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Naked Politics 1.3m ballots in; GOP lead grows to 142k -- but Dems make small percentage gains


More than 1.3 million Floridians have cast absentee and in-person early-vote ballots and Florida Republicans continue to have a strong lead over Democratic ballots cast: 142,000.

Yesterday morning, the GOP lead was almost 138,000.

There’s a sliver of good news in here for Democrat Charlie Crist: the GOP’s advantage in terms of percentages has fallen slightly from 11.7 percent to 10.8 percent.

Naked Politics Female Miami-Dade judges to NBC: Yank 'Bad Judge'


via @MoniqueOMadan

A group of female lawyers in Miami-Dade really, really, really hate a new sitcom, saying that the show depicts a female judge as "unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power."

And those are some of the kinder things.

Their ruling: They want NBC to pull the plug.

Naked Politics 1.2m early votes, self-funding and deadlocked polls. The day that was in FL gov's race


Florida’s high-dollar mean-spirited race for governor remained exactly tied in a new poll Wednesday, with 1.2 million voters already casting ballots and Gov. Rick Scott finally admitting he’ll spend some of his personal millions to win.

Scott has spent the past few days ducking questions about whether he’ll spend his own money — and now he won’t say how much he has or will spend against Democrat Charlie Crist.

Naked Politics Unions, pro-immigrant groups rally women voters

Thousands of women across Florida took place in a telephone town hall Wednesday night aimed at getting out the vote.

Speakers included Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin; Jeanette Wynn, president of AFSCME Florida Council 79; Monica Russo, president of the SEIU Florida State Council; and Maria Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Naked Politics Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants.

The coalition, which includes Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, says the state Agency for Health Care Administration has been unlawfully limiting payments to hospitals that provide emergency services to undocumented immigrants.

Naked Politics Video: Crist stops by Jacksonville campaign office, says Obama visit unlikely

Crist and his wife, Carole, stopped by a campaign field office in Jacksonville on Wednesday, where he greeted volunteers and sat down to talk about issues with five college students.

Naked Politics Koch brothers mentioned in latest Joe Garcia ad


OS Political Pulse Report: Grayson now 17th richest congressman

The latest annual report on Congressional wealth from CQ Roll Call shows U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Doral mayor praises Rick Scott as fellow "Christian"


Doral Mayor Luigi Boria greeted Florida Gov. Rick Scott at a campaign bus stop in his city Wednesday. But Boria, an ordained minister at Alpha and Omega Church, sounded at one point more like a religious figure than a city mayor.

OS Political Pulse Montel Williams joins med pot campaign

TV talk show host Montel Williams tells of his personal medical marijuana use in a new pro-Amendment 2 pitch seeking money to support Florida's medical marijuana initiative, through John Morgan's United For Care committee.

Naked Politics Scott says he will write his campaign a personal check, after all, but won't say how much

With less than two weeks before Election Day, Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged Wednesday that he will write a personal check to the Republican Party of Florida to fund his campaign.

Naked Politics 'We've got to get our votes out,' Rick Scott tells Republicans in Doral


Naked Politics Teachers union files amended challenge to school voucher law

The statewide teachers union has re-filed its lawsuit challenging the way a controversial education bill became law.

Naked Politics Saint Leo Poll: Charlie Crist 43%, Rick Scott 40%

From a press release:

The Florida governor’s election between former Gov. Charlie Crist and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott is statistically tied, according to a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Naked Politics With 1.2m ballots in, FL GOP lead Dems by 138,000 in early-absentee votes


There are two ways to look at the pre-Election Day ballots being cast in Florida: compare them to 2012 or 2010.

Republicans would prefer 2012. It was a high watermark for Democrats with Obama at the top of the ticket and, within two days of early in-person voting, they started to eclipse the Republican advantage rolled up after two weeks of absentee voting. Democats wound up with a total 1 percentage point lead, after having trailed by about 6 percentage points.

Naked Politics Judge recuses herself in George Sheldon's lawsuit against Rick Scott

As proof of how small-town Tallahassee can be, Circuit Court Judge Angela Dempsey on Tuesday recused herself from hearing the lawsuit filed by Democrat Attorney General candidate George Sheldon against Gov. Rick Scott. 

Florida Politics Poll: Scott is from Mars, Crist is from Venus


OS Political Pulse Q Poll: Scott is from Mars, Crist is from Venus


Naked Politics Dead heat: Charlie Crist and Rick Scott tied at 42 percent in Q poll

From a press release:

Women and men are polar opposites in the Florida governor’s race, as likely voters split 42 – 42 percent between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, with 7 percent for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Naked Politics Fact-checking the third Florida's governor debate

The gloves came off in Jacksonville on Tuesday night, as the third and final gubernatorial debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist was marked by insults, arguments and accusations.

The governor and the former governor took each other to task over their respective records, charging each other with mud-slinging and twisting the facts.

Naked Politics When Charlie Crist got under Rick Scott's skin, and left a mark


In the most-animated exchange between the two candidates, Charlie Crist smacked Gov. Rick Scott around over his decision to postpone an execution at the behest of Attorney General Pam Bondi. Here's the CNN debate transcript and video afterward, which the Florida Democrats made sure to post with a screamer of a headline:

Naked Politics Charlie Crist's minimum-wage job-loss answer could haunt him


It wasn't a flashy, testy exchange. But Charlie Crist's answer at tonight's CNN debate about potential job losses from hiking the minimum wage is what attack ads are made of.

In short: Crist was asked about whether raising the minimum wage was "worth it" if a small business owner has to lay off 17 employees.

Crist's answer: "I think it is worth it because people deserve it."

OS Political Pulse Scott. Crist slug it out in final governor's debate

Challenging each other's command of facts, empathy and ethics, Republican Gov.

Naked Politics Final Miami congressional debate touches on abortion, education, immigration


Naked Politics For the 6th time, at least, Rick Scott tells us there was $80 million in the budget for cancer funding


Gov. Rick Scott sure does love telling people about the $80 million in cancer center funding included in the 2014-15 budget that he signed into law earlier this year.

Naked Politics SkyRise letter shows developer explained interest in county funds months ago


As he seeks millions in subsidies from the county, the developer of SkyRise Miami has come under fire for campaigning on a promise that the project would be privately funded.

But an April 8 letter to the city shows the developer of the 1,000-foot tower on Biscayne Bay did say he was seeking $10 million to $20 million in public funds, and had applied for a county grant.

Naked Politics Rubio stumps for Steve Southerland, talks 2016


U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, a Republican incumbent facing a serious Democratic threat on Election Day, got some help today from one of his party's rock stars.

Naked Politics FSBA Executive Director Wayne Blanton to retire in February

Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton will retire in February, he announced Tuesday.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's false claim about utility rates under Charlie Crist

After the brouhaha in last week’s Florida gubernatorial debate over electronic fans, there was a heated exchange between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist on electric rates.

Crist, who won the governorship as a Republican in 2006 and is now running as a Democrat, said the Sunshine State needs new investments in solar energy, and the next governor must stand up to the "utility companies that keep jacking up your bills."

Naked Politics Opa-locka city commission candidate on rap sheet: 'All good leaders have been arrested'

via Marisol Medina

Opa-locka, a city in Miami-Dade County, holds municipal elections Nov. 4. And the candidates are nothing if not quotable.