Amy Green - Politics Daily
WESTON, Fla. -- During the worst recession in a generation, we can't afford to engage in environmental restoration. Or can we?
Tying environmental restoration to economic recovery is the emerging strategy for environmentalists as political turnover transforms government away from Democratic control, big spending and earmarks. That was the theme recently at the annual conference of the Everglades Coalition, an alliance of 53 national and local organizations involved in the largest environmental restoration effort in the history of the planet.
The conference draws policy-makers from all leve...
David Lohr - AOL News
The surviving members of the Doors are unimpressed with a posthumous pardon that was recently granted in Florida to their late frontman, Jim Morrison. They think the state owes him a formal apology.
"We don't feel Jim needs to be pardoned for anything," the surviving band members, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, said in a statement cited by CNN. "The charges against him were largely an opportunity for grandstanding by ambitious politicians -- not to mention an affront to free speech and a massive waste of time and taxpayer dollars."
In the statement, the Doors said they felt a...
Linda Killian - Politics Daily
NEW YORK – At the rollout for No Labels at Columbia University on Monday, one of the group's founders called the event "our little Woodstock of democracy." But the well- organized event, with its national media coverage, roster of top political names like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, and media heavyweights like David Gergen and Joe Scarborough, felt like anything but Woodstock.
No Labels may be a protest movement of sorts (if you are the tea party or MoveOn.org or even the Republican or Democratic parties) but it's not exactly a radical idea the group is pushing...
Deborah Hastings - AOL News
(Dec. 9) -- The story begins in 1969, on an exceptionally hot night in an overcrowded concert hall in Miami. An exceptionally drunk Jim Morrison, slurring and screaming, stops singing "Touch Me," and what happens next destroys the Doors' meteoric career.
Forty years later, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has successfully obtained a pardon for the long-dead singer on public indecency charges. Florida's Clemency Board unanimously voted to grant the pardon today, according to The Associated Press.
Crist had said Morrison most likely never dropped his pants and exposed himself to a packed, screaming...
David Knowles - AOL News
(Dec. 8) -- He broke on through.
Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has secured enough votes on the state's Executive Clemency Board to ensure that Jim Morrison, the former lead singer of seminal '60s rock group the Doors, will receive a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction.
Crist secured the second of two votes needed from members of the four-member board (which includes himself) necessary to allow Morrison to be cleared of the charges, the Orlando Sentinel reported. That means that "the Lizard King," as he was known, will officially be pardoned on Thursday, almost 40 ye...
David Knowles - AOL News
(Nov. 16) -- Strange days.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist today used one of his final days in office to address what he considers a glaring wrong in his state's history: the arrest and trial of the Doors lead singer Jim Morrison on obscenity charges.
"I've decided that today," Mr. Crist told The New York Times. "I've decided to do it, for the pure and simple reason that I just think it's the right thing to do. In some ways it seems like a tragic conclusion to a young man's life to have maybe this be a lasting legacy, where we're not even sure that it actually occurred. The more that I've read ...
John O. Membrino - AOL News
(Nov. 8) -- The music is just about over for Gov. Charlie Crist, but he may have one more noteworthy task left before leaving office: a pardon of fellow Floridian Jim Morrison for indecent exposure charges during a concert 41 years ago.
"Candidly, it's something that I haven't given a lot of thought to, but it's something I'm willing to look into in the time I have left," Crist told Washington, D.C.'s The Hill newspaper. "Anything is possible."
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Jim Morrison of The Doors was found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity after an incident at a 1969 concert...
Andrea Stone - Politics Daily
(Nov. 2) -- In what was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark election day for Democrats, the party will keep control of the Senate, but with a slim margin and several tea party Republicans coming to Washington, leaving little hope for bipartisanship in the 112th Congress.
Republicans were unable to pick up the 10 seats they needed the wrest the Senate majority away from Democrats. But GOP wins in Kentucky, Florida and Arkansas mean Democrats will have a smaller majority to work with in a now-divided Capitol Hill.
An early come-from-behind victory for Democrats in West Virginia ma...
Max Strasser - Politics Daily
Charlie Crist, the current Republican governor of Florida, is running for Senate as an independent after losing the Republican primary to tea-party-backed candidate Marco Rubio. Crist and Rubio are in a close three-way race with Democratic four-term Congressman Kendrick Meek. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Crist's life.
Is Charlie Crist married?
Who is Charlie Crist's wife?
Crist's wife is Carole Crist (nee Carole Oumano), formerly Carole Rome.
How old is Charlie Cris...
Jason O'Bryan - Politics Daily
Charlie Crist, the current governor of Florida, is running as an independent for Senate in a three-way race against four-term Democratic U.S. Congressman Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida statehouse . As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Crist's life.
What is Charlie Crist's religion?
Crist is a Methodist.
Where does Charlie Crist worship?
Crist has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, Fla., since 1960. Regardi...