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The Republican presidential debate is Tonight in Tampa: Is the GOP right about the economy?

09/12/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up today the CNN/Tea Party Express presidential candidates debate will be held tonight in Tampa at the state fairgrounds. A group of environmental, labor and civil rights activists will be outside the fairgrounds to protest the event. Today the Florida Democratic Party released an ad attacking the Republican Presidential candidates' position on Social Security and Medicare and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recently gave a [speech](...

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Crist attempts to distance himself from Jim Greer who says Crist knew of secret deal listen

06/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This past weekend, the lawyer for disgraced former state GOP head Jim Greer said Governor Charlie Crist knew about Greer’s use of a shell company to divert party money, and never called for an audit. When asked about it earlier today, Crist said that such accusations fly in desparate situations. Pressed further, the governor said it was time to move forward from what he called a sad chapter.

When asked why he didn’t call for an audit, Crist said he did have people looking into it at o...

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Although he is registering as independent Crist is happy GOP convention coming to Tampa listen

05/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Before the announcement, Gov. Charlie Crist said he was happy the Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa. That’s despite his plans to switch his voter registration from Republican to no party affiliation today.

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Former Governor Bob Martinez Weighs in On Florida GOP Senate Race listen

01/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The question of who will represent the GOP in the race Florida’s open US Senate Seat late this November signifies, to many, a rift among republicans both in the Sunshine State and nationwide.

WMNF spoke with one veteran of Florida politics about how former state house speaker Marco Rubio has been gaining on governor Charlie Crist in the polls.

This year’s GOP senate primary has moved into the national spotlight. It pits Rubio, an ultra-conservative who appeals to right wing extremi...

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Mel Martinez won't seek second term listen

12/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez stunned the political world today when he announced that he will not seek re-election in 2010.

Speaking in his hometown of Orlando, Martinez said he wanted to spend more quality time with his family. Martinez said he had spoken earlier in the day with Gov. Charlie Crist.

Recent polls had shown the Cuban-born senator to be vulnerable as he faced re-election. No Democrat has been mentioned more frequently to oppose him than Florida Chief Financial Offi...

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Huckabee comes to Tampa to sell books, 2012 candidacy? listen

12/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Although the seemingly endless presidential campaign finally ended last month, political junkies are already contemplating who might run again for the Republicans in 2012.

One man who looks like he’s ready for another go at it is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was in Tampa the day after Thanksgiving.

Huckabee was in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa signing copies of his new book, Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America.

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Hillsborough GOP consultant reviews Obama shift listen

11/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night we reported that Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairman David Storck will not run for re-election to his party post next month.

That has led to a number of potential successors, including GOP Political Consultant Mark Proctor. He’s thinking of putting his hat in the ring to run for the County Party Chairmanship.

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GOP consultant says Obama team outworked Republicans in Hillsborough listen

11/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairman David Storck intends to step down from his leadership position next month.

Last month, Storck was involved in a controversy over an email he received from a volunteer regarding people voting for Barack Obama that was considered to have racist undertones.

April Schiff is a Republican Party political consultant based in Tampa. She says it's no surprise that Stock intends to leave at the end of his three-year term. She says the email was not h...

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