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10 things I think I think about today’s paper

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10 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times: 1. Perhaps the best written item in today’s edition is this letter-to-the-editor about Charlie Crist, an excerpt: His positive ratings are puzzling to me, and speak a lot about Floridians’ “good” sense, as I still don’t know what good he did during his short cameo impersonating a governor. But I do know what he did not do: govern. He abandoned the power into the hands of an ultra-right-wing House,…

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Houston Chronicle on John Cornyn, Charlie Crist

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn is an upbeat kind of fellow, but when it comes to the Republican Party’s current political standing, he is distinctly downbeat. “I think that we’re at a low ebb,” the San Antonio Republican declares. After eight years of the Bush presidency and the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, only 22 percent of Americans call themselves Republicans, according to a survey released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. But while there’s not much debate…

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Time: 2-Min-Bio on Charlie Crist

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Time Magazine offers this 2 Min-Bio on Charlie Crist: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s May 12 announcement that he will run for Senate instead of reelection in 2010 was rare good news for the flailing GOP. The first-term governor, who is seeking the seat held by retiring Republican Sen. Mel Martinez, has consistently boasted approval ratings in the high 60s since taking office despite economic dark days in the Sunshine State. An adroit campaigner who addresses every citizen he meets as…

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Jeb Bush: Time to leave Reagan behind

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its “nostalgia” for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.“You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,” Mr. Bush said. The former president’s brother,…

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Rick Baker meets with former Jeb Bush CoS

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If Rick Baker is playing coy about his political future, he wasn’t too shy today when he met with Kathleen Shanahan, an uber-connected former chief of staff to Jeb Bush and Dick Cheney. Unsure of what the meeting was about, but Baker met with Shanahan at Atwater’s, the popular restaurant in the heart of St. Pete’s Midtown. Is this the first sign that Baker is at least exploring the idea of running for Florida governor in the event that Charlie…

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Rick Baker: Run, Charlie Crist, run!

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The last two months have been rather gloomy times for term-limited St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker. First, it was the news that Alex Sink would not run for the U.S Senate, thereby keeping her CFO position to herself. Then it was Bill McCollum passing on a Senate bid to stay on as Attorney General. All the while, every city council member since Connie Kone served stopped by City Hall to measure the drapes in your office. For Hizzoner, it’s like…

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The Sudoku Senate race

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Not only is it light years away from November 2010, but the prospect of another grueling campaign in Florida, this time to replace Mel Martinez in the U.S. Senate, has yet to excite me. I’m obviously not alone in this feeling either as the leading candidates for both parties, Jeb Bush and Alex Sink, have decided not to run for the seat. – That leaves both sides of the aisle with candidates for whom the word senatorial does not immediately…

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