Once again, the Charlie Crist campaign is losing a top staffer less than a week after he was hired -- this time, it's campaign press spokesman Eric Conrad. The campaign confirmed today that Conrad, whose hiring was announced last Thursday, is leaving. Conrad is former deputy press secretary for the Obama 2012 campaign in Florida, deputy communications director for the Florida Democratic party, and lead Florida spokesman for Enroll America, a non-profit dedicated to getting people signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Asked why Conrad's leaving, campaign spokesman Kevin Cate said only that it was to "pursue other opportunities." Besides his other resume items, Conrad also is a former employee of Cate's communications firm. In December, Crist's iniital choice for campaign manager, rising Democratic Party star Bill Hyers, left the campaign before he even officially started work. Again, the campaign wouldn't give any specific reason, but insiders speaking off the record have said Hyers had a conflict with Crist's wife, Carole. Crist has since hired another rising national Democratic Party star -- one with strong Tampa ties -- as his campaign manager: former University of South Florida student body president Omar Khan, who's had high-level positions in the Obama campaigns.
Tampa Tribune - 04/18/2014


Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and former Gov. Martinez: FL Senate should vote on DREAMer tuition bill
Tampa Bay Times - 04/18/14
After one week, Crist spokesman 'pursuing other opportunities'
Post On Politics - 04/18/14
Charlie Crist loses another one
Crowley Political Report - 04/18/14
Pockets of anti-Crist resistance are not hard to find in Broward
Tampa Bay Times - 04/18/14
Senate panel won't hear in-state tuition bill, weakening its chances
Tampa Bay Times - 04/18/14
Treat wage theft as a criminal offense
Washington Post - 04/18/14
Rick Scott team boasts about its direct voter campaign
Creative Loafing - 04/17/14
Sen. Bill Nelson seeks local Medicaid expansion solution for Florida
Tampa Bay Times - 04/17/14
Crist's Debate Refusal No Way to Hug Democrats
Sunshine State News - 04/17/14
Jameis Winston: A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation
New York Times - 04/16/14
Jeb Bush's wife, family issues key to 2016
Politico - 04/17/14
Kathy Castor doesn't see Republicans moving on comprehensive immigration reform for years
Creative Loafing - 04/17/14
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera comes to Nan Rich defense
Political Cortadito - 04/17/14
New website called The People Against Crist
Crowley Political Report - 04/17/14

  Ethics & Election Issues
The Florida Current - 04/15/14
Jack Latvala's admiration for Rick Scott, Adam Hollingsworth
Tampa Bay Times - 04/18/14
Poll: How should party nominees be selected?
The Florida Squeeze - 04/18/14
Scott's office: Ask employees for records, not us
Miami Herald - 04/18/14
Budget sleuthing, smoke and mirrors (Part 2)
The Fine Print - 04/16/14
Crist at risk of putting hug with Obama in racial terms
Tampa Bay Times - 04/15/14
Crist delivers blistering attack of Scott
Miami Herald - 04/15/14
Democrats' voter-registration edge ain't all it's cracked up to be
Miami Herald - 04/17/14
Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature
Orlando Sentinel - 04/17/14
Jeb Bush donors worried about his wife
Crowley Political Report - 04/17/14
Money Flows into CD 26 as Joe Garcia and Carlos Curbelo Ready for November
Sunshine State News - 04/17/14
New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line
Think Progress - 04/16/14
Survey USA: Crist 46%, Scott 41%
Tampa Bay Times - 04/16/14
This one video demonstrates why Charlie Crist will win in November
St. Peters Blog - 04/15/14
Thrasher: Rancourt 'doesn't count' as GOP supporter of Crist
Tampa Bay Times - 04/14/14
Will Jeb Bush Run?
Capitol News Service - 04/17/14
  Rick's Inbox
Rick Scott taking questions on Facebook
Orlando Sentinel - 04/18/14
Carlos Lopez-Cantera Fits Running Mate Role: Hitting Crist and Helping Scott
Sunshine State News - 04/16/14
Scott’s reelection story gets another chapter in latest TV spot
Post On Politics - 04/17/14
  Energy, Enviro & Ag Actions
Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers
Tampa Tribune - 04/18/14
Some want DEP to pick up the pace on petroleum site cleanups
The Florida Current - 04/18/14
Florida has hurricane lull before the storm, expert says
Orlando Sentinel - 04/16/14
Lionfish import ban approved
Sun-Sentinel - 04/17/14
  Economy, Budget and Labor's Latest
Florida's share of venture capital drops
Orlando Sentinel - 04/18/14
House and Senate Budgets Show Big Differences
Sunshine State News - 04/18/14
House Balks at $2 Million-a-Year Tax Subsidy to Daytona Speedway
Flagler Live - 04/18/14
Juvenile justice funding snared in state budget dispute
Tampa Bay Times - 04/18/14
Senate budget paints brighter picture for scholarships than House
The Florida Current - 04/18/14
Uber Recruits Udonis Haslem, but Fight to Enter Miami Is Dead for Now
RipTide - 04/18/14 to collect Florida sales tax starting May 1
Orlando Sentinel - 04/17/14
South Florida to Orlando rail plan draws critics along route
Sun-Sentinel - 04/17/14
Uber launches new campaign to get bill across the finish line
The Buzz - 04/17/14
Will Florida Marijuana Businesses Be Able to Find Banks to Handle Their Accounts?
Sunshine State News - 04/16/14
  Legislative Update
Senate Prez says Gov. Scott has never contacted him about in-state tuition bill
St. Peters Blog - 04/18/14
Don Gaetz: "I will vote against SB 1400"
Miami Herald - 04/18/14
Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students
Orlando Sentinel - 04/18/14
Sen. Negron says he won't agenda in-statue tuition for undoc. students; bill now on life support
St. Peters Blog - 04/18/14
Tuition break for immigrants gains high-profile Senate opponents
Post On Politics - 04/18/14
A curious champion for Sen. President Don Gaetz's public records bill
Tampa Bay Times - 04/17/14
Florida legislators push for millions in spending
Miami Herald - 04/16/14
Florida Legislators Work Over Break To Prepare for Budget Talks
News Chief - 04/17/14
Lawmakers load up budgets with local projects
Sun-Sentinel - 04/16/14
Politics make session a sleeper
Tampa Tribune - 04/16/14
  Health, Safety & Social Justice
First Edition Health News
Kaiser Health News - 04/18/14
South Florida lawmakers ramp up push for needle-exchange bill
Miami Herald - 04/18/14
Author urges activists to think, act big
Tampa Tribune - 04/17/14
Duval delegation warns of hospital cuts
The Florida Current - 04/17/14
  Quality Education
Florida Polytech advancing swiftly
Herald Tribune - 04/18/14
Former FAMU presidents speak out on proposed engineering split
WTXL TV - 04/15/14
FSU Interim President responds to criticism of engineering split proposal
WWSB TV - 04/16/14
FSU interim president takes issue with N.Y. Times story about Jameis Winston rape investigation
Florida Times Union - 04/17/14
Miami Dade College tax battle still brews after big fight
Political Cortadito - 04/17/14
NYT report challenges TPD's handling of the Jameis Winston investigation
Sports Illustrated - 04/16/14
Pride, History in Fight Over FAMU-FSU Engineering School
Sunshine State News - 04/17/14
Thrasher at center of controversy over engineering colleges
Florida Times Union - 04/17/14
UF trustee sends nearly $500,000 to GOP causes
Tampa Tribune - 04/17/14
  Legal Briefs
High court rules out pregnancy discrimination
The Florida Current - 04/18/14
State’s supreme court decides in favor of pregnant employee
Florida Today - 04/18/14
Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
Washington Post - 04/16/14
Supreme Court expands online travel arguments
Political Fix Florida - 04/17/14