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Times editorial: Call in the feds to investigate state GOP

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The St. Petersburg Times Editorial Board is calling for federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service to conduct a vigorous investigation at the highest level, untainted by state politics.  Excerpts: It is becoming clearer why it took so long to oust former state Republican Party chairman Jim Greer in January even as the party’s grass roots activists and largest fundraisers demanded a change. Greer had his secrets, and powerful Republican legislators had theirs. Each side was desperate to avoid disclosure, no matter…

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Florida Democrats differ on party finance rules

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From Bill Cotterell: Florida Democratic leaders disagreed sharply Thursday over rules changes that would relax control of party finances. Party Treasurer Alma Gonzalez said she could not support Chairman Karen Thurman’s proposal to raise from $5,000 to $25,000 the amount of checks requiring the treasurer’s signature. Thurman said the $5,000 limit is more than 10 years old and that a bigger, busier party needs the flexibility to make bigger purchases without the treasurer personally approving every check. Democratic National Committeeman…

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