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Naked Politics Dismal South Fla. turnout a red flag for Democrats

If South Florida voters are fired up about the 2014 election, they sure didn't show it Tuesday, as they reaffirmed a basic truth about Florida politics: The voters Democrats need the most are the hardest ones to get to the polls. A repeat performance in November is likely to produce another disaster for Democrats, who have lost the past four elections for governor.

Naked Politics Tom Steyer's new ad puts Rick Scott's King Ranch controversy in its sights


Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's group, NextGen Climate, is planning to air its fifth ad targeting Gov. Rick Scott, attacking the Republican this time for his controversial secret hunting trip to King Ranch in Texas.

Naked Politics Challenger declares victory in Miami-Dade commission race

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Daniella Levine Cava claimed victory Tuesday night against incumbent Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell after a costly race that divided along partisan and ideological lines, and ended with the former charity executive posting a small but stubborn lead against the one-term commissioner.

Naked Politics Tuesday's election brings new faces to the Florida House

South Florida voters on Tuesday opted to send two new faces to the Florida House of Representatives.

Bobby DuBose, a Fort Lauderdale city commissioner, won the contest to represent House District 94 in central Broward County. He edged out fellow Democrat Levoyd Williams, a city commissioner in Lauderdale Lakes.

With 56 of 63 precincts reporting, DuBose had won about two-thirds of the vote.

Naked Politics Two Miami-Dade judges lose reelection


Voters on Tuesday elected Miami assistant city attorney Veronica Diaz to the judicial bench while two of four incumbent judges lost their seats to upstart challengers and one may be headed to a run-off race.

Diaz, 36, easily defeated former Miami-Dade School Board Member Renier Diaz de la Portilla in what was the most hotly contested judicial race.

Naked Politics Easy wins by 2 Miami-Dade School Board veterans


Miami-Dade County’s longest-serving school board members coasted to reelection on Tuesday, securing four more years at the helm of one of the nation’s largest school districts.

Perla Tabares Hantman and Marta Pérez easily beat challengers Duysevi Miyar, an English teacher at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High, and Lawrence Orihuela, an adjunct professor and retired teacher.

Naked Politics Broward School Board member appears to survive N-word controversy


Four Broward School Board incumbents appeared likely to hold onto their seats on Tuesday – including Ann Murray, who faced questions during the campaign over her past use of a racial slur.

Naked Politics Carlos Curbelo wins Miami GOP congressional primary, will face Joe Garcia


Carlos Curbelo, a longtime political insider and former aide to a U.S. senator, won a decisive Republican primary victory Tuesday to run for Congress himself.

He received 47 percent of the vote in a field of five candidates that included a scandal-plagued former congressman vying for his old seat. Ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera came in fourth place.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade property appraiser's race goes to runoff between former incumbent and state rep


Former Miami-Dade property appraiser Pedro J. Garcia is set to face state Rep. Eddy González in a Nov. 4 runoff for Miami-Dade Property Appraiser after they emerged as the top vote-getters in a crowded five-man field.

The race will be one of sharp contrasts: Garcia, 76, is a professional real estate appraiser with 38 years’ experience. He was the property appraiser from 2009-2012, then narrowly lost reelection.

Naked Politics Miami voters endorse SkyRise tower


Miami voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed SkyRise Miami, a swooping observation tower and tourist attraction proposed on a spit of land behind Bayside Marketplace.

Naked Politics Primary marked by low turnout in South Florida

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Without any marquee races to excite them, South Florida voters trickled in to the polls Tuesday in a primary election marked by a turnout that was light even by the low standards of off-year voting.

Though large numbers of voters and balky technology have turned some recent South Florida election days into marathons of endless, sweaty lines, Tuesday’s low turnout meant minimal problems at the polls. And zero waiting to vote.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist crushes Nan Rich. But race against Rick Scott is far tougher


Florida Democrats started to make it official Tuesday: They want a former Republican governor to beat the current Republican governor.

Heading into Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, Charlie Crist’s win over longtime Democrat Nan Rich was never in doubt. Only the size of his double-digit margin — where he led Rich by about 75-25 percent when the Associated Press called the election two minutes after the polls closed  — was in question.

OS Political Pulse Mica: ISIS intel worst since 9/11

In letters to U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa. R-Calif., U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, blasted the U.S.

Naked Politics Poll workers had to verify voters' ID over the phone during power outage at Plantation precinct

Plantation High School, which has two voting precincts, had a power outage this morning as voters first started to trickle in to cast ballots in the governor’s race.

OS Political Pulse Voting slow, steady not hampered by power outage

Tuesday's primary vote began slow and steady.

Naked Politics Primary voting in Florida slow but smooth, state says

Polls across Florida opened smoothly Tuesday, and more than 1.1 million ballots had been cast by the time precincts opened for the statewide primary election. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the state's chief elections officer, said absentee or mail ballots totaled 856,378 and that another 296,902 Floridians had cast ballots at early voting sites.

Naked Politics Exemptions from the Affordable Care Act includes millions in bill-sharing groups

When she was eight weeks old, Ashlyn Whitney suffered a severe respiratory-tract infection that put her in an intensive care unit for 12 days.

“Because she was so young, she couldn’t handle it,” Ashlyn’s mother, Nicole Whitney, recalled. “They had to give her oxygen.”

Naked Politics Ex-Lt. Gov. Carroll rips Scott, others in new book

In a new book, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll describes the misery of being in a “boys’ club” led by Gov. Rick Scott, who showed no interest in her ideas to reach out to black and Hispanic voters and whose staff members treated her shabbily.

Naked Politics Tom Steyer's NextGen group targets Rick Scott for "hiding" Duke Energy ties


First there was an ad. Then there was a response ad. Now there's a reply to the response.

Naked Politics Fact-check of RPOF's ad about Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein buying Charlie Crist's judicial picks

lorida’s famous Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein now lives in a federal prison, but Republicans hope that he can help smear the reputation of former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Back when Crist was a Republican, Rothstein and his Fort Lauderdale law firm donated generously to Crist and the Republican Party of Florida, as well as several other politicians.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's progress on 700,000 jobs promise

Careering into the August primary, Gov. Rick Scott's promise to create more than 700,000 jobs in seven years has either suffered a hiccup or continues unabated, depending on your point of view.

Naked Politics Scott campaign, GOP have paid $227K for use of jet

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign and the Republican Party of Florida have paid more than $227,000 for use of the private jet that Scott also uses for official state travel. The Cessna Citation is owned by a Naples business whose only officer is First Lady Ann Scott. The jet tail number ends with the first lady's initials.

Naked Politics Scott calls for review of new education standards, state assessments

Late last week, an election-minded Gov. Rick Scott released a plan to increase per-pupil spending.

On Monday, he followed up with a proposal to review the state's new education benchmarks and assessments, and increase investments into digital learning, school safety and both reading and math instruction. 

Naked Politics Ex-Rep. David Rivera: A parent's nightmare


David Rivera isn’t just a scandal-plagued ex-lawmaker and current congressional candidate.

Rivera is also a parent’s nightmare.

Last week, that awful truth came home to the parents of Ana Alliegro, a 44-year-old political operative who has been sitting in jail for almost six months over a campaign-finance conspiracy that, she admitted Tuesday, was hatched by Rivera.

Naked Politics Dems plan unity rally





It took weeks for Rod Smith to endorse Jim Davis for governor after their bruising 2006 Democratic primary, and in 2002 Janet Reno did not even concede the gubernatorial primary to Bill McBride for a week. Voting problems in south Florida had left the outcome in doubt.

Naked Politics 'Souls to the polls' returns to Miami-Dade early voting

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On Sunday morning, Rev. Steven Caldwell urged his parishioners to do their “godly duty” and vote in the primary election, warning them that “if you think your vote doesn’t count, the Devil has lied to you.”

If Caldwell’s booming words weren’t enough to move his flock, he had a coach bus waiting outside to drive them to an early-voting site after the service.

Naked Politics David Rivera was named co-conspirator, but his Miami congressional rivals have moved on


Although the mysterious name behind “Co-conspirator A” was already known, the timing of its disclosure in a Miami courtroom last week could not have been worse for David Rivera.

Naked Politics The Charlie Crist-Nan Rich campaign that wasn't

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Charlie Crist has ignored his Democratic opponent for nearly a year, and now voters will decide the soundness of his strategy Tuesday in the party’s primary race for governor.

Crist is expected to roll up a big double-digit victory over Nan Rich, a former state Senate Democratic leader whose lack of name identification was matched by her inability to mount an effective campaign that excited voters or garnered media attention.

Naked Politics Records show governor’s office put up barriers to public records

Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become a “unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works.”

Naked Politics In Miami congressional race, GOP rivals spar over key issues


With four days left until Tuesday’s election, differences over key policy issues emerged Friday among Republicans running for Florida’s 26th congressional district primary, as the candidates made their final pitches to primary voters.