. The latest Herculean task facing our state is replacing Mel Martinez in…

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Bill Young gives F-22s the ole college try

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From the Buzz: As futile an exercise as it may be, Congressman C.W. Bill Young put up a fight today for funding for F-22 fighter jets. The Pinellas County Republican had this to say after a floor speech by defense appropriations chairman John Murtha, who has agreed to follow the Senate and drop the $1.7s billion for seven more aircraft. “Our soldiers tell us that, ‘We’ll go anywhere, we’ll fight whatever battle we’re told to fight, but please make sure…

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Charlie Justice’s bold move

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Well, Charlie Justice set off quite a roogoodoo yesterday when he announced he is running against Bill Young in 2010. I give Charlie all the credit in the world for stepping up to challenge Young. I was just so sick and tired of the annual Will-Bill-Young-retire parlor game. Charlie’s announcement doesn’t end that, but the writing is on the wall for Young, who, despite being chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee, is still a Republican vote in the House. Can…

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The Sudoku Senate race

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Not only is it light years away from November 2010, but the prospect of another grueling campaign in Florida, this time to replace Mel Martinez in the U.S. Senate, has yet to excite me. I’m obviously not alone in this feeling either as the leading candidates for both parties, Jeb Bush and Alex Sink, have decided not to run for the seat. – That leaves both sides of the aisle with candidates for whom the word senatorial does not immediately…

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