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    Mike Vasilinda
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  • Turf wars: Nurses vs. Doctors. Round one to the Nurses 1, March25, 2015
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  • A First for Political Theatre: Bag Monster 1, March25, 2015
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  • Taxis are Uber Mad 1, March25, 2015
    The boom of ride sharing services through smart phones has ruffled some feathers in the traditional cab company community.  As Matt Galka tell us, taxis say ride sharers are breaking the rules, and the legislature is trying to fix that. Tom Villaverde says he used to work 80 hours a week selling cars. “And I […]
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  • Cut My Taxes 1, March24, 2015
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  • Confederate Vets Excluded from Hall of Fame…for now 1, March24, 2015
    5 people were inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame today, but controversy continues to swirl around three who were nominated but not chosen because they served in the Confederate army. The law as written says they must have served in the US Military. One of them was David Lang’s great grandfather, who went on […]
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  • Shifting Hurricane Risks 1, March24, 2015
    The Governor and Cabinet today authorized the Hurricane Cat fund to explore buying up to two billion in Hurricane reinsurance on the private market. The move could save billions more if the state is hit with a catastrophic storm this coming hurricane season. Ash Williams told the states executives that there has never been a […]
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GOP Chairman Resigns, Paper Shredder Parked Outside HQ

January 5th, 2010 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

The Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida stepped down today under mounting pressure from GOP leaders. Chairman Jim Greers resignation comes after scrutiny over early endorsements and reckless spending. As Whitney Ray tells us, an hour before Greers announcement a paper shredding truck was parked outside of party headquarters.

It was a quiet and somber day outside the Republican Party of Florida headquarters, the only noise was traffic, and the sound of a paper shredding truck.

The driver came out wheeling an empty cart and a blue bag, one hour before embattled chairman Jim Greer made this announcement, on a conference call with reporters

Effective in six weeks, approximately February 20th, I will step down as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said Greer.

Later Greer agreed to go on camera.

There are people who want to tear the fabric of the Republican party apart and Im not going to be a part of that, he added.

The move comes a day after nine former House Republicans called for his resignation.

I think you could say mission accomplished, said former House Republican Ron Richmond.

Nine State Senators were organizing a similar call. Greer upset party faithful by endorsing candidates before voters had a chance to cast primary ballots.

Jumping into these and trying to control I think was offensive to a lot of long time Republicans, said Former State Senator Ken Plante.

The next more is appointing a new chairman. The search is well underway. Governor Charlie Crist, as well as the incoming Senate President and House Speaker are supporting State Senator John Thrasher as the next party chairman. As for the paper shredding truck, Greer says its just a coincidence.

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