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Alex Sink still undecided about second bid for Governor listen

03/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The big question on the minds of Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members was, ‘Will Alex Sink run for Governor again?’” And Thursday, Sink’s answer at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club was the same as it has been for months: never say never. Sink said right now she’s focused on making a difference in Florida as a private citizen.

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink told attendees of the packed Tiger Ba...

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Chiles: GOP political groups sidestep campaign finance laws listen

08/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many of the political ads you’re seeing this election year are not paid for by individual campaigns. Instead, entities called political action committees, or PACs, often foot the bill. Some see this as a shameless way to sidestep campaign finance law, since unlike official campaigns, there’s no limit to how much individuals can donate to a PAC. Independent candidate for governor Bud Chiles was in Tampa today accusing a local accounting firm of legally laundering money for GOP causes.

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Chiles on partisanship, money, and the governor's race listen

08/26/10 Kate Bradshaw
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He’s been called a spoiler for Alex Sink, whom Democrats are hoping will be Florida’s next governor. But Lawton "Bud" Chiles III doesn’t see it that way. Today in South Tampa, he said he was emboldened by the fact that unknown candidate Mike McCalister got more than 10% of the GOP vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Bud Chiles said the fact that Republican newcomer Rick Scott spent tens of millions of dollars to get less than half of the GOP vote it shows voters are sick of pricey mudslinging.

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Candidates for Governor speak about health reform listen

06/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Sarasota yesterday, three major candidates vying for the governor’s mansion made their cases in front of a roomful of journalists and political junkies. Notably absent was Republican Rick Scott, who said he was busy filling out election paperwork in Tallahassee. The candidates who did show up spoke on a gamut of issues, and health care was front and center.

Democrat Alex Sink said she wouldn’t carry out the lawsuit that Attorney General Bill McCollum brought against the federal governm...

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Lawton "Bud" Chiles does some old-fashioned politickin' Ybor listen

06/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week, the Florida governor’s race got a little more interesting when Lawton “Bud” Chiles III entered the race without party affiliation. Though he’s the son of former governor Lawton Chiles, he’s still somewhat unknown. Today the gubernatorial hopeful was in Ybor City talking about the changes he’d like to see in Tallahassee.

In 1970, then-State Senator Lawton Chiles II walked from the panhandle to the Keys. His son, Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, was sixteen at the time. On a walk of his o...

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Sink not fazed by polls showing Scott ahead listen

06/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In November, Floridians will choose their next governor. In a year many say is defined by anti-incumbent sentiment, the polls are now showing voters favoring wealthy yet controversial newcomer Rick Scott, a Republican. But Democratic front runner Alex Sink wants to give whoever else is on November’s ballot a run for their money.

The latest poll shows millionaire medical executive Rick Scott leading his GOP opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum, 44 to 31 percent. Another poll shows Sink,...

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Gubernatorial hopeful Paula Dockery speaks about ultrasound bill, education and her opponents listen

05/21/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Republican State Senator Paula Dockery spoke at the Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg this afternoon as she begins her run in the gubernatorial GOP primary. Dockery is facing off against Attorney General Bill McCollum and wildcard Naples millionaire Rick Scott. Currently, Dockery has a ways to go in early voter GOP primary polls, which show the relatively unknown Scott with 22% and McCollum with 46%. Dockery, who in the same poll had only 3% of the vote, says that politics remains a game of mo...

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Alex Sink ready for 2010 election season listen

12/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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2009 is almost over, and that means election season will be coming up in less than a year. With Governor Charlie Crist running for Mel Martinez’s vacated seat in the Senate, the Florida gubernatorial race is just heating up as candidates compete for his position.

The gap in the polls is tightening up as democrat Alex Sink draws ever closer to republican opponent Bill McCollum who now leads Sink 4...

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McManus on Dockery's possible entry into the governor's race listen

05/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The St. Petersburg Times reported today that Lakeland Rep. Paula Dockery is considering a run for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

In a press release, Dockery says that her future intentions have been on running for the District 12 Congressional seat that is open with Adam Putnam stepping down to run for Agriculture Commissioner.

But she writes, “I have been surprised and flattered by numerous e-mails, phone calls and letters encouraging me to run. It's become very ap...

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