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Jack Latvala, Senate budget panel clash with DEO chief on unemployment

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Department of Economic Opportunity head Jesse Panuccio faced a battery of pointed questions and criticism over an executive branch battle with a labor union and the state’s beleaguered unemployment system in a Wednesday meeting of a Senate budget panel. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Tourism, Transportation and Economic Development Chairman Jack Latvala had originally requested the presence of Enterprise Florida CEO Bill Johnson, who was out of state drumming up business in New York. Panuccio gave a presentation that explained recent reports about discrepancies in…

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(Insert joke here) The pipe fitters union backs Charlie Crist over Kendrick Meek

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From the Miami Herald: The Florida Pipe Trades typically leans Democratic in statewide races and heeds the endorsements of its umbrella organization, the AFL-CIO. Not this year. While the AFL-CIO is backing Democrat Kendrick Meek for the U.S. Senate, the 12,000 pipefitters, plumbers and welders are going with Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent candidate. “This is a bit unusual,” said the union’s international representative, John Lindstrom. “We stepped out on this one because we thought it was that important…We have probably 30-35 percent unemployment in our ranks, and we think Gov.…

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Why Charlie Crist now leads Florida Senate race

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Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is now leading in polls against Republican Marco Rubio for the 2010 Florida Senate race, where Crist will run as an independent. Crist’s break with his party was seen as a sign that the GOP’s hard-line conservatives were growing in power over the moderate wing of the party. A recent poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows Crist with 42 percent support, giving Rubio 31 percent and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek 14 percent. After months…

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Wall Street Journal: Anybody but Marco Rubio?

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Party affiliation wasn’t the only thing Gov. Charlie Crist switched when he dropped out of the GOP primary and decided to run as independent in the Florida Senate race. Mr. Crist has piqued the ire of many conservatives by flip-flopping on a number of issues in order to ingratiate himself with liberals. In fact, he’s made so many 180s that many Democrats are now considering throwing their weight and money behind him in order to upend the remaining Republican in…

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AFL-CIO endorses Valerie Goddard for Hillsborough Commission

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The West Central Florida Federation of Labor has endorsed Valerie Goddard’s candidacy for the Hillsborough County Commission, District 3.

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Must-read: Kendrick Meek pulls no punches in op-ed response to criticism from Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas

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If Kendrick Meek would show as much passion as is on display on the op-ed running in tomorrow’s Orlando Sentinel, there’d be no Jeff Greene and there’d probably be no Charlie Crist in the race: Mike Thomas is no fan of Democrats. His strong biases are often on display. Sunday’s column (“Meek shall not inherit U.S. Senate seat”) was no different. Blocks from where my mother lives sits the abandoned Poinciana Park located in the Liberty City section of Miami. Poinciana Park…

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Must-read: Kendrick Meek pulls no punches in op-ed response to criticism from Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas

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If Kendrick Meek would show as much passion as in on display on the op-ed running in tomorrow’s Orlando Sentinel, there’d be no Jeff Greene and there’d probably be no Charlie Crist in the race: Mike Thomas is no fan of Democrats. His strong biases are often on display. Sunday’s column (“Meek shall not inherit U.S. Senate seat”) was no different. Blocks from where my mother lives sits the abandoned Poinciana Park located in the Liberty City section of Miami. Poinciana Park…

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