Articles in Category: 'Bill McCollum'

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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Posted: June 16, 2010 12:04 AM

Florida counties and cities in the path of the Gulf oil spill have not the slightest idea at this point how they could be impacted economically.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: June 12, 2010 12:40 AM
A mood swing swept Florida this week.

With the clock on the Gulf oil spill passing the 50-day mark, Florida officials jettisoned their measured response and began loudly airing frustration with British Petroleum and cleanup efforts, as tar balls, sheen, boom and skimmers became the vocabulary of a Sunshine State summer.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 12, 2010 12:16 AM

Gov. Charlie Crist’s veto of HB 1143, a measure requiring women considering having an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy to have an ultrasound, led to like-minded reactions from the governor’s rivals in a tight contest for the open U.S. Senate seat in November.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 14, 2010 12:12 AM
The ghost of Jim Greer is coming back to haunt Bill McCollum.

Until the Republican Party chairman resigned last January amid a storm of controversy over his financial dealings, McCollum was one of Greer's most steadfast supporters. Now the GOP gubernatorial candidate, with his campaign sinking in the polls, can't seem to run away from him fast enough.

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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 14, 2010 12:05 AM

The week starts, as the last several have, with a focus on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with President Barack Obama planning to hit Pensacola during a three-state tour on Monday that acknowledges the effects of the spill go beyond Louisiana.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 10, 2010 11:57 AM

According to a poll Quinnipiac University released on Thursday morning, two outsiders with backgrounds in business instead of politics have shaken up Florida’s political landscape.

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Posted: June 11, 2010 12:50 AM
Former House Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio was in Delray Beach on Wednesday, talking about Israel and Middle Eastern affairs to the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Florida Region Chapter.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 11, 2010 12:05 AM

Rick Scott's surge in the Republican gubernatorial primary contest with Bill McCollum provides more evidence of raging anti-incumbent fever.

Scott, a billionaire running his first political campaign, leads Attorney General McCollum 44-31 in the latest Quinnipiac Poll -- a shocking margin, considering that few Floridians even knew there was a Rick Scott a month ago.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 10, 2010 11:47 AM

The race for Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination -- in which billionaire Rick Scott has soared to an overnight, 13-point lead -- may have narrowed to one question: Which candidate would be better for the state's economy?

Scott touts his experience as president and CEO of hospital giant Columbia/HCA and signs off his omnipresent TV ads with the challenge, "Let's get to work."

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 9, 2010 2:03 PM

Two polls released Wednesday on the Florida gubernatorial race show that health care executive Rick Scott is now posting larger numbers than fellow Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum against state CFO Alex Sink, the leading Democrat running for governor.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 9, 2010 12:19 AM
Attorney General Bill McCollum’s lawsuit against the federal government for new health care laws backed by President Barack Obama is getting the support of former New York Gov. George Pataki who has been active in the political fight of repealing the new laws.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 8, 2010 12:48 AM
Past and potentially future presidential candidates are gearing up to head to the Sunshine State to help Florida Republicans -- and perhaps their own prospects for 2012.

On Monday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 presidential candidate who has moved to Florida and become active backing Republicans across the Sunshine State, endorsed three more Florida Republicans in the 2010 elections. With these endorsements, Huckabee has now endorsed seven Republicans in Florida.  
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By: Lane Wright | Posted: June 5, 2010 12:09 AM

Attorney General Bill McCollum told some 500 business leaders and water experts in Orlando Friday that he has a specific plan -- in fact, a two-pronged policy initative -- for keeping groundwater flowing in Florida.

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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 7, 2010 12:09 AM

The people of Florida haven’t been so mad at a British guy since English General James Oglethorpe launched a barrage of cannonballs at the Castillo de San Marcos at St. Augustine in 1740.

Tony Hayward, the chairman of British Petroleum, is the current whipping boy, and the barrage is now going the other way and will continue this week as nearly every Florida politician running for office launches an attack on the company for the oil it has sent to the state’s money-making shoreline.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: June 5, 2010 12:02 AM
The plotline of Florida’s summer of oil got a little thicker last week.

Tar balls started making their way onto Pensacola Beach as sheen from the Deepwater Horizon rig neared the state’s Gulf coastline for the first time since the April 20 disaster. State leaders including Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink all made detours to the Florida Panhandle – with political careers and the state’s tourist industry now at stake.
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 3, 2010 8:38 PM


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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 3, 2010 11:19 AM

Adding more drama to an already colorful election, Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, son of a Florida political legend who served three terms in the U.S. Senate and two terms as governor, announced Thursday he was leaving the Democratic Party and launching a gubernatorial campaign with no party affiliation.

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Posted: June 2, 2010 4:55 PM

Shortly after former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer was arrested Wednesday morning, a flurry of candidates for office and other state political leaders reacted by releasing statements to the media: Here are excerpts from a few of those statements:

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 2, 2010 12:38 AM
When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he was meeting with attorneys general from states impacted by the Gulf oil spill, one name was conspicuously absent: Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, the favorite for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 27, 2010 12:54 AM
Prominent business leaders are entering political races all across Florida, a reflection of voter discontent and continuing concern about the state’s poor economy and high unemployment rate.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 26, 2010 12:10 AM

The race to replace Rep. Nick Thompson is getting crowded. Realtor Deanna Casalino has entered the race for the Republican nomination, joining Matt Caldwell, Jason Moon and John Schultz who are already in the race.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 24, 2010 11:05 AM
Placing a distant third in the polls behind Attorney General Bill McCollum and conservative businessman Rick Scott -- and without the financial recourses to launch a comeback -- Sen. Paula Dockery pulled the plug on her campaign for the gubernatorial nomination.

“It is with mixed feelings that I end my campaign to be your next governor,” the Lakeland Republican said in a statement on Monday morning.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 22, 2010 10:40 AM

Having already won the state AFL-CIO's endorsement for commissioner of agriculture, Scott Maddox could breathe a sigh of relief. So, with the heat off, the former Tallahassee mayor offered the union convention a high-octane speech Saturday, tearing full force into Florida Republicans.

Maddox had won the backing of the state AFL-CIO in March for the primary and general elections.

“There’s only one statewide candidate who’s been endorsed,” said Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams. “That’s how good a friend Scott Maddox is.”

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 21, 2010 12:38 AM
At least one prominent independent politician won’t be backing Charlie Crist. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not endorse the now independent governor’s bid for the U.S. Senate.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 20, 2010 12:02 AM

Florida's investigation into bid rigging in municipal bonds widened this week with reports that several of the country's largest banks may have been involved in a nationwide conspiracy.

According to federal indictments, the CDR Financial Products of Beverly Hills, Calif., gave false information to municipalities and fed information to bankers allowing them to win with lower interest rates than they were otherwise willing to pay.

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