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    October 24, 2014

    Rick Scott Skipping Out on Email Records Deposition to Attend Fundraiser

    Rick Scott is supposed to be in California today for a deposition in a lawsuit his lawyers filed to block the release of emails from the governor's Gmail account to allegedly circumvent Florida's public records law. It's a serious issue that puts more light on Scott's shady ways. But instead of be ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Florida Democrats Call for Rick Scott to Return Loan from Alleged Fraudster (UPDATE)

    Update: Rick Scott's campaign has announced that it will donate the full amount of Patel's contribution to charity. From the Orlando Sentinel: Rick Scott has agreed to make a charitable contribution of $2,800 to offset a campaign contribution from businessman Nik Patel, who was arrested Tuesday on ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana

    Jeb Bush, former Florida Governor and current GOP favorite for 2016, has come out and publicly stated his opposition to Amendment 2 which, if passed, would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Even with a majority of Floridians polled favor the measure, and with current candidate for governor, Ch ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Hangs Up on New Times

    Adrian Wyllie was in good spirit when we got him on the phone yesterday, riding high on a burst of publicity prompted by the news he'd polled 9 percent in the Florida governor's race, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. He wasn't quite so happy 15 minutes later, when he hung up on New Times rat ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Rick Scott Makes Reelection Bid Official

    It's no secret Rick Scott was all ready to get to work on our faces for another four years, but now it's officially official. On Tuesday, Scott filed all his "I Wanna Be Govner of Florida Again" paperwork to the state Division of Elections, making his bid for reelection a thing now. Scott's Let's ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Everett Wilkinson, SoFla Tea Party Chairman, Unveils Encrypted Social Network To Stop Government Spying

    Tired of the government spying on your Facebook messages and tweets? Wondering if you'll ever dispatch another update without concern of government intervention? In that case, take out your phone, remove the batteries, and put it in the freezer. (The government could be listening right now.) Se ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Former Republican Hispanic Outreach Chief Blasts GOP "Hate," Registers as Democrat

    That GOP need to build bridges to the nation's Hispanic community? The need party elders have talked so much about since Barack Obama was re-elected largely due to Hispanic support? The need that's propelled Florida's own Marco Rubio to preeminence in the early scouting reports on the GOP 2016 presd ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    January 20, 2012

    Herman Cain Makes a Comeback! (In Ad for Steak Salesman/Senate Candidate Craig Miller)

    Herman Cain is trying to work his magic again, this time by being featured in the new advertisement for U.S. Senate Republican hopeful and former Ruth's Chris steak house CEO Craig Miller.

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    January 12, 2012

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Accused of Blaming Tucson Shooting on Tea Party (She Didn't)

    Fox "News"​If Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said something profoundly stupid, we'd be all over it.Unfortunately, this is a case of a Fox News writer saying something profoundly stupid.When the headline "DNC Chair Blames Tea Party for Tucson Shooting" comes with a chopped-up video clip and an ellip ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Connie Mack Makes His U.S. Senate Run Official

    ​Although one of Republican Rep. Connie Mack's advisers announced that the congressman was running for U.S. senator in 2012 more than a month ago, it's not official until there's a Fox News appearance involved.Mack appeared on Sean Hannity's show to make his formal announcement, spending most of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Rick Scott Notices Super Committee Failure, Feels the Need to Put Out a Statement

    ​Once again, Gov. Rick Scott feels the need to release a statement about something he doesn't like in federal politics.Three House Republicans, three House Democrats, three Senate Republicans, and three Senate Democrats couldn't agree on how to make $1.2 billion in spending cuts over the next ten ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Rick Scott Issues Press Release Explaining New Definition of 700,000-Job Campaign Promise

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's office issued a news release late last week to explain the retraction of his campaign promise to create 700,000 jobs on top of the state's "normal growth" projection of 1 million jobs by 2017.It looks like he's sticking to his new story, in which he claims he never promised to c ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Bill Koch, Billionaire Coal Man, Donates Heavily to John Boehner, Throws Bone to Allen West

    Kim SargentBill Koch supports pro-coal candidates.​Last month, New Times introduced you to Bill Koch, the Palm Beach billionaire who owns a coal and gas company, is known for his voracious appetite for wine and women, and has two brothers famous for being the sugar daddies of the Tea Party. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Dream Act Bill Filed in Florida Legislature

    The Dream Act would help immigrant students.​A bill that would make college more affordable for undocumented immigrants has recently been filed in the Florida Legislature.If passed, the Dream Act would allow undocumented immigrants who attended three or more years of high school in Florida to qual ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Tea Party Starts Its Own Chamber of Commerce Out of Palm Beach Gardens​Haven't you always wondered if the companies you're doing business with are steadfast supporters of the Tea Party?The South Florida Tea Party has the answer to that with the "Tea Party Chamber of Commerce."On its website is an index of businesses -- 95 at the moment -- that they s ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Rick Scott Approval Rating Analysis: "Slightly More Popular Than a Hemorrhoid"

    Hemorrhoids: Almost as popular as Gov. Rick Scott.​In case you haven't noticed, Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating is getting so low that people are running out of politicians to compare him to.A few weeks ago, Public Policy Polling surveyed Florida voters about hypothetical gubernatorial matchups ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    "Rick Scott Is a Liar," And Other Tea Party Opinions on SunRail

    ​Apparently it takes a $1.2 billion train for the Tea Party folks to figure out they don't really like Gov. Rick Scott."Rick Scott IS A LIAR," the South Florida Tea Party says."This decision has completed the governor's transformation from businessman to political insider," Republican Sen. Pau ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Poll: Conservatives Are the Anti-Crist; A Ham Sandwich Could Defeat Rick Scott for Governor

    topix.comHam, a viable gubernatorial candidate.​As Gov. Rick Scott's disapproval rating keeps climbing, pollsters have run out of people to compare him with -- that's why Public Policy Polling says a hypothetical gubernatorial race between Scott and a ham sandwich would be a runaway for the lunch ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Rick Scott Admits He Was in Colorado for Koch Brothers Retreat

    I love Koch!​We finally have an answer as to where Gov. Rick Scott was this weekend, and it confirms our suspicion: at the billionaire Koch brothers' secret conference outside Vail, Colorado.St. Petersburg Times reporter Alex Leary got the information out of him, a day after the governor's spokesm ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Where Was Rick Scott This Weekend? Possibly Trysting With the Koch Brothers

    Have you seen this man?​Eric Jotkoff, the Florida Democratic Party Communications Director, has a question: Where was Gov. Rick Scott this weekend?"Anyone else concerned that Rick Scott left the state during hurricane season during wildfire emergency and not tell anyone?" Jotkoff posted on T ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Rick Scott's Staff Running Thin -- Top Adviser Resigns, Chief of Staff Demoted

    Wanna be my friend?​Only six months into office, Gov. Rick Scott is running a little low on friends for his executive team.Mary Ann Carter -- the governor's policy adviser -- handed in her resignation letter today, saying she needed to spend more time with her family.Carter's announcement comes on ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Tea Party Founder's Hidden Arrest

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeMug shot of Tea Party leader Danita Kilcullen.​That organized band of angry, gun-toting, Bible-quoting older white people -- otherwise known as the Tea Party -- has often crossed the bounds of appropriateness as it pushes for its right-wing agenda. But kickin ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Voter Suppression Back in Style; Let's Party Like It's 1869

    Screw the 15th Amendment. This is Florida.​Florida's legislative attack on voter rights easily passed the House last week and looks like it will surely sail through the Senate to become law. We're not alone, though. Our state's attempt to disenfranchise a massive amount of its citizens is actuall ... More >>

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    April 17, 2011

    Was The Tea Party Rally Sabotaged?

    The Fort Lauderdale Tea Party rally on Friday at the Fireman's Benevolent Hall was full of hot air. And most of it, surprisingly, wasn't coming from the mouths of the raging Republi-cons inside the building. The hall was a steaming 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the attendees, who had led a sparsely ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Angry Local Tea Party to Rally for Government Shutdown

    ​The Fort Lauderdale Tea Party is out at gun shows rousing its base to come out for an April 15 tax day protest planned at the federal courthouse to favor a government shutdown -- and they are promising an appearance by Congressman Allen West. The Tea Party is hopping mad that, as its local l ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Judges Meet, Expect Florida Court Crisis To Soon Hit Broward

    Outgoing Chief Judge Victor Tobin called a closed-door meeting of all 90 Broward judges this afternoon to discuss a budget shortfall that is threatening to shut down courthouses across the state. During the meeting, the idea was raised to "call the bluff" of Rick Scott and the Florida House and ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Poll: Plummeting Rick Scott Would Lose To Alex Sink Now That It Doesn't Matter

    A group called Public Policy Polling (PPP) discovered the obvious: Floridians are having some dramatic buyer's remorse when it comes to electing fraudster Rick Scott as governor. A poll of 500 Floridians found that his approval rating from diehards remained about the same as a similar PPP poll ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Ilene Lieberman Is Back in the Building!

    Lieberman is second from left ​Ilene Lieberman, after months of no-shows and call-ins to Broward County Commission meetings, has finally returned to public service. She's on the dais now -- after fellow Commissioner Chip LaMarca made it an issue last week and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    The Tea Party Is the Muslim Brotherhood of America? You Betcha

    MSNBC's Chris Matthews made a remark yesterday comparing the Tea Party of America to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. "So the Muslim Brotherhood has a parallel role here with the Tea Party," he said. "They're the ones who keep you honest and decide whether you've stayed too long?" That's what  ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Fort Lauderdale Tea Party Leader Speaks Out On Sarah Palin

      Fort Lauderdale Tea Party leader Gabe Carrera, at right, with Rick Scott during the campaign. ​ By day Gabriel Jose Carrera works as a bespectacled immigration attorney but in countless off-hours during the past 18 months he had another callin ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Tea Party Lawyer Marianne Moran Campaigns for Power to Repeal Federal Laws

    Moran at a Tea Party protest against Charlie Crist's U.S. Sugar "bailout."​Marianne Moran is a lawyer in West Palm Beach and a member of Tea Party in Action and Balance Our Budget Now. Through her work on the Florida Senate, she met Randy Barnett, a Georgetown law professor who is credited with de ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Fantasy Voter Fraud

    Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was dissed by Russell Pearce over Prop 200's dismissal.

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    November 2, 2010

    Voting Today? Watch Out for the Fake Tea Party

    Flickr: szudi​Come on, admit it: At some point on your way down the ballot, you just turn off your brain and start filling in the bubbles that correspond to your party affiliation. This is especially true when you get down to, say, commissioner of agriculture and state representatives that you've ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Rick Scott Property Tax Calculator Ignores Small Fact: Florida Law

    ​GOP candidate for governor Rick Scott released this pretty snazzy new website on Friday: It's a property tax calculator that figures out a Floridian's tax if Scott gets elected versus Democratic opponent Alex Sink. There's just one problem with his site: It ignores the Florida Constitution.Scott' ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Allen West Outraged by Suggestion He's Racist Against Himself

    West​After the NAACP passed a resolution declaring the tea party to be a "racist" organization, you knew that Allen West would have something to say. After all, he's one (if not the only?) tea party-backed congressional candidate who's African-American. If the tea party is racist, then West's own ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    UPDATED: Why Does the South Florida Tea Party Agree With the New York Times?

    The latest PR splash for the South Florida Tea Party pairs the conservative activists with a strange bedfellow, the New York Times.  Even weirder, the much-ridiculed protest group appears to have chosen a worthy cause.  Tomorrow, the activists plan to protest Charlie Crist's $536 million ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    SoFla Tea Party's Everett Wilkinson Says Juan Williams Got It Wrong

    The average Tea Partier in South Florida is a lot more likely to look like this, Wilkinson says.​NPR commentator and Fox News talking head Juan Williams has been all over the media lately dissecting the Tea Party movement. In an April 2 Wall Street Journal editorial, Williams decried the liberal ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Will Identity Crisis Divide Florida Tea Party?

    Flickr​They all hate taxes, so why can't all tea partiers love one another? This week has revealed divisions within the tea party activist community of South Florida, and in Central Florida the infighting has spilled into the courts, where an Orlando radio host is being accused of "hijacking" the ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Cardiologist and Republican Fundraiser Bounced From State College Board

    Zachariah​Late last week, Gov. Charlie Crist removed Holy Cross cardiologist Zachariah P. Zachariah from the powerful Board of Governors overseeing Florida universities. It's another occasion for gossip in the state's Republican Party. Was Crist wary of insider trader allegations made by the Secur ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009
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    May 11, 2009

    Can Florida Governors Save GOP From Its Self-Destructive Impulses?

    Maybe Rush Limbaugh doesn't spend enough time in his Palm Beach home. Because clearly, there's no path back to political relevance for the Republican Party that does not include winning back Florida. And yet the two figures who have the most credibility on that front, governors Jeb Bush and Charlie ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    In 18 Months, Florida Voters To Stop Music; Pols to Look Feverishly for Seats

    This blog has neglected the 2010 mid-term elections that are only 18 (eighteen!!) months away. It is the longest game of musical chairs. Ever.In the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek has surged to frontrunner status, raising $1.8 million in the first quarter -- roughl ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    The Stage Is Set: Katherine Harris, Will You Please Run for U.S. Senate?

    Man, I turn my head for one day (to work on some print edition goodies) and all hell breaks loose in that 2010 Senate race. Democratic Rep. Allen Boyd is out. Democratic State Sen. Dan Gelber is in. Attorney General Bill McCollum is out. It's such a free-for-all that even Tampa's Democratic mayor is ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    From Mel To Meek? Miami Congressman Launches Senate Bid

    At the top of the hour, baby-faced U.S. Rep Kendrick Meek, the Democrat from Miami, will announce his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 when Republican Sen. Mel Martinez steps down. Being the first from either party to declare, Meek's given himself nearly two years to campaign.Which is a good thing, b ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2008

    Lady of the House

    She's got three kids, 650,000 constituents, and millions of watching eyes. Debbie Wasserman Schultz can't keep them all happy.

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    November 8, 2006

    A Bousquet Case

    Where's Pemble? So the St. Pete Times finally admits it: We don't know a damn thing about Charlie Crist. The newspaper's political editor, Adam C. Smith, writes in today's newspaper that Crist is a "mystery": "Who is Governor-elect Crist? He's a national figure without any real identity, a winne ... More >>

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    November 6, 2006

    Race Tightening?

    Polls are all over the place in the governor's race. The Miami Herald has Charlie Crist with a commanding ten-point lead (with a poll conducted by reputable Zogby International), but SurveyUSA has the race between Crist and Jim Davis in a virtual dead heat (via Taeg0n Goddard's PoliticWire): "In ... More >>

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    October 2, 2006

    Hastert Points to St. Pete Times

    The Mark Foley mess is an even bigger debacle for the St. Pete Times than I first imagined. Now House Speaker Dennis Hastert is essentially saying: "Look everybody, the Times had the e-mails and they didn't do anything either!" And the sad thing is that Hastert is right. The Times has a lot of s ... More >>

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    October 28, 2004

    Third Man

    Fort Lauderdale's John B. Anderson ran for president in 1980 and paved the way for spoiler candidates

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