The Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and St. Petersburg College will partner to broadcast a debate in the general election race to succeed the late Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
The Feb. 3 debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates will be hosted on the SPC Seminole campus by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, and is sponsored by AARP.
The special election is March 11....
Times staff writer Curtis Krueger is covering the special election for Congressional District 13. Follow him on Twitter @ckruegertimes. Today he has a look at the five candidates and where they stand on some key issues and their connections to Pinellas County. An intro:...
The campaign for Republican congressional candidate David Jolly on Friday announced his team. From the release:
Indian Shores, Fla. – David Jolly, Republican candidate for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, today announced his on-the-ground campaign team, which includes some of Florida’s most seasoned and battle-tested political and communications consultants and advisors....
Crist leads Scott by 7 points in new Q poll; voters overwhelmingly favor legalizing medical marijuana11/21/13 Blog
From our friends at the Associated Press:
Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 7 points in a poll released Thursday, but the lead is much closer than it was seven months ago.
Crist announced earlier this month that he would seek his old job with his new party. The announcement, though, doesn't seem to have given him a boost with voters. He leads Scott 47-40 in the Quinnipiac University poll, but led Scott by 16 percentage polls in Quinnipiac poll in March, when his entry in the race was still speculative....
Go to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Facebook page and you'll find a collection of photos from a June 2011 trade mission to Canada, including this collection of photos with now-infamous Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The boots picture is our favorite. Click the headline for the full post with a slideshow....
From our friends at the Associated Press:
Florida Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.
"I've hit a bottom where I realize I need help," Radel told District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Tignor in acknowledging that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent....
From our friends at the News Service of Florida:
A political committee backing former Gov. Charlie Crist has pulled in $872,000 since he opened his campaign this month to retake the governor's mansion, according to a committee website. Contributors to "Charlie Crist for Florida" included the Coral Gables-based Grossman Roth law firm, $250,000; Sheldon Schlesinger and the Schlesinger Law Office in Fort Lauderdale, a combined $50,000; Venice retiree Rosalie Danbury, $150,000; and retired Coral Gables philanthropist Barbara Stiefel and Coral Gables attorney William Andrew Haggard, $100,000 each. Republican lobbyist David Rancourt, who once worked for former Gov. Jeb Bush, chipped in $50,000. The Charlie Crist for Florida committee is chaired by former state Democratic Chairman Bob Poe, who also contributed $25,000. Crist, a former Republican who became a Democrat late last year, formally kicked off his candidacy Nov. 4....
Tampa Bay Times business columnist Robert Trigaux writes a column today in the wake of former Gov. Jeb Bush endorsing Gov. Rick Scott's re-election because "he campaigned on a platform of getting Florida's economy back on track and has delivered on that promise." An excerpt:...
Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth writes a column on late Rep. C.W. Bill Young and new information that he had cancer for five years before he died. An excerpt:
It would seem Young followed the example established by corporate America. Securities and Exchange Commission rules about top executives revealing critical health issues are murky at best. The SEC only requires the release of information that is "material," which allows a broad interpretation. That may explain why Apple's Steve Jobs didn't think it was "material" enough to his shareholders to divulge he was in the late stages of pancreatic cancer....
The Florida Democratic Party responded to the first confirmed Republican entry in the race to succeed late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young with a preview of how they'll attack their opponent. David Jolly, 41, is Young's former general counsel, personal attorney and a lobbyist. He announced his candidacy Saturday and started off with an endorsement from Beverly Young, Rep. Young's widow....
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has directed flags of the United States and Florida to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout Florida “as a mark of respect for the memory” of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, whose funeral is that day.
“Young reached across the aisle to champion improvements in the sciences, public health, military readiness, the beaches, transportation, and access to drinking water.” Scott wrote in a memorandum. “C.W. Bill Young embodied the ideals of public service, representing the citizens of Florida for almost 53 years.”...
House Speaker John Boehner: “It’s only been a week since we began trying to imagine the House without Bill Young — an impossible task in its own right — and now he is gone. In our sorrow, we recall how not a day went by without a colleague seeking Bill’s counsel as he sat on his perch in the corner of the House floor. There was a good reason for this. Here was a man who had seen it all and accomplished much. Looking out for our men and women in uniform was his life’s work, and no one was better at it. No one was kinder too. I will miss Bill, as will countless others blessed by his life and service. To all those Floridians and Americans – especially his wife, Beverly, his family and friends – I extend the condolences of the whole House.” ...
PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, will soon launch PunditFact, a site dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.
PunditFact is being funded by $625,000 in grants over two years from the Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund. Seed money for the project was provided by craigconnects, a philanthropy group run by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist....
The Times' Craig Pittman caught up with Beverly Young this evening. Read the full story, but here's an excerpt:
Not even U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s wife Beverly expected his announcement Wednesday that he is retiring from politics after a career that’s lasted almost as long as she has been alive.
“It surprised the s--- out of me,” she said.
She said she knew her husband had been having a tough time coping with painful back ailments that over the years have cut his 6-foot-2 frame down to 5-foot-8. Still, when she walked into his hospital room Wednesday morning and he told her his decision, she said, “it floored me. I cried. I cried hard.”
In 2005, Beverly Young said she would run for her husband’s seat if she didn’t like any of the other candidates who stepped up to seek his office when he retired.
So would she run next year?
On Wednesday evening, she said if the only Democratic candidate remains St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrlich, “I may consider running for his seat. She doesn’t know what she’s doing.”...
Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes a column about Gov. Rick Scott's blame game. An excerpt:
Confused when it comes to finger-pointing?
Unsure about who is responsible for assorted mishaps, blunders and failures in the world of politics?...