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  • Tampa Bay Times: Congressman Charlie Crist visits Pinellas County's veterans treatment court
    Posted in Articles on February 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, visited Pinellas County’s veterans treatment court on Monday morning in the midst of his push in Washington D.C. to expand funding for these kinds of programs nationwide. The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act would create a partnership between the Department of Justice and the VA that would provide grants and training to local governments so they can develop and maintain veterans treatment courts. Congressman Jeff Denham, R-California, is also ... Read more

  • ABC Action News: St. Petersburg leaders, community believe they have answer to curb teens stealing cars trend
    Posted in Articles on February 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    St. Petersburg, Fla. - In Pinellas County teens are crashing stolen cars every four days, on average. It’s a crime trend that’s forced law enforcement, legislators and the community to step up. Today, it takes the shape of a community youth program expo. All to show kids that there are other options. The point is to expose kids to after school programs. Something they could spend their time and energy on that's positive and healthy. They believe this will simultaneously help curb the trend. Eigh... Read more

  • Sunshine State News: Charlie Crist Continues His Fight Against Offshore Drilling
    Posted in Articles on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    Florida Democrat Congressman Charlie Crist, who tangled with proponents of offshore drilling during his term as governor, is now ready to keep federal protections implemented after the Deepwater Horizon spill in place. On Monday, Crist will team up with two other congressional Democrats--Nanette Diaz Barragán of California and David Price of North Carolina to bring out the “Safe Coasts, Oceans, and Seaside Towns (COAST) Act” which will codify federal protections including the production safety ... Read more

  • Florida Politics: Charlie Crist wants answers on CareerSource oversight
    Posted in Articles on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    There’s something shady going on with CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist wants to know whether the U.S. Department of Labor has any oversight in place and if changes are needed to prevent fraud in the future. The first-term congressman, who represents Pinellas County, sent a letter Thursday to Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. He previously called on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to look into reports that the two Careersource... Read more

  • Tampa Bay Times: Charlie Crist asks feds to clarify oversight of CareerSource
    Posted in Articles on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, on Thursday called upon the U.S. Department of Labor to provide information following reports that two job placement programs in the Tampa Bay area may have inflated numbers, suggesting they matched more job seekers with employers than they really had. CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay face questions after the Tampa Bay Times asked Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity if the agencies had taken credit for placing workers they ha... Read more

  • The Washington Post: Florida voters will be asked to restore felon voting rights
    Posted in Articles on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former felons could have their Florida voting rights restored under a proposed constitutional amendment headed to voters in November, a measure that could have a significant impact on a state known for historically close elections. Floridians for a Fair Democracy has more than 799,000 certified petition signatures, or about 33,000 more than the group needed to get the measure on the ballot. The group estimates about 1.5 million ex-felons would have their voting rights restor... Read more

  • Tampa Bay Times: Lawmakers call for additional investigations into Tampa Bay’s two CareerSource boards
    Posted in Articles on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Federal and state lawmakers are calling on Congress and the Florida House of Representatives to investigate whether two regional workforce centers inflated the number of people they helped find jobs. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D–St. Petersburg, and state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, called for the investigations Tuesday to make sure no wrongdoing occurred at the agencies, which use millions in tax dollars to train job seekers and match others to employers. The calls come after the Tampa Bay... Read more

  • Florida Politics: Charlie Crist ‘deeply concerned’ about USF unification bill
    Posted in Articles on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    The controversial proposal in the Legislature to combine the three campuses of the University of South Florida has drawn the ire of U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg. In a letter to Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Crist said he is “deeply concerned” over the bill offered by state Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican. It would bring the campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee under control of the main USF campus in Tampa. It also would phas... Read more

  • Tampa Bay Times: Rep. Charlie Crist to host youth programs expo in fight against car theft
    Posted in Articles on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist will host a nonprofit programs expo Feb. 3 at the Childs Park Recreation and Fitness Center, an event he hopes will be a small but meaningful piece in the ongoing fight to stem Pinellas County’s juvenile auto theft epidemic. The expo is supposed to connect local teens to organizations that can help them stay out of trouble. Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, held several meetings last year to gather community input on the car theft crisis. Adults and kids... Read more

  • Sunshine State News: Charlie Crist, Brian Fitzpatrick Want USDA to Add More Protection for Dogs
    Posted in Articles on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    With a year in Congress under his belt, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., is now turning his focus to animal rights issues, including serving in the Congressional Action Protection Caucus. Last month, Crist and U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., who also serves in the caucus, unveiled a bill reforming the Animal Welfare Act and another on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) handles commercial breeding licenses. Crist’s and Fitzpatrick’s “Puppy Protection Act” tweaks USDA regulations... Read more

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