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Naked Politics Scott and Crist: beyond the rhetoric, here's where they stand on the issues

Florida’s race for governor may be one of the nastiest on record as candidates shout it out in more than $83 million in television ads, but beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat.

Naked Politics With Charlie Crist outraising him, Rick Scott says he 'might' self-fund after saying he wouldn’t

@MarcACaputo

In 2012, Gov. Rick Scott was clear about plowing his personal fortunes into his reelection campaign: “I won’t have to.”

Naked Politics PolitiFact's guide to final Crist vs. Scott debate

CNN is hosting the third and final debate of the governor’s race Tuesday night  and the network has been clear: No fans.

That may avert another standoff like the one that held up last week’s debate for seven minutes. But it probably won’t stop the candidates from spinning on the issues. 

Naked Politics The Money Race: Crist fundraising outpaces Scott 6-to-1

@tbtia

Charlie Crist collected $6 for every $1 donated to Gov. Rick Scott during the most recent campaign finance reporting period covering Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

Scott's campaign and political committees raised just $606,656 in cash and in-kind services, compared to Crist’s $3.2 million. This allowed Crist to move much closer to Scott in the amount of cash he has on hand to spend in the final two weeks of campaigning.

Naked Politics Democrat Maurice Ferre and former P.R. Gov Luis Fortuño cut Spanish ad for Rick Scott

@MarcACaputo

Republican Gov. Rick Scott released a Spanish-language two-fer ad Monday that attempted to both make him look bipartisan and reach out to a fast-growing, left-leaning segment of the electorate: voters of Puerto Rican descent.

The ad features former Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuño and former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, a Scott appointee to a transportation board, who contrast Scott's record with Democrat Charlie Crist's. 

Naked Politics Charlie Crist casts his vote

@AdamSmithTimes

Charlie and Cafrole Crist hopped out of a staffer's car in front of the downtown St. Petersburg elections office and a crowd of nearly 50 started singing happy birthday. Today is the former and maybe future first lady's 45th birthday, and they celebrated it by taking advantage of the first day of early voting.

Someone presented Crist with a hand-held, battery-operated fan, an homage of sorts to his debate performance last week.

OS Political Pulse Study: Mica #2 effective Congressman

Political scientists at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University have devised a new scoring system to measure the effectiveness of Congressmen. In the last completed term, U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Hotly contested race could shape Florida Senate

The most closely watched race in the Florida Senate is a bare-knuckle battle between two political rivals.

But the contest between Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs and former Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff is more than just a grudge match. It could also give Republicans a veto-proof majority in the upper chamber — and determine the Senate president in 2016.

Naked Politics Rick Scott ad: Obama backs Crist. Next Scott ad: water is wet

@MarcACaputo

Maybe voters forgot that Florida's then-Republican governor, Charlie Crist, stood on stage and literally embraced President Obama and his stimulus plan.

Maybe voters forgot that, in 2010, Republican Marco Rubio used it against Crist in a Senate primary.

Naked Politics 0ptimus FL poll: Rick Scott tops Charlie Crist 41-40, no Fangate Effect found

@MarcACaputo

Widely reported and heavily mocked, the ‘Fangate’ from Wednesday’s governor’s debate doesn’t appear to have had any effect on the race, according to a new poll from the Republican-leaning firm 0ptimus that shows the contested remains tied.

Gov. Rick Scott gets 41 percent support from likely Florida voters and Democrat Charlie Crist gets 40 percent – a lead by the Republican that’s well within the poll’s 1.5 percentage-point margin of error.

Naked Politics Gwen Graham, D-Margaritaville, gets Jimmy Buffet to host voter rally

@MarcACaputo

Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett plans to hold a Wednesday get-out-the-vote rally for Democrat Gwen Graham in her effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland.

Naked Politics 'Mediscare' accusations abound in debate between Miami congressional candidates

@PatriciaMazzei

Accusing each other of trying to scare voters, Miami Rep. Joe Garcia and competitor Carlos Curbelo appeared in a pointed live television debate Sunday, a day before early voting begins in the close political contest.

Garcia, a freshman Democrat seeking reelection, charged Curbelo with misleading voters by referring to Social Security and Medicare as a “Ponzi scheme” that might not be around for future generations.

Naked Politics 'Rick Scott is betting his mansion on Tampa' --and other tidbits from the $83m ad war

@SteveBousquet and @MarcACaputo

For the past year, living in Florida has meant having Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist as constant and mostly unwanted companions.

If you own a TV, you get the picture.

Ad infinitum. Ad nauseam. About $83 million since March.

Naked Politics Report: Florida's tip, Cape Sable, losing ground to rising seas

@JennyStaletovich

From the sky, Florida’s rugged tip looks like a scrap of emerald green lace: marshes and mangroves and tree islands all knit together by ribbons of creeks and lakes.

But at Cape Sable, a remote outpost where the Atlantic meets the Gulf of Mexico, the coast is fraying.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott promised a change at DCF but expert says 'numbers are cooked' as deaths kept off the books

@Marbinus

In Lake County, a disfigured 2-month-old whose mother did not want him is left alone in a motel room for 90 minutes, and is later found smothered. His family had been the subject of 38 prior investigations by the state’s child welfare agency.

“It is a general consensus,” a report said, “that [the mother] was involved in the death of her child.”

Naked Politics Race between Miami Rep. Joe Garcia and Carlos Curbelo comes down to the wire

@PatriciaMazzei

The ghost of David Rivera lingers over the fierce race for Florida’s southernmost congressional district.

Engulfed in scandals, he lost the seat two years ago and came in fourth place this year when he tried to win the Republican Party’s nomination again.

Naked Politics CDC agrees to help Florida prepare for Ebola, sort of

The federal Centers for Disease Control agreed Saturday to some -- but not all -- of Gov. Rick Scott's Ebola-related requests.

The CDC will hold a conference call with Florida hospitals next week on best practices, Scott said Saturday. The organization has also given Florida the green light to spend about $7 million in federal grant funding on protective suits for health care workers. 

Naked Politics After FanGate, Scott pivots to Ebola

Two days after Florida’s gubernatorial debate turned into FanGate, Gov. Rick Scott convened a press conference in Dania Beach to talk about a more serious subject: Ebola.

OS Political Pulse Drilling opponents to converge on Rick Scott's house

 Waving signs and carrying banners, opponents of oil drilling in the Everglades plan to converge on Gov.

Florida Politics Drilling opponents to converge on Rick Scott's house

 Waving signs and carrying banners, opponents of oil drilling in the Everglades plan to converge on Gov.

Naked Politics Rothenberg Political Report switches FL-26 rating to 'Pure Tossup'

@PatriciaMazzei

Did the race between Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia and Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo get a little tighter?

That's the opinion of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, which on Friday switched its rating of the contest to "Pure Tossup" from "Pure Tossup/Tilts Democratic."

Naked Politics Loophole allows Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo to keep firm clients secret

@PatriciaMazzei

As a member of the Miami-Dade County school board, Carlos Curbelo has voted on education policies and schools contracts for four years. Now, running for a congressional seat, he’s looking to have a say in far more consequential government decisions.

For most of that time, Curbelo has been drawing a six-figure salary to represent government and public-relations clients.

OS Political Pulse Haitians will get special entry to U.S.

Thousands of Haitians will get a chance to come to the United States to join family members under a new program announced by federal officials on Friday -- and Florida will be a major destination.

Florida Politics Haitians will get special entry to U.S.

Thousands of Haitians will get a chance to come to the United States to join family members under a new program announced by federal officials on Friday -- and Florida will be a major destination.
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Naked Politics Florida Democratic Party releases new ad featuring the 'Fan'

A portion of the Florida Democratic Party press release:

Today, the Florida Democratic Party is releasing “Absent," a new TV ad holding Rick Scott accountable for refusing to debate Charlie Crist over something as trivial as a fan.

 

Naked Politics 780k absentee ballots cast and GOP still leads. 'Here is what they don't tell you'

@MarcACaputo

Absentee ballots are still pouring in, with 778,876 cast of this morning. As yesterday, Republicans still hold the lead in returns over Democrats, 48-35 percent.

Here's a look at the top counties where ballots have been counted by party:

Naked Politics Chamber funds Crist attack in GOP markets: He's a trial lawyer

 The Florida Chamber of Commerce is out with a new television ad in several GOP-heavy media markets today predictably crediting Florida's job increases, which happened as the national economy improved, to Gov. Rick Scott and blaming the job losses, that occurred in the global economic meltdown, to Charlie Crist. 

Naked Politics Teachers union honors influential religious leader who blasted its lawsuit

The statewide teachers union on Friday will honor Bishop Victor T. Curry with its Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award.

Naked Politics Scientists offer up solutions on climate change, now ask Gov. Rick Scott to hear them

 Gov. Rick Scott asked for solutions and so they brought them.

Scientists, business leaders, local elected officials came up with a lengthy list of ways Florida could help to address climate change and on Friday delivered a letter to the governor and asking him for, yes, another meeting.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commissioners lash out at mayor

@doug_hanks

Tension between Miami-Dade commissioners and Mayor Carlos Gimenez is hardly a novelty, but the tone of a Thursday committee meeting seemed unusually harsh.