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Naked Politics Ex-Rep. David Rivera: A parent's nightmare

@MarcACaputo

David Rivera isn’t just a scandal-plagued ex-lawmaker and current congressional candidate.

Rivera is also a parent’s nightmare.

Last week, that awful truth came home to the parents of Ana Alliegro, a 44-year-old political operative who has been sitting in jail for almost six months over a campaign-finance conspiracy that, she admitted Tuesday, was hatched by Rivera.

Naked Politics 'Souls to the polls' returns to Miami-Dade early voting

@doug_hanks @PatriciaMazzei

On Sunday morning, Rev. Steven Caldwell urged his parishioners to do their “godly duty” and vote in the primary election, warning them that “if you think your vote doesn’t count, the Devil has lied to you.”

If Caldwell’s booming words weren’t enough to move his flock, he had a coach bus waiting outside to drive them to an early-voting site after the service.

Naked Politics Dems plan unity rally

@AdamSmithTimes

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It took weeks for Rod Smith to endorse Jim Davis for governor after their bruising 2006 Democratic primary, and in 2002 Janet Reno did not even concede the gubernatorial primary to Bill McBride for a week. Voting problems in south Florida had left the outcome in doubt.

Naked Politics David Rivera was named co-conspirator, but his Miami congressional rivals have moved on

@PatriciaMazzei

Although the mysterious name behind “Co-conspirator A” was already known, the timing of its disclosure in a Miami courtroom last week could not have been worse for David Rivera.

Naked Politics The Charlie Crist-Nan Rich campaign that wasn't

@MarcACaputo @Stevebousquet

Charlie Crist has ignored his Democratic opponent for nearly a year, and now voters will decide the soundness of his strategy Tuesday in the party’s primary race for governor.

Crist is expected to roll up a big double-digit victory over Nan Rich, a former state Senate Democratic leader whose lack of name identification was matched by her inability to mount an effective campaign that excited voters or garnered media attention.

Naked Politics Records show governor’s office put up barriers to public records

Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become a “unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works.”

Naked Politics In Miami congressional race, GOP rivals spar over key issues

@PatriciaMazzei 

With four days left until Tuesday’s election, differences over key policy issues emerged Friday among Republicans running for Florida’s 26th congressional district primary, as the candidates made their final pitches to primary voters.

OS Political Pulse Candidates reactions mixed over Lewis's ruling

Elections, redistricting, lawsuits over redistricting, and judge's orders about redistricting theoretically are all about voters.

Florida Politics Judge upholds new congressional map

A judge signed off on the Florida Legislature's second-stab at drawing a non-partisan congressional map Friday, describing the tweaks made to the sprawling Jacksonville-to-Orlando seat of Rep.

OS Political Pulse Judge upholds new congressional map

A judge signed off on the Florida Legislature's second-stab at drawing a non-partisan congressional map Friday, describing the tweaks make to the sprawling Jacksonville-to-Orlando seat of Rep.

Naked Politics Judge approves legislature's fix for congressional maps, calls no special election

Florida's flawed congressional districts may remain in place for two more years and newly drawn congressional boundaries don't have to take effect until 2016, a Tallahassee circuirt court judge ruled late Friday.

Naked Politics Pup patrol among the politicos

@doug_hanks 

 

Politicians easily out-numbered pets at Friday's "ground-breaking" ceremony of Miami-Dade's new animal shelter, which is set to open in the fall of 2015. But there were a handful of four-legged guests that naturally stole the show from camera-loving elected officials. 

Naked Politics Happy Birthday to PolitiFact

On Aug. 22, 2007, we launched an experiment in accountability journalism just because we thought American politics could use more fact-checking. We called it PolitiFact.

OS Political Pulse Webster sets up legal defense fund

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster has set up a legal defense fund, presumably for use of fighting for his seat in case the redistricting ruling from Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis jeopardizes the two-term congressman's ability to win re-election in November, according to a D.C.

Naked Politics After $300K campaign, SkyRise polling 'very positive'

@NewsbySmiley

With just days to go until Miami voters consider a proposal to build a 1,000-foot tower behind Bayside, the marketplace’s operator and developer Jeff Berkowitz have unleased a campaign blitz.

Together, they’ve invested more than $300,000 into a committee that has poured most of those funds into radio spots, mailers and robocalls. The cash has gone to Friends of Bayside, which is also polling voters.

Naked Politics Education spending continues to dominate gubernatorial race

 

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist released a new TV ad on Friday, accusing Republican Gov. Rick Scott of lying to a constituent about his education record.

Naked Politics Democrats to Scott, Bondi: Stop fighting against marriage equality

A day after a federal judge struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriages, the state Democratic Party urged Republican Gov. Rick Scott to let the decision stand.

Naked Politics Miami Gardens candidate denies altering slate cards

@LDixon_3

A candidate in a Miami Gardens City Council race has been accused of attempting to mislead voters outside of an early-voting site.

Francis Ragoo has been blamed for tampering with an endorsement list for Tuesday's primary election prepared by Abraham Thomas, a Miami Gardens resident and former County Commission candidate. Ragoo has denied any involvement.

Naked Politics Scott camp seeks signs of Democrat enthusiasm gap

Gov. Rick Scott's deputy campaign manager issued a memo Friday forecasting that Democrat Charlie Crist will defeat rival Nan Rich by a margin of 81 to 19 percent or better on Tuesday. The memo by Tim Saler also seeks to forge a post-primary narrative that Democrats face an "enthusiasm gap" in the upcoming general election campaign.

Naked Politics Developers funding ads to 'keep developers accountable' in Miami

@NewsbySmiley

Radio spots and mailers touting a Miami charter amendment to “keep developers accountable” are being funded by developers.

Naked Politics NextGen revives its attack on Rick Scott for taking cash from Collier family

 

 NextGen Climate on Friday recrafted its attack on Gov. Rick Scott and began airing a second ad accusing him of accepting $200,000 in campaign cash from the Collier Family which leased land that became the site for oil drilling near the Everglades.

Like the first ad, the ad is airing in West Palm Beach and Fort Myers television markets.

Naked Politics RPOF's Pants on Fire claim about Obamacare

Health insurers want to raise rates in 2015, Florida’s regulatory agency is largely powerless to stop it, and the Republican Party of Florida wants you to believe it’s all the federal government’s fault.

OS Political Pulse Who wants to see John Morgan get iced?

The campaign staff for United for Care, the group trying to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, has ice-bucket challenged their founder, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, to an ALS ice bucket.

Naked Politics Already fighting for ALS patients, medical marijuana backers get "debilitatingly cold"

@MarcACaputo

Sure, the ice-bucket challenge is a stunt. But it seems to be raising money ($31.5 million and counting) and awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Naked Politics St. Pete Polls: Charlie Crist 69%, Nan Rich 19%

From Saintpetersblog on the Charlie Crist-Nan Rich Democratic primary:

According to a survey conducted by St. Pete Polls and commissioned by this blog, Crist is on his way to a blowout.

Naked Politics Miami mayors, past and present, unite to support Jose Javier Rodriguez


Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and three of his predecessors came together Thursday night to raise money for Democratic state Rep. José Javier Rodríguez.

Naked Politics Miami hunting for new police chief

@NewsbySmiley

Wanted: executive to oversee more than 1,100 gun-toting employees. Must be willing to work with a cantankerous union, massage the needs of five crime-conscious bosses, and occasionally respond to scandal.

Naked Politics Acquitted Miami Lakes mayor sues Florida Gov. Rick Scott over suspension

@jayhweaver

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi sued Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday in an effort to force him to revoke the suspension so Pizzi can reclaim his mayoral office.

The legal showdown before the Florida Supreme Court was perhaps inevitable after the governor refused to rescind Pizzi’s suspension following his acquittal a week ago on federal bribery charges.

Naked Politics Rep. Joe Garcia records robocall for Miami-Dade commission candidate

@PatriciaMazzei

In the feisty Miami-Dade County Commission contest between incumbent Lynda Bell and challenger Daniella Levine Cava, both candidates are now trumpeting support from members of Congress, in an attempt to persuade partisan voters to the polls on Tuesday.

Naked Politics Florida set to get $1 billion of Bank of America settlement

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a record settlement with Bank of America on Thursday that will provide $1 billion in relief for about 17,000 Floridians.

But it’s still not clear which ones will qualify.

They’ll likely be in addition to the 120,000 who were offered $9.2 billion in relief in a separate 2012 settlement with the nation’s largest banks, including Bank of America.