When he nominated then-Gov. Al Smith, D-N.Y., for president at the 1924 Democratic National Convention, Franklin D. Roosevelt took a line from a Wordsworth poem and labeled his friend the “happy warrior.”
The highly contentious teacher merit pay proposal that was shot down by Gov. Charlie Crist last spring has re-emerged, but with some preliminary concessions to teachers and also perhaps to Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who -- as the father of a special education teacher -- voiced concerns about the proposal’s fairness to some educators.
Republican Rick Scott, who has already pumped almost $55 million of his own money into his campaign to become Florida’s next governor, released three years of federal and state tax returns Friday night.
Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink released five years of tax returns that showed a solid income for the state's chief financial officer, but offered little information about her other assets. The returns also forced the hand of Sink’s husband, who showed his financial cards, reporting some big poker winnings and losses.
The gubernatorial campaign is starting to heat up as Republican nominee Rick Scott and Democratic nominee Alex Sink spar over debates, clash over tax returns and jump in on an event planned to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by burning Qurans.
Looking to become the first woman to serve as governor in Florida’s 165-year history -- and hoping to break a losing streak for the Democrats who have not won a gubernatorial election since 1994 -- state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink filed the needed paperwork to ensure her name will be on the ballot.