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Naked Politics Outside money fuels Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

One of the most expensive congressional contests in Florida — with a price tag of nearly $14 million as of Friday — is being waged in Miami between U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia and opponent Carlos Curbelo. But neither candidate can claim to have spent the majority of that money.

Naked Politics 1,800-sample poll: Rick Scott 47 percent; Charlie Crist 44 percent. RX pot in trouble

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott is leading Democrat Charlie Crist 47-44 percent in a new poll from Democratic leaning SEA Strategic Polling & Design exclusively obtained by The Miami Herald.

Naked Politics Joe Biden is Miami bound for Charlie Crist, Joe Garcia

From two press releases:

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Vice President Joe Biden will join Charlie Crist at a "Souls to the Polls" event in Miami on Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 PM. Doors will open to the public at 12:00PM.

This event is OPEN PRESS.

Who: Vice President Biden, Governor Charlie Crist

What: “Souls to the Polls” Rally Event

When: Sunday, November 2, 2:00PM

Naked Politics Jeb Bush in Hialeah Sunday with Rick Scott

From a press release

Governor Rick Scott and Governor Jeb Bush to Get Out the Vote in South Florida on Sunday

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott will be joined by Governor Jeb Bush on Sunday as the two-week Get Out the Early Vote bus tour stops in South Florida.

WHO: Governor Rick Scott and Governor Jeb Bush

WHAT: Get Out the Early Vote bus tour

WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Milander Park

Naked Politics Nearly 2.6m Floridians have voted; GOP ahead of Dems by 135k ballots, but lead still slipping

@MarcACaputo

With four days until Election Day, nearly 2.6 million people have cast in-person early votes and absentee ballots. As in past days, the GOP is holding on to its lead in ballots cast over Democrats, who are nibbling away at the margins.

GOP lead this morning over Democrats: 134,910 or 5.3 percentage points.

Yesterday's GOP lead: 140,123, or 5.9 percentage points.

Naked Politics PolitiFact Florida's greatest hits of the governor's race

Through all the debates, TV ads, emails to supporters and appearances on the campaign trail, PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the race for Florida governor. We’ve published more than 80 fact-checks over the past year on everything from abortion to immigration to university tuition.

Overall, the race between incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist has been chock full of attacks, with each side sending out a barrage of negative commentary on the other guy.

Naked Politics Scary thought for candidates: Fundraising gates shut at midnight. Here's what we know

Boom, clang, lock.

If there had been a sound associated with the end of the campaign finance season it would be that. At midnight Thursday, the gates closed on what has been the most expensive political season in Florida history.

Have citizens united to rejoice yet? 

Naked Politics Boo! PolitiFact debunks 10 scary claims

Haunted houses can be pretty scary! Ghost stories give us the chills, too. Sometimes, though, the things politicians say can be particularly frightening.

In fact, we’ve noticed several claims recently that hype the fear factor, telling us to be afraid of terrorists or deadly disease or the end of freedom.

Naked Politics With little success, Cuban dissident tries to address controversial ad in Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas tried -- rather unsuccessfully -- to address Thursday the controversy over the political commercial he taped for U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia.

Naked Politics Sunshine advocates: Scott won't commit to operating more in the open in second term

Declaring that Florida's open government laws have been "under attack in recent years," the First Amendment Foundation asked the two candidates for government to answer three questions pledging to more openness if they are elected.

Naked Politics Polling shows Fla governor's race could be closer than 2000

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott is winning reelection by about 2 percentage points in a major new poll exclusively shared with The Miami Herald.

Democrat Charlie Crist is winning by 3 percentage points in Quinnipiac University’s new poll.

Which survey is right?

Both are.

Naked Politics SEA (Dem) poll: Rick Scott 46 percent, Charlie Crist 44 percent

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott is holding on to a 46-44 percent lead over Charlie Crist, according to a new likely voter poll exlusively shared with The Miami Herald.

Scott’s 2 percentage-point lead is well within survey’s 2.7 percentage-point margin of error – like every other recent major poll in this race – making the contest a tie. The 1,300-respondent poll was conducted by Democratic-leaning polling firm SEA Polling & Strategic Design.

Naked Politics Fact-checking claims about environment in Florida's race for governor

When billionaire activist Tom Steyer declared that he would use his fortune to attack candidates who didn’t believe in man-made climate change, that set the stage for the environment to play a prominent role in this year’s race for governor in Florida.

Steyer formed a political action committee, NextGen Climate Action Committee, and set his sights on Republican Gov. Rick Scott, in addition to candidates in other states.

Naked Politics False claim about 'stand your ground' law and Trayvon

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, which sparked a national discussion about "stand your ground" laws, has become ammunition in the North Carolina U.S. Senate race.

Naked Politics Cuba politics maze traps Joe Garcia, Carlos Curbelo

@PatriciaMazzei

They vowed to be different. They'd sound like a new generation of Miami politicians. They'd shift their focus away from foreign policy. They'd care more about the family down the street than the brothers 90 miles across the Florida Straits.

Yet the Cuba politics maze trapped them anyway.

Naked Politics Almost 2.4m in FL have voted, GOP lead holding, but margin-rate still sliding

@MarcACaputo

About 2.4 million Floridians have cast in-person early and absentee ballots as of Thursday morning and, as in the past week, Republicans still hold an advantage over Democrats in ballots cast but the GOP's margins are still slipping a bit, in terms of percentage.

GOP lead over Democrats: 141,774, or 6 percent. Yesterday, the spread was 141,363, or 6.4 percent. 

Naked Politics Amid bad press, RAGA gets behind Bondi

Sure, recent stories about how the Republican Attorneys General Association has influenced Florida's Pam Bondi haven't been the most flattering.

OS Political Pulse Q Poll: Crist pulling independents

TALLAHASSEE -- A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Democrat Charlie Crist with a slight edge over incumbent Gov.

Naked Politics Q Poll: Charlie Crist, fueled by independents, leads Rick Scott 43-40 percent overall

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist has slightly nudged ahead of Gov. Rick Scott in Quinnipiac University's latest poll that shows the Democrat picks up 43 percent support from likely voters to the incumbent's 40 percent.

That apparent 3 percentage point lead for Crist is essentially a tie because it's within the poll's margin of error, however the poll of 800 likely voters indicates Crist has some momentum on his side.

Florida Politics Q Poll: Crist pulling independents

TALLAHASSEE -- A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Democrat Charlie Crist with a slight edge over incumbent Gov.

OS Political Pulse Crist: Clinton is greatest American ever, and should resign

TALLAHASSEE -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist digs him some Bill Clinton these days.

Naked Politics Amendment 3: Will Florida voters expand powers of governors leaving office?

Florida voters are being asked to approve a little-noticed amendment to the state Constitution that would rewrite the way judges are appointed to the state’s highest courts and strengthen the powers of governors who are leaving office.

Proponents say it is needed to avert a constitutional crisis, but opponents say it is a manufactured problem and a partisan power grab that could have ominous consequences.   

Naked Politics Lobbying of Bondi may have broken law

Partners with a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm aren't registered as Florida lobbyists, but that hasn't stopped them from wining and dining Attorney General Pam Bondi the past four years to discuss clients.

Bondi dropped suits or declined to investigate cases after numerous behind-the-scenes interactions with the firm, Dickstein Shapiro, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Naked Politics State surgeon general: Florida will ensure officers stay safe

State officials are considering the health and safety law enforcement officers as they respond to the threat of Ebola, Surgeon General John Armstrong wrote in a letter to Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz on Wednesday.

Naked Politics Marijuana supporters blast latest web ad from opponents

With less than a week until the election, supporters and opponents of Amendment 2, which would allow marijuana for medical use, are still waging a fierce battle to sway voters.

Naked Politics Rothenberg Report says FL-26 race now tilting GOP

@PatriciaMazzei

Ten days ago, the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report said Florida's 26th congressional district was no longer tilting in incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia's direction, and switched the race to "Pure Tossup."

Naked Politics Has Rick Scott invested in $350 million to combat sea level rise? Not really, concludes PolitiFact Florida

Gov. Rick Scott has drawn criticism from environmentalists for denying in 2011 that man contributes to climate change and now dodging questions with the reply of "I’m not a scientist."

Naked Politics U.S. Chamber hits Joe Garcia over Obamacare support

@PatriciaMazzei

A new television advertisement by the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce goes after Miami Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia for backing the Affordable Care Act.

"Despite promises, premiums are still going up," the ad says, calling Obamacare "a big-government disaster that Congressman Joe Garcia still supports today."

Naked Politics Rubio, back in Iowa, celebrates Reagan and stumps for Senate candidate Ernst

@CAdamsMcClatchy

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Miami and potential 2016 presidential candidate, was back in Iowa Tuesday, speaking at an event honoring the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan and lending support to a candidate in one of the hottest Senate races in the nation.

Naked Politics SEA (Dem) poll: Rick Scott 45 percent; Charlie Crist 43 percent

@MarcACaputo

Florida’s race for governor is as tight as ever, with Gov. Rick Scott getting 45 percent support and Democrat Charlie Crist 43 percent from likely voters, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning polling firm Schroth Eldon & Associates.

The Republican’s 2 percentage-point lead is well within the 800 voter survey’s 3.5 percentage-point margin of error – like every other recent major poll in this race.