Charlie Crist on Local Issues



Sued Florida Power when they raised rates abruptly

Florida Power had raised its rates abruptly. People were livid when they opened their bills. We had a hearing in the Senate on the rate hike. But I felt like I should do something more personal and direct.

I sued Florida Power, though not as a state senator. I filed as myself, a consumer. I didn't have the state pay the legal bills. I paid for the suit myself. Some of my fellow Republicans were definitely shaking their heads at that. In a few special cases--this was one of them--the look was put into words.

"What are you doing?" Senator Grant wanted to know. "These are our friends. These are the guys who support us and help get us elected and raise money for us. You'll regret this. They're too powerful to mess around with."

"I respect how you feel," I told him. "But it's not how I feel. They're being unfair to the people who elected me, and I can't let that stand. What they're doing is wrong."

Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p. 47-48 , Feb 4, 2014

Supported $2.4B federal funding of I-4 corridor

For almost 3 decades, Florida had been discussing high-speed rail. Once I was governor, it took 3 special sessions of the legislature and some extraordinary work by the state Transportation Dept. As my term was ending, everything was all but wrapped in a bow--the politics, the funding, the local approvals, the right-of-ways, literally everything except depositing Washington's check in the bank. People were genuinely excited about what was coming our way: state-of-the-art trains racing along the median strip of Interstate 4 at 170 mph between Tampa, Lakeland, and Orlando, a rail link that could stretch eventually to Miami.

Development would be spurred along the I-4 corridor, creating more investment and more jobs. And if the modern train service happened to take a few cars off the congested interstate, call that a welcome bonus. Did I mention the feds were paying for everything? Yes, everything.

Six weeks after taking office, the new governor announced he was rejecting the entire $2.4 billion.

Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p.303-5 , Feb 4, 2014

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Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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