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Naked Politics Opa-locka city commission candidate on rap sheet: 'All good leaders have been arrested'

via Marisol Medina

Opa-locka, a city in Miami-Dade County, holds municipal elections Nov. 4. And the candidates are nothing if not quotable.

Naked Politics Pro-immigrant groups rally voters in Miami-Dade, Polk counties

The Florida Immigrant Coalition is coordinating an effort to mobilize immigrant and low-income voters in advance of the Nov. 4 election.

Last week, volunteers with the Haitian Women of Miami knocked on more than 5,000 doors in Little Haiti, Miami Shores, North Miami and North Miami Beach. They both encouraged residents to vote on Election Day and collected absentee ballot requests.

OS Political Pulse Scott-Crist debate will be a television event -- exclusively

If you want to watch tonight's debate between Gov.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor loses policy director

@PatriciaMazzei

Carlos Gimenez's policy and legislative affairs director is leaving the Miami-Dade mayor's office to take another job at County Hall.

Inson Kim will become intergovernmental and external affairs director for the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department, she confirmed Tuesday. Her first day in the new job will be Nov. 10.

Naked Politics TV personality and veterans crusader Montel Williams makes FL medical marijuana pitch

@MarcACaputo

Montel Williams, the former host of his eponymous show, has become a full-time veterans' rights crusader recently and now he's wading into Florida politics with a pitch for the medical-marijuana constitutional amendment.

Naked Politics Democrats try new jab against Carlos Curbelo after GOP shifts criticism of Joe Garcia

@PatriciaMazzei    

The physics law that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction may also apply to politics.

Naked Politics GOP defends Carlos Curbelo on Medicare, pivoting away from ethics attacks against Joe Garcia

@PatriciaMazzei

Naked Politics 1m in FL have voted early; GOP well ahead and says Charlie Crist 'in complete meltdown'

@MarcACaputo

More than 1 million Floridians have cast pre-Election Day ballots now that early in-person voting began Monday while mail-in absentee ballots continued to pour in.

Right now, it looks like good news for Republicans. They're still out-voting Democrats, who tend to dominate early voting just as Republicans do at absentee voting.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Rick Scott's claim about driver's licenses for Dreamers and whether the bill he vetoed would have changed "nothing"

Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are competing for the Hispanic vote, leading the candidates to argue about their stances on everything from the Cuba embargo to rights for illegal immigrants.

During the Telemundo debate Oct. 10, the debate moderator asked the candidates to explain their conflicting views on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Rick Scott's claim about driver's licenses for Dreamers and whether the bill he vetoed would have changed "nothing"

Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are competing for the Hispanic vote, leading the candidates to argue about their stances on everything from the Cuba embargo to rights for illegal immigrants.

During the Telemundo debate Oct. 10, the debate moderator asked the candidates to explain their conflicting views on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Naked Politics CNN lays down the law for final Florida debate

In CNN's amateurish early days as a 24-hour cable news outlet, critics called it the "Chicken Noodle Network." CNN has come a long way, but for tonight's final debate in the Florida governor's race, those three letters might as well stand for "Can't. No. Nope."

Naked Politics Clean energy group delivers 92,000 petitions to governor

A group of clean energy advocates continued the drumbeat against Gov. Rick Scott's on Monday and delivered more than 92,000 signatures urging him to develop a strong plan for Florida to meet the requirements of the EPA's Clean Power plan. 

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor heads to D.C. for meetings

@PatriciaMazzei

There's a Miami-Dade County Commission meeting Tuesday, but Mayor Carlos Gimenez won't be there.

Naked Politics Florida Gov. Rick Scott campaigns en español. Praise, critics follow

@PatriciaMazzei

As the number of Hispanic voters across the country has grown, so has the number of gringo politicians who want to say something to them — in Spanish.

But Miami is not always a good place to come practice. So many locals are fluent that they can be merciless to those who mangle the language of Cervantes.

Naked Politics The Rick Scott and Charlie Crist management stories each campaign will alternately hate and love

@MarcACaputo

Two stories about the management styles of the frontrunners for governor. Rick Scott's campaign and his supporters will probably hate the first one and love the second. It's the opposite for Charlie Crist. First the Scott story.....

From his poor poll numbers to his formidable fortune, Rick Scott’s political standing revolves around Columbia/HCA.

Naked Politics Former Florida GOP chairman Slade in critical condition

From a news release:

Tom Slade, former Florida State Senator and State Representative and perhaps best known for his leadership as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida from 1993-1999, today is in critical condition after suffering heart failure last week.  He was unable to be revived for a period of time and is now receiving care at Orange Park Medical Center.

Naked Politics Nearly 900,000 absentee ballots cast as early voting begins; GOP still leading big

@MarcACaputo

More than 888,000 absentee ballots had already been cast of Monday morning when early in-person voting began in Florida.

Right now, Republicans lead Democrats 49-35 percent in terms of absentee ballots cast by party. That 14 percentage point margin is lower than it was in 2010 but it’s far higher than in 2012.

Naked Politics FSU trustees approve John Thrasher's contract

@tbtia

A delay caused by technical difficulties with the conference call phone line took almost as long as the meeting itself. But Florida State University's Board of Trustees has approved John Thrasher's contract, including a $430,000 base salary.

OS Political Pulse Rubio to propose Ebola visa ban

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said he intends to introduce a bill creating a temporary ban on new visas from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, countries battling Ebola epidemics. Rubio joins several Florida lawmakers, including U.S. Sen.

Naked Politics Scott wins endorsement from anti Common Core crowd

Opponents of the Common Core State Standards spent months trying to push Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take a stronger position against the controversial benchmarks.

But on Monday, one of the state's largest anti-Common Core groups announced that it would be supporting Scott on Election Day.

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.