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Naked Politics Ice Ice Baby

Yes, that's Vanilla Ice and Gov. Rick Scott.

The rapper, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, performed his hit song "Ice Ice Baby" Monday at a tourism summit in Palm Beach County.

He posted this pic to Twitter later that night.

Naked Politics FSU picks a new president today

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The search that began in March and stalled over the summer because of the long shadow cast by a powerful state senator is expected to end today.

Florida State University will pick a new president this afternoon, and Sen. John Thrasher is among four finalists. Several members of the Board of Trustees who will make the final selection have supported Thrasher politically over the years.

Naked Politics Elections officials urging online voter registration

Florida's 67 election supervisors released a report Tuesday that calls on the Legislature to create a new system of online voter registration next year. But the report cautioned that the system should be implemented cautiously and after the next presidential election in 2016.

Naked Politics DCF had recent warnings about family murdered in Bell killing spree

The Spirit family that child welfare investigators confronted two weeks ago presented a volatile mix: two drug-abusing adults, six small children and a history of violence. It exploded Thursday when Don Charles Spirit killed his daughter and six grandchildren one by one.

The killing spree in tiny Bell, Florida, is believed to be the largest loss of life in a single family with a child welfare history ever in Florida. And records show authorities knew there were risks.

Naked Politics NextGen Climate: FL poll shows ads are hurting Rick Scott, helping Charlie Crist

@MarcACaputo

NextGen Climate's five TV ads bashing Florida Gov. Rick Scott's environmental record have hurt the Republican and, as a result, given an otherwise-outgunned Charlie Crist more of a fighting chance this election season, according to a polling memo from the environmental group.

Naked Politics Hillary Clinton to stump with Charlie Crist Oct. 2 in Miami

@MarcACaputo

Former Secretary of State and early 2016 presidential frontrunner is coming Oct. 2 to Miami to sign her new book "Hard Choices" and campaign with Democrat Charlie Crist.

Naked Politics Scott signs death warrant for double murderer Banks

Gov. Rick Scott signed the death warrant Monday for Chadwick Banks, who fatally shot his wife Cassandra and then raped and shot to death his 10-year-old stepdaughter in Gadsden County near Tallahassee in 1992. Banks pleaded no contest to both killings and a jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 9 to 3.

Naked Politics The Money Race: Ad wars leave Scott and Crist nearly tied for cash on hand

Florida’s governor’s candidates spent more money than they collected in the last round of political reports as each of them intensified the negative ad war, leaving them nearly even with cash on hand.

Naked Politics Scott raises money in Texas, dines with Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Scott was in Texas Thursday, meeting with Gov. Rick Perry and raising campaign money in Dallas. Scott attended law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and later worked there as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Perry appeared on Fox Business Network's Opening Bell Friday where he talked up Scott's record.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist's claim about teacher layoffs, class sizes under Scott

Charlie Crist has upped the ante on one of his favorite talking points: attacking Gov. Rick Scott for K-12 education cuts.

In a Crist TV ad praising public school teachers, the narrator says:

Naked Politics Miami-Dade police explain catch-and-release of Miami commissioner's cousin

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This summer, Miami-Dade’s public corruption unit conducted a covert surveillance operation at Matheson Hammock Park. The mission: to catch a cashier suspected of skimming entry fees.

Naked Politics Anzalone/United For Care poll: 69% of FL voters back medical marijuana

@MarcACaputo

From a press release:

Naked Politics RPOF insists Crist "swindled" Florida

Republicans are insisting Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist "swindled" Florida.

In a new digital ad, the Republican Party of Florida says Crist "swindled his own supporters [and] swindled voters" by changing his position abortion, gay marriage and taxes.

"We won't let Charlie Crist swindle us again," a female voice says.

Naked Politics Pants on Fire claim for ad claiming Crist "swindled" by Rothstein investor

TV ad released by the Republican Party of Florida has created major buzz in Florida’s political world.

The ad featured an unidentified man who said he was swindled by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein -- and, by extension, by former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now a Democrat and seeking to unseat Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics SurveyUSA/WFLA: Scott 44%, Crist 39%, Wyllie %7 percent

@MarcACaputo

From SurveyUSA's Sept. 16* poll for WFLA TV:

Naked Politics Hitting $50m mark, Rick Scott-Charlie Crist ad war is a major marketing campaign

@MarcACaputo

Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising.

Florida’s governor’s race is now a $50 million-plus commercial spectacle, with more than 71 percent of that spending from Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott dropped an additional $8 million for ad buys during the week that ended Friday. That’s about a 23 percent increase for the Republican, dwarfing Democrat Charlie Crist’s ad-buy increase of 17 percent, or almost $2.5 million.

Naked Politics State fires prison guard with history of unchecked abuse complaints on eve of Herald report

Rollin Suttle Austin was arrested for theft, convicted of drunk driving and accused of dozens of brutal, unprovoked beatings. 

Victims have alleged that the beefy, bald, 43-year-old amused himself by slamming heads into concrete and grabbing people by their throats and often bragged about getting away with killing a man. 

Naked Politics NYT claims to exposes the source in the Gary Hart affair

In a bit of trivia that will fascinate historians of presidential politics, journalism and tawdry sex scandals, the New York Times has named a South Florida woman it says was the source of a Miami Herald story 27 years ago that wrecked the candidacy of Democrat Gary Hart.

Naked Politics As inmate death count mounts, Florida prison boss fires 32 guards on Friday

Thirty-two guards with the Florida Department of Corrections were fired Friday afternoon in what union officials were calling a “Friday night massacre.” All were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons.

Naked Politics With black vote crucial to Charlie Crist, will they turn out?

Mary Wilkerson is aware there's a governor's race on the November ballot, but "it's not on my radar,'' says the 60-year-old from Jacksonville.

Wilkerson, a black Democrat and reliable supporter of Barack Obama, is the kind of voter who is pivotal to the candidacy of Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor turned Democrat.

Naked Politics Six weeks until Election Day, but first wave of Florida ballots already in the mail

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 TALLAHASSEE — More than six weeks before Election Day, some voters are already casting ballots and helping elect Florida’s next governor.

County elections supervisors have until Saturday to mail hundreds of thousands of ballots to Floridians living overseas, many of whom are active-duty military personnel.

Naked Politics Court hears Bainter's challenge to releasing his emails, he warns of repercussions

One of Florida's top Republican political consultants stopped short of accusing the state Supreme Court of lacking "integrity" Friday if it rules that he must disclose emails in a case brought under the state’s new anti-gerrymanding laws.

OS Political Pulse Supreme Court questions need for documents' secrecy

TALLAHASSEE -- A lawyer for a Republican political consultant trying to keep out of public view documents at the center of a redistricting lawsuit ran into resistance from Florida Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum Friday.

Naked Politics GOP's Bainter says the Supreme Court's 'integrity' is at stake in his case before them

With his First Amendment challenge pending before the Florida Supreme Court, GOP political consultant Pat Bainter issued a rare statement calling out the court after oral arguments today in which he urged the court to keep secret his emails related to redistricting.

Bainter is now suggesting that the "institutional integrity of the court is at stake" in how they rule.

Here's the statement: 

Naked Politics Charlie Crist releases "4,000 lies" ad against Rick Scott over Ponzi-scheme spot

@MarcACaputo

In response to Gov. Rick Scott's second ad about Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, Democrat Charlie Crist is releasing his second response commercial, called "4,000 lies" -- a references to the estimated number of times the ad called "swindle" ran.

Naked Politics Broward PBA's complaint vs. Gov. Scott dismissed

The Florida Elections Commission has thrown out a highly-publicized complaint that was filed against Gov. Rick Scott in July, calling it "hearsay."

Naked Politics Tracker video shows Carlos Curbelo calling Medicare, Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme'

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Taking a page from Rick Perry, Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo called Medicare and Social Security "a Ponzi scheme" that needs extensive reforms in order to remain sustainable.

Naked Politics In 'dirty deal' linked to David Rivera, judge reduces convict's prison sentence

@MarcACaputo

Justin Lamar Sternad took the bus to his federal sentencing in a campaign finance scheme that prosecutors link to former congressman David Rivera.

After working a night shift at a local hotel, Sternad appeared Friday morning in court where a judge gave the father off five somewhat of a break: A reduction of his seven-month prison sentence to 30 days with three months of house arrest.

Naked Politics John Thrasher's FSU foes point to political links with Koch brothers

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One of the latest lines of attack against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president: Tying him to the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers.

But Thrasher's ties to the political activists — whose name at FSU is especially radioactive since a controversial gift several years ago — are not as clear as some are suggesting.

Naked Politics Putnam goes shopping to pitch weekend tax holiday

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam went shopping Friday to promote the state's latest tax holiday for consumers: a first-of-its-kind three-day break from sales tax for purchases of energy-efficient and water-efficient appliances.