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Naked Politics Allen West endorses Carlos Curbelo; Democrats rejoice


Former U.S. Rep. Allen West backed fellow Republican Carlos Curbelo of Miami against Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia at an event in Washington D.C. on Monday, the Sunshine State News reported.

Florida Politics Abortion-rights group targets Scott with mailers

TALLAHASSEE -- NARAL Pro-Choice America, a national abortion-rights organization, is targeting Florida Gov. Rick Scott along with fellow Republican Govs.

OS Political Pulse Atwater, Putnam continue to raise re-election cash

Though facing little competition in November, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater continues raking in money for his re-election campaign.

OS Political Pulse Abortion-rights group targets Scott with mailers

TALLAHASSEE -- NARAL Pro-Choice America, a national abortion-rights organization, is targeting Florida Gov.

Naked Politics Joe Garcia: I'll debate Carlos Curbelo 4 more times. Curbelo: I've said yes to 7 more invitations


U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Miami Democrat, said Monday he plans to attend four more debates against Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo -- a number Curbelo's campaign criticized as too low.

Naked Politics Report takes aim at Scott's education funding record

new report from the left-leaning American Bridge takes Republican governors to task for cutting education funding.

It includes a section on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who slashed $1.3 billion from the education budget during his first year in office. 

Naked Politics RPOF ad citing anonymous Floridians bashing Obamacare faces PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Got a beef with Obamacare? The Republicans want to remind voters that Democrat Charlie Crist thinks the president’s health care law is "great."

A TV ad by the Republican Party of Florida features anecdotes from people making claims about how the health care law has hurt them in the pocketbook or made it harder to find doctors:

Naked Politics Anti-testing wave catches lawmakers' attention

In Orlando, they hosted a webinar on how to skip the state tests.

In Fort Myers, they convinced the local school board to eliminate all district-required exams.

In Miami, they created an anti-testing network of nearly 1,400 members.

Across Florida, parents are pushing back on standardized tests. Some say schoolchildren are taking too many exams. Others have concerns about the quality of the tests, and the way the results are being used.

Naked Politics Vice-president Joe Biden's South Florida-bound for Charlie Crist on Oct. 13


Vice-President Joe Biden's South Florida-bound for Charlie Crist on Monday, Oct. 13 -- making him the latest national Democrat to join the guubernatorial candidate on the campaign trail, sources say. More information will be made available at a later date.

Naked Politics Hill + Knowlton Strategies hires Weatherford spokesman Ryan Duffy

Ryan Duffy, who served as the communications director for Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford the last two years, is joining the Tallahassee public relations firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

Naked Politics Medical marijuana ad wars start in FL with release of pro & con commercials


The supporters and opponents of medical marijuana both posted their first TV ads Monday, just in time for Floridians to receive the first wave of absentee ballots in the mail.

The clash is one that has played out in 23 other states plus Washington D.C., with medical-marijuana supporters playing up the benefits of cannabis in treating cancer or MS -- while opponents target older, more conservative voters with a message about crime.

PolitiJax Shad Khan, Jaguars owner and Mayor Brown supporter, makes Forbes' 400 wealthiest

Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and a major financial backer of Mayor Alvin Brown's re-election campaign, is ranked 114 on Forbes' 400 wealthiest people in America.

Khan's net worth is listed at $4.4 billion.

This year Khan has emerged as Brown's most high-profile backer, using his deep pockets to boost the mayor's re-election efforts.

Naked Politics Documents: Rick Scott was ready to expand tribal gambling for $2 b over 7 years

From the Associated Press:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's staff nearly reached a multi-billion dollar deal with the Seminole Indian tribe that would have allowed it to add roulette and craps at its South Florida casinos, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist no longer looks, sounds like governor sunshine.


Governor sunshine is losing his shine.

Once known for his likability, Charlie Crist is now viewed less favorably than favorably in Quinnipiac University’s poll of the Florida governor’s race released last week. Crist now trails Gov. Rick Scott 44-46 percent, virtually a tie.

Scott’s heavily negative ad campaign deserves a goodly amount of credit or blame for that.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's current running mate once "strongly" urged Reps to back stimulus, tax-hike budget they attack Crist for

Interesting look-back by the Naples Daily News about the Obama-buck-fed-tax-hiking budget, supported in 2009 by the new running mate of Gov. Rick Scott, who uses the spending plan to criticize Charlie Crist:

“This is a tough year, I strongly urge you to support this budget,” said Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who at the time was House majority leader, one of that chamber’s top positions, according to video from the final day of the 2009 legislative session.

Naked Politics NextGen Climate to continue organizing in Fla after Nov

Charlie Crist is receiving generous support from trial lawyers and teachers in his campaign to unseat the lavishly funded Rick Scott, but his single-most important ally may prove to be California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, a hedge-fund manager and environmental activist, is spending tens of millions of dollars in Florida and six other states to ensure climate change becomes the kind of wedge issue that tips elections.

Naked Politics Proposed Florida amendment would set aside taxes to conserve land


More than two decades after Florida identified the need to save disappearing forests south of Miami, shrinking hammocks in the Keys and other sensitive land around the state, environmentalists fed up with politics getting in the way of conservation are taking their fight to the people.

Naked Politics Gov's staff offers up incomplete timeline of prison cover-up; governor can't find words to explain it

Gov. Rick Scott came to the defense of his chief inspector general Friday, saying that the reason Melinda Miguel couldn't investigate claims of a suspicious inmate deaths more than a year before media reports prompted his agency to do anything was because it was under a pending investigation.

Naked Politics The Money Race: Crist ramps up contributions


Heading into the final month of Florida’s gubernatorial race, Charlie Crist gained a wee bit of ground in campaign contributions on Gov. Rick Scott with the help of his political action committee.

Naked Politics Miami police union chief likes to opine on Facebook


Javier Ortiz, the outspoken president of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police, lends his voice and thoughts on Facebook to interests well outside of city matters.

Naked Politics Once nicknamed 'Mr. Armani,' Miami-Dade schools superintendent says he's not into fashion


Miami-Dade County schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho can add “America’s best dressed” principal to his résumé — at least, according to Indulge magazine, a Miami Herald sister publication.

Naked Politics Legislators asks prison secretary Michael Crews to turn over files on cover-up

A state senator is asking the Department of Corrections to turn over documents regarding the cover-up and investigation of suspicious inmate deaths at Florida prisons, warning that the use excessive force may have violated the constitutional ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."

OS Political Pulse Krulick: I'm "only alternative" to Mica

Independent congressional candidate Al Krulick, once described as a "tilter at windmills," is trying to appeal to Democrats in District 7 now that the party's candidate has essentially ended his challenge Republican U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Dems accuse GOP, Scott of 'bully' tactics in photographing car tags

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant said Friday that Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott tried to "bully, harass and intimidate" people by photographing the license plates of cars belonging to people at a Charlie Crist fund-raiser at her home Tuesday.

Naked Politics NRCC ad: Joe Garcia -- "another corruption scandal"


Political ads come with a who-paid disclaimer. But they also should bear a viewer-beware warning.

So there are some caveats with the National Republican Campaign Committee's latest ad bashing Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia.

Naked Politics Another state board, another campaign-year message lauding Rick Scott


Thousands of parents of kids with Florida prepaid tuition accounts got some welcome news this month that their monthly payments would be reduced --- and Gov. Rick Scott made sure to pen a campaign-style message along with the notification from the Florida Prepaid College Board.

Naked Politics Former Rep. David Rivera's 'co-conspirator' wants indictments in Rep. Joe Garcia's camp

From the Facebook page of Ana Sol Alliegro, admitted 'co-conspirator' of former U.S. Rep David Rivera, in regards to potential criminal activity in the former campaign of U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia:

OS Political Pulse Photos: Scott, Bondi & Co. sweep Fla. Ag's straw poll

While the latest polls in recent days may have the Scott-Crist gubernatorial campaigns pretty much at a dead heat, the straw poll voters at the Farm Credit/Florida Ag Institute’s Candidates Forum in Orlando, Thursday, went all in for Scott & Co., giving all of the GOP candidates big...

Naked Politics Gov. Scott's investigator and DOC inspector were told of cover-up but failed to act

Gov. Rick Scott’s chief troubleshooter was warned nearly two years ago about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths, but did nothing other than forward the letter to the very people accused of hiding the deaths, documents obtained by the Miami Herald show.

Naked Politics Before DWS said Scott Walker gave "back of his hand," she said it about Rick Scott


You remember a few weeks ago when DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz caused an uproar in saying Wisconsin Gov "“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand"? Turns out the overheated rhetoric was not entirely new. The south Florida congresswoman said the something similar about Gov.