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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist was in Largo on Wednesday to introduce legislation that would protect federal employees who use medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Former Gov. Crist Fights for Net Neutrality

Dec 11, 2017

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is coming out strong against the FCC’s upcoming Net Neutrality vote.


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St. Petersburg played host to a regional offshoot of the March for Science on Saturday morning. 

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Rep. Charlie Crist spoke out against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order during a conference on world affairs in St. Petersburg.


Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Charlie Crist completed his political comeback Tuesday, beating incumbent Congressman David Jolly for Congressional District 13. After his victory speech, the Democrat thanked the voters of Pinellas County.

“They have been very kind to me,” Crist said. “I'm going to work extremely hard for them and I want to make sure our seniors are protected, Social Security is protected, that we fight to protect our beautiful environment here in Pinellas County, it's the jewel of Florida.”

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Civil rights icon, U.S. Rep. (D-GA) John Lewis joined former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for several "get out the vote" events in St. Petersburg Wednesday.

At a Q & A town hall event at the University of South Florida, the longtime Georgia congressman said the negative tone of the current election cycle is the "worst he's ever seen." 

"Maybe our foremothers and our forefathers all came to this great land on different ships. But we're all in the same boat now,” he said. “So I think in America today, we need to humanize our politics."

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One of the most hotly contested races for Congress in the Tampa Bay area pits two well-known candidates: Former Gov. Charlie Crist and the incumbent, Congressman David Jolly. The two debated recently at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg.

In this excerpt from this week's Florida Matters, they were asked by an audience member what they would do to achieve meaningful campaign finance reform. First, we'll hear from the Democratic challenger, Crist.
 

Several longtime politicians were sent packing by voters in the recent primaries. Those include former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman, current commissioner Kevin Beckner, and state Rep. Ed Narain. All these candidates had been in public office a long time, and now they're out of the game. But do old politicians really fade away, or do they - ala former Gov. Charlie Crist - reinvent themselves and run again?

WUSF's Steve Newborn asks veteran political analyst William March what happens to the losers.
 

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Sparks were flying during Monday's debate between Congressman David Jolly and Charlie Crist for the Congressional District 13 seat. Jolly brought up Crist's former nickname, "Chain Gang Charlie," from 20 years ago and accused the former governor of looming over black prisoners in chains and calling it "a great sight." But did he? WUSF's Steve Newborn asks that question to Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.

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Here's a twist: A Republican candidate attacking his Democratic opponent for his ties to Donald Trump.

A beach home owned by former Governor and current congressional candidate Charlie Crist is up for sale.

Jolly To Drop Senate Bid, Run For Re-election

Jun 17, 2016
Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF 89.7 News

U.S. Rep. David Jolly is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate and will run for re-election.

"Without a political rally, without a lot of fanfare, I have a simple request of my neighbors and of my community," Jolly said. "Today, I’m asking my community simply for the opportunity to keep doing my job."

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

He's back!  Or hopes to be, at least.

In one of the worst-kept secrets in politics, Charlie Crist officially entered the race for Congress, in a soon-to-be-newly-configured district that should include his hometown of St. Petersburg.

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Three million voters cast ballots in Florida before Election Day this year.

In Florida, 1.7 million voted absentee, and another 1.3 million voted early, which could turn out to be an all-time record.

Meanwhile, the more than 6,200 polling locations across the state opened without any problems this morning, according to Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

He said an increase in early and absentee voting should lead to results coming in fairly quickly once the last polls close in the Florida Panhandle.

What will the Florida Legislature look like with Republican Rick Scott or Democrat Charlie Crist as governor? A lot depends on whether Republicans not only retain control of the Legislature, but regain a super majority -- making their policy decisions veto-proof.

For all the money spent, doors knocked, ads aired and miles traveled by candidates this year, the 2014 elections will likely come down to the votes cast by a relatively small universe of places.

Whether it's because of their size, demographic make-up, or the unique spot they occupy, these places will have an outsized role in state — and possibly national — politics this year.

Here are seven of them:

Crist Reaches Out to the Base in Home Stretch

Nov 2, 2014

A trip to the county that gave Mitt Romney a 7-point edge over President Barack Obama two years ago might seem a strange stop for Democratic gubernatorial wannabe Charlie Crist less than a week before Election Day.

But a Crist campaign appearance Wednesday in Sarasota --- where Republican Gov. Rick Scott earned a clear victory over Democrat Alex Sink four years ago --- highlights Crist's strategy in the final days of the former governor's quest to get his old job back.

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Think you've seen every attack possible in TV ads in the Florida governor's race?     

Well, you are probably right.

Even new ads popping up in the week before the election November 4th have the same old talking points -- just in different packages.

That's the conclusion of PolitiFact Florida -- which fact-checked the new ads with old attacks.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Lottie Watts / WUSF 89.7

Former President Bill Clinton was in Florida Sunday to campaign on behalf of Charlie Crist, a former Republican and former governor who is now the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. 

"Charlie Crist will get the show on the road from Florida," Clinton told a crowd of about 1,000 Crist supporters at Cyrus Greene Park in East Tampa. "And he will grow the economy from the middle out ... he believes we ought to do this together."

'First Black Governor' Woos Minority Voters

Oct 25, 2014

Eight years ago, state Rep. Terry Fields, a Democrat, threw his arm around newly inaugurated Gov. Charlie Crist and delivered a proclamation that stunned even the then-Republican's staunchest supporters.

"He's the first black governor of the state of Florida," Fields crowed.

Fields' embrace didn't achieve the infamy a later hug with the nation's first black president earned Crist among Republicans.

But, nearly a decade later, Crist is banking on Fields' characterization to help win his old job back.

Clinton, Christie to Make FL Appearances Sunday

Oct 24, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton will swing through Florida on Sunday, campaigning for Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham in Tallahassee, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Tampa and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Palm Beach Gardens.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming back to the state to appear on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott, this time making stops Sunday in South Florida.

'Put the Middle Class First' Bus Stops in Tampa

Oct 23, 2014
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Charlie Crist's running mate for lieutenant governor, Annette Taddeo, joined the bus tour called "Put the Middle Class First" to Tampa today. She talked about issues such as raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Taddeo joked about Gov. Rick Scott's  second debate performance and says she and Crist would start by making Medicaid expansion a priority for Florida's uninsured.

Scott, Crist Turn Up Heat in Final Debate

Oct 22, 2014

In their final --- and most heated --- debate before the Nov. 4 election, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist came out swinging Tuesday night, excoriating each other's records as the state's chief executive and each painting his rival as out of touch with everyday Floridians.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist arrived at Maria Rodriguez' home in Little Havana to talk about health care in what was billed as a listening tour.

"You have some beautiful fruit," Crist told her as he sat down at a dining table. Rodriguez told him about her 19-year-old daughter's lung condition and how she makes too much to receive Medicaid, but not enough to apply for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Fact-Checking Charge that Crist is Corrupt

Oct 15, 2014
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Election day is getting close -- and the TV ad war between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist rages on. 
 

One of the latest ads from the Scott side pulls no punches. It calls Crist a "corrupt politician" who funneled taxpayer money into what amounted to a Ponzi scheme.

Fact-Checking Crist Flip-Flops

Oct 11, 2014
politifact.com

In the race for Florida governor, the TV ads just keep coming.           

The latest ad from the Republican Party of Florida attacks Democratic candidate Charlie Crist for his changing positions on everything from party affiliation to Obamacare to the economic stimulus plan and abortion.

PolitiFact Florida saw the ad and fact-checked the flip flop accusations.

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If you watch television is the state of Florida, you have probably seen a TV ad from the Republican Party of Florida featuring a man who says he was swindled by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist kicked-off his ten-day “Kitchen Table Tour” Monday. Crist is traveling the state talking to middle-class Floridians and one of the first stops on his tour was in Sarasota.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says the black vote is crucial to winning the upcoming general election against Republican Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, Crist made those remarks in Tallahassee at the historically black university, Florida A and M.

During a campaign event touting higher education, Crist said the turnout in the African American community is very critical, and encouraged FAMU students to help get others to the polls.

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