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Naked Politics Insults fly between Miami GOP congressional candidate and former Republican foe

@PatriciaMazzei

Ed MacDougall, the Cutler Bay mayor who came a distant second to Carlos Curbelo in the Republican primary for Florida's 26th congressional district, has told acquaintances not to vote for Curbelo in the Nov. 4 general election.

Naked Politics St. Pete Poll: Scott-Crist at 45-44%; medical marijuana support low, at 54%

From Saint Petersblog:

Much as it has been for months, Florida’s gubernatorial race remains locked in a virtual tie, according to a new statewide poll released Monday from StPetePolls.

Naked Politics FDLE accuses ex-candidate for governor of fraud

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Monday that former Republican candidate for governor Yinka Adeshina has been arrested for fraud for submitting false campaign reports to the state Division of Elections.

OS Political Pulse Tallahassee's bizarre confluence of election fraud and Ebola scares

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida law enforcement arrested a women at a capital city airport Monday for faking documents to make it look like she had raised $182,000 from donors to run for governor.

Florida Politics Tallahassee's bizarre confluence of election fraud and Ebola scares

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida law enforcement arrested a women at a capital city airport Monday for faking documents to make it look like she had raised $182,000 from donors to run for governor.

Naked Politics McLaughlin poll: Rick Scott over Charlie Crist 43-42 percent, Wyllie at 6

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott is slightly leading Democrat Charlie Crist 43-42 percent, according to a new poll from Republican pollster McLaughlin & Associates.

Like other recent polls that show Crist up by a point or two, Scott's lead in the McLaughlin survey is within the margin of error, making the race essentially tied. The Republican Party of Florida paid for the poll of 1,000 likely voters.

Naked Politics RPOF's ad about Charlie Crist and Digital Domain falsely calls it a 'de-facto Ponzi scheme'

Gov. Rick Scott and his opponent Charlie Crist are having a heyday accusing each other of being corrupt.

Crist and the Democrats have repeatedly attacked Scott for the $1.7 billionMedicare fraud fine against Columbia/HCA, a health care company headed by Scott before he stepped down in 1997 amid the federal investigation.

Naked Politics Scott, Crist campaigns clash over excess donations

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign accused Charlie Crist's campaign Monday of "surreptitiously" refunding $42,500 in campaign contributions that exceeded the $3,000 legal limit on individual donations. The "surreptitious" refunds are listed on the Division of Elections' web site, as are Scott's.

A review of Scott's campaign finances by Times/Herald reporter Marc Caputo shows that Scott has returned slightly more money, $43,095.

Naked Politics Additional debate scheduled in Miami congressional race between Joe Garcia, Carlos Curbelo

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami Rep. Joe Garcia has agreed to debate opponent Carlos Curbelo one more time, in a Spanish-language debate to be televised Tuesday night.

The debate, at 7 p.m. on WDFL-18, known as MiraTV, will be hosted by Roberto Rodríguez Tejera, who says the format will not be as structured as formal debates in which candidates' answers are timed.

Naked Politics Ana Alliegro: 'calculating, manipulative, treacherous' David Rivera 'will also fall'

@MarcACaputo

If anyone thought former Congressman David Rivera's (now-former?) gal pal Ana Alliegro wouldn't testify against him, check out what she told Diario las Americas:

OS Political Pulse 3 finalists named for University of Florida president

The University of Florida's Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its list of finalists to three, all from out-of-state, with the president-elect expected to be named Wednesday.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott's election night party in Bonita Springs

On Election Night, Nov. 4, Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist and their supporters will be a couple of hours apart on Florida's west coast, close to I-75.

Scott will hold his election night party at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point hotel in Bonita Springs near Fort Myers. Democrat Charlie Crist will return to the Renaissance Vinoy hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, the site of his 2006 victory as a Republican candidate for governor.

Naked Politics The Money Race: Crist and Scott spending neck-and-neck

As polls show Charlie Crist building a slight lead in the gubernatorial race, his campaign is burning through more cash than ever.

Naked Politics Crist, Scott split on Medicaid expansion

As he gains momentum in the race for governor, Charlie Crist is driving a conversation on Medicaid expansion.

The Republican-turned-Democrat has become such a fervent supporter of the policy that he said he would consider using an executive order to get it done.

Naked Politics State Rep. Erik Fresen faces challenge in the November election

State Rep. Erik Fresen is one of Miami-Dade’s better known state lawmakers — and as education budget chairman, among the most powerful.

Yet, he is the only Republican member of Miami-Dade’s legislative delegation facing a serious challenge in the Nov. 4 election.

Naked Politics What's one thing neither side is talking about in the marijuana/Amend 2 debate?

Here’s the little secret that neither side of the Amendment 2 debate over medical marijuana is talking about: The Florida Legislature controls its fate.

Naked Politics Another inmate death at women's prison and allegations of guard-ruled gang war


@JKnipeBrown

Latandra Ellington, an inmate at Lowell state prison, died amid a power struggle between two warring factions of corrections officers, according to letters obtained by the Miami Herald.

Naked Politics Rising stars face off in Florida House race

In a year with only a handful of competitive statehouse races, a battle in Miami-Dade County is quickly becoming the one to watch.

Democrats are fighting to ensure state Rep. José Javier Rodríguez keeps his seat in the Florida House. A Harvard-educated attorney, Rodríguez is a skilled debater who is considered a rising star in political circles.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott's jobs incentive program still falling short of promises

Gov. Rick Scott has used tax breaks and other incentives to attract tens of thousands of new jobs to Florida, but after nearly four years, most of the jobs still don't exist, according to state records.

Scott has built his case for a second term largely on the slow but steady improvement in the Florida economy, especially a drop in unemployment and growth in private sector jobs as measured by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Naked Politics The 'zero-wage governor' fights the imposer of 'Rick taxes'

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist is the “zero-wage governor.” Rick Scott raised special-interest “Rick taxes.”

In a series of tense exchanges, the two leading candidates for governor zinged each other early and often in their first televised debate Friday, on Spanish-language Telemundo, and repeated the same message: The other guy is worse than me.

Naked Politics The client list: Carlos Curbelo represented Miami brothers wanted in Ecuador

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo until recently represented two wealthy brothers convicted in Ecuador of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, the Republican acknowledged Friday.

The family of Roberto and William Isaías, who live in Miami, hired Curbelo and his firm to try to turn public opinion against the Ecuadorean government, according to Curbelo.

OS Political Pulse Eisnaugle, Falconer share views at Orlando Sentinel in race for Florida House District 44 seat

The winner will face Matt Falconer in the November general election.

Naked Politics Democratic poll: Joe Garcia leads Carlos Curbelo

@PatriciaMazzei

A public-opinion poll of the hotly contested race for Florida's 26th congressional district shows incumbent Rep. Joe Garcia ahead of Republican opponent Carlos Curbelo, national Democrats said Friday.

Naked Politics Ethics commission dismisses complaint against Miami Gardens councilman

@LDixon_3

The Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust has found no probable cause in a case between two candidates for a Miami Gardens City Council seat.

Francis Ragoo filed a complaint against Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro claiming that the incumbent moved a community event to August, days before the election, to basically use it as a campaign event.

Naked Politics Tit-for-tat in Florida governor's debate leaves little room for candidates to lay out vision

@PatriciaMazzei

Three televised debates in the Florida governor's race appeared like the best opportunity for Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist to promote policy plans outside of their ongoing negative campaign.

But as the first debate hosted by WSCV-Telemundo 51 wrapped up its taping Friday, the candidates offered voters few specifics.

Naked Politics Hispanic buzzwords abound in first televised debate between Charlie Crist, Rick Scott

@PatriciaMazzei

Few people may watch the first televised debate between the candidates for Florida governor. It airs on a Friday night, and only on Spanish-language Telemundo network affiliates.

But the voters watching -- Hispanic voters, that is -- were sure catered to by Republican incumbent Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist.

Naked Politics Rick Scott, Charlie Crist kick off first debate going after each other on negative campaigning

@PatriciaMazzei

The first televised debate in the nasty race between Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist kicked off Friday morning in Miramar -- fittingly, with the candidates attacking each other.

WSCV-Telemundo 51 reporter Marilys Llanos opened the exchange by asking why the neck-and-neck campaign has been so negative.

Naked Politics 5 things to watch in the Telemundo debate

@AdamSmithTimes

In 25 days, Florida elects a governor.

We’ve reached that phase of Florida’s neck-and-neck governor’s race where the voting is underway, the millions of dollars in nasty TV ads make less and less difference and barring an October surprise, there is probably one real opportunity to shift the overall narrative of the campaign: debates.

Naked Politics Florida House candidate: I'll run in 2016 on just $99

The 2014 general election is still weeks away, but Florida House candidate Ross Hancock is already looking toward the future.

Hancock, an independent who is currently running against state Rep. Erik Fresen in House District 114, has launched his bid for the 2016 election, state records show.

What's unusual about his 2016 candidacy: He's committing to a total budget of $99.