Charlie Crist

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Governors: Scott Walker, Rick Scott Win; Wendy Davis Loses

Charlie Crist's comeback falls short

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not hand his job back to former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Republican Scott fended off the challenge from Republican-turned-Democrat Crist tonight in one of the higher-profile races of the 36 gubernatorial contests on the ballot. Elsewhere, Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated Mary Burke to keep... More »

Florida Governor Almost Calls Off Debate Over Fan

Heated debate gets off to bizarre start

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott almost called off his debate with Democratic challenger Charlie Crist last night over a fan—and not the kind that would want the Republican's autograph. At the start of the debate, Scott refused to come out for at least six minutes because Crist had an... More »

Charlie Crist Becomes a Democrat

Former Republican governor backed Obama

(Newser) - From Republican to independent to Democrat: Florida's former GOP governor Charlie Crist has completed the paperwork to join the Democratic Party. "I've had friends for years tell me, 'You know, Charlie, you're a Democrat and you don't know it,'" he said in... More »

Ex-GOP: Florida Voting Law Was Designed to Hurt Dems

Charlie Crist, Jim Greer accuse GOP of electoral sabotage

(Newser) - Florida Republicans intentionally crafted a new early voting law to keep Democratic voters from getting to the polls, according to GOP advisers and former GOP officials. Republican leaders said they designed the law—which added to chaos at the polls —to fight voter fraud and save money, but former... More »

Obama, Biden to Cap Off DNC

Along with John Kerry, Charlie Crist

(Newser) - It's the final night of the Democratic National Convention, and that means it's time for the president himself to take the stage. No one seems entirely sure what he'll say, though USA Today believes he'll use the chance to define himself in his own words—in... More »

GOP Turncoat Charlie Crist to Speak at DNC

Republicans slam turncoat ex-governor

(Newser) - Looks like Charlie Crist has become the Joe Lieberman of this election cycle. The former Republican governor of Florida, who turned independent for a failed 2010 Senate bid, will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next week, reports USA Today . Crist, who declared his support for President Obama over... More »

Former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist: I'm for Obama

Ron Paul, however, won't support Mitt Romney

(Newser) - Charlie Crist continued his political shift away from the GOP today by committing the ultimate betrayal: endorsing President Obama. "I'm confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation," he writes in the Tampa Bay Times . The former GOP governor of... More »

Florida Leads Way in Education Equality

State has narrowed gap between rich and poor students: ProPublica

(Newser) - Jeb Bush has made a name for himself for education reform in Florida , and a first-of-its kind analysis by ProPublica suggests he's not just blowing smoke by at least one important measure. Florida now has the highest percentage of high school students in advanced classes and, crucially, "that... More »

Crist Has to Apologize Over David Byrne Song

... on YouTube, no less

(Newser) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist had to eat crow today—on YouTube. As part of a settlement with David Byrne for using a Talking Heads song without permission, Crist had to post a video with a formal apology, reports the Orlando Sentinel . "I pledge that, should there be any... More »

Florida to Wipe Jim Morrison's Indecent Exposure Conviction

Band members still insist he never showed anything

(Newser) - Jim Morrison was appealing his conviction for indecent exposure when he died in 1971. Nearly 40 years later, he'll finally get his wish: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will pardon Morrison today, a day after the Doors singer would have turned 67. Surviving band members still insist Morrison never actually exposed... More »

Charlie Crist to Pardon Jim Morrison?

Door's open: 'anything possible' before Crist leaves office

(Newser) - His Senate bid may have failed, but outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may still make his mark ... on rock and roll history: He’s considering pardoning Jim Morrison for indecent exposure charges at a 1969 concert. “It's something I’m willing to look into in the time I have... More »

The Most Covered Candidates of 2010

Guess who's No. 1?

(Newser) - When it comes to the most covered candidates of the midterm elections, is it any surprise that Tea Partiers claim five of the top 10 slots? The Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzed the election stories produced by 52 TV networks, websites, radio stations, and newspapers since Jan.... More »

Today's Winners, Predicted by Meghan McCain

Midterm successes, starring Christine O'Donnell

(Newser) - Meghan McCain expects a dark day for Democrats, with “more than a few upsets and memorable YouTube moments.” Her predictions in the Daily Beast :
  • Sharron Angle will beat Harry Reid in Nevada, and he’ll offer an “uncomfortable and possibly bitter concession speech.”
  • Charlie Crist will
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Where the Big Races Stand

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio up big, Harry Reid, Sharron Angle too close to call

(Newser) - With T-Minus one day to the election, here's where the most-watched races in the country stand:
  • Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat; the latest Public Policy Polling survey has Angle squeaking ahead 47% to 46%.
  • Looks like harping on the Aqua Buddha incident didn't help
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Bill Clinton Urged Meek to Drop Out of Florida Race

But deal to support Crist fell through

(Newser) - Politico has the scoop on some behind-the-scenes political intrigue in Florida starring none other than Bill Clinton. It seems Clinton made a personal appeal to Democrat Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Senate race and throw his support to Gov. Charlie Crist, who's running as an independent. The... More »

Meek May Drop Out, Back Crist

Florida deal reportedly in the works

(Newser) - Florida Republicans fear that Democrat Kendrick Meek may be close to a deal to drop his bid for Senate and back Charlie Crist, according to the Wall Street Journal . The report offers no hard evidence or sources to back this up, however, instead citing troubling signs—like Crist’s recent... More »

Crist's GOP Donors Still Fighting to Get Their Cash Back

Appeal ruling denying class-action status

(Newser) - Republicans who donated to see Charlie Crist become the next GOP senator from Florida are keeping up the fight to get their money back now that he's decided he wants to be the state's next independent senator. A lawyer for a pair of donors said today he'll appeal a court's... More »

Florida Court Strikes Down Gay Adoption Ban

'Most draconian' ban falls; adoptions can begin immediately

(Newser) - A Florida court has struck down the state's 33-year-old ban on gay adoptions, ruling that the law is unconstitutional and there is "no rational basis" for it. Gov. Charlie Crist says the state will stop enforcing the ban immediately, although he hasn't commented on whether the state plans to... More »

Gov. Crist Won't Say Who He'll Caucus With

But he still opposes gay marriage, wants to 'fix' health care reform

(Newser) - Charlie Crist continued to avoid the question of whether he would caucus with Democrats or Republicans if he wins Florida's Senate race as an independent. During an interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Governor Crist said he would "caucus with the people of Florida," CQ... More »

Kendrick Meek Wins Dems' Primary in Florida

He'll face Rubio, Crist for Senate

(Newser) - Rep. Kendrick Meek is the Democratic nominee for Senate in Florida, overcoming billionaire Jeff Greene's massive television and mail onslaught to win a bitter primary. If he wins again in November, Meek will be the state's first black senator. He will face Republican Marco Rubio, a Tea Party favorite who... More »

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