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October 20, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani and Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - More than 120 new fundraisers who bundle large checks joined President Obama's reelection effort in the third quarter of the year, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida and singer Gwen Stefani. The new fundraisers bring the number of bundlers working on Obama's behalf to 758, according to a list released Friday evening by the campaign. Together, they raised at least $180 million through the end of September, at least one-fifth of the $947 million Obama and his fundraising committees have brought in so far, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.
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October 20, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani and Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - More than 120 new fundraisers who bundle large checks joined President Obama's reelection effort in the third quarter of the year, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida and singer Gwen Stefani. The new fundraisers bring the number of bundlers working on Obama's behalf to 758, according to a list released Friday evening by the campaign. Together, they raised at least $180 million through the end of September, at least one-fifth of the $947 million Obama and his fundraising committees have brought in so far, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.
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September 8, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- President Obama appeared in Florida with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whose presence he cited as evidence that his plans aren't partisan but just plain sensible. Crist shows that his values "are not Democratic values or Republican values," Obama said. "They are American values. " Introducing the president to the crowd in his state, Crist said he is no longer in the GOP because "they left me. " The break-up occurred in 2010 after Crist left the Republican party and ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully as an independent.
NEWS
September 8, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- President Obama appeared in Florida with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whose presence he cited as evidence that his plans aren't partisan but just plain sensible. Crist shows that his values "are not Democratic values or Republican values," Obama said. "They are American values. " Introducing the president to the crowd in his state, Crist said he is no longer in the GOP because "they left me. " The break-up occurred in 2010 after Crist left the Republican party and ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully as an independent.
NEWS
November 2, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Marco Rubio, a "tea party" movement favorite, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, easily winning a three-way race that included Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party. The victory means a conservative will take over the Senate seat now held by a more moderate Republican. The Senate's division between the major parties won't change, but the GOP will continue its move to the right. Democrat Kendrick Meek, who ran third, waged what has been a traditional Democratic campaign in this midterm cycle, backing the Obama administration's efforts on economic stimulus, healthcare insurance overhaul and Wall Street regulation.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm
While everyone studies the political tea leaves from this week's primary election in President Obama's Illinois as the latest sign of Republican vs. Democratic fortunes nationally, take a quick look down at Florida. Here comes the tea party within the GOP! A new Rasmussen Reports Poll last week shows the establishment Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, once a runaway gimme favorite for the Republican Senate nomination this fall, now badly trailing onetime state House Speaker and long-shot nobody Marco Rubio.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The chairman of the Florida Republican Party abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, a victory for opponents of Gov. Charlie Crist and activists working to push the GOP in a more conservative, more confrontational direction. Jim Greer, who was placed in the job by Crist in 2007, assailed his critics in a conference call with reporters, saying they had two goals: "Remove me as chairman and, if that doesn't work, burn the house down and try to destroy the Republican Party. "I cannot be a participant in the shredding and tearing of the fabric" of the GOP, said Greer, who plans to step aside in February, well ahead of Florida's Aug. 24 primary election.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2010 | James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau
Florida politics are rarely dull. But Thursday, they entered another dimension — the third one. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to bolt the Republican Party and run for the U.S. Senate as an independent promises to transform the state into a battleground for competing electoral themes that are likely to echo nationwide. Crist, who was badly trailing rival Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, now plans to face Rubio and the likely Democratic candidate, Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, in November.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2010 | By James Oliphant
Tribune Washington Bureau It took Republicans in the state House of Representatives here less than an hour Tuesday to deep-six an effort by Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican turned independent, to push a constitutional amendment banning offshore drilling. The outcome was not a surprise, but it was dramatic evidence that the massive oil spill is washing over gulf state politics as well as beaches. Crist, a popular governor who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent after being flanked by conservatives in his own party, is hoping that anger over the oil spill will propel him to office.
OPINION
November 22, 2010
Jim Morrison, the legendary frontman of the iconic L.A. band The Doors, was guilty of a lot of things on the night of his most notorious concert on March 1, 1969: insulting his audience, performing while inebriated and, worst of all, letting drugs, alcohol, fame and his personal demons snuff out his remarkable artistic gifts. But whether he was guilty of the two misdemeanors for which he was later convicted by a Florida jury ? indecent exposure and public profanity ? is another question.
NEWS
September 8, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- President Obama appeared here Saturday with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whose presence the president cited as evidence that his plans aren't partisan, but sensible. Crist's support, Obama said, shows that his values "are not Democratic values or Republican values. They are American values. " Introducing the president to the crowd, Crist said he is no longer in the GOP because "they left me. " The break-up occurred in 2010 after Crist left the Republican party and ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully as an independent.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Florida Gov.  Charlie Crist, a onetime Republican turned independent, savaged the GOP ticket on Thursday, telling a friendly Democratic audience that his old party would not seek common-sense solutions or common ground. “As a former lifelong Republican, it pains me to tell you that today's Republicans and their standard-bearers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan just aren't up to the task,” Crist told thousands of delegates at the party's national convention.
NEWS
August 26, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
TAMPA, Fla. - With tens of thousands of Republicans gathering in Florida for the party's national convention, former Gov. Charlie Crist tossed a political stink bomb into the festivities Sunday by endorsing President Obama for reelection. Crist, an independent who abandoned the Republican Party during his 2010 run for U.S. Senate, bashed the GOP and praised Obama in an essay published by the Tampa Bay Times. Republican leaders reacted by calling Crist a “crass opportunist” angling to run for governor as a Democrat in 2014.
NEWS
December 31, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Democrats are often accused of being soft on crime, while Republicans usually see themselves as the opposite. But when it comes to dealing with pardons for dead figues, all bets are off. On his last day in office Friday, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, announced that he will not pardon the mythic western outlaw, Billy the Kid. Earlier this month, outgoing Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida successfully pushed for a pardon for...
OPINION
November 22, 2010
Jim Morrison, the legendary frontman of the iconic L.A. band The Doors, was guilty of a lot of things on the night of his most notorious concert on March 1, 1969: insulting his audience, performing while inebriated and, worst of all, letting drugs, alcohol, fame and his personal demons snuff out his remarkable artistic gifts. But whether he was guilty of the two misdemeanors for which he was later convicted by a Florida jury ? indecent exposure and public profanity ? is another question.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2010
France's Louvre museum is making an unprecedented appeal to the general public to help it raise the cash to buy a 16th century painting deemed a national treasure by art experts. The Louvre has already scraped together $4.19 million for "The Three Graces," an oil painting of three nudes by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, but is about $1.3 million short of the price tag set by the work's private owners. The Louvre has until the end of January to raise the funds, without which it fears the masterpiece could go to another private collector and never go on public display, or worse, be taken out of France.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2010 | By James Oliphant
It's easy to find people who will say bad things about Charlie Crist. He will "say or do anything to get elected," says Marco Rubio, his Republican rival in the race to be a U.S. senator from Florida. "He's the most evasive politician when it comes to answering questions," growls the Democrat in the race, Rep. Kendrick B. Meek. The incoming president of the Florida Senate, Republican Mike Haridopolos, laments, "There's just no trust. " Especially among the state's political class, there's little love for the Florida governor after he bolted the GOP and became an independent candidate for the Senate.
NEWS
November 2, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Marco Rubio, a "tea party" movement favorite, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, easily winning a three-way race that included Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party. The victory means a conservative will take over the Senate seat now held by a more moderate Republican. The Senate's division between the major parties won't change, but the GOP will continue its move to the right. Democrat Kendrick Meek, who ran third, waged what has been a traditional Democratic campaign in this midterm cycle, backing the Obama administration's efforts on economic stimulus, healthcare insurance overhaul and Wall Street regulation.
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