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Charlie Crist announcement fractures local Republican Party

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Noah Pransky reports: The fallout from Gov. Charlie Crist’s no-party U.S. Senate run is already taking it’s toll on the local Republican Party. As the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) encourages members to take a loyalty oath, a number of pro-Crist Republicans have changed their official party registration from Republican to either Independent or Democrat. They include former St. Pete mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, who registered as an Independent on Wednesday. “While I agreed with some of the things the party stood for, not all…

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Continuing coverage of Independent Charlie Crist and the Republicans of the Lost Party

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Seeing as there is a new development every 15 minutes about Charlie Crist’s expected departure from the Republican Party so that he can run as an Independent, I will just keep this post up to provide the latest updates on Crist, Marco Rubio, Kendrick Meek.  I’ll keep aggregating any major stories, while posting links to stories also worth reading: 4/27 9:34 a.m. – Charlie Crist’s supporters face pressure from GOP: While the Tampa Bay Chair of Crist for Senate, Greg Truax, says…

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Largo mayoral race flap grinds on

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There is no denying that multiple mistakes made a mess of the qualification process in the upcoming mayoral election in Largo. Unless former mayor Bob Jackson is willing to let go of his desire to be mayor again, taxpayers may be left holding the bill for a court case. (Here’s a link to the Times editorial.) The qualification period for candidates seeking office in Largo’s Nov. 3 city election ended Aug. 13. Only two candidates were interested in running for mayor: the incumbent,…

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