Husband of Katherine Harris kills himself, police say
November 19th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
8 months ago

Husband of Katherine Harris kills himself, police say

(CNN) - The husband of former Florida congresswoman and Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead Tuesday morning, apparently by his own hand, Sarasota police and the family's pastor said.

Anders Ebbesen, 68, had been ill, "but it is unknown if that is why he took his own life," Pastor William Hild, of the First Baptist Church of Sarasota, said in a statement released by Sarasota police. "The family is asking for privacy, prayers, thoughts and love from the community."

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Take two in Florida for Crist, now a Democrat
November 4th, 2013
02:13 PM ET
9 months ago

Take two in Florida for Crist, now a Democrat

(CNN) – Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is running for the office he once held. But this time he's running as a Democrat.

In formally announcing his bid Monday at a rally in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Crist highlighted a Democratic style platform that included increased spending for education and infrastructure, and an increase in investment in renewable energy programs.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida
Tributes from across the aisle pour in for Rep. Bill Young
October 18th, 2013
10:19 PM ET
9 months ago

Tributes from across the aisle pour in for Rep. Bill Young

Washington (CNN) - After weeks of partisan rankling in Washington, there was a rare, albeit somber, moment of bipartisan agreement Friday as many in Washington paid tribute to Rep. Bill Young, the longest serving House Republican.

Young died Friday night after 43 years in the House of Representatives. He was 82 years old.
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Filed under: Bill Young • Congress • Florida
Longest serving House Republican dead at 82
October 18th, 2013
08:02 PM ET
9 months ago

Longest serving House Republican dead at 82

(CNN) - Rep. Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, died Friday evening, his chief of staff said.

Harry Glenn said that C.W. Bill Young was surrounded by family when he died at 6:50 p.m. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Filed under: Florida • House of Representatives
Rep. Bill Young 'gravely ill,' family says
October 17th, 2013
02:40 PM ET
10 months ago

Rep. Bill Young 'gravely ill,' family says

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, is "gravely ill," his family said in a statement Wednesday.

"[Young's] condition turned for the worse over night and he is gravely ill. His doctors say his prognosis is guarded," the statement read.
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Filed under: Florida • House
Longest-serving House Republican to retire
October 9th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
10 months ago

Longest-serving House Republican to retire

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, will not run for re-election in 2014, Harry Glenn, Young's chief of staff, told CNN.

The Tampa Bay Times was the first to report Young's retirement after the longtime congressman told his local paper that his family, the job and his health were all factors in his retirement.

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Filed under: 2014 • Florida • House
Florida lawmakers won't have special session on 'stand your ground'
August 21st, 2013
05:41 PM ET
11 months ago

Florida lawmakers won't have special session on 'stand your ground'

(CNN) - Florida legislators won't hold a special session to take another look at the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

While 47 state lawmakers voted in favor of holding a special session to discuss the law, 108 voted against it, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a letter Tuesday.

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Obama touts economic agenda, GOP says he's 'all sizzle, no steak'
July 25th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama touts economic agenda, GOP says he's 'all sizzle, no steak'

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - For the third time in two days, President Obama left Washington on Thursday to deliver the message that it's time for politicians to refocus on economic policies that help the middle class.

Promising to deliver more speeches throughout the fall on issues like home ownership and education, the president criticized his opponents in congress for trying to defund his domestic priorities.

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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
Florida governor sets 'day of prayer for unity'
July 19th, 2013
11:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Florida governor sets 'day of prayer for unity'

(CNN) – Saying "emotions are running high," Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida formally called for a "Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity," following last week's verdict in the George Zimmerman trail that's sparked large protests in the Sunshine State.

The day of prayer is set for Sunday.
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Filed under: Florida • Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott meets with Florida protesters on 'stand your ground'
July 19th, 2013
07:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Gov. Rick Scott meets with Florida protesters on 'stand your ground'

Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that while he mourns with the parents of Trayvon Martin after their son's death, he had no plans to amend his state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

"I put together a task force of 19 individuals, bipartisan. They traveled the state. They listened to ordinary citizens. They listened to experts, and they concluded that we didn't need to make a change in the law, and I agree with their conclusion," he said.

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Filed under: Florida • Rick Scott
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