Adam Putnam

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    November 19, 2014

    Florida's CFO, Ag Commissioner Each Took More Than $400,000 in Public Money to Finance Campaigns

    Florida's public campaign financing laws mean that candidates for governor and the three cabinet offices can qualify to have any donations of $250 or less matched by public money with a few caveats. Charlie Crist received about $2.4 million in public financing during his run against mega-loaded Ri ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Florida Election 2014 Results Live Blog: Scott vs Crist, Medical Marijuana and All the Rest

    With some races expected to be agonizingly tight, tonight's election results may get sweaty. So please feel free to keep an electronic fan pointed at you at all times. Its not against the rules. As always, we'll fill in the results of the most notable elections up top as they get called. Then we'l ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Rick Scott Signs "Charlotte's Web" Medical Marijuana Law

    Florida now officially recognizes marijuana as a substance with medical benefits... well, at least in some very narrow cases. As expected, Gov. Rick Scott signed the "Charlotte's Web" bill into law today. The bill allows certain strains of non-euphoric marijuana tincture to be used to treat a very ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    On Medical Marijuana, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sounds Like a Republican

    South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz may be chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but when it comes to medical marijuana she sure sounds like a Republican. Wasserman Schultz aired her "concerns" today about the ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida by ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Florida Republicans Already Dreaming About Clinton-Crist 2016 Fantasy

    Some Florida Republicans have a weird tendency of writing strange fan-fiction about Charlie Crist. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is out with his latest yarn: He thinks Hillary Clinton is already talking to Charlie Crist about being her running mate in 2016.

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    September 6, 2013

    Apparently Thanksgiving Started in Florida and We're Celebrating It Wrong, According to AgCo

    So you think that Thanksgiving is a November holiday started in Plymouth Rock and celebrated with turkey and mash potatoes? Well, according to Adam Putnam, Florida's Agriculture Commissioner, you're wrong. Putnam claims that Thanksgiving really originated right here in Florida more than 50 years b ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Poll: Only a Third of Floridians Think Rick Scott Deserves to Be Reelected

    Another day, another poll with bad news for Florida Governor Rick Scott. This time it's from Quinnipiac.The poll seems to show a case of too little too late for Scott. While Floridians largely agree with Scott's latest high profile decision to expand Medicare, less than one-third feels he deserves t ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Florida Is Set to Issue Its One Millionth Concealed Carry Permit Next Week

    Florida is on pace to become the first state to issue its one millionth active concealed carry permit sometime next week, as more than 167,000 permits are issued each year. Florida has already issued more concealed carry permits than any other state, and is set to become the first to break the one m ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    December 8, 2011

    Cabinet Members Pam Bondi and Adam Putnam Join Anti-Casino Push

    ​The fight against the rise of destination casinos in South Florida just got two of its biggest supporters yet. Sitting Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, both elected Republican members of the cabinet, announced their support of the No Casino campaign today.The t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Adobo Wild Boar, Lionfish Tacos, and Snakehead Stew: Five Edible South Florida Invasive Species

    ​Florida Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam went on television this past weekend to warn that the giant African land snail can carry meningitis. If you eat it, that is. Who in hell would consider eating a slimy snail the size of a Chihuahua? Plenty of people, it turns out.The snail grows up to e ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Rick Scott's Office Just Got an $80,000 Upgrade Thanks to Taxpayers

    ​Florida taxpayers are stuck munching on some carpet bills. Even while their cutting budgets, the offices of state lawmakers are getting costly upgrades to their carpets and other amenities. Governor Rick Scott's office just got a near $80,000 facelift. Two hundred thousand dollars has been spent ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Fertilizer Company Pays $10K for Cake Baked by Agriculture Commissioner's 9-Year-Old Daughter

    ​Something doesn't smell right about the actions of The Mosaic Co., a leading Florida fertilizer company. OK, nothing ever smells good about the fertilizer business, but in this sense we mean it smells politically funny. The company ended up shelling out $10,000 at a fair auction for a cake baked ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Rick Scott Firm on Support for Arizona-Style Immigration Law as Bill Moves Forward

    ​Governor Rick Scott remains steadfast in bringing Arizona-style immigration laws to Florida even as members of the state GOP remain wary of the idea. Today, State Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, held the first hearing on his bill that would bring such new laws to Florida.

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    November 2, 2010

    2010 Election Results Live Blog

    ​Will Florida gets its first female Governor? Will the country's first female Speaker of the House be forced to turn in her gavel? Will Kendrick Meek somehow shock the world by winning? Did anyone bother to get to know enough about the CFO race to bother voting? Join us tonight as we live blog the ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Florida: 47th Most Powerful State in DC

    ​Florida ranks 47th our of the 50 states in terms of influence and seniority in the US Congress according to an analysis by The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A dismal ranking by any means, but even more so considering we're the 4th most populace state. Our legislators have less swagger on the hill than ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Paula Dockery Looking into Governor's Race

    So much for the state Party's efforts to playdown the importance of primaries during the 2010 election cycle. Attorney General Bill McCollum is the establishment favor to take the Republican's nomination for the Governors race. So much so that it seems Agriculture Commissioner Charles ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Is Bill McCollum Too Boring to be Governor?

    Not exactly Mr. Charisma. If politics really does come down to which candidate you'd rather have a beer with, then Bill McCollum's candidacy might as well be dead on arrival. The guy has never really screamed excitement or personality, but that hasn't stopped him from seekin ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Man on Gas Pumps Will Not Run For Gov

    via Joakim Lind's flickrFlorida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson will not run for Governor. Not that any one is that surprised, since the state party and major fundraisers were already congealing around Attorney General Bill McCollum. Bronson had earlier claimed that since his name was ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Let's Play Identity Politics For a Moment

    So after the NRSC endorsed Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in the Republican Senate primary, a lot of people implied it was a snub to Hispanics. We thought this was silly. Crist has won three statewide campaigns in a row, is an extremely popular governor, and has a national profile. He's going to win ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    With Crist's Announcement Imminent, the Dominos Begin to Fall

    With the end of the legislative session in Tallahassee last week, and Charlie Crist widely expected to announce his Senate intention tomorrow the dominoes should quickly fall as down ticket politicos all over the state start positioning themselves for 2010. So far, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who has bee ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Bill Nelson Caught up in PMA Mess

    Last week, ABC News broke news that the FBI had raided PMA Group, a lobbying firm, this past November. PMA, which specialized in lobbying for earmarks for defense contracts, had close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha, but also donated heavily to other politicians -- many of them Democrats, but so ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    News Round Up

    Bill Clinton dropped by Miami on Friday night and helped Kendrick Meek raise $300,000 for his Senate race. [Naked Politics]That thing we posted about the 2014 Governor's race already having front runners is legit. Boy wonder Republican Congressman Adam Putnam announced he'd give up his legislative s ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Oh, Look, We Already Have Front Runners for 2014

    They don't share political idealogies, but they do share a hair stylist. It's a sign of just how much dominance Charlie Crist has in Florida politics that both races he could conceivably run in 2010 - Governor or, less likely, Senator - are having a hard time attracting big name candidate, but the n ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Florida's Congressional Delegation Shockingly Not That Old

    USA Today reports that the incoming Congress will be the oldest on record for both houses. The average representative is 57, while the average senator is 63. New Times has the same high-tech tool as USA Today -- a calculator -- and decided to probe further. Since Florida has the oldest average p ... More >>