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PolitiFact: Charlie Justice’s ad tying Bill Young to Jack Abramoff is essentially baseless

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In a new Web ad, state Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, comes armed with ominous music and some sloppy Photoshop work to link opponent Rep. C.W. Bill Young with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But does Justice, who is seeking to unseat the 20-term Pinellas County Republican, have any facts to back up the association? PolitiFact Florida decided to break down the two-minute ad to find out. The ad describes “Abramoff Inc.” vs. “Young Inc.,” and spends two minutes drawing parallels…

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CQ: ‘Bill Young’s decision to run again eliminates Democrats’ chances’

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From Congressional Quarterly: Springtime in the Sunshine State has brought a blossoming of congressional races shifting in favor of the GOP. An increasingly favorable environment for Republicans and strong GOP fundraising has prompted CQ Politics to revise several race ratings, moving two Florida House districts — the 2nd and 22nd — out of the Safe Democratic category and into the more competitive Likely Democratic position. Meanwhile, Democrats’ unsuccessful effort to get long-term Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young to retire in…

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CQ: ‘Bill Young’s decision to run again eliminates Democrats’ chances’

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From Congressional Quarterly: Springtime in the Sunshine State has brought a blossoming of congressional races shifting in favor of the GOP. An increasingly favorable environment for Republicans and strong GOP fundraising has prompted CQ Politics to revise several race ratings, moving two Florida House districts — the 2nd and 22nd — out of the Safe Democratic category and into the more competitive Likely Democratic position. Meanwhile, Democrats’ unsuccessful effort to get long-term Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young to retire in…

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Bill Nelson goes to the St. Pete rooftops for Charlie Justice

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From David DeCamp: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is on a list of hosts for Democrat Charlie Justice‘s fundraiser on Tuesday evening on the rooftop of the Walker-Witney Plaza condos in St. Petersburg. They’re asking for $100 to $1,000 for Justice’s bid to unseat U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian shores. The hosts on the invite include: Eunice Cooke-Buckley & Michael Buckley, Frank Currie, Lauren Curtis, Lisa & Scott Johni, Silvia & Dan Leeper, James Magazine, U. S. Senator Bill Nelson,…

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PolitiFact rules ‘True’ on Charlie Justice’s statement about the GOP-controlled Legislature raising taxes

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From PolitiFact: “Facing a staggering budget shortfall last year, Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature had to make some tough decisions. Lawmakers relied on $5 billion in federal stimulus money, trimmed Medicaid reimbursement rates and cut several hundred government jobs. They also raised taxes and fees, a move that didn’t sit well with Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, who is running for the congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young… Still, Justice’s comment about new taxes is generally correct. State…

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PolitiFact rules ‘True’ on Charlie Justice’s statement about the GOP-controlled Legislature raising taxes

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From PolitiFact: “Facing a staggering budget shortfall last year, Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature had to make some tough decisions. Lawmakers relied on $5 billion in federal stimulus money, trimmed Medicaid reimbursement rates and cut several hundred government jobs. They also raised taxes and fees, a move that didn’t sit well with Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, who is running for the congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young… Still, Justice’s comment about new taxes is generally correct. State…

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Bill Young winner, Charlie Justice loser of the week

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From the Buzz: Winner of the week: U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores. While Charlie Crist traveled to every TV major market inviting venerable public servants/would-be U.S. Senate appointees to fawn before the cameras, the 40-year congressman showed off a mischievous confidence. Rather than just tell Crist’s staff no thanks over the phone, Young showed up to Crist’s interview in Pinellas dressed like he was was in the midst of mowing the lawn and told the surprised governor he…

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