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Reality starting to confront Crist



Little by little, the walls are beginning to close in on Gov. Charlie Crist. Let us count the ways. Florida is in the throes of its worst tax revenue shortfall in years. Homeowners are still in a foul mood about insurance. Crist's e-mail in-box is full of messages from consumers upset that their rates aren't going down or angry that they have to pay more for sinkhole insurance.

What Crist called "the largest tax cut in Florida history" can be reduced by local officials willing to take the heat for a super-majority override vote. Crist's headache du jour is House Speaker Marco Rubio, the man with the "100 ideas" book and the self-anointed heir to the conservative Jeb Bush legacy that, little by little, Crist is disassembling. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:55pm]


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