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Naked Politics Fact-checking Crist's attack on Scott's abortion record

In his quest for the women’s vote. Democrat Charlie Crist continues to attack Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s record on abortion.

OS Political Pulse Chris Christie to campaign with Gov. Scott again

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, possibly preparing for a 2016 presidential run, will join Gov.

Naked Politics Absentee ballots hit the road in Broward

Broward voters will start casting ballots for Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist this week.

On Tuesday morning, the Broward Supervisor of Elections office loaded 162,482 absentee ballots onto a postal truck.

“That’s the most ever we have sent out on our first run....,” Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said. “It’s amazing how people are grabbing ahold of this process of voting.”

Naked Politics Latvala leads Negron in Senate fund-raising race

In the long-running competition for leadership of the Senate in 2016, Republican Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater is outpacing rival Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart in one category: raising money.

Both senators formed political committees to advance their presidential bids. The committees (formerly CCEs, committees of continuous existence) can accept unlimited contributions.

Naked Politics Brief effort for new vote on proposed Miami-Dade transgender-protections law goes nowhere

@PatriciaMazzei

For a few moments Tuesday, it appeared a Miami-Dade County commissioner might try to get the board to reconsider its tentative approval of legislation that would extend civil-rights protections to transgender people.

Naked Politics CFO Jeff Atwater's new ad casts him as money-saving crime-fighter

@MarcACaputo

Even writing the title "Florida Chief Financial Officer" can make a reporter's eyes glaze over or a reader skip to another story.

So what's a CFO to do when he runs for reelection?

Naked Politics Chris Christie is West Palm, Miami-bound for Rick Scott

@MarcACaputo

The Republican Governors Association has given Gov. Rick Scott at least $13.5 million -- and RGA chairman and possible White House wannabe Chris Christie at least three reasons for coming to Florida.

Wednesday marks visit number three this cycle as the New Jersey governor. Here's the press release: 

Naked Politics Forum talks climate solutions, inspired and in spite of Gov. Scott

@CraigTimes

About 250 people turned out Monday afternoon for a conference on climate change inspired by Gov. Rick Scott to talk about solutions ranging from alternate energy sources to coping with sea-level rise.

The Florida Climate Science and Solutions Summit, held at Eckerd College, brought together scientists, government officials and entrepreneurs to discuss what’s worked and what has not as the atmosphere and oceans heat up.

Naked Politics 0ptimus FL poll: Adrian Wyllie gaining at 13%; Charlie Crist, Rick Scott deadlocked 40-39%

@MarcACaputo

The new Republican-leaning analytics firm 0ptimus is out with a new Florida governor's race poll and it's probably great news for the least-known candidate: Adrian Wyllie.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Joe Garcia distances himself from Obama

@PatriciaMazzei

Fighting to stay in Congress, Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia has made a point of highlighting policy differences with President Barack Obama.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor to headline fundraiser for Hialeah lawmaker running for property appraiser

@PatriciaMazzei

Eddy Gonzalez is already leading the money race against Pedro J. Garcia to become Miami-Dade County's next property appraiser. But he will try to further widen the gap Tuesday night with a big-name fundraiser featuring County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Naked Politics Bondi and Sheldon cover lots of ground, deep differences, but few sparks in lone debate

Florida’s three attorney general candidates highlighted stark differences in their views on issues ranging from Obamacare to gambling and medical marijuana during a televised debate Monday, but incumbent Pam Bondi didn’t commit on the issue of the day — gay marriage.

Naked Politics Despite high court move, Pam Bondi won't say if she'll pull appeal on gay marriage ban

@SteveRothaus

Florida gay-marriage proponents will ask a federal judge Tuesday to lift his own stay and allow same-sex unions in the Sunshine State, following a Supreme Court announcement Monday that cleared the way for immediate expansion of marriage rights in as many as 11 states.

Naked Politics Report: University investigates students for letting tracker secretly record Carlos Curbelo remarks

@PatriciaMazzei

George Washington University is investigating two members of its College Democrats for allowing someone to secretly record remarks made to College Republicans by Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo, according to the university's independent student newspaper.

Naked Politics Democratic super PAC attacks Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo

@PatriciaMazzei

Carlos Curbelo's remarks to college Republicans that Social Security and Medicare amount to a "Ponzi scheme" have made it to a new television ad funded by a Democratic political action committee.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott hires California lawyer to fight releasing details about his Google account

After striking out in Florida court, Gov. Rick Scott has hired a California law firm to fight the subpoena ordering Google to release details about private email accounts believed to be used by the governor and his staff to conduct public business.

OS Political Pulse Morgan starts medicine show tour in Orlando

John Morgan, his brother Tim Morgan and campaigners for Amendment 2, medical marijuana, started a bus tour of rallies and townhall discussions in Central Florida Monday with a rally at the University of Central Florida and a forum in Winter Park.

Naked Politics The Money Race: Scott gets more RGA cash, reliable Democrats back Crist

@tbtia

The election is one month away, and both Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, who wants his old mansion back, continue to lean heavily on their political committees' ability to raise unlimited dollars.

Naked Politics Big cash haul but still lots of public skepticism over Miami-Dade referendum for new civil courthouse

@PatriciaMazzei

To raise oodles of cash in a few short weeks for a political campaign, tap the thick checkbooks of Miami-Dade County’s legal community.

That’s what the attorneys pushing for a new civil courthouse did over the past month. They brought in nearly $800,000 over 27 days for their political action committee, Building Blocks for Justice.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's blind trust targeted in newly filed appeal

@MarcACaputo

Florida's Constitution has some pretty plain language about "all elected constitutional officers" who must file "full and public disclosure of their financial interests."

OS Political Pulse Pratt blasts Grayson as 'without honor'

Republican congressional candidate Carol Platt has opened up a fundraising website and social media called "A Congressman Without Honor" to attack the character of her opponent, U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Movers & Shakers

Update on the Status of Women: Melissa Hagan has been appointed by Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Hagan and her husband, Aaron, own Emerald Coast Interview Consulting, and she recently served as chief development Ooficer for Gulf Coast State College. Hagan, of Lynn Haven, is a former teacher, curriculum designer and caseworker for at-risk youth.

Naked Politics After his own negative ad binge, Rick Scott says in new ad: 'Charlie Crist wants you to hate me'

@MarcACaputo

After months of negative ads decimating Democrat Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott has been slowly running more positive spots, including the latest one where he essentially takes his opponent to task for running.... negative ads.

Florida Politics Crist, Scott finalize Jacksonville CNN debate

TALLAHASSEE -- The third and final debate between Republican Gov.

OS Political Pulse Crist, Scott finalize Jacksonville CNN debate

TALLAHASSEE -- The third and final debate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist will be in Jacksonville on Oct.

Florida Politics Crist camp keeps re-hashing mega-fraud at Scott's company

TALLAHASSEE -- They hope it's the fraud file that keeps on giving.

OS Political Pulse Crist camp keeps re-hashing mega-fraud at Scott's company

TALLAHASSEE -- They hope it's the fraud file that keeps on giving.

Naked Politics HCA whistleblower renews his claim that Scott knew about fraud

The former whistleblower who helped to uncover the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history at the hospital company Gov. Rick Scott started revived claims that his former boss knew of the widespread fraud and “does not have the integrity” to be re-elected.

Naked Politics Black minister decides not to endorse Rick Scott after all

From the Tampa Bay Times Buzz blog:

Florida Politics TV ads extol right to travel to Cuba

An anti-embargo lobbying group on Monday launched a TV and Internet ad extolling the value of unfettered travel by Cuban-Americans to Cuba.