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The Buzz Rick Scott campaign: We're killing Crist on the ground

FROM: Tim Saler, Deputy Campaign Manager
TO: Interested Parties
SUBJECT: First Stages of the 2014 Ground Game

Florida Politics Florida lawmakers litter budget with hometown projects

TALLAHASSEE – Southwest Ranches describes itself glowingly as a rural, Old Florida time-warp of a town near Fort Lauderdale, complete with “donkeys braying, roosters crowing, and no sidewalks.”

Naked Politics Charlie Crist is 'behind the eight ball," says Rick Scott's internal ground-game memo

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Remember yesterday's column about how Democrats' voter-registration edge isn't all it's cracked up to be? Well, neither is the party's ground game, according to the following memo from Gov. Rick Scott's Deputy Campaign Manager Tim Saler. Here it is:

Naked Politics Scott, Jindal and Perry pen letter to Obama on Medicare Advantage 'cuts'

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The Obama Administration's announced last week that it was reversing Medicare Advantage cuts used to help fund Obamacare, but three Republican governors say the privately run alternative to traditional Medicare is still getting dinged.

Is it true?

We've asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and gotten no response. Until then, we've put "cuts" in quotes.

Naked Politics RGA features Rick Scott in "American Comeback" web spot

From an email:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association today launched the next video of the American Comeback project, a national advertising effort designed to tell the success stories and accomplishments of Republican governors.

Naked Politics "Give me Scott," Crist says after awkward handshake with Lopez-Cantera

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Charlie Crist can’t resist small talk, a few cameras and a campaign stunt.

His one-time ally and current opponent, Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera, found that out that hard way on Monday when he was assigned to shadow Crist at a Palm Beach County event and give Gov. Rick Scott’s response.

Naked Politics WCTV: We take 'full responsibility,' apologize to Crist, Morgan for ad error that led to RPOF complaint

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A Tallahassee CBS affiliate issued a public apology to Democrat Charlie Crist and his employer, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, for mistakenly running an ad that led to a Republican Party complaint because the spot violated campaign rules.

Naked Politics Miami Dade College board backs Padron

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The Miami Dade College District Board of Trustees on Monday made clear their "unequivocal support" of college president Eduardo Padron following his public, personal spat with several powerful local lawmakers.

Naked Politics Hall-of-famer Brooks Robinson's lawsuit against tribe exposes flaws in compact

Renowned baseball hall-of-famer Brooks Robinson plunged six feet from an unsecured stage during a charity event at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood two years ago and is now suing the Seminole Tribe for nearly $10 million for his permanent injuries.

Naked Politics Cruise line leads alliance against David Beckham soccer stadium at PortMiami

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Royal Caribbean Cruises and its allies have formed an organization to oppose a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami, marking the first coordinated resistance to David Beckham’s waterfront dream.

Naked Politics In GOP-dominated Legislature, black lawmakers caucus struggles

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An excerpt from the story in Sunday's paper about Florida's legislative black caucus and its affiliated caucus foundation:

But records of past years' fundraising and interviews with caucus leaders indicate that less than 10 cents of every dollar raised actually go to college scholarships for the students whose names were projected on large screens at the gala.

Naked Politics Ad 'error' leads to election complaint against Charlie Crist over Morgan & Morgan spot

@MarcACaputo

Perhaps the only thing not in dispute regarding Charlie Crist's Morgan & Morgan trial lawyer ads is that they ran recently in Tallahassee, they appear to violate campaign contribution rules and they're a headache for the Democratic candidate for governor now that the Republican Party of Florida filed an elections complaint over one of the TV spots.

Post on Politics Burt Aaronson, recovering from heart surgery, makes appearance at Crist speech

Crist and Aaronson at Kravis Center today.


Six weeks after having a heart valve replaced and receiving a pacemaker, former Palm Beach County commissioner Burt Aaronson is slowly returning to the local political scene.

Post on Politics First Amendment Foundation urges Scott veto of warning shot bill

A measure that would allow Floridians to fire a warning shot in self-defense should be vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott because it also closes key criminal records from public oversight, the First Amendment Foundation said Monday.

Post on Politics Charlie Crist: Reporter George Bennett tweets from the Forum Club

Follow Post politics writer George Bennett’s live tweets from the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, where Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is the featured speaker about noon, and where Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, the running mate of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, plans to be available to respond.

Florida Politics Rep. Joe Garcia raises $460,000 in 3 months

 

Naked Politics Democrats try to raise Florida’s minimum wage, but the conversation goes nowhere

They held protests and press conferences. Several even spent the week living on $7.93 an hour.

But try as they might, Democratic lawmakers could not spark a discussion about increasing the state minimum wage.

"It’s a debate that’s being had everywhere but Florida," said Sen. Dwight Bullard, the Miami-Dade Democrat leading the charge. "Republicans are blocking it."

Post on Politics Murphy, Frankel cite ’77 cents’ statistic on women’s earnings; their staffs have bigger gender pay gaps

Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy and Lois Frankel

Naked Politics Democrats' voter-registration edge ain't all it's cracked up to be

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In a state where a presidential election was famously decided by 537 ballots, Florida Democrats’ edge of 485,907 active voters over registered Republicans looks impressive at a glance.

But it isn’t.

In historical terms, it’s a bad sign for Democrats and Charlie Crist. And it’s great news for Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Joe Garcia reports $460k raised last quarter, $2.2m raised overall

Sounds like another good fundraising quarter for U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia (although we don't know cash on hand figures yet). The press release:

Post on Politics Crist to speak at Forum Club, Lopez-Cantera to be on hand for instant comment

Carlos Lopez-Cantera, giving a no vote as state House majority leader in 2011, could reprise his thumbs-down role today when he attends Charlie Crist's speech at the Forum Club. (Florida House of Representatives photo)

Post on Politics In a year of budget plenty, waiting lists for elderly, disabled trimmed only a little

Despite a year of plenty for state lawmakers, with overall spending almost certain to hit record levels, relatively meager increases proposed for elderly and disabled programs do little to scale back the massive backlog of Floridians seeking aid.

Naked Politics All Aboard Florida's Miami to Orlando train hits a costly patch

New downtown passenger train service that would speed users from Orlando to South Florida and back may sound like a tourism dream come true, but there’s a potentially unexpected cost to local residents.

Local governments face increased costs to maintain the areas where their roads cross the tracks and some fear the closing of smaller crossings to vehicular traffic to save money.

Naked Politics With compact, governor has the power to dictate future of gaming in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott, who made a career out of negotiating hospital mergers, is now applying his negotiating skills to a deal with the Seminole Tribe that could singlehandedly dictate the future of gaming in Florida.

Naked Politics Gambling may be dead for the session but its short life was lucrative

The debate over gambling may be dead in the Florida Legislature for this session, but it's short life was very lucrative for legislative campaign coffers. 

Naked Politics A tale of two websites: While Sebelius is out of work, Panuccio keeps his job

Two agency directors. Two launches of websites that failed miserably.

On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned after her five years on the job were marred by the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll American’s in Pres. Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Naked Politics Ana Alliegro denied pre-trial release after prosecutor describes flight to Nicaragua

Ana Alliegro had just surrendered her passport to the FBI and was told by her lawyer that she was facing jail time for her alleged role in a campaign-finance conspiracy tied to former Congressman David Rivera.

Alliegro didn’t stick around.

Naked Politics Union appeals to voters in the Medicaid "coverage gap"

The state healthcare workers' union has a new strategy in its fight to expand Medicaid coverage: reaching out to voters "who've been screwed out of healthcare coverage by their representative's refusal to act."

SEIU Florida will be knocking on doors this weekend in four state House districts.

Florida Politics A Springtime Truism: Campaign cash pours into the Florida Capitol

Naked Politics Charlie Crist to open Broward office Tuesday

Charlie Crist will open his first field office in the state in Broward County Tuesday.

The campaign’s South Florida headquarters will be located at 320 South University Drive, Plantation. Crist is expected to attend the 5 p.m. opening.

Crist has also rented an apartment on Fort Lauderdale beach.