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Times editorial: No rush to return mail ballots

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Of course the Times does not want you voting early, lest their precious endorsements, err, recommendations are of lesser value. So their latest editorial browbeats voters in to holding on to them to the very end: Arriving in mailboxes near you: ballots for the Aug. 24 statewide primary election. But that does not mean it’s time to vote. The early arrival of ballots should signal voters that it is time to educate themselves so they can vote responsibly, and they should avoid…

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Times editorial: Charlie Crist should veto ultrasound bill

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From the Times editorial board: The timing of Gov. Charlie Crist’s declaration of independence could not have been better. Unshackled from Republican Party orthodoxy, Crist is free to judge bills passed by the Legislature on their merits. Perhaps his biggest test will be deciding the fate of a bill that infringes on constitutionally protected abortion rights. Crist should veto HB 1143, which would allow the government to dictate how a woman reaches a difficult personal decision. This legislation declares the…

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Times editorial: Marco Rubio a ‘freewheeling big spender of special interest cash’

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The St. Petersburg Times editorial board hands Charlie Crist a gift with this editorial: Marco Rubio is quickly emerging as a freewheeling big spender of special interest cash even as the U.S. Senate candidate sells himself as a fiscal hawk. The latest disclosure: As the young state lawmaker lined up support in 2003 and 2004 to become Florida House speaker, he blew through more than $600,000 stashed in a pair of political committees and never detailed how at least 20…

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Times editorial: Marco Rubio a ‘freewheeling big spender of special interest cash’

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The St. Petersburg Times editorial board hands Charlie Crist a gift with this editorial: Marco Rubio is quickly emerging as a freewheeling big spender of special interest cash even as the U.S. Senate candidate sells himself as a fiscal hawk. The latest disclosure: As the young state lawmaker lined up support in 2003 and 2004 to become Florida House speaker, he blew through more than $600,000 stashed in a pair of political committees and never detailed how at least 20…

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Times editorial: Investigate the RPOF, ‘Beachball of a Man’

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Florida Republican leaders are struggling to contain a brewing scandal within the state party by shifting money and dodging questions. Too many of them believe stonewalling will silence critics who include many of the party’s own grass roots supporters. It’s time for state and federal authorities to investigate to determine if campaign finance and tax laws have been broken. Read the rest of this editorial here.

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Times editorial: Investigate the RPOF, ‘Beachball of a Man’

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Florida Republican leaders are struggling to contain a brewing scandal within the state party by shifting money and dodging questions. Too many of them believe stonewalling will silence critics who include many of the party’s own grassroots supporters. It’s time for state and federal authorities to investigate to determine if campaign finance and tax laws have been broken. Read the rest of this editorial here.

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Times editorial slams candidates, Deveron Gibbons, in particular, on ‘pandering on panhandling’

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You just knew the Times was setting Deveron Gibbons up on this story. Fortunately for Gibbons, his strong stance against panhandling will resonate with voters, even if it erased whatever hope he had of earning the Times‘ recommendation. Here is an excerpt from the Times editorial: “St. Petersburg’s mayoral race has degenerated into a contest to see who can be more punitive toward panhandlers. Candidates are jockeying to out-tough one another, with Deveron Gibbons telling voters recently he would “guarantee”…

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