THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Oct. 6, 2010……….Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio outdid himself in the fundraising quarter that ended Sept. 30, raising $5 million in the three month period to break the record he set last quarter for highest quarterly fundraising haul in Florida history.
Rubio’s take, announced Wednesday afternoon by his campaign, put the former speaker of the Florida House among the most prolific cash collectors nationally this year. The numbers also again provided a stark reminder of how much the Senate race has changed since Rubio announced he was challenging Gov. Charlie Crist – then the GOP front runner – and promptly was outraised by Crist 12-to-1 back in 2009.
Crist, now running as an independent, has not released his third quarter totals, though his quarterly fundraising has fallen drastically since he took in $4.3 million in his first quarter in the Senate race. Crist’s early haul prompted rumors that Rubio, who raised just $340,000 during that period, would quit the race and run for Attorney General. Rubio responded to the wide disparity by replacing his fundraising team.
Now, Rubio is leading in many polls and has $5.5 million left in the bank for the final month of campaign, his campaign said.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Sept. 30, 2010……..If Gov. Charlie Crist thought when he announced his independent bid for the U.S. Senate in April that a poll in September would show him getting 46 percent of Democrats, he could be forgiven for being pretty confident about his chances.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Sept. 29, 2010…….While environmental officials in Florida discussed coming federalwater pollution standards Wednesday, the federal agency that wrote them agreed to delay their implementation by a month and a U.S. Senator said he’d try to block the new rules altogether.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency agreed on Wednesday to move the deadline for finalizing new numeric limits on the amount of pollution in state bodies of water from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, at the urging of the state’s congressional delegation. The delegation’s request came after 36 CEOs of Florida businesses called for a partial review of the new standards. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat who supported the delay, said the extra time will be used to collect more feedback on the standards, which follow a long legal fight between the state and environmentalists. “I support new water standards but many Florida residents, municipalities, businesses and farmers have expressed concern about the potential cost of these standards and the validity of the science,” Nelson said in a statement. But Nelson’s counterpart in the Senate, George LeMieux, a Republican, moved independently to altogether block the new regulations, which would allow different nutrient levels in different water bodies. “This rule will hurt Florida’s families. It will cost our state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and drive up water bills,” LeMieux said Wednesday. “This is lawsuit-driven regulation without a sound scientific basis and the result will be unnecessarily catastrophic for Florida. The EPA’s actions threaten Florida’s economy and (are) unlikely to provide little, if any biological benefit.”