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U.S. State Politics

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Obamacare Shaping the Rick Scott, Charlie Crist Narrative in Florida

    The latest numbers say that about 980,000 Floridians have signed up for private insurance through Obamacare. That's up from 440,000 in February and March. And, as the AP correctly predicted weeks ago, the state is well on its way to blowing out its original projections. For his part, Charlie Crist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the New Lt. Governor, Rick Scott Announces

    It took almost a year, but Rick Scott has finally named himself a new Lt. Governor. And it's Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Scott announced his decision Tuesday morning. The Madrid, Spain-born Lopez-Cantera becomes Florida's first Hispanic lieutenant governor, taking over for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Gov. Scott a No-Show at "Governor's Education Summit"; Gets Trolled by "Badass Teachers Association"

    UPDATE 9:03 a.m. Jackie Schutz says "Governor Scott asked Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to convene the summit to provide the opportunity to openly discuss ideas and options to continue improving Florida's public school system. Governor Scott was not scheduled to attend." She also provided a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    King Amendment May Stick to Farm Bill in Fall Legislative Session: State GMO Bills, Animal Welfare Standards, Puppy Mill Laws Jeopardized

    The last farm bill was an epic disaster. Huge spending cuts to food stamp programs, no cuts to agricultural subsidies, and an amendment which would have superseded states rights to enact their own agricultural laws were all on the ballot. Sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, the King Amendment cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Rick Scott's Office Inundated With Sit-In Protesters

    Dream Defenders, an organization committed to confronting inequality, are busing college students to Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday to demand that he calls a special session to review the "Stand Your Ground" law and enact anti-racial-profiling training for law enforcement officers. Through its pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Five Reasons Charlie Crist Will Not Run For Governor

    Citing a slew of insider folk who compose the "Charlie Crist camp," Politico recently unleashed one of the most unintentionally satirical articles of Washington reporting this side of a Joseph Heller novel. According to "Democratic sources closely watching the race," and "operatives familiar with [ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Allen West as Rick Scott's Lieutenant Governor? We Say Yes!

    Rick Scott may have opened the door to what would be quite the dynamic duo of derpness at the top. Scott told a Tampa-area radio station that he would be cool with considering former Rep. Allen West as his next lieutenant governor. Actually, Scott basically just gave a polite answer when asked abou ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2013
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    November 2, 2012

    Rick Scott Denies Request to Extend Early Voting by One Day

    During the 2008 elections, early voting lines went long. So then-Gov. Charlie Christ extended early voting, allowing more people the chance to vote. That was pretty much when the Republicans started to hate him because a lot of them blamed Obama winning Florida on that move. Because everyone being a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Endorses Obama

    The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a group dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, have released their list of candidates they're endorsing. Among them, President Barack Obama, West Palm Beach Attorney and police officer Dave K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Rick Scott's "Transparency:" Release All Email... From an Obscure, Unknown Account

    Twitter recently suspended the account of Independent reporter Guy Adams, who had been writing tweets critical of Twitter partner NBC's coverage of the Olympics. The reason they gave? In one of the rants, he gave the corporate email address of an NBC executive. Twitter said they booted him for shari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Boca Raton Teenager, ACLU of Florida Suing to Let Kids Donate More Money to Candidates

    ​With the way campaign-financing laws are going these days, this may not even be surprising -- the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and a 17-year-old girl from Boca Raton are challenging a state law that prohibits minors from giving as much money to state and local political candidates as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    SoFla Charter School Connections to Tallahassee

    ​The booming business of charter schools in South Florida is no accident. Local charter-school operators such as Mavericks in Education Florida and Charter Schools USA have ties to powerful politicians in South Florida and Tallahassee. For instance: 1. Ed Pozzuoli, former chairman of the Broward R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Rick Scott's Trip to Israel: Most Readers Didn't Buy the "Trade Mission" Title

    Avi HayunGov. Rick Scott givin' the eyes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.​According to the results from our highly unscientific reader poll yesterday, nearly 44 percent of our readers thought Gov. Rick Scott's "Israeli trade mission" was more of a political vacation.Nearly 37 perc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Nan Rich Now Weighs in on Super Committee Failure, Scolds Rick Scott, GOP Policies

    ​Now that Florida's Senate minority leader has released a statement responding to Gov. Rick Scott's comments on the Super Committee's failure to compromise on how to make $1.2 billion in spending cuts, it's getting a little ridiculous.Nan Rich, a Weston Democrat, issued a response to the governor' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Rick Scott's Signature on University Diplomas Is Now the Subject of a Petition

    I'll be on your wall for the rest of your life!​Apparently Gov. Rick Scott's positions on the state's higher-education system isn't impressing all of the students in Florida's public universities.There's now a creative, albeit small, petition with signatures from Gainesville down to Broward of peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Disappointment: The Rick Scott Story

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's reaction on Wednesday to a former staffer for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll being charged with illegally recording a conversation: "It is a disappointment." (He said that twice.)His reaction to the part of that audio recording in which Carroll's chief of staff said the governor isn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Rick Scott Uses an Executive Order to Complain About Florida Supreme Court Decision

    memegenerator.netWhy you mad, though?​After the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott's executive order to suspend rulemaking in the executive branch agencies was unconstitutional, he decided to issue a new executive order to complain about the decision.The court had ruled 5-2 that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Mitt Romney Leads New Florida Poll; Ron Paul Most Unfavorable Candidate but Places Fourth

    ​With this afternoon's release of Public Policy Polling's survey of Florida Republican voters, Florida became the first Southern state polled by the firm that didn't select Texas Gov. Rick Perry as its front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.Instead, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Rick Scott and Private Prisons Engaging in "Pay to Play" Politics, Teamsters Complaint Alleges

    ​Florida politicians received nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from two private prison corporations last election cycle -- GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America -- and an ethics complaint filed by the Teamsters union yesterday claims $30,000 of those contributions that went t ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Rick Scott Takes the Lead in Race for "Worst Governor Ever"

    Rick Scott, currently the most popular candidate in at least one election.​Gov. Rick Scott's numbers are going up -- at least in the race to elect the "Worst Governor Ever."Scott was in fourth place around 11 p.m. Monday but is currently in first place as of around 8 a.m. today.The Florida governo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Governor Rick Scott Attempts to Show Inner Charlie Crist

    By Kate BradshawScott walks into a greasy spoon and orders an ice water.​Rick Scott walks into The Floridian diner on Las Olas at about noon today for a photo op lunch with South Florida lawmakers. There's an odd funk in the air, sort of a mix between french fries and kitty litter.He walks halfway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Rick Scott on the Ballot for "Worst Governor Ever"

    ​Here's a new election where people may actually want to vote for Gov. Rick Scott again -- the race for the "Worst Governor Ever."As part of an online campaign by the Transport Workers Union of America, Scott joins Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, New Jersey Gov. Chris C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    A Thank-You Note From Rick Scott

    No, thank you, Mr. Governor.​When one arm of the government fails to speak to another, bizarre things occur. For example, a reporter might write a lengthy critique of Florida's governor and his legislative accomplishments, including a cover illustration of him as the evil emperor from Star Wars. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Rick Scott Approval Rating Climbing Out of the Toilet; Voters Don't Know if He Raised Taxes

    ​Gov. Rick Scott received his highest approval rating and lowest disapproval since April, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.The new survey shows 35 percent of respondents approved of the way the governor is handling his job, compared to 52 percent who said they disapproved." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Rick Scott Taking Suggestions for Jobs to Do; We Opine

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's office announced yesterday that he's ripping off former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham's idea of working with Florida's commoners in their workplace.In what Scott is calling "Let's Get to Work" days, he started his first job today at a doughnut joint in Tampa, selling rings of fried d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Rick Scott Throws an Anti-Abortion Party at the Governor's Mansion

    Gov. Rick Scott: Party boy.​Add this to the list of awkward party themes: anti-abortion bills.Apparently it wasn't a costume party, but Gov. Rick Scott held a celebration at the governor's mansion this weekend in honor of the four anti-abortion bills he signed into law.Partygoers celebrated the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Rick Scott's Office Unveils a Slightly Less Ridiculous Plan for Records Requests

    Information? We'll bill you for it.​Since Gov. Rick Scott's office decided that the public and reporters had to pay a price for open government in early March, it's been a huge complaint.They're not backtracking on charging people, but they're having a sale on getting information, according to a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Florida's 2010 Races Taking Shape; Meek Looking Strong

    Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek, of Miami,continues to tear up the fund-raising circuit -- an article in today's Roll Call says Meek will report $1.5 million in campaign dollars in the year's first quarter, which ended March 31. His primary competition for that nomination, Florida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Karen Thurman Talks About Gubernatorial Race

    The St. Pete Times political blog, The Buzz, just posted this interview with Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman: At about the 90-second mark, Thurman responds to criticism that the party lacks a "bench" by touting Jack Seiler's victory in the Fort Lauderdale mayoral race. If a Democrat win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    Davis Speaks

    It's heating up. The Davis campaign today released this statement from Jim Davis and Florida Dem Chair Karen Thurman: --------------- Davis and Thurman Criticize Personal Attack on Crist TALLAHASSEE - Democratic nominee for governor Jim Davis and Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman ... More >>

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    October 31, 2006

    For All You Political Junkies ...

    What follows is the full transcript of last night's gubernatorial debate between Charlie Crist, Jim Davis, and Max Linn. It's, um, really long. CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: Florida, the state that carried George W. Bush into the White House and elected Jeb Bush twice for governor. A state on the ... More >>

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