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Qualifying Week: Number of NPA candidates surging in 2010

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The number of independent candidates running for statewide office is soaring. So far 27 people have announced their intentions to run as an independent for Congress, state Cabinet or the Governor’s Mansion. Just four years ago, only 11 people ran for statewide office with no party affiliation. As Whitney Ray reports, the surge in independent candidates may be a symptom of the growing distaste for incumbent candidates. State qualifying began Monday, and the first two candidates through the door were…

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Bud Chiles launches Gov campaign with a pretty good web video

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From the Crowley Political Report: Bud Chiles’ nascent independent campaign for governor has launched a website – walkwithbud.com, started a Facebook page and completed its first campaign video. The video is narrated by Chiles with frequent cuts to him walking around Florida. “My walk has also made me realize how state government has broken its bond with you,” Chiles says. “How it has turned its back on those it was created to serve. And the reason is money. I was…

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Bill McCollum’s campaign lays into…Bud Chiles

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Kevin Derby blogs: Despite conventional wisdom holding that new independent gubernatorial candidate Bud Chiles would hurt the Democratic nominee than the Republican one, GOP candidate Bill McCollum’s camp is tearing into Chiles. Bud Chiles may be running with no party affiliation, but he is still a lifelong Democrat with incredibly high name identification among Florida voters,” said Matt Williams, McCollum‘s campaign manager. “When Floridians have an opportunity to hear more from Mr. Chiles about his candidacy and vision for the…

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Bill McCollum’s campaign lays into…Bud Chiles

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Kevin Derby blogs: Despite conventional wisdom holding that new independent gubernatorial candidate Bud Chiles would hurt the Democratic nominee more than the Republican one, GOP candidate Bill McCollum’s camp is tearing into Chiles. Bud Chiles may be running with no party affiliation, but he is still a lifelong Democrat with incredibly high name identification among Florida voters,” said Matt Williams, McCollum‘s campaign manager. “When Floridians have an opportunity to hear more from Mr. Chiles about his candidacy and vision for the…

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Bud Chiles running for governor as Independent

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Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, the son of the late Florida governor who walked the state to deliver his message to voters, announced Thursday he was running for governor as an independent and spurning corporate cash. “The political parties are not the solution. They are part of a system that pits big money against big money,” he told reporters in Tallahassee. “I won’t play that game.” Chiles said he would not accept party or corporate dollars and would limit individual contributions to…

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