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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.

Naked Politics Will perceived peer pressure push Miami-Dade Hispanics to vote for Charlie Crist?

@PatriciaMazzei 

Catching our eye amid the piles of political fliers in the Florida governor's race was one by Democrat Charlie Crist geared at Spanish-speaking voters.

"Hundreds of your friends and neighbors have already voted. Have you?" the flier asks.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott's appearance on WPLG's 'This Week'

In his four years as governor, Rick Scott has rarely sat for lengthy interviews. His campaign has declined repeated requests from Tallahassee reporters and from most Florida editorial boards. But with time running out and polls showing a neck-and-neck race with Charlie Crist, Scott has begun finding increasing amounts of time on free media to augment his saturation TV ad campaign.

OS Political Pulse Gravis Poll: Fan helps Crist; med pot losing

A new poll from Gravis Marketing finds that Charlie Crist's fan has blown the wind of momentum his way and Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, continues to slide away from the 60 percent needed for adoption.

Naked Politics Medical marijuana group to TV stations: stop running 'false' ad by opponents

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Naked Politics 1.8m in FL have voted; Dems win early voting, continue to eat into GOP ballot lead

@MarcACaputo

South Florida in-person early voting turnout might have been relatively lighter than expected this weekend, but Democrats for the first time this election still topped Republicans in pre-Election Day ballot casting at the polls in the entire state.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez hints at dropping GOP affiliation

@doug_hanks

Is the Republican Party about to lose its top elected official in Miami-Dade County? On Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez strongly hinted he was thinking of switching his registration from Republican to independent. 

In a radio interview, Gimenez confirmed he "may be" changing his party affiliation. "I'm a registered Republican right now," he told the Gray Zone politics show on 880AM, a Miami station.

Naked Politics Democratic poll: Fresen race is a "statistical draw"

Some South Florida political observers have said they doubt Democrats can flip Florida House District 114. But a new poll conducted by the left-leaning firm SEA Polling & Strategic Design says the race is a dead heat.

The survey has incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Fresen leading Democratic candidate Daisy Baez, 37-35 percent.

Naked Politics South Florida's early voting weekend is a warning sign for Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

Saturday and Sunday marked the first chance for voters to head to the early voting polls on a weekend, a time when Democrats could really show in force and put a big dent in Republicans’ lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots.

Naked Politics Annette Taddeo's 'no free rides' for Miami GOP could be costing her, Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

About a month before she became Charlie Crist’s running mate, Annette Taddeo announced she helped recruit seven new candidates to ensure that every GOP-held state House seat was under challenge in Miami-Dade County.

“It’s time that Miami-Dade Republicans got the message: No more free rides,” Taddeo, then the county Democrats’ party chairwoman, said at the time.

But now it looks as if the no-free-rides policy could be costing her and Crist.