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…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
We've got a terrific lineup of bloggers now on Gulfport Patch. Check out some of the more popular posts from the past week.
From politics to the post office, our Local Voices Bloggers fill us in on what's important, interesting and funny about Gulfport and seaside living! Here's a sampling of some of the more popular posts from the past week. About this column: You can be a blogger for Gulfport Patch, too. Just go to the Local Voices section and click the "want to blog on patch" button at the bottom of the column. It's a simple, free and fun way to express your thoughts and feelings on any topic to a wide audience. So what's stopping you? Start blogging on Patch today!
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 is…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says Scott is not doing 'democracy a favor' through a voter purge that has been challenged by the federal government.
Efforts to remove voters from the rolls because of possible ineligibility, reduce early voting and other issues that may make it harder to vote are "unconscionable," former Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday during an appearance on MSNBC. Crist, an independent who was a Republican for most of the time he was governor, said "it's a great concern" that the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, which followed him, has aggressively been trying to push for removal of ineligible voters through a check of records seeking to find people who may be in the country illegally. Crist noted the Scott administration also reversed a move that Crist championed to automatically restore the voting rights of former felons, and that Scott signed a law that, among …