Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A campaign fundraiser for Darden Rice was held Tuesday night at Cassis in downtown St. Petersburg.
District 4 City Council candidate Darden Rice spoke Tuesday night at Cassis in downtown St. Petersburg about one of her first experiences in politics 21 years ago. She recalled reaching out to newly elected Florida state legislator Charlie Crist about an offshore drilling ban. Unable to speak with him, Rice said she left a message thinking she would hear nothing more. To her surprise, however, Crist called her back to thank her for taking the time to call him and say he supported banning offshore drilling. Tuesday night, the former Republican governor turned out to help Rice again a fundraiser for her campaign for District 4. "I think that Darden is incredibly special," Crist said Tuesday night. Crist, a long-time St. Pete resident, …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Who has your vote for the city council District 4 seat in St. Petersburg?
A few months ago, Dr. David McKalip and Darden Rice were unsure which city council district they would even be running for, but after the redistricting dust settled, the two campaigns are stepping up fundraising efforts for the District 4 city council seat. Dr. David McKalip is having a campaign fundraiser May 15 at Cha Cha Coconuts at the St. Petersburg Pier. Guest appearances include Florida State Sen. Jeff Brandes, former Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock and Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters. "Come help build support for Dr. David McKalip for St. Petersburg City Council," the event page said. "Help Dr. McKalip return control of your city to you, because it's your city." For more information about McKalip's fundraiser, click here…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
As Florida Gov. Rick Scott calls on state legislators to increase funding for school by $1.2 billion some are skeptical about his intentions. We’d like to get your take on the governor’s proposals, Tampa Bay.
Florida school districts that have struggled with multi-million-dollar budget cuts and teachers who’ve gone years sans raises are being offered some hope courtesy of Florida’s Republican governor. Rick Scott is calling on the state’s legislature to approve a budget that includes an extra $1.2 billion in funding for public schools. Some of that money would help fund across-the-board raises of $2,500 for the state’s teachers. The overall plan would also boost per-student funding by about 6.5 percent, according to TBO.com. "Investing in our teachers and in our education system is the key to our state's continued economic growth," Scott said in the TBO piece. "We made the hard choices to recover and get back on track — now we must make the …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The former governor of Florida has announced he’s joined the Democrat Party. Could another run for the governor’s office be far behind?
First he was a Republican. Then he became an Independent. Now, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has officially joined the ranks of the Democrats. Crist made the announcement of his recent switch to the Democratic Party on his Twitter feed. “Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @Barack Obama,” he tweeted. Crist, a vocal supporter of Obama, is said to have signed the papers to become a Democrat while visiting the White House. The former Republican dropped his affiliation with that party during his 2010 Senate bid against now Sen. Marco Rubio. Crist’s announcement has many wondering if he’s positioning himself for a 2014 run against Gov. Rick Scott. Or, perhaps he has another seat in mind? We’d like to hear…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist tweeted the news Friday night. He is now a part of the Democratic Party.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Former Gov. Charlie Crist increasingly is blasting Gov. Rick Scott over how he is running the state of Florida.
The 2012 election is barely in the books and already Florida politicos are turning their eyes to 2014, especially Democrats hungry to take back the Governor's mansion from the Republicans. Increasingly, Democrats appear ready to embrace former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their best chance at winning in 2014. At the same time, Crist is taking a more vocal role in criticizing Gov. Rick Scott, even taking to Twitter to blast Scott's controversial decision not to extend early voting during the presidential election. Crist certainly is a topic of news and speculation across Florida. Here is a sampling: AS DEMOCRATS TURN TO 2014, CHARLIE CRIST EMERGES AS MOST VOCAL OPPONENT OF RICK SCOTT by Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald The populist…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist rallied supporters Friday night.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist excited a crowd of about 1,000 supporters Friday night at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. Prior to introducing Former President Bill Clinton, Crist rallied people and ignited chants supporting President Barack Obama. Watch our video to hear why Crist said "Florida has a friend in this president."
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The former GOP Florida governor underscored his support for Democratic President Barack Obama at a rally Saturday at St. Petersburg College.
Days after speaking at the Democratic National Convention, former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist brought his high-profile support for the Democratic president to St. Pete College's Seminole campus. Crist, who ran as an independent in the 2012 Florida Senate race, has yet to declare himself a Democrat. However, Crist's recent endorsement of President Barack Obama for president and his criticisms of GOP challeneger Mitt Romney is drawing attention. Crist's support of Obama first was publicized during the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Then last week, Crist spoke at the DNC in Charlotte. On Saturday, Crist was back in Florida, campaigning for Obama at the St. Pete College rally. "He is working hard for the middle class, he …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Florida's former GOP governor speaks at the Democratic National Convention. Here is his statement Thursday, in support of President Barack Obama.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
On Thursday, St. Petersburg native and former Florida GOP Governor Charlie Crist spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Below are his remarks. Thank you! What an incredible night. Optimism is in the air. And what an honor to be here with you, to stand with our president, Barack Obama. Half a century ago, Ronald Reagan, the man whose relentless optimism inspired me to enter politics, famously said that he didn't leave the Democratic Party; the party left him. I can certainly relate. I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me. Then again, as my friend Jeb Bush recently noted, Reagan himself would have been too moderate and too reasonable for today's GOP. We face serious challenges in this country. We must create good middle-class …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The former Republican Florida governor is no longer registered with either party.
Former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a St. Petersburg resident, will speak at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, NC. The announcement comes as the Republican National Convention is about to convene in Tampa, after a one-day delay by Tropical Stom Isaac. Crist said that Obama is more focused on middle class issues. In an article reported by the Tampa Bay Times Monday, Crist said: "I think so much of what the president has done and the good he's tried to do for Florida." "On issue after issue after issue, he's proven himself as the kind of person who's willing to work across the aisle for the betterment of the people." Crist also wrote a first-person piece for the Tampa Bay Times outlining his support for the …