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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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Kurt Browning wants lawmakers to clear up campaign finance mess

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Gary Fineout reports: While there is a lot of talk about the veto of SB 6, don’t forget about the fallout from Gov. Charlie Crist’s other veto this session. Lawmakers included regulation of 527s, so-called for the section of the IRS code that covers them, in a lengthy elections bill that Crist vetoed earlier this month. The Legislature needed to act because a federal judge last year struck down the state law that covered these groups, which also go by…

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Mike Haridopolos blasts Charlie Crist over veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill, says Governor didn’t even read the bill

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From Senator Mike Haridopolos: Yesterday, good government, transparency and accountability were cast aside. In vetoing the Florida transparency bill, Governor Charlie Crist denied Florida’s voters and the press an opportunity for greater transparency in politician’s and political organization’s contributions and expenditures. Simply put, transparency equals accountability. Politically, it is understandable that this legislation is problematic for the Governor.  But what is indefensible is that Governor Crist failed to even read the bill. His uninformed veto comments did not reflect the stringent details…

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Mike Haridopolos blasts Charlie Crist over veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill, says Governor didn’t even read the bill

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From Senator Mike Haridopolos: Yesterday, good government, transparency and accountability were cast aside. In vetoing the Florida transparency bill, Governor Charlie Crist denied Florida’s voters and the press an opportunity for greater transparency in politician’s and political organization’s contributions and expenditures. Simply put, transparency equals accountability. Politically, it is understandable that this legislation is problematic for the governor.  But what is indefensible is that Governor Crist failed to even read the bill. His uninformed veto comments did not reflect the stringent details…

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With veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill — and a veto of SB 6 — a path emerges for Charlie Crist’s independent bid

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Charlie Crist can not win the Republican Primary, that much is now clear.  The right wing of Florida’s GOP absolutely despises Charlie Crist. But Charlie Crist is a loyal Republican.  Forget about him having been a Republican his entire life.  Forget about his mentor being Republican Connie Mack.  Forget all of the “less taxes, more freedom” slogans.  The bottom line is Charlie Crist’s parents are stalwart Republicans.  Mrs. Crist is the embodiement of the classic Republican woman…a modern day Pat Nixon. …

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With veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill — and a veto of SB 6 — a path emerges for Charlie Crist’s independent bid

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Charlie Crist can not win the Republican Primary, that much is now clear.  The right wing of Florida’s GOP absolutely despises Charlie Crist. But Charlie Crist is a loyal Republican.  Forget about him having been a Republican his entire life.  Forget about his mentor being Republican Connie Mack.  Forget all of the “less taxes, more freedom” slogans.  The bottom line is Charlie Crist’s parents are stalwart Republicans.  Mrs. Crist is the embodiement of the classic Republican woman…a modern day Pat Nixon. …

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Kendrick Meek Campaign urges Charlie Crist to veto ‘leadership funds’ bill

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From Kendrick Meek: Even as financial abuses at the Florida Republican Party come under scrutiny and investigation, the effort to expand secret political slush funds in Florida has been renewed.  We can’t afford to let the backroom bankrolling of politicians be an accepted practice of Tallahassee insiders.  Tell Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio that enough is enough. “[There is currently up for veto] a bill that allows a handful of legislators to create soft-money fundraising machines, known as leadership funds,…

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