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Monday, January 27, 2014

GOP Florida Congressman Trey Radel to leave Congress after drug arrest

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM

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Trey Radel, the first Congressman ever arrested for possessing cocaine while in office, is resigning from Southwest Florida congressional seat today.

I can confirm he is resigning today," Greg Dolan, Radel's spokesman, said in an email to the Naples Daily News on Monday morning.

The 37-year-old freshman Republican was busted in November from buying cocaine in from an undercover federal agent in Washington D.C. and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility.

Although there were a number of Republicans in Florida who called on him to resign immediately, the former radio and television personality publicly refused to consider doing so, until today. That may because the House Ethics Committee has just launched its promised investigation of the Congressman.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Mitch Perry Report 1.24.14 - If pot measure is really a "plan" to help Charlie Crist, it ain't working

Posted by on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 8:28 AM

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Earlier this month the editors at the Tampa Tribune introduced a new look and feel to the daily paper, highlighted by a much more visually striking cover photo that dominates above the fold.

Today's edition features in living color a marijuana plant with the headline, "Blowing smoke: Pot measure called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott," written by the great Tribune political reporter William March.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

DCCC charges David Jolly "caught in a lie" regarding off-shore oil drilling

Posted by on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a press release late Monday afternoon alleging that CD13 GOP candidate David Jolly was "caught in a lie" earlier today regarding his statement at a candidates forum where he denied he has lobbied on behalf of oil-drilling interests. But just like a previous charge that he lobbied for the Affordable Care Act, Jolly is denying the claim.

Jolly participated at the event hosted by Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce forum this morning with fellow Republicans Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher. The three are on the ballot in next week's special GOP election primary to determine who will then face Democrat Alex Sink in March.

According to an account written by Adam Smith on the Tampa Bay Times Buzz Blog, Jolly called it a "complete fabrication" that he had ever lobbied for oil-drilling interests.

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