Articles in Category: 'Bill McCollum'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 10, 2010 4:05 AM
 

The Republican Party of Palm Beach County hosted “Lobster Fest” on Thursday and a number of high-profile GOP candidates appeared to pitch their campaigns. Health care executive Rick Scott, running against Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, was in attendance. So were U.S. Rep.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 8, 2010 10:32 AM
 

Rick Scott, the health-care executive running in a highly contested battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, launched a lawsuit Wednesday in Tallahassee's U.S. District Court, looking to challenge state campaign finance laws that would benefit Attorney General Bill McCollum, his chief rival for the GOP nod.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 8, 2010 4:05 AM
 

While Attorney General Bill McCollum and health care executive Rick Scott, the two leading candidates battling for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, have taken President Barack Obama to task for launching a lawsuit suing Arizona over new laws on immigration, Florida’s congressional Republicans are not out front on the issue.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 8, 2010 4:05 AM

When Charlie Crist appeared on a Pensacola beach with President Barack Obama last month, there was no hug. Yet the widely publicized photo op didn't mean Floridians were embracing their "independent" governor, either.

Conventional wisdom in the media suggests that Crist has raised his profile, and his popularity, amid the oily mess spewing in the Gulf. Recent polls showing him retaking the lead in the U.S. Senate race point to the governor's role in protecting Florida's shores. A cartoon in the Miami Herald even showed him walking on water while a marooned Marco Rubio looks on.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 6, 2010 10:15 AM

After a long Independence Day weekend, politicians in two of the closest races in Florida are hitting the campaign trail hard as they ramp up efforts before the Aug. 24 primaries.

The close contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination between Attorney General Bill McCollum and health care executive Rick Scott took center stage Tuesday morning.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 6, 2010 4:01 PM

Ousted Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer calls them "the four horsemen." But Bill McCollum, Mike Haridopolos, Dean Cannon and John Thrasher do not appear on the prosecution's witness list.

While Gov. Charlie Crist is named 62 times in the investigative report on Greer and could be called as a witness by both the prosecution and the defense, the four top Republicans are nowhere to be found.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 6, 2010 4:00 PM
 

Both health care executive Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum, competing in a close fight for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, attacked a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration laws.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 4, 2010 9:52 AM

GAETZ COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT SPILL LEGISLATION
A Senate committee will consider tax relief for property owners affected by the oil spill later this month, along with other possible legislative changes reacting to the crisis.

 
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By: Sunshine State News | Posted: July 3, 2010 4:05 AM

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, Republican candidate for attorney general

As we approach this Fourth of July, I want to wish you and your family a great Independence Day weekend. Our freedom is what makes America the greatest country in the history of the world. This weekend -- we celebrate our freedom.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 2, 2010 4:05 AM

Locked in a tight race for the Republican attorney general nomination, former Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi and former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Holly Benson won endorsements on Thursday and used the opportunity to pledge to continue Attorney General Bill McCollum’s lawsuit against new federal health-care laws backed by President Barack Obama. Kottkamp also picked up an endorsement and used it to stress his legal background.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 1, 2010 4:06 PM

Florida Right-to-Life PAC released its endorsements Thursday afternoon for the Aug. 24 primaries -- and while the pro-life political group backed some candidates, the PAC also sat out or passed on others, refusing to endorse either of the two leading Republican gubernatorial candidates.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 1, 2010 4:01 AM
 
Florida Democrats joined with Republican Rick Scott in demanding Wednesday that gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum appoint an independent prosecutor to continue the criminal case against the state’s former GOP chairman, saying the current probe has forced the attorney general into a legal conflict.
 
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Former Florida Republican Party Executive Director Delmar Johnson has been ordered to pay $65,093 restitution to the state GOP but faces no jail time nor criminal record for partnering with ex-party boss Jim Greer in what prosecutors called a scheme to steal political contributions.
 
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Posted: June 29, 2010 4:05 AM
On Monday, Florida Republicans cheered a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down local gun-control laws and reminded voters about the importance of Second Amendment issues in November’s battle for the U.S. Senate seat.

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio, running in a close contest with independent Gov. Charlie Crist for the Senate seat, praised the 5-4 ruling in MacDonald vs. City of Chicago.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 28, 2010 12:01 AM
 
Speculation continues that former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is planning a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 -- and his increasingly active profile in Florida politics only increases the buzz.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 26, 2010 4:05 AM
 

As Bill McCollum tries to play catch-up, the Republican gubernatorial candidate appears to have at least one stronghold he can count on: Gainesville.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 26, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Former House Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio is going after Gov. Charlie Crist, running for the Senate as an independent.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 25, 2010 4:05 AM
While the campaign teams of Republican gubernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum negotiate a series of debates, the three GOP candidates in the attorney general race are doing the same thing -- with much less acrimony and political posturing.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 25, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Can a Friend of Bill Clinton be a Friend of Bill McCollum? Sure, if your name is Dick Morris.

Morris, the Fox News pundit and former Clinton strategist, headlined a Boca Raton fund-raiser for McCollum Wednesday night.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 24, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Battling over names and rights, "tea party" groups sparred Wednesday in federal court in West Palm Beach.

"The defendant has overstepped his attempt at monopoly," attorney Frank Herrera told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, contending that Frederic O'Neal had no exclusive right to the Florida Tea Party name.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 23, 2010 4:05 AM
 
The Florida Renewable Energy Producers Association will be holding a forum in Orlando on July 14 and 15 and have invited the major candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and agriculture and consumer services commissioner. The Orange County League of Women Voters will moderate the forums for the candidates.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 2, 2010 4:05 AM
 
The Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute and Cherry Communications released a poll over the weekend showing that health care executive Rick Scott has the lead in the Republican gubernatorial primary over Attorney General Bill McCollum, and that Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent campaign for the U.S. Senate remains ahead of Republican rival Marco Rubio.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 19, 2010 5:15 AM
 

Attorney General Bill McCollum, currently locked in a tight battle with health-care executive Rick Scott for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, called for local taxes and property taxes to be frozen at their current levels for the next two years. The attorney general also called for caps on the growth of local governments.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 19, 2010 5:32 AM

Filing closed for state elections at noon on Friday -- setting the stage for some interesting contests in Florida come November.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 17, 2010 1:35 PM
 

Health care executive Rick Scott, a political phenomenon who went from virtual unknown to the leading candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the course of a mere two months, filed his paperwork to make his bid official lateThursday morning.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 17, 2010 12:05 AM
 

Looking to become the first woman to serve as governor in Florida’s 165-year history -- and hoping to break a losing streak for the Democrats who have not won a gubernatorial election since 1994 -- state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink filed the needed paperwork to ensure her name will be on the ballot.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 16, 2010 12:05 AM
 

Bill McCollum's offensive against Rick Scott's well-publicized "mistakes" at Columbia/HCA is shining a light on McCollum's own health-care record in Congress.

Anyone who's been paying attention to the increasingly acrimonious Republican gubernatorial campaign knows by now that Scott was chairman and CEO of the HCA hospital chain when it was fined $1.7 billion by federal authorities.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 16, 2010 12:05 AM
President Barack Obama defended his administration’s efforts in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill during a visit to the Florida Panhandle Tuesday and said it will do whatever it takes as long it takes to put the region back to normal.

Obama also put in a plug for the region he saw this week, turning tourism pitchman to help out the businesses that have seen a drop off in visits.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 16, 2010 12:05 AM

Health care executive Rick Scott has hit the campaign trail. The Republican gubernatorial candidate, now leading in the polls over Attorney General Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination, campaigned through the Panhandle over the weekend, hit Bartow on Monday and will speak in Tallahassee on Thursday.

 
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