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OS Political Pulse Haitians will get special entry to U.S.

Thousands of Haitians will get a chance to come to the United States to join family members under a new program announced by federal officials on Friday -- and Florida will be a major destination.

Naked Politics Florida Democratic Party releases new ad featuring the 'Fan'

A portion of the Florida Democratic Party press release:

Today, the Florida Democratic Party is releasing “Absent," a new TV ad holding Rick Scott accountable for refusing to debate Charlie Crist over something as trivial as a fan.

 

Naked Politics 780k absentee ballots cast and GOP still leads. 'Here is what they don't tell you'

@MarcACaputo

Absentee ballots are still pouring in, with 778,876 cast of this morning. As yesterday, Republicans still hold the lead in returns over Democrats, 48-35 percent.

Here's a look at the top counties where ballots have been counted by party:

Naked Politics Chamber funds Crist attack in GOP markets: He's a trial lawyer

 The Florida Chamber of Commerce is out with a new television ad in several GOP-heavy media markets today predictably crediting Florida's job increases, which happened as the national economy improved, to Gov. Rick Scott and blaming the job losses, that occurred in the global economic meltdown, to Charlie Crist. 

Naked Politics Teachers union honors influential religious leader who blasted its lawsuit

The statewide teachers union on Friday will honor Bishop Victor T. Curry with its Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award.

Naked Politics Scientists offer up solutions on climate change, now ask Gov. Rick Scott to hear them

 Gov. Rick Scott asked for solutions and so they brought them.

Scientists, business leaders, local elected officials came up with a lengthy list of ways Florida could help to address climate change and on Friday delivered a letter to the governor and asking him for, yes, another meeting.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commissioners lash out at mayor

@doug_hanks

Tension between Miami-Dade commissioners and Mayor Carlos Gimenez is hardly a novelty, but the tone of a Thursday committee meeting seemed unusually harsh. 

Naked Politics Scott calls on CDC to help prevent Ebola in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday called on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reach out to passengers on a plane that apparently carried an Ebola patient the day before it stopped at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio name-dropped in ad for Miami-Dade property appraiser candidate

@PatriciaMazzei

It's not every day that a U.S. senator makes an appearance in a relatively lowly property appraiser's race.

But there's Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, being name-dropped in an advertisement for state Rep. Eddy Gonzalez's bid for Miami-Dade County appraiser.

Naked Politics Comedy writers of America pledge allegiance to Florida

Florida, you did it again.

Just when we thought you had maxed out on becoming a national punchline, you do something like Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate at Broward College in Davie.

Now known as FanGate, the legendary moment in Florida political history did the full Ginsburg on Thursday night’s late night comedy shows.

Naked Politics After fangate, blowback for Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott’s sudden absence at the start of a statewide TV debate reshaped the governor’s race Thursday as event sponsors accused Charlie Crist of breaking the rules and Scott’s side fretted over whether he damaged his re-election prospects.

At the center of the storm was a $20 fan that viewers couldn’t see, quietly whirring at Crist’s feet as he stood alone on stage Wednesday night at Broward College in Davie.

Naked Politics Scott tells Wolf Blitzer he never saw the fan during debate, or the amended rules before

Gov. Rick Scott appeared on Wolf Blitzer's The Situation Room Thursday and was asked about the single most important thing in politics in Florida today -- the fan.
 
The news organization led its politics page with a story and headline that read: Florida Gov. Rick Scott stalls debate over opponent's fan.

Naked Politics Did Crist break the debate rules? Well, the language changed. And it's not so clear

@MarcACaputo

Amy Sherman at PolitiFact Florida had the unenviable task today of pouring through debate rules to determine if Democrat Charlie Crist broke the rules of Wednesday night's debate when someone from his campaign put a fan at his lectern.

Was it a clear violation of the rules? Depends. 

Naked Politics Charlie Crist downplays the fan incident

Gov. Charlie Crist downplayed the incident during a campaign stop in New Port Richey where he spoke to roughly 200 supporters in the Gulf Harbors Civic Association.

"I think it's much ado about nothing,'' he told reporters. "What it seems to me is what we need to talk about is issues like education, the environment, ethical leadership.''

Did he violate the rules that said there was to be no fan? "That's just not true.''

Naked Politics Carlos Curbelo touts more GOP absentee ballot returns so far in Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

From a press release (read a broader analysis of absentee ballot returns here):

Memo: Republicans Lead Big in Absentee Ballot Returns

Naked Politics Fact-checking Scott's attack on Crist about minimum wage

Gov. Rick Scott was sure to bring allegations that Charlie Crist has changed positions to Wednesday night’s debate in Davie, including the new Democrat’s stance on raising the minimum wage.

After former Gov. Crist said he supported raising the minimum wage to $10.10, echoing a plan by President Barack Obama, Scott attacked the newly minted Democrat.

OS Political Pulse Platt poll shows her close in Grayson race

The campaign of Republican congressional candidate Carol Platt has released internal poll results that show her 5 points down in her effort to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

Naked Politics Scott reports no wages and $8 million in investment income


Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday released his 2013 tax returns "in the interest of full transparency’’ with just weeks to go before the election.

Naked Politics The gloves are off in key Florida House race

When races are tight, the mailers and ads get nasty.

That's what's happening in House District 112, a swing district that includes Key Biscayne, Brickell, Little Havana, the Roads, parts of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Naked Politics First, there was FanGate. Now, there is FanCam.

The left-leaning American Bridge is following Gov. Rick Scott with a fan.

Naked Politics Crisafulli announces new leadership posts

Incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, has made his picks for the top leadership positions.

Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, will serve as speaker pro tempore.

Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, will be House Majority Leader.

Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, will be the Rules and Calendar chairman.

Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, will oversee the budget committee.

Naked Politics Scott to appear on the Situation Room

One sign Rick Scott might be reeling from FanGate: the Republican governor will be doing a live interview Thursday afternoon with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Naked Politics New report documents potential Latino voting power in midterms -- but low turnout issues as well

@CAdamsMcClatchy

A record 25 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, and if history is a guide they will also cast a record number of votes, according to a new report.

But if history holds true as well, Latinos will leave far more votes on the table than they cast, due to participation rates that significantly lag those of whites or African-Americans.

Naked Politics With nearly 700k ballots cast, memo says 'Rick Scott is winning' early-vote war. True

@MarcACaputo

More than 683,000 absentee ballots were cast as of Thursday morning, and Republicans continue to hold a solid lead over Democrats in returns, 48-35 percent.

That's not huge news, in that Republicans typically overperform in absentee-ballot casting while Democrats do the same when it comes to early in-person voting. But Democrats have been expected to close the gap with Republicans in ballots cast. Instead, the margin has increased, to 13.7 percent.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott has released his 2013 tax return; see it here

Gov. Rick Scott waited until the deadline Wednesday to file his 2013 income tax return, the final day allowed under law for anyone who received the six-month extention. The campaign has released it today. It his here. 

Naked Politics Debate organizers now claim Crist broke the rules

The organizers of Wednesday's statewide TV debate between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist released a statement Thursday saying that Crist's insistence on having a portable electric fan was a violation of debate rules.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist broke rules by insisting on fans, debate organizers say

via @stevebousquet

The organizers of Wednesday's statewide TV debate between Gov. RIck Scott and Charlie Crist released a statement Thursday saying that Crist's insistence on having a portable electric fan was a violation of debate rules.

The statement from Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association reads in part:

Naked Politics Pro-voucher group flexes political muscle

School voucher supporters said they would get involved in Florida statehouse races this year -- and they are deliving on that promise.

Naked Politics For Charlie Crist, the fan is a mainstay

@stevebousquet

The fan. It’s Charlie Crist’s security blanket.

The fan that created a nationwide uproar in Wednesday’s TV debate is never far from Crist.

The man with the tan doesn’t want people to see him sweating under the glare of hot TV lights. So Crist keeps a portable fan handy whenever he knows he’s going to be on camera.

Naked Politics SkyRise Miami gets an assist in a pivot by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

@doug_hanks