Sunshine State News feed http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/admin/content/stories en Carlos Curbelo Honored by NRCC as 'Young Gun' http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-honored-nrcc-young-gun Miami Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., was included in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC)  “Contender” tier of “Young Guns.” The “Young Guns” program was the brainchild of U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-honored-nrcc-young-gun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-honored-nrcc-young-gun#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:38:08 +0000 Kevin Derby 5879469 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott Launches Northrop Grumman Center in St. Augustine http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-launches-northrop-grumman-center-st-augustine Gov. Rick Scott helped dedicate Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine on Thursday. Northrop Grumman is building two centers in Florida with 1,000 new jobs coming to Melbourne and 400 to St. Augustine. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-launches-northrop-grumman-center-st-augustine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-launches-northrop-grumman-center-st-augustine#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:12:12 +0000 Kevin Derby 5879416 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Charlie Crist Loses Another Staffer After One Week http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/charlie-crist-loses-another-staffer-after-one-week Yet another staffer left former Gov. Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign after a short period. Eric Conrad, who was announced last week to be Crist’s spokesman, has left the campaign. <br /><br />Republicans are already asking questions, especially after Bill Hyers’ short stint on the campaign at the end of last year. <br /><br />“Eric Conrad, a casualty or deserter?” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry <a href="https://twitter.com/lennycurry/status/456824478618513408" target="_blank">asked on Twitter.</a> “Answer anyone?” http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/charlie-crist-loses-another-staffer-after-one-week#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:50:11 +0000 Kevin Derby 5879170 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ander Crenshaw: Dredging St. Johns River Will Help First Coast http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ander-crenshaw-dredging-st-johns-river-will-help-first-coast On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., pointed to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers chiefs, insisting it showed why Congress needs to back more funds to dredge the St. Johns River and help JaxPort. <br /><br />"What a 'giant step' forward for the Northeast Florida economy," said Crenshaw. "Dredging of the St. Johns River means more jobs, more trade, and more economic growth for the region; that's why I've stood 100 percent behind this project from day one. We've got a win-win that will grow the economy and create jobs for generations to come."<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ander-crenshaw-dredging-st-johns-river-will-help-first-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ander-crenshaw-dredging-st-johns-river-will-help-first-coast#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:21:19 +0000 Kevin Derby 5878748 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Mario Diaz-Balart: Obama Will Use Executive Orders on Immigration http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mario-diaz-balart-obama-will-use-executive-orders-immigration U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., sounded the alarm for Republicans, urging the GOP to back immigration reform before President Barack Obama tackles the issue with executive orders. Diaz-Balart talked to the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/04/16/diaz-balart-if-we-dont-move-on-immigration-obama-will-go-it-alone/">Washington Post </a>and insisted Obama will act if the Republican-controlled House doesn’t.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mario-diaz-balart-obama-will-use-executive-orders-immigration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mario-diaz-balart-obama-will-use-executive-orders-immigration#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:16:12 +0000 Kevin Derby 5878737 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Georgia Finds 'Safe, Legal Way' to Provide CBD Oil to Epileptic Children http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/georgia-finds-safe-legal-way-provide-cbd-oil-epileptic-children <p>The Georgia Legislature and Gov. Nathan Deal have made Georgia "the first state in the nation to find a safe, legal way to provide CBD oil to children who suffer seizures from severe forms of epilepsy," according to Sue Rusche, president and CEO of National Families in Action.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/georgia-finds-safe-legal-way-provide-cbd-oil-epileptic-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/georgia-finds-safe-legal-way-provide-cbd-oil-epileptic-children#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:24:28 +0000 Nancy Smith 5877669 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Garrett Richter Goes to Bat for Lizbeth Benacquisto in CD 19 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/garrett-richter-goes-bat-lizbeth-benacquisto-cd-19 With less than a week to go in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress, Florida Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, went to bat for Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, on Wednesday. <br /><br />Praising her as a “good friend,” Richter painted Benacquisto as a “dedicated” conservative.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/garrett-richter-goes-bat-lizbeth-benacquisto-cd-19" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/garrett-richter-goes-bat-lizbeth-benacquisto-cd-19#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:51:24 +0000 Kevin Derby 5877508 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Jameis Winston, FSU, Tallahassee PD: NYT Defrocks Florida Again http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jameis-winston-fsu-tallahassee-pd-nyt-defrocks-florida-again <p>Four years ago it took a newspaper from New York City to show Floridians that<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/us/08everglades.html?pagewanted=all" target="_self"> U.S. Sugar and Charlie Crist</a> were taking them for a ride on the Everglades land deal. Now the same newspaper -- the New York Times -- is back to tell us Tallahassee law enforcement either deliberately, perhaps even illegally, coddled FSU star athlete Jameis Winston, or the whole incompetent bunch of them embody Barney Fife amok in Mayberry.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jameis-winston-fsu-tallahassee-pd-nyt-defrocks-florida-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jameis-winston-fsu-tallahassee-pd-nyt-defrocks-florida-again#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:27:24 +0000 Nancy Smith 5877468 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott Announces Additional Funding for Hillsborough County Schools http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-announces-additional-funding-hillsborough-county-schools At a media event on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that 98 schools in Hillsborough County will share $8.47 million in bonuses due to their improvements in learning outcomes, either receiving an “A” grade or jumping up a full letter grade over last year. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-announces-additional-funding-hillsborough-county-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-announces-additional-funding-hillsborough-county-schools#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:42:36 +0000 Kevin Derby 5877383 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Lizbeth Benacquisto Snags Endorsement from RightNOW Women PAC http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lizbeth-benacquisto-snags-endorsement-rightnow-women-pac Rep. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, snagged the endorsement of RightNOW Women PAC on Thursday.<br /><br /> Benacquisto is currently running for Florida's 19th Congressional District after former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., resigned. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.rightnowwomen.org/lizbeth_benacquisto" target="_blank">The endorsement read:</a><br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lizbeth-benacquisto-snags-endorsement-rightnow-women-pac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lizbeth-benacquisto-snags-endorsement-rightnow-women-pac#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:38:46 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5877271 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in Florida Beginning May 1 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amazon-collect-sales-tax-florida-beginning-may-1 Online retailer Amazon will be collecting sales tax in Florida beginning May 1, Amazon spokesman Ty Rogers announced Wednesday.<br /><br />Amazon is currently building two massive warehouses in Hillsborough and Polk counties, which will require the company to collect sales tax in the Sunshine State. <br /><br />Amazon has not been collecting sales tax on purchases made in Florida until now.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amazon-collect-sales-tax-florida-beginning-may-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amazon-collect-sales-tax-florida-beginning-may-1#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:13 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5876949 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com NRCC Hits Jessica Ehrlich as She Ponders Taking on David Jolly http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nrcc-hits-jessica-ehrlich-she-ponders-taking-david-jolly With <a href="https://www.politicopro.com/login/">Politico Pro</a> (FYI: pay wall) reporting that attorney Jessica Ehrlich is now contemplating running again for Congress, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is noting that Democrats squeezed her out of a special congressional election last month to clear the way for former state CFO Alex Sink. Republican David Jolly beat Sink in last month’s special election. Earlier this week, Sink opted out of a rematch with Jolly in November. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nrcc-hits-jessica-ehrlich-she-ponders-taking-david-jolly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nrcc-hits-jessica-ehrlich-she-ponders-taking-david-jolly#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:17:12 +0000 Kevin Derby 5876929 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com New Rick Scott Ad Highlights GI Bill, Military Service http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/new-rick-scott-ad-highlights-gi-bill-military-service Let's Get to Work, a political committee for Gov. Rick Scott, released a new television ad Thursday highlighting the governor's service in the Navy as well as the education he received as a result of the GI Bill. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/new-rick-scott-ad-highlights-gi-bill-military-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/new-rick-scott-ad-highlights-gi-bill-military-service#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:30:14 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5876849 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Paige Kreegel's Mom Praises his Record Against Abortion http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/paige-kreegels-mom-praises-his-record-against-abortion With less than a week to go until the Republican primary in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel’s mom is going to bat for the candidate. The Kreegel campaign sent out a mailer from Alberta Kreegel to voters across the Southwest Florida district in support of her son’s campaign. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/paige-kreegels-mom-praises-his-record-against-abortion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/paige-kreegels-mom-praises-his-record-against-abortion#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:56:19 +0000 Kevin Derby 5876794 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Huckabee, SBA List Running Calls for Lizbeth Benacquisto in CD 19 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mike-huckabee-sba-list-running-calls-lizbeth-benacquisto-cd-19 The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a conservative group which opposes abortion, announced on Wednesday it will spend $50,000 in the next week to get out the vote for Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. Benacquisto takes on businessman Curt Clawson and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel in the primary on Tuesday. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mike-huckabee-sba-list-running-calls-lizbeth-benacquisto-cd-19" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mike-huckabee-sba-list-running-calls-lizbeth-benacquisto-cd-19#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:11:44 +0000 Kevin Derby 5876721 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Nan Rich Turns Up the Heat on Charlie Crist for Debates http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nan-rich-turns-heat-charlie-crist-debates Demanding a debate, former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich is turning up the heat on former Gov. Charlie Crist as they continue to battle for their party’s nomination to challenge Gov. Rick Scott in November. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nan-rich-turns-heat-charlie-crist-debates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nan-rich-turns-heat-charlie-crist-debates#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:58:21 +0000 Kevin Derby 5876696 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Carlos Curbelo Brings in $310k Against Joe Garcia in First Quarter http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-brings-310k-against-joe-garcia-first-quarter Miami Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo, running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., announced on Wednesday that he had raised more than   $310,000 in the first quarter of the year, bringing his total to more than $950,000 in the campaign so far. Garcia had brought in more than $460,000 in the first quarter and more than $2.2 million in the campaign. Curbelo's team said their candidate had around $800,000 on hand. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-brings-310k-against-joe-garcia-first-quarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-brings-310k-against-joe-garcia-first-quarter#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:25:54 +0000 Kevin Derby 5876571 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Marco Rubio Makes the Case for Tax Reform http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/marco-rubio-makes-case-tax-reform U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., weighed in on Tax Day for the need for reforming the IRS. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/marco-rubio-makes-case-tax-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/marco-rubio-makes-case-tax-reform#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:44:15 +0000 Kevin Derby 5874791 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Curt Clawson Gets Support of Eagle Forum in CD 19 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/curt-clawson-gets-support-eagle-forum-cd-19 The Eagle Forum, a conservative group led by Phyllis Schlafly, announced on Tuesday it was backing businessman Curt Clawson for the Republican nomination in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. Clawson battles Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel in the primary next Tuesday. <br /><br />Pat Andrews, who leads the Florida Eagle Forum, released the following statement on Tuesday:<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/curt-clawson-gets-support-eagle-forum-cd-19" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/curt-clawson-gets-support-eagle-forum-cd-19#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:47 +0000 Kevin Derby 5874597 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Alex Sink Not Running Against David Jolly http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/alex-sink-not-running-against-david-jolly The <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/sink-will-not-run-for-congress-against-jolly-in-fall/2175148">Tampa Bay Times </a>is reporting that former state CFO Alex Sink will not seek a rematch with U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., who bested her in a special election last month. <br /><br />"While I am not running for office in 2014, I will keep an open dialogue with all of you and continue to seek new ways to serve," Sink insisted on Tuesday.<br /><br />The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) quickly moved in to weigh in on the news.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/alex-sink-not-running-against-david-jolly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/alex-sink-not-running-against-david-jolly#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:31:20 +0000 Kevin Derby 5874572 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Paige Kreegel Vows to Fight Against Abortion http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/paige-kreegel-vows-fight-against-abortion Former state Rep. Paige Kreegel pointed to his “A” rating from Florida Right to Life during his time in Tallahassee and insisted he would continue the fight against abortion if he wins the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. Kreegel battles businessman Curt Clawson and Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, in the Republican primary a week from Tuesday. <br /><br />"If elected, I will continue to safeguard the rights of the unborn by way of pro-life policies,” Kreegel said on Tuesday. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/paige-kreegel-vows-fight-against-abortion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/paige-kreegel-vows-fight-against-abortion#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:22:57 +0000 Kevin Derby 5874458 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott Featured in Latest RGA Video http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-featured-latest-rga-video The Republican Governors Association (RGA) showcased Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in its latest “American Comeback” video released on Tuesday. <br /><br /><div class="pp_media alignnone"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="1" class=" swfobject">Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.</div> </div> </div></div><br /><br />In the video, Scott talks up his personal story, how he rose from poverty and how his own experiences shaped what he fights for in the political arena, especially job creation. The Scott campaign is already running television ads, including some of which showcase the governor’s personal story. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-featured-latest-rga-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-featured-latest-rga-video#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:17:11 +0000 Kevin Derby 5874454 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Lizbeth Benacquisto Highlights Pro-Life Positions in CD 19 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lizbeth-benacquisto-highlights-pro-life-positions-cd-19 With a week to go in the Republican primary in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress, Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, is playing up her pro-life credentials. <br /><br />Benacquisto showcased her “A” rating from Florida Right to Life for her time in Tallahassee and vowed to continued fighting against abortion. <br /><br />“As a mom, protecting life is my greatest priority and I am honored to receive an 'A' rating from Florida Right to Life,” Benacquisto noted late on Monday. http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lizbeth-benacquisto-highlights-pro-life-positions-cd-19#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Kevin Derby 5874439 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com RPOF Files FEC Complaint Over Morgan & Morgan Ad http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rpof-files-fec-complaint-over-morgan-morgan-ad The Republican Party of Florida filed an official complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over a Morgan &amp; Morgan TV ad featuring Charlie Crist.<br /><br />The ad aired Sunday on WCTV, a CBS Tallahassee affiliate station. <br /><br />Crist's employer and large Democrat donor John Morgan said the airing was a mistake and should have been pulled. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rpof-files-fec-complaint-over-morgan-morgan-ad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rpof-files-fec-complaint-over-morgan-morgan-ad#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:50:45 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5873237 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rand Paul Backs Curt Clawson in CD 19 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rand-paul-backs-curt-clawson-cd-19 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced on Monday that he was backing businessman Curt Clawson in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. Clawson takes on Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel in the primary on April 22. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rand-paul-backs-curt-clawson-cd-19" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rand-paul-backs-curt-clawson-cd-19#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:59:07 +0000 Kevin Derby 5873041 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida Politicians Observe Passover in Shadow of Kansas Shooting http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-politicians-observe-pasover-shadow-kansas-shooting With Passover starting at sunset on Monday, Gov. Rick Scott and some of the leading politicians in Florida offered their thoughts, especially in light of a shooter killing three people at a Jewish center in Overland Park, Kan., over the weekend. <br /><br />"Ann and I wish all those celebrating Passover a happy and healthy holiday and I look forward to taking part in a traditional Seder with members of our Jewish community this evening,” Scott said on Monday. “Passover is a time where we can all reflect on the freedom we have in our great state and nation. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-politicians-observe-pasover-shadow-kansas-shooting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-politicians-observe-pasover-shadow-kansas-shooting#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:46:47 +0000 Kevin Derby 5873013 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Carlos Lopez-Cantera Goes on the Attack Against Charlie Crist http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-lopez-cantera-goes-attack-against-charlie-crist The Florida Legislature may have taken a week off for Passover and Easter, but the Florida gubernatorial campaign showed no signs of slowing down on Monday as former Gov. Charlie Crist exchanged fire with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera who played a traditional role for the running mate by going on the attack. <br /><br />Crist, the favorite for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Rick Scott despite spending most of his political year in the Republican ranks, spoke at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on Monday. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-lopez-cantera-goes-attack-against-charlie-crist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-lopez-cantera-goes-attack-against-charlie-crist#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:58:04 +0000 Kevin Derby 5872933 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida Polytechnic University Names Randy Avent First President http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-polytechnic-university-names-randy-avent-first-president Florida Polytechnic University named the first president in its history on Monday as a search committee selected Randy Avent, who had been serving as the associate vice chancellor of research development at North Carolina State University. The university is now negotiating with Avent and the state board of governors still has to approve the contract. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-polytechnic-university-names-randy-avent-first-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-polytechnic-university-names-randy-avent-first-president#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:17:14 +0000 Kevin Derby 5872870 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com The Guardian, Washington Post Win Pulitzer Prize for NSA Reporting http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/guardian-washington-post-win-pulitzer-prize-nsa-reporting The Washington Post and the Guardian snagged the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on Monday after blowing the lid off of the National Security Agency's widespread spying on ordinary American citizens last year.<br /><br />Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden met with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong after he downloaded approximately 1.7 million secret NSA files.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/guardian-washington-post-win-pulitzer-prize-nsa-reporting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/guardian-washington-post-win-pulitzer-prize-nsa-reporting#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:14:23 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5872858 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ander Crenshaw Wants IRS Reform, FairTax and Obamacare Repeal for Tax Day http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/andre-crenshaw-wants-irs-reform-fairtax-and-obamacare-repeal-tax-day With tax day looming on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., the chairman of House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, called for more IRS accountability, repealing President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law and implantation of the FairTax. <br /><br />Crenshaw released the following statement on Monday:<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/andre-crenshaw-wants-irs-reform-fairtax-and-obamacare-repeal-tax-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/andre-crenshaw-wants-irs-reform-fairtax-and-obamacare-repeal-tax-day#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:21:13 +0000 Kevin Derby 5872574 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com