Articles in Category: 'Jim Greer'

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: September 17, 2010 4:05 AM
John Thrasher is entering the final stretch in his year-long run as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: September 14, 2010 4:05 AM

While Democrats and media pundits denigrate any thought of the Republican Party suing Gov. Charlie Crist over hundreds of thousands of dollars in party-paid travel expenses, at least one GOP strategist sees potential upsides, legally and politically.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: August 27, 2010 4:05 AM
In selecting a running mate for lieutenant governor, Republican nominee Rick Scott could double-down on his outsider reputation and select state Sen. Paula Dockery.
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: August 26, 2010 4:05 AM
The Florida Republican establishment began digging out from the wreckage of the Bill McCollum campaign Wednesday, searching for a political foothold after being rocked by maverick, self-funder Rick Scott’s victory in the GOP primary for governor.
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 22, 2010 12:01 PM
If Panama City resident Leon Delikat is any indication, Attorney General Bill McCollum’s focus on Rick Scott’s history with Columbia Healthcare/HCA in their contentious primary for the Republican gubernatorial nomination will not carry McCollum to victory Tuesday.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: August 18, 2010 4:05 AM

Riding a late TV advertising blitz and Jeb Bush's endorsement, Bill McCollum has pulled into a statistical tie with rival Rick Scott in the Republican gubernatorial race, a new Sunshine State News Poll finds.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 18, 2010 9:35 AM

A former RNC chairman and possible presidential candidate in 2012 is being dragged into the latest round in the tight and hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary contest between Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 18, 2010 4:05 AM

With early voting already taking place and less than a week to go until the primary elections, candidates across the Sunshine State are taking part in a time-honored tradition of Florida’s unique political culture -- and attacking each other.

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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: August 17, 2010 4:05 AM
Gov. Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate campaign is returning nearly $10,000 in contributions from indicted former state Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, who asked for the refund because he needs the money.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 5, 2010 9:25 PM

Health-care executive Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum, the two leading candidates in a bitterly contested battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, probably did little to enlighten Florida voters during a Tampa-TV debate Thursday evening.

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

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: 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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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: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 9, 2010 12:20 AM

South Florida Ponzi king Scott Rothstein places himself at the mercy of the court Wednesday, when he will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 8, 2010 12:20 AM

Gov. Charlie Crist says he wasn't aware of Jim Greer's financial freelancing, but he apparently received plenty of input from two of his closest political advisers about the party boss.

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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: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 4, 2010 12:30 AM
Continuing his stunning -- some say long overdue -- fall from grace, former state GOP chairman Jim Greer was assailed by a Republican National Committee spokesman on Thursday.
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 3, 2010 8:38 PM


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By: Lane Wright | Posted: June 3, 2010 12:26 PM

Gov. Charlie Crist defended his hand-picked Republican Party of Florida chairman, even when the heat was on Jim Greer to resign.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 2, 2010 6:01 PM

Attorneys for indicted clients rarely shy away from hitting hyperbolic high notes. To say that Jim Greer's lawyer, Damon Chase, is heated up is an understatement.

"It's outrageous," the Orlando attorney said of the ex-Republican Party chairman's arrest Wednesday morning. "Twelve armed gunmen stormed his house and held his wife and children at bay while ransacking the place for 3 1/2 hours."

Saying "Elian Gonzalez was treated better," Chase denounced the "government thugs" who pressed the state's case against Greer.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 1, 2010 12:03 AM

While attacking the Republican Party of Florida for reckless credit-card expenditures, the Florida Democratic Party racked up plenty of charge card expenses of its own.

In 2008, the state Democratic Party paid $6,294 in "card member services," according to records obtained by Sunshine State News.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 18, 2010 12:11 AM

When it comes to parties, Karen Thurman is no Jim Greer. But spending by the Florida Democratic Party has rebounded solidly after the FDP's near-death experience in 2004.

Under FDP Chairman Thurman, the party spent $46.3 million from 2007-2009, according to internal financial reports.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 11, 2010 12:49 AM

As more political skeletons emerge from Gov. Charlie Crist's closet, one remains buried -- and fully employed -- in the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Nearly five months after Sheriff Al Lamberti was presented pictorial evidence of his undersheriff, Tom Wheeler, kibitzing with Ponzi king Scott Rothstein, an internal investigation has yet to reach a conclusion about misconduct.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 11, 2010 12:48 AM

Though 31 Republican Party of Florida credit card holders -- staff members, legislative leaders and political aides -- racked up $7.3 million in American Express charges between 2007 and 2010, those fat AmEx expenditures actually represented less than 15 percent of party expenses during that period.

It's a fact, said RPOF spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta. The RPOF raised more than $50.9 million during the same period -- and spent more than it took in: $51.6 million.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 8, 2010 12:27 AM

The Republican Party of Florida released credit card records Friday containing more than $7 million in charges racked up by 31 Republicans -- not all of them household names, not all of them even party leaders.

Nevertheless, the release of such records would have been virtually unnecessary had Gov. Charlie Crist not vetoed a bill that would have allowed more transparency in fundraising and expenditures. The bill would have created so-called party affiliation committees through which expenditure reports by both Republicans and Democrats would have been more detailed.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 5, 2010 12:04 AM

The Seminole casino compact approved by the 2010 Legislature could deliver up to $1.2 billion to the state's coffers over the next five years, but the back story on the deal makes that jackpot look like an ill-gotten gain. And some say the state got hosed.

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