Charlie Crist Targets Rick Scott's Anti-Abortion Stance, Women's Issues

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Gov. Rick Scott has been spending millions on ads attacking Charlie Crist and his flip-flopping ways, pointing out how he much he screwed Florida the first time he was governor of the state.

Now Crist is fighting back and, as he did with gay marriage rights, he's attacking Scott on an issue Scott has been vehemently against: women's issues and abortion.

In doing so, Crist has teamed up with Planned Parenthood to get after Scott and his stance on abortion and women's issues.

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Allen West, Former U.S. Rep. From South Florida, Gets Tea Party Tattoo in West Palm

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"Molon Labe." It's a Greek phrase well-known to Army folk. It means "come and take it," and it's what King Leonidas supposedly told Xerxes before the Battle of Sparta. The slogan, which was used during the Texas Revolution, is also popular among Second Amendment activists today.

Military members, separatists, and gun nuts. What do these people have in common? Many of them probably watch Fox News, where former U.S. Rep. Allen West commentates. And as of yesterday, the Palm Beach Gardens resident will have something up his sleeve other than Tea Party rhetoric. He got the conservative motto permanently etched on his forearm yesterday at Ace's High Tattoo in West Palm.

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Charlie Crist Challenges Rick Scott to Not Defend Gay Marriage Ban

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Same-sex marriages could become legal in Florida as soon as September 22, thanks to a 33-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle last week. That is, if Rick Scott doesn't file an appeal to stop it.

Gay rights advocates, including Rand Hoch, Florida's first openly gay judge, have already called on Scott not to intervene.

Now Charlie Crist has stepped into the fray, taking it up a notch by penning an open letter to Scott to not get in the way of Florida lifting the ban on same-sex marriage.

See also: Florida's Same-Sex Couples Could Start Marrying on September 22 If Rick Scott Team Lets Court Ruling Stand


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Steven Feren, Judge in Confederate Kidnapping Case, Loses His Seat; Now What?

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This week's election was cruel to incumbents. Among the sitting Broward pols who are soon going to be looking for new jobs: Steven Feren, the jurist whose decisions in family court set the stage for Megan Everett to run off with her 2-year-old daughter, Lilly. After we published a long feature on the situation, Lilly's disappearance became a campaign issue, with critics lining up to take shots at Feren over the kidnapping. But unfortunately, the election doesn't change much: The girl is still missing.

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The Broward Primary Says A Lot About Voter Turnout

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Meet Julius Stein, deputy poll worker in Plantation, Fla.
At 9:45 a.m. yesterday, the George English Park Community Center voting station was about as active as Chik-Fil-A on a Sunday. The half dozen poll workers outnumbered the voters, and the polite older woman sitting outside the door wore a look of mild shock when approached and asked where to register. One gets the feeling she had to endure the agony of having many potential voters advance upon her, only to make a last-minute left for the public bathroom that bordered her.

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Charlie Crist Throws Extremely Republican "Party"

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Charlie Crist does not know the meaning of the word "party." I'm not just talking about his running for Governor as a Republican, and State Senator as an Independent and then, finally, for Governor again as a Democrat. Whatever. Switching things up is exciting. In contrast, his primary victory celebration last night at the Hyatt in Fort Lauderdale was mind-bogglingly boring.

First off, what was with the spread? All party-goers had to pick over was an array of cheese, a fan of Ritz crackers, a bowl of Craisins™ and some sad-looking vegetables. The booze didn't exactly flow, uh, liberally. By that we mean the cheapest cocktail was $8. Never trust a temperate man, and never trust a politician who forces people to be temperate by only serving prohibitively expensive drinks. Were you expecting hecklers?

See also: Charlie Crist Primary Victory Party at the Hyatt in Fort Lauderdale (Slideshow)

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Pam Bondi Challenges Primary Winner George Sheldon to Debate

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Former Obama official George Sheldon defeated his primary opponent for the right to take on Pam Bondi for the state attorney general last night. And Bondi wasted no time in calling him up and challenging the man to a debate.

Sheldon's win was pretty overwhelming, taking more than 60 percent of the vote over Perry Thurston. And while both men entered Tuesday's primary as virtual unknowns, Sheldon is vowing to make sure people know he stands in stark contrast to Bondi.

See also: Broward Primary Election Results

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Broward Primary Election Results: Live-Blog

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Hi. Hello. How are you? It's Primary Election night, and lots and lots of races are being decided by the very little of you who actually showed up to vote.

But, no worries. We got you covered on the winners as the results come in.

See which judges will be cleaning up our streets. See which guy will be the guy to face off against Pam Bondi. See just how badly Nan Rich will lose to Charlie Crist.

Keep it here throughout the night, and don't forget to hit refresh.

IT'S GONNA BE TOTALLY CRAZY!!

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iPad Mini Troubles Slow Down Palm Beach Voting

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Voter turnout for primaries is traditionally low to begin with. But now there are a couple of reports of some polling places in Palm Beach County having issues with the iPad Minis being used by workers in an attempt to high-tech the voting process.

Poll workers are using the iPad Minis to scan voter IDs, but according Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, some voters have experienced problems with the pads as they walked into their respective polling places.

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Conservative Group Sent Old Charlie Crist Robocalls to Potential Voters

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As ever, there have apparently been shenanigans leading up to today's primary voting day. A conservative group known as, well, the Conservatives allegedly sent out Charlie Crist robocalls to potential voters telling them that he's all about conservative values.

Problem is, the recordings are from back when Crist was a Republican. Today, he's looking to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

The tactic, it would appear, has been to either confuse registered voters or, at the very least, remind them that Crist was once a part of the GOP. It's comically sneaky, in some ways.

It's also illegal.

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