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Naked Politics Cuba talk unexpectedly dominates last debate in Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

The hard-fought Miami campaign between U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia and challenger Carlos Curbelo had been noteworthy in part because of how rarely the candidates had brought up the issue of Cuba.

Until Tuesday, that is.

OS Political Pulse Video: Nelson demands action on airbags

During a demonstration of a car airbag deployment, Florida's senior senator, Bill Nelson talked to reporters and met with a central Florida family injured in an airbag malfunction, in Orlando, Tuesday.  Nelson is demanding more action by federal safety regulators and several Japanese...

Naked Politics Report: Florida's elections system has improved, but problems remain

In a hotly contested gubernatorial race that could come down to the wire, what could go wrong in Florida on Election Day?

Many things, says Common Cause, the non-profit, liberal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

The group released a report that looks at how 10 swing states, including Florida, adopted recommendations from a presidential commission after long voting lines plagued the 2012 election.

OS Political Pulse Researcher: veterans with PTSD need med pot study

An Arizona doctor said in Orlando that her research into medical marijuana's effects on veterans with PTSD has been stymied by federal red tape.

Naked Politics Crist's Mostly False attack on Scott's rape crisis veto

In the homestretch, Charlie Crist is pushing hard for the women’s vote in his battle against Gov. Rick Scott.

Crist has vowed to protect abortion rights and fight for equal pay for women for months. Scott has attacked Crist for taking money from strip club owners.

Naked Politics New York Times/CBS poll: Scott 46%, Crist 45%

A poll by the New York Times/CBS News/YouGov has Gov. Rick Scott holding a 1 percentage point lead over Charlie Crist, 46 percent to 45 percent.

The poll was conducted the week of Oct. 16-23 with a margin of error of 2 percentage points. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie was not included in the survey.   

Naked Politics New ads feature old attacks in Crist vs. Scott race

With a week to go until Election Day, you probably feel like you’ve heard every attack in the Florida gubernatorial campaign before.

That’s because you have.

With millions being poured into TV commercials, Gov. Rick Scott and challenger Charlie Crist (and the Republican and Democratic parties backing them) keep recycling the same talking points over and over. Many of them have been used so many times, PolitiFact Florida has already checked them more than once.

Naked Politics Crist blocked TV crew's pictures of private plane

In the race for governor of Florida, transparency takes another hit.

Over the weekend, Democrat Charlie Crist did a campaign fly-around to Jacksonville, Sanford and Miami on Saturday. The only reporter invited aboard, Troy Kinsey of Bay News 9, found out after he got on board that pictures of the private plane were off limits.

Naked Politics Just another friendly reminder from Scott on Florida's (non) Ebola outbreak

In a brief conference call to Florida lawmakers Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott led with the only update that mattered.
“We have no confirmed cases of Ebola in Florida, and we hope we never will,” Scott told lawmakers.
But it gave Scott another opportunity to repeat the precautions taken in case of a possible Ebola outbreak.

Naked Politics Rubio joins Republican senators in blasting EPA clean-water proposal as overreach

@CAdamsMcClatchy

A group of Republican U.S. senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, is blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers for a clean-water proposal that has riled agriculture interests nationwide.

Naked Politics Cuban dissident stars in Joe Garcia's latest ad

@PatriciaMazzei

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Miami has campaigned for another congressional term by focusing on bread-and-butter Democratic issues -- Medicare, Social Security, student loans -- and generally avoiding the topic of Cuba.

Yet the star of his latest political advertisement on Spanish-language television is a Cuban dissident.

OS Political Pulse Candidates urge reform of school reform

If the tide hasn't turned in Tallahassee on the education reform movements of the past 15 years — such as testing, accountability and choice — it surely appeared Monday night to have turned among seven candidates for the Florida Legislature in Orange County-based districts.

Naked Politics Internet poll from NY Times/CBS: Rick Scott 46%, Charlie Crist 45%

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott leads Democrat Charlie Crist 46-45 percent in the latest internet poll from YouGov, conducted for the New York Times/CBS.

So this poll, like others, essentially shows a tie because Scott's 1-point lead is within the error margin.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist closing TV ad campaign with Bill Clinton, not Barack Obama

@MarcACaputo

Democrat Charlie Crist is closing out his TV ad campaign with the party's most-popular surrogate, former President Bill Clinton.

And what of President Obama? Highly unpopular and nowhere to be seen in Florida, unlike 2012 when he continually had a reason for "official" presidential business that just so happened to dovetail with his re-election campaign in the nation's largest swing state.

Here's the Big Dog:

 

Naked Politics About 2m in FL have voted; GOP raw-vote lead grows over Dems, but relative margin shrinks

@MarcACaputo

More than 1.9 million Floridians had cast pre-Election Day ballots as of Tuesday morning as Republicans slightly increased their raw-vote margin over Democrats while the GOP's proportional lead ticked down a notch.

Total GOP lead over Democrats in ballots cast: 142,908, or 7.2 percentage points. Yesterday morning, Republicans were up 138,572, or 7.6 percentage points.

Naked Politics Joe Garcia, Carlos Curbelo slated to debate one more time Tuesday night

@PatriciaMazzei

It will really be the final debate, both sides say, when U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia and challenger Carlos Curbelo face off for the eighth time Tuesday night.

Naked Politics For election home stretch, Carlos Curbelo releases TV ad that makes no mention of Joe Garcia

@PatriciaMazzei

Republican Carlos Curbelo released a new television ad a week before Election Day, and it's not an attack piece.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor lays more groundwork for possible GOP departure

@doug_hanks

A day after causing a political stir by revealing he may leave the Republican Party to become independent, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez joined a popular radio show to explain why it would be a good idea.

OS Political Pulse Video, Photos: Christie returns to Florida for Scott

New Jersey governor Chris Christie made a return visit to Florida, Sunday and Monday, on a statewide campaign swing with Gov. Rick Scott, for Scott's reelection campaign. The two governors arrived Monday afternoon to a cheering crowd in Ormond Beach, the final stop of the tour.

Naked Politics South Florida's early voting Monday is a warning sign for Rick Scott

@MarcACaputo

Yesterday, something weird happened: early voting was lower Sunday than on Saturday in South Florida's three biggest counties. Miami-Dade saw 6,109 (lower than Tuesday and Wednesday) early voters; Broward was 5,912 (the lowest of the week); Palm Beach 3,377 (the lowest of the week).

OS Political Pulse In Florida, Christie answers questions on NJ Ebola policy

While campaigning with Rick Scott in Ormond Beach, Fla., Monday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie answered questions about the controversial quarantine of a patient at a Newark hospital suspected of possibly having the Ebola virus.

Naked Politics 0ptimus FL poll: Rick Scott 42%, Charlie Crist 39%

@MarcACaputo

The new Republican data analytics firm, 0ptimus, has released another mega-robopoll with some good news for Gov. Rick Scott: He's narrowly leading Democrat Charlie Crist.

The race is still technically a tie but Scott's lead of 2.4 percentage points (41.9-39.4 percent) is almost outside the poll's error margin.

Naked Politics Rick Scott ahead, but Charlie Crist gaining, in FL's early vote war

@MarcACaputo @adamsmithtimes

The race for Florida governor is tied in the polls, but the past week has brought more good numbers for Democrat Charlie Crist than Gov. Rick Scott.

After the first full week of in-person early voting, Democrats have started to eat into Republicans’ lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots — a margin in the GOP’s favor of 138,000 of more than 1.8 million cast statewide.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's veto of rape-crisis centers featured in new Charlie Crist ad

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott attacked Charlie Crist's "war on women" today in an ad over the Democrat'sreceipt of $90,000 in strip-club contributions.

Naked Politics Crist chases history, and possibly political oblivion

Charlie Crist is courting political history in next week's election.

If he wins, he'll be the first governor of Florida elected as both a Republican and a Democrat -- and only the sixth in the U.S. since 1900.

Naked Politics Report: Florida leads nation in disenfranchising offenders released from prison

The Sentencing Project has released a report showing that Florida has the highest felony disenfranchisement rate in the country, another issue dividing Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Naked Politics The Money Race: In final week, Crist campaign has more to spend

@mikevansickler

For the first time since he announced he was running for governor, Charlie Crist’s campaign has more cash to spend than Gov. Rick Scott.

Through Oct. 25, Crist had $3.2 million. Scott dipped to $2.9 million.

Naked Politics Movers & Shakers

New leadership for Senate Democratic Office: David Cox, previously a senior legislative analyst for House Democrats and a former newspaper reporter, will be jumping into a new role as staff director of the Florida Senate Democratic Office on Nov. 1st.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's distortion about Charlie Crist's record on restoring voting rights to felons

As part of his appeal to black voters, Charlie Crist has defended his record on making it easier for nonviolent felons to regain the right to vote.

Naked Politics The politics of porn: Crist takes industry $; Scott invests in company sued for 'enabling' sex predators

Sex and porn sells, perhaps even in the final week of a close political campaign.

Gov. Rick Scott is up with a new ad that echoes a claim his campaign has been pushing for weeks: that Charlie Crist has a "war on women" because he accepted $90,000 from three different Broward companies that operate strip clubs.