Candidates for Florida Gov. Seeking Union Support

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JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) —  Former Governor Charlie Christ and Former State Senator Nan Rich are looking for union support this weekend in their bid to be the next Florida Governor.

The two Democratic candidates are scheduled to speak at the convention of the Florida AFL-CIO on Saturday, June 7th.

The union organization is scheduled to vote Sunday on which candidates to endorse in statewide races.

George Sheldon and State Rep. Perry Thurston are also scheduled to appear. The two men are running in the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Rich has pressed Crist to debate her but so far he has refused. There is a slight break scheduled in between the speeches of Rich and Crist.

The Florida Education Association has already endorsed Crist over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

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Appeal Underway In Florida Redistricting Documents

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — One day after the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled documents obtained from a Republican consultant must remain confidential, lawyers are asking the state Supreme Court to release them.

Lawyers for groups who believe Florida legislators broke the law when they drew congressional maps made the announcement Friday.

The ruling Thursday overturned a decision from Judge Terry Lewis to allow the documents to be used in the trial that’s now in its fifth day.

Voters in 2010 passed the “Fair Districts” amendment that says districts cannot be drawn in a way to favor incumbents or members of a political party.

A coalition of groups is suing legislators claiming they drew maps for congressional seats that violate those standards. The Legislature’s lawyers say that’s false.

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Father Of Missing Girl To Remain In Jail Awaiting Return To Central FL

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The father who allegedly took his daughter and fled to Mexico in 2009 appeared in bond court Monday morning.

Aaron Flint Cox will remain locked up until he is returned to Central Florida.

The girl was reunited with her mother in Miami, Saturday, after the more four-year search for her.

Police said Cara Cox was nine-years-old when her dad, who had weekend visiting rights, took her from Central Florida and fled.

Pictures alerted people to what the missing Volusia County girl might like look as she got older.

Last Monday, a tip came in to the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children.

It led investigators to Hidalgo, Mexico.

The father and child were found in a mountain area.

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Crist Keeping Pace With Scott In Gov. Campaign Money Game

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — While Governor Rick Scott has more money in a bank account, Former Governor and democratic candidate for governor, Charlie Crist, is beginning to keep pace with the fundraising.

Campaign reports filed Monday show former Gov. Charlie Crist raised more than $2.2 million in April for his campaign and a related political committee.

Republican incumbent Scott raised more than $1.3 million during the month for his campaign and political committee.

The Scott campaign maintains that it still edged Crist because the governor also raised an additional $1.4 million for the Republican Party of Florida. The party is allowed by law to pay for certain campaign expenses. But these amounts cannot be verified in state records.

Records show that Scott had $21.5 million on hand at end of April while Crist had $8.64 million.

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Elin Nordegren Jokes About Tiger Woods Divorce in Graduation Speech

Wow! How did I miss this? Oh, yeah. I was watching the online streaming cast of Dr. Sean Combs’ Commencement Address (that NO mainstream media covered over the weekend). #lifeasablogger


Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of golfer Tiger Woods, spoke at her own college graduation on Saturday after nine years of study at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

During that time, Nordegren gave birth to two sons, now aged 5 and 6, and dealt with the revelations of her ex-husband’s multiple infidelities—a period she referred to in her speech as the wild storm of my personal life.”

Nordegren spoke with People in 2010 right before her divorce from Woods, saying that it would be her first and last interview regarding the matter, but her reference to it during the speech still elicited laughs.

The former model graduated with a GPA of 3.96 and was honored with the Hamilton Holt Outstanding Senior Award.

Watch her speech in the video above.

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Michael Baisden Joins Tom Joyner Family Reunion: ‘We’ve Got a Lot To Talk About’

If Babyface and The Jacksons didn’t get you ready to go, Mr. Baisden DEFINITELY will.

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Michael Baisden is coming to the Family Reunion. That’s good news for fans who miss his syndicated afternoon radio show Baisden Live, that touched on relationships, politics and everything in between. Although he’s been off the air since last March, Baisden, as you might expect has been keeping busy. He’s fresh off his stage play Men Cry In The Dark 2 and has become and in-house mentor at Orlando’s Evans High School.

“I’m mentoring 28 young men, we’ve got their grades up and I’m going to pay for all their college and I’m committed to them until they graduate.” Baisden told the Florida Courier that he meets with students every Tuesday and has made a 2-year commitment to the kids. He says he was inspired to become a mentor after attending a mentoring summit at the school.

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