Politics 2010: Money, mud are part, parcel to Florida primary races

Politics 2010: Money, mud are part, parcel to Florida primary races

It's the rich and the not-so-rich in the Democratic and Republican party primaries to be Florida's next U.S. senator and governor.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Florida AG drafts 'Arizona style' law

Florida AG drafts 'Arizona style' law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Florida officials introduced a draft "Arizona style" bill requiring police to verify immigration status when they have "reasonable suspicion" of illegal status.
Fla. attorney general trails in gov race

Fla. attorney general trails in gov race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is now trailing his rival in the governor's race in both spending and the polls, frustrating his supporters.
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WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Democrats are sky high, celebrating the passage of healthcare reform against ferocious opposition from Republicans, tea partiers and the health insurance industry.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Republicans fighting a losing battle to stop Democratic healthcare reform in Congress may have a couple of aces up their sleeve -- the Constitution and the conservative bent of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida to rein in debt-collector abuses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they would take steps to rein in abusive debt collectors, including simplifying the complaints process and increasing penalties.

Florida sues online travel firms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has accused two Internet travel firms with failure to pay millions of dollars in sales taxes, court papers said.

Florida approves building of nuclear plant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- For the first time in more than three decades, a U.S. power company received approval Tuesday for construction of a new nuclear plant.

77 arrested in Fla. cyberporn sweep

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- Florida officials say they have arrested 77 men on charges of possessing obscene materials in a cybercrime sweep.

Florida AG announces run for governor

ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Republican Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Monday he is running for governor to replace the departing Gov. Charlie Crist.

Fines levied against McCollum campaign

MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- The 2004 U.S. Senate campaign of Florida Attorney Gen. Bill McCollum has paid a $50,000 fine for failing to report all spending in a Republican primary.

Crist to set execution date

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may set a date to put child rapist and killer Mark Dean Schwab to death after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on his execution.

Debt collector in Florida fined

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 8 (UPI) -- A Florida court has ordered a collection agency to pay $1.3 million in restitution Monday for harassing and overcharging debtors.

Fla. goes to court over Seminole casinos

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Florida sued the U.S. Department of the Interior to delay an agreement that permits the Seminole tribe to expand its gambling operations.

Florida closes asylum center

SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Florida's attorney general forced the closure of an organization assisting illegal immigrants in the state seeking refugee status in Canada.
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Bill McCollum
WAP2001111603 - 16 NOVEMBER 2001 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Former member of Congress Bill McCollum (l to r) appears before a House Government Reform Committee hearing to examine wether America needs an national identity card or document, November 16, 2001, on Capitol Hill in Washington. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

Ira William "Bill" McCollum, Jr. (born July 12, 1944 in Brooksville, Florida) is Florida Attorney General. A Republican, he is Florida's 36th attorney general, taking office in 2007. He was a member of the United State House of Representatives from 1981 to 2001, representing Florida's 5th congressional district, which was later redistricted to the 8th congressional district in 1993. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 2000 and 2004 and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination against businessman Rick Scott in the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election.

Born and raised in Brooksville, Florida, McCollum graduated from Hernando High School and earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, the most prestigious honor a student leader could receive, and served as president of Florida Blue Key.

McCollum's professional career began in 1969 with the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps where he served on active duty until 1972. McCollum was an officer for more than 23 years before retiring from the United States Naval Reserve as a Commander (O-5) in the JAG Corps in 1992. In 1973, he entered private practice in Orlando and became involved in local politics, serving as Chairman of the Seminole County Republican Party from 1976 to 1980.

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