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Charlie Crist named to influential House Science, Space committee; hires 2 constituent staffers

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Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he would be serving on the influential House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Also, the first-year Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg hired two new constituent service representatives — Michael Batista and Dillion Stafford — who will help assist Crist’s constituents of Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Since Crist was recently named to the House Committee on Financial Services, which is considered an exclusive committee, he required a waiver from the Democratic Caucus to serve on multiple…

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Capitol Hill buzz: Jon Stewart lobbying for Sept. 11 responders

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Comedian Jon Stewart turned serious Wednesday as he lobbied members of Congress to permanently extend a law providing medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders. Accompanied by several first responders, Stewart met with members of Congress and attended a Democratic caucus luncheon. “If you can’t get this done, maybe we should shut down,” Stewart told reporters outside the U.S. Senate, referring to the possibility of a government shutdown this fall. “This is about as unassailable a piece of…

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Ethics and elections committee considers Liz Dudek’s confirmation next week

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Elizabeth “Liz” Dudek, a longtime state health care planner and administrator and now head of the state’s Medicaid agency, will appear before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee when it meets April 15. Though it’s Dudek’s second step in the Senate confirmation process, it’s the first time she’ll appear before the Senate since her boss, Gov. Rick Scott, reversed his position on Medicaid expansion, saying the federal government couldn’t be trusted. Senate President Andy Gardiner said earlier this week the…

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