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  • Crist makes property insurance an election issue

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Charlie Crist said Thursday he successfully reduced rising property insurance rates as governor and will do so again if elected, vowing to repeal a law enacted under Republican Gov. Rick Scott that he said provides weaker coverage at a higher price. It's a...

  • Two different polls, two different leaders in Florida governor race

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Two different fresh polls show two different leaders in the race to become Florida’s next governor. Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running as a Democrat, is facing current GOP Gov. Rick Scott in the general election. Crist A Friday...

  • Federal lawsuit challenges McCain-Feingold disclosure law

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – On Thursday, the Center for Competitive Politics filed two lawsuits on behalf of a Colorado think tank, asserting that similar state and federal campaign finance disclosure laws are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The Independence Institute wishes...

  • Christie tests overseas diplomacy with Mexico trip

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped out on the international stage Wednesday to talk trade with Mexico, but he stayed mum on one of the most pressing questions confronting the two countries and his party: immigration reform. On a trip designed to help school him in foreign...

  • New York congressman's ex-girlfriend pleads guilty

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas woman romantically linked to embattled New York Congressman Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges. Diana Durand of Houston entered the plea on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had accused Durand of lining up straw donors for...

  • IL12 race update: Bost airs first TV ad, NRCC throws $1.4M in support behind him

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Republican challenger in Illinois’ Democratically leaning 12th Congressional District recently released his first TV advertisement. GOP state Rep. Mike Bost will face incumbent U.S. Rep. William Enyart, D- Belleville, in the general election. Enyart The...

  • IL13 race update: Politico speculates Callis support waning, Davis releases second TV ad

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – With only two months remaining until Election Day, the two contenders duking it out in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District have stepped up their media efforts. However, one of the candidates, Democratic challenger Ann Callis, may be losing support from...

  • Correction: Illinois Election-Farm Forum story

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In an Aug. 27 story about an Illinois agricultural forum, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the forum was coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau, based on information from a bureau official. The event was coordinated by the Illinois Agricultural Legislative...

  • Fla. governor race: Crist and Clinton team up

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Trailing in the polls and in cash raised, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running as a Democrat, is turning to former President Bill Clinton to give his campaign a boost. Crist won his party’s nomination on Aug. 26 and will face GOP Gov....

  • Landrieu slammed for stopping Venezuela sanctions

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing increased pressure to stop blocking a bill that would impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government. Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, co-wrote an opinion piece Tuesday with Florida GOP Sen....

  • IL12 Race: Enyart visits home city of Simmons Law Firm

    ALTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Before kicking off his Labor Day weekend, U.S. Rep. William Enyart of Illinois made a stop at Alton, home to his top donor – the Simmons Law Firm. Come November, Enyart will face state Rep. Mike Bost in his quest for another term representing Illinois’ 12th...

  • Incumbent holds a 12-point lead over GOP Challenger in Vermont governor race

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – The Democratic incumbent is leading his Republican challenger by double digits in Vermont’s gubernatorial race. Gov. Peter Shumlin is leading entrepreneur Scott Milne by a 48 to 36 percent margin, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday. Shumlin...

  • Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a...

  • GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out

    DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois' state races. Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election. While the complaints...

  • Scott and Crist bash each other at campaign events

    PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida's two main rivals for governor kicked their campaigns into gear on Monday as both Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist lashed out at each other in an effort to ramp up enthusiasm among core voters. Scott, the Republican incumbent seeking a second term,...



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