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Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., is weighing another run at governor, but Democrats are skeptical he can energize the left in the state against popular Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.

“I don’t think he excites the part of the base that we need to propel a statewide campaign,” Democratic National Committee’s Thomas Kennedy, a newly elected member from Florida,  told Politico. “I don’t think a former Republican governor — who has lost statewide before and, quite frankly, hasn’t been at the forefront of the battles that have roiled this county in the last four years — is going to be able to take on what’s going to be a really tough race against Ron DeSantis.”

Crist was Florida’s governor from 2007-2011 as a Republican before endorsing former President Barack Obama and leaving to become an independent after he left office. Crist lost the 2014 gubernatorial race to now Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.

“We still only lost by one point in a massive election where millions of votes were cast,” Crist told Politico. “It’s not the most discouraging conclusion. Look if I had lost by 10 or 20 points then — ‘Peace. Out. You are done with this venture.'”

Now a Democrat, he will sell himself as a moderate who can pull in some GOP support.

“I got two words: Joe Biden,” Crist told Politico. “Look at what happened in our last election.”

Crist has reached out to Broward Mayor Steve Geller, but he cautions a Democrat primary with Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried might split the moderate vote and open the door for a progressive candidate that would face a struggle against DeSantis in a leaning red state of Florida.

“I like Nikki,” Geller told Politico. “If Charlie is not running, I could easily support her. But I think Charlie’s a stronger candidate because he has run for governor before.”

Kira Willig, a Democrat delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in 2016 and 2020 declared it is time for Florida Democrats to move away from Crist.

“I don’t know what vision he represents,” Willig told Politico. “He is from the era that some Democrats still cling to where we think Republicans will vote for a Republican-lite on the ticket. He already lost to Rick Scott and didn’t bring out the coalition of voters he needed.”

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‘All Strikes & No Balls’ billboard in NYC slams MLB’s decision on all-star game

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Business group Job Creators Network demands game be returned to Atlanta.

The prominent small business group Job Creators Network is placing a billboard in Manhattan demanding Major League Baseball return its all-star game to Atlanta, saying the decision to move the event unnecessarily hurt black small businesses and amounted to “all strikes & no balls.”

The billboard, set to go up Monday near MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office, urges viewers to go to a Web site called MLBfail.com where Job Creators Network lays out the economic consequences of the decision to protest Georgia’s new election integrity law by moving the all-star game to Colorado.

“Hey Rob, All Strikes & No Balls,” the billboard reads. “MLB all-star pullout cost Georgia $100,000,000. Hurting mostly minority-owned small businesses… Move it Back NOW.”

A spokesman for MLB did not immediately return a call Saturday seeking comment.

Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of Job Creators Network, said the billboard was designed to highlight that professional baseball’s decision hurt the very minority community it claimed t be helping.

“MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s $100 million dollar slap in the face to minority-owned businesses deserves a billboard of a proportionate size,” he said. “Small, minority-owned businesses in Georgia have been struggling to get by in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, and moving the MLB’s All Star game is pulling the rug right out from underneath them.

“And for what? To virtue signal against a law that closer aligns Georgia voting rules with other states? Commissioner Manfred needs to stand up to the woke mob and step up for the small businesses of Atlanta by moving the game back to Georgia.”

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Biden falsely says $2.25T spending plan will create 19M jobs

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Moody’s estimate finds spending plan would add about 2.7M jobs, not 19M


Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin provides insight into the SPAC boom, more government spending, and his race for governor of Virginia.

President Biden is seeking to convince the American people that Congress needs to pass his next big-ticket economic plan, touting the sweeping, $2.25 trillion measure unveiled last week as a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s economy and infrastructure.

But the president and his top lieutenants have inaccurately depicted how many jobs the eight-year initiative will create, a figure that’s essential to their sales pitch.

“Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan the economy will create 19 million jobs,” Biden said in remarks at the White House last week. “Good jobs, blue-collar jobs, jobs that pay well.”

The figure cited by Biden comes from a Moody’s Analytics estimate, which found the U.S. economy will add about 19 million jobs between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2030 if lawmakers pass the so-called American Jobs Plan.

But that research includes many jobs that would be created even if the government did nothing.

Over that 10-year time period, the economy is already on track to add about 16.3 million jobs, whether or not Congress passes the infrastructure bill, according to Moody’s. That would mean the proposal itself will add about 2.7 million jobs, significantly fewer than the 19 million promoted by Biden and other administration officials.

Both Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, and Pete Buttigieg, the secretary of transportation, have lauded the job-creating potential of the spending measure.

“Moody’s suggests it would create 19 million jobs,” Deese said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” Buttigieg repeated that same figure during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a FOX Business request for comment, but Buttigieg did acknowledge during an interview on CNN’s “Situation Room” that the 19 million figure includes just 2.7 million from the passage of the American Jobs Plan.

“I should be precise about this. Moody’s modeled a scenario where the American Jobs Plan is passed. In that scenario they see the American economy creating 19 million jobs,” he said. “That’s 2.7 [million] more than if this bill doesn’t pass.”

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1.7 Million Counterfeit N95 Face Masks Seized From NewYork Warehouse

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In the last three weeks, investigators have seized more than 11 million counterfeit masks, including 1.7 million counterfeit masks at a warehouse in Queens, New York. They are uncovering a treasure trove of counterfeit N-95 face masks meant for healthcare workers. With so many fakes floating around, how can you tell if a mask is legit? “One of the easiest ways to spot a fake N-95 is looking at the straps. If the straps go around your ears, it is not an approved N-95,” said Dr. Jack Caravanos.

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