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Charlie Crist ready to take on Legislature, although special session is out for now; insurance bill veto appears likely

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From the Florida Tribune: Gov. Charlie Crist’s running battle with the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature appears unlikely to end anytime soon — although the governor is now backing off plans to call lawmakers back to town in the next month. Crist, who was in Panama City on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, told the Florida Tribune that he doesn’t anticipate calling lawmakers back to Tallahassee during the month of June. Crist wants legislators to put on the November ballot a proposed…

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Charlie Crist to veto all special projects in state budget

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From Steve Bousquet: Charlie Crist has already alienated the Republican-controlled Legislature on three fronts, and a fourth emerged Thursday when he said he’s likely to veto dozens of special projects in lawmakers’ districts as part of the $70.4 billion budget. The growing resentment between Crist and lawmakers began when he vetoed a bill re-creating so-called leadership funds — major fundraising machines under the control of a few legislators. Then, driven by strong public opposition, Crist vetoed a teacher tenure and…

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