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SPTimes: Charlie Crist trails Marco Rubio in fundraising, but has much more in the bank

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Charlie Crist got swamped by rival Marco Rubio in the latest round of their fundraising battle for U.S. Senate, but Thursday’s reporting deadline revealed a major upside for Crist: He has about twice as much cash on hand as Rubio — $8.2 million to $4.4 million. The numbers take a bit of the shine off Rubio’s record-breaking $4.5 million haul for the past three months. In comparison, Crist raised $1.8 million, which exceeds the $1.1 million from the last period,…

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Prosecutors dismiss child abuse charges against former Hillsborough Commissioner Brian Blair

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From The SPTimes: The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office won’t prosecute Brian Blair on child abuse charges. Blair was arrested on Father’s Day after a confrontation involving his two sons. In a memorandum, Assistant State Attorney Rita Peters characterized the scuffle between Blair and his 17-year-old son Brett as “discipline,” given the history between the two.

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