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Naked Politics Will perceived peer pressure push Miami-Dade Hispanics to vote for Charlie Crist?

@PatriciaMazzei 

Catching our eye amid the piles of political fliers in the Florida governor's race was one by Democrat Charlie Crist geared at Spanish-speaking voters.

"Hundreds of your friends and neighbors have already voted. Have you?" the flier asks.

Naked Politics Medical marijuana group to TV stations: stop running 'false' ad by opponents

From a press release:

OS Political Pulse Gravis Poll: Fan helps Crist; med pot losing

A new poll from Gravis Marketing finds that Charlie Crist's fan has blown the wind of momentum his way and Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, continues to slide away from the 60 percent needed for adoption.

Naked Politics 1.8m in FL have voted; Dems win early voting, continue to eat into GOP ballot lead

@MarcACaputo

South Florida in-person early voting turnout might have been relatively lighter than expected this weekend, but Democrats for the first time this election still topped Republicans in pre-Election Day ballot casting at the polls in the entire state.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez hints at dropping GOP affiliation

@doug_hanks

Is the Republican Party about to lose its top elected official in Miami-Dade County? On Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez strongly hinted he was thinking of switching his registration from Republican to independent. 

In a radio interview, Gimenez confirmed he "may be" changing his party affiliation. "I'm a registered Republican right now," he told the Gray Zone politics show on 880AM, a Miami station.

Naked Politics Democratic poll: Fresen race is a "statistical draw"

Some South Florida political observers have said they doubt Democrats can flip Florida House District 114. But a new poll conducted by the left-leaning firm SEA Polling & Strategic Design says the race is a dead heat.

The survey has incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Fresen leading Democratic candidate Daisy Baez, 37-35 percent.

Naked Politics South Florida's early voting weekend is a warning sign for Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

Saturday and Sunday marked the first chance for voters to head to the early voting polls on a weekend, a time when Democrats could really show in force and put a big dent in Republicans’ lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots.

Naked Politics Annette Taddeo's 'no free rides' for Miami GOP could be costing her, Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

About a month before she became Charlie Crist’s running mate, Annette Taddeo announced she helped recruit seven new candidates to ensure that every GOP-held state House seat was under challenge in Miami-Dade County.

“It’s time that Miami-Dade Republicans got the message: No more free rides,” Taddeo, then the county Democrats’ party chairwoman, said at the time.

But now it looks as if the no-free-rides policy could be costing her and Crist.

Naked Politics 1.75m FL ballots already cast; GOP lead strong -- but slightly slipping to Dems

@MarcACaputo

Nearly 1.75 million Floridians have cast absentee and in-person early votes as of Sunday morning with Republicans still well in front of Democrats when it comes to pre-Election Day voting.

Total GOP lead over Democrats: 147,162, or 8.4 percentage points.

Yesterday's GOP lead was ever-so-slightly larger: 147,186, or about 9.2 percentage points.

Naked Politics What would a second term look like -- for Crist? For Scott?

Charlie Crist may be the Democratic Party’s best hope to regaining the governor’s mansion after a 16-year drought, but those who know him well say that if he gets his former job back, the newly-minted Democrat will govern much like the Republican he was four years ago.

Naked Politics Vote on medical marijuana will decide whether some families stay -- or leave Florida

 Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures.

Naked Politics Crist rally turns into shouting match at African-American library in Fort Lauderdale

What began Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale as an early voting rally for Charlie Crist turned into a shouting match, featuring the former governor’s supporters squaring off against those backing his opponent Rick Scott.

Naked Politics With 1.6m ballots cast, GOP widens lead to 147k but Dems narrow percentage margin

@MarcACaputo

There's a good chance that more than one-fourth of this Florida election's ballots have already been cast now that more than 1.6 million Floridians have early voted either in person or by absentee.

OS Political Pulse The rise of Florida's rogue voters

At least on paper, more of Florida’s voters this year have been looking for a third way.

Naked Politics FL gov race nears $100m in ad spending, nearly $13m pumped into TV in a week

@MarcACaputo

Wanna make $96 million disappear into thin air?

Then get into the business of making and running TV ads for the Florida governor's race, where about $12.7 million in broadcast and cable buys has been dropped since last week.

Naked Politics Cases against 2 former aides to Miami Rep. Joe Garcia remain unresolved

@PatriciaMazzei

Naked Politics Rick Scott gets Twitter shoutout - and photo! - from Mr. 305 himself: Pitbull

@PatriciaMazzei

Looks like Florida Gov. Rick Scott wasn't the biggest name at his Republican fundraiser at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Friday.

That distinction apparently goes to Miami native Armando Christian Pérez -- better known as Pitbull -- who on posted to his Twitter account (@pitbull) a photo with the guv, Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and state Rep. Erik Fresen.

Naked Politics To pump up early vote, Charlie Crist rallies from Miami to Jacksonville Saturday

@MarcACaputo

How important is this weekend's in-person early vote for Democrat Charlie Crist? He's planning rallies from Miami to Jacksonville in one day.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist's False claim about insurance

Candidates in this year’s gubernatorial race have launched so many attacks against each other, it’s hard to keep them all straight. Even the candidates themselves seem to be having problems.

During the Oct. 21, 2014, CNN debate in Jacksonville, Democrat Charlie Crist seemed to mix his talking points when it came to insurance rates.

Naked Politics Poll: Teachers disapprove of Rick Scott

Public school teachers really don't like Gov. Rick Scott, according to a poll released Friday by the Democratic Party of Florida. 

The survey, conducted by the firm Hamilton Campaigns, found that 81 percent of public school teachers who are likely voters have a negative opinion of the way Scott handled education.

Sure, teachers tend to be Democrats. But 62 percent of the educators who identified themselves as Republicans gave Scott negative marks.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist ad goes after Rick Scott's jet, mansion and K-12 spending again

From a press release:

Naked Politics Scott: Feds need to monitor Ebola volunteers

Gov. Rick Scott is once again calling on the federal government to step up its Ebola-prevention efforts. 

Scott made his latest remarks Friday, after Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus in New York.

Naked Politics Cook Political Report: Miami Rep. Joe Garcia one of 'most vulnerable Democrats'

@PatriciaMazzei

South Florida voters used to competitive political races -- this is the nation's largest purple state, after all -- may not realize just how important the tossup congressional contest between U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia and Carlos Curbelo is nationally.

On Friday, 11 days before the election, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington D.C. released its analysis of vulnerable Democratic incumbents. And Garcia is on it.

Naked Politics 1.5m votes cast, GOP still leads but Dems have cut advantage-rate in half since Oct. 6

@MarcACaputo

About 1.5 million pre-Election Day ballots had been cast as of Friday morning and the Republican advantage over Democrats is slowly eroding in terms of a percentage advantage.

Yesterday morning, Democrats were down 10.8 percentage points compared to Republican ballots cast. Now, Democrats are down 9.8 percentage points.

Naked Politics Scott campaign memo: The Obama turnout model is a 'pile of rubble' for Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

The war of the memos continues. Yesterday, a Charlie Crist advisor made the case that the campaign is on track to turn out pre-Election Day voters. Now its Rick Scott's campaign that's deep-diving the numbers and arguing that it's winning the turnout war on multiple fronts. The memo:

Naked Politics Marco Rubio becomes Rick Scott's latest Spanish-language TV ad spokesman

@MarcACaputo

First there was Jeb Bush. Then Luis Fortuño and Maurice Ferre. Now Marco Rubio takes the mic for Gov. Rick Scott in his latest Spanish-language spot.

The translation:

Naked Politics We watched way too many campaign ads so you wouldn't have to

@AdamSmithTimes

It's no secret that Florida is essentially several different states in one. How one area of Florida views the world - and votes--  is often quite different than how another does. The Times/Herald tried a little experiment today, monitoring the political commercials that aired in four distinct TV markets/political territories during the 6 p.m. local news.

Naked Politics Could Charlie Crist have expanded Medicaid?

To hear Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist tell it, the 2014 gubernatorial campaign isn’t about policy positions, but more about which candidate did less as governor.  

Take the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. No, really, someone should take it, because neither governor did. Now each is berating the other for it.

Naked Politics Gubernatorial candidates make overtures to female voters

From the sound of things, Florida's gubernatorial candidates consider female voters key to the Nov. 4 election.

Naked Politics Bill Clinton heads to FL to help Charlie Crist, Gwen Graham

via @adamsmithtimes

Barack Obama won't make it to Sunshine State before the election, it appears, but former President Bill Clinton is expected to headline an early vote rally in Tampa on 5 pm Sunday. It will be at Cyrus Greene Park.

Clinton will be campaigning with Congressional candidate Gwen Graham earlier in the day in north Florida.