Articles in Category: 'Trusted'

Naked Politics To woo Florida Keys voters, Carlos Curbelo brings out big gun: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami Republican congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo is getting a little help from a friend to campaign to Florida Keys voters.

Naked Politics That IRS "investigation" tied to Annette Taddeo? Well, there really isn't one.

A governor’s race doesn’t seem to go by in Florida without Democrats ending up in a circular firing squad.

A disgruntled Nan Rich supporter was the unwitting bullet this time.

Angered with the way the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee treated her, party member Barbara Walters secretly filed an obscure tax complaint with the IRS last October — and then she leaked the information recently to a conservative-website columnist dedicated to tearing down Crist.

Naked Politics YouGov FL poll (internet): Rick Scott leads Charie Crist 48%-43%

@MarcACaputo

A new New York Times/CBS YouGov poll of Florida voters shows Gov. Rick Scott edges Democrat Charlie Crist by about 5 percentage points -- a spread that mirrors the Republican's internal polling but conflicts with two recent public polls showing the challenger leading or tied.

There's one big difference between YouGov's and the other surveys -- it's an internet poll, a method of gauging public opinion that's relatively new. 

Naked Politics GOP mum on all those trips to King Ranch

@craigtimes

@mikevansickler

On a Friday in February 2013, Gov. Rick Scott stepped aboard a Texas-bound plane to take part in a secret ritual for Florida's power elite.

Naked Politics 100 days out, Rick Scott's campaign says data already show a win

@MarcACaputo

Another gauntlet thrown --- the Rick Scott 100 Days Out campaign memo:

DATE: July 27, 2014
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Melissa Sellers, Campaign Manager and Tim Saler, Deputy Campaign Manager
SUBJECT: 100 Days Out, Gov. Scott Campaign is Poised to Win

Naked Politics You can trust Gil Fulbright for Senate

@MarcACaputo

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Naked Politics Federal judge: Miami-Dade should have delayed proceedings that led to demolition of soldier's home

@PatriciaMazzei

Fighting for his country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jesus Jimenez helped fellow soldiers disarm enemy bombs. He made it back safely.

Fighting for his family in Miami, Jimenez was less fortunate. While he trained to ship overseas one more time, Miami-Dade County demolished his home.

Naked Politics Attacks begin among GOP rivals in Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami congressional candidate Ed MacDougall has begun to attack Carlos Curbelo, the establishment favorite in the District 26 Republican primary.

Naked Politics Tallahassee Police: FSU professor shot in garage

Thirty-six hours before he was gunned down in his Tallahassee home, law professor Dan Markel was pondering the death penalty.

On that night, July 16, his thoughts drifted to the number of Death Row inmates whose sentences had been vacated in California. He posted an essay on the subject to his widely read legal blog before going to bed.

Around 11 a.m. on July 18, Markel, 41, was shot in the head. He died the following day.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor lets higher library tax stand

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners.

Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go against Gimenez’s wishes.

Naked Politics Climate wars continue as Crist meets with FSU scientist

Democrat Charlie Crist said he’s already a “believer” in climate change but said he listened to a scientific presentation Friday partly to highlight the differences between him and Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist flies to enviro press conference -- on jet of developer fined for pollution

@MarcACaputo

Democrat Charlie Crist flew to an environmental press event Thursday on the private jet of a developer fined for pollution.

Naked Politics Flori-duh Rep. Curt Clawson thinks U.S. officials of Indian descent represent Indian govt.

@MarcACaputo

They don't call us Flori-duh for nothing.

The latest inductee to the Sunshine State's face-palming club: U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, the Bonita Springs Republican who replaced Trey Radel, the cocaine congressman busted for buying blow in Washington last year.

The scene: The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

The players: Clawson and two congressional witnesses named Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar.

Naked Politics SurveyUSA/NRDC poll: 71% of FL voters concerned about climate-change

@MarcACaputo

Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on power-plants’ carbon pollution and as many as 71 percent say they’re concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor’s race.

Naked Politics What Crist omits from his ad about Bright Futures cuts

Former Gov. Charlie Crist continued his attacks on Gov. Rick Scott’s education funding record in a TV ad set at St. Petersburg High School, Crist’s alma mater.

Naked Politics Bondi calls on emergency medical workers to help fight human trafficking

Attorney General Pam Bondi is turning to emergency medical workers to help fight human trafficking in Florida, which is the third highest ranked state for the crime.

Emergency medical providers are at the “front line to help to identify possible victims of human trafficking,” Beth Brunner, CEO of the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center in Orlando, said in a press release.

Florida Politics Progressive Choice stealth group is rapping on South Florida radio

TALLAHASSEE --�A stealth group that bought $185,000 in racially-tinged radio spots blaming Charlie Crist �for a "lost generation of African Americans" is back -- with rap ads in South Florida.

OS Political Pulse Progressive Choice stealth group is rapping on South Florida radio

TALLAHASSEE -- The Maryland stealth group that bought $185,000 of racially-tinged radio spots accusing Charlie Crist of causing a "lost generation of African Americans" is back -- with rap ads in South Florida.

OS Political Pulse Frankel and Deutch seek info to quell `human trafficking'

 Some of the temporary foreign workers who are brought to Florida to harvest crops are being exploited by human traffickers and abusive employers who treat them as sex slaves or thrust them into other degrading roles, U.S. Reps.

Florida Politics Frankel and Deutch seek info to quell `human trafficking'

 Some of the temporary foreign workers who are brought to Florida to harvest crops are being exploited by human traffickers and abusive employers who treat them as sex slaves or thrust them into other degrading roles, U.S. Reps.

Naked Politics Second take: How Q-Poll shows favorable trends for Rick Scott v. Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

Yesterday morning, when Quinnipiac University posted its press release about the governor's race poll, I copied and pasted it on the blog. The news print story went into more depth about the context of the poll, which revealed better trendlines for Gov. Rick Scott than Democrat Charlie Crist.

And as, I've said numerous times: It ain't the topline, it's the trend.

An excerpt:

Naked Politics From a ponzi schemer to a secret deposition, 2014's 'mudslinging' looks like 2010 throwback

@MarcACaputo

In Florida’s bareknuckle governor’s race, it’s as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

The Florida Democratic Party on Thursday announced a digital media effort to highlight a sealed deposition that damaged Rick Scott on the campaign trail four years ago.

Naked Politics Rubio cites case of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader in latest push for sanctions

@CAdamsMcClatchy

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has been pushing the Obama administration to impose targeted sanctions on individuals committing human rights violations in Venezuela, flagged the recent case of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López in a letter to the president.

Naked Politics Rick Scott haunted by familiar refrain: Release the deposition!

@MarcACaputo

Release the deposition! Your character’s in question!

Shouting into bullhorn and dressed in hospital scrubs, the chant from the Republican who called himself “Dr. Dave” interrupted Rick Scott in 2010 after he cast his ballot in Naples at the end of the GOP primary for governor.

The issue of the deposition had haunted Scott in that race.

Florida Politics Judge 'skeptical' he can delay election with unconstitutional map

TALLAHASSEE -- Facing a looming electoral deadline, a judge said Thursday he was "extremely skeptical" he could delay elections this fall using Central Florida's illegally drawn congressional maps.

OS Political Pulse Judge 'skeptical' he can delay election with unconstitutional map

TALLAHASSEE -- Facing a looming electoral deadline, a judge said Thursday he was "extremely skeptical" he could delay elections this fall using Central Florida's illegally drawn congressional maps.

Naked Politics Wasserman Schultz claims about ACA, pizza and the states

PolitiFact recently fact-checked two claims by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, about the health care law. 

Wasserman Schultz said the Fourth Circuit Court in its ruling wrote, "If you ask for ham and pepperoni on your Pizza Hut pizza but then I actually go get your pizza from Domino’s, it’s implied if I bring back a pepperoni and ham pizza then that’s what you asked for."

Naked Politics The ABCs of RPOF's Mostly False claim about preschool

On the campaign trail, Gov. Rick Scott has appeared in a charming video alongside his toddler grandson and a darling photo with Florida preschoolers. So we know he likes cute little kids.

But does he invest in them?

Naked Politics After old complaints thrown out, RPOF files new ones v. Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

Another day, another election complaint in Florida's governor's race. Make that three. This time, they're from the Republican Party of Florida concerning Charlie Crist's book tour.

A batch of RPOF complaints against Crist and Crist-supporter complaints against Gov. Rick Scott were thrown out this week.

Naked Politics State: Haitian American cancer awareness group founder bilked Florida taxpayers

@DavidOvalle305

Jacques Calixte ran a much-lauded publicly funded organization purporting to help Haitian American women detect cancer.

Florida authorities on Wednesday pronounced it a sham, saying Calixte billed the state for nearly $400,000 — but arranged hardly any actual breast cancer screenings for at-risk women.

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater, called Calixte’s actions “unconscionable.”